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Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake closed for July

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Walleye fishing on Minnesota's Mille Lacs Lake has closed for July. The planned closure took effect Wednesday, in anticipation of a fall walleye season. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources determined closing the popular lake to walleye fishing in July ...

Minneapolis commission to hold 2 hearings on police proposal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some members of a commission reviewing a proposal to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department expressed concern Wednesday about the fast-tracked timeline they must follow if the proposed change has any chance of getting on the November ballot. The Minneapolis Charter ...

Police arrest man in fatal shooting of woman in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police have arrested a 20-year-old man in a fatal shooting during a disturbance in the city's Midway area early Wednesday. Officers were called to the disturbance about 1 a.m. and learned that a woman with an apparent gunshot wound had been brought to Regions ...

Protesters march on I-94 in St. Paul after singer’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Protesters apparently outraged by the killing of a popular singer in Ethiopia stopped traffic on Interstate 94 in St. Paul during Wednesday evening's rush hour. Police blocked the entrance ramps to the freeway shortly before 6:30 p.m. Traffic was stopped as the group ...

University, Edina, Rochester adopt face mask requirements

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota as well as the cities of Edina and Rochester have new requirements on wearing face masks in public places as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb in Minnesota. University officials sent an e-mail to students Monday ...

Deputies shoot at man suspected of convenience store assault

SHAFER, Minn. (AP) — Three Chisago County sheriff's deputies shot at an assault suspect after he rammed an occupied squad car while fleeing from his home in Shafer Monday, officials said. The 47-year-old man received only minor injuries caused by crashing his vehicle into the sheriff's squad ...

Minnesota program will provide insulin to needy diabetics

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota diabetics who need emergency insulin supplies but can't afford them will be able to get the drug starting Wednesday under a new state law. The safety net program within the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, which the Legislature passed in April, will allow ...

University of Minnesota: 7 students test COVID-19 positive

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota said Tuesday that seven athletes from "multiple sports" have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Gopher Athletics Department conducted 170 COVID-19 tests during June, and seven athletes tested positive. The school said students who test ...

7-year-old drowns at Cascade Lake Park in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy has drowned in a lake in Rochester. The boy's mother, Jasmin McBride tells KTTC-TV her son, Deon McBride, was in Rochester to visit his father for the summer. Rochester police and firefighters responded to a child missing in Cascade Lake Park about 7 ...

Walz: Minnesota now able to give 20,000 virus tests daily

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota reported 10 more deaths from the coronavirus on Monday, the same day state officials said they had reached their goal of being able to test as many as 20,000 people a day. Gov. Tim Walz set the daily testing goal two months ago, calling it at the time a key ...

Judge warns of possible move of trial in George Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge on Monday warned that he's likely to move the trials of four former police officers charged in George Floyd's death out of Minneapolis if public officials, attorneys and family members don't stop speaking out about the case. Hennepin County Judge Peter ...

2nd Minnesota inmate dies after testing COVID-19 positive

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A second Minnesota prison inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19, state corrections officials said Saturday. Leroy Wallace Bergstrom, 71, died at a hospital on Saturday, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Bergstrom tested positive for ...

Mankato bar owner frustrated over state’s COVID-19 list

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The owner of a Minnesota bar that was among four establishments identified by state health officials for contributing to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases among young adults said Saturday he has instituted aggressive measures to keep customers safe. Steve Wegman is the ...

Minneapolis police chief, mayor launching policy changes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police chief and mayor on Sunday began their push for sweeping policy changes with a new rule that prevents officers involved in using deadly force from reviewing body camera footage before completing an initial police report. The new standards come after a ...

Mother reunited with missing baby, police look for father

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say a baby reported missing after her father assaulted her mother in St. Paul has been reunited with the woman unharmed. Authorities said Friday the father is still on the run. The 21-year-old father is accused of taking off with the 7-month-old girl after ...

Funding for key Minneapolis police initiative falls through

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Funding for a key Minneapolis Police Department accountability initiative after the death of George Floyd has fallen through, officials confirmed Thursday, meaning potential delays as the city scrambles to find another source for the ...

Plan advances to allow dismantling Minneapolis Police Dept.

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously advanced a proposal to change the city charter to allow the police department to be dismantled, following widespread criticism of law enforcement over the killing of ...

Judge rejects cameras for ex-cops’ hearings in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge on Friday rejected allowing cameras in the court for pretrial proceedings of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. News media organizations as well as defense attorneys had requested the audio and visual recordings. ...

Walz approves $841M in federal COVID aid to cities, counties

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz approved plans Thursday to distribute $841 million in federal coronavirus aid to cities and counties across Minnesota, along with another $12 million for food banks and food shelves that have seen a surge in demand since the pandemic hit the state. The money ...

Minnesota utility regulators reaffirm support for Line 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utility regulators reaffirmed their support Thursday for Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 to reject petitions for reconsideration filed by several Ojibwe bands, ...