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Minnesota bills to ban ‘forever chemicals’ in more products

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota House committee on Wednesday considered three bills that would ban a family of chemicals known as PFAS, sometimes called "forever chemicals" because they persist in the environment, from cosmetics, ...

Jury ends 1st day, no verdict for 3 cops in Floyd killing

By AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury wrapped up its first day of deliberations Wednesday without a verdict in the federal trial of three fired Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights when he was ...

Film producers find iconic small-town backdrop in Minnesota

By MARIE TOLONEN Mesabi Tribune CHISHOLM, Minn. (AP) — Production is set to begin on a full-length feature film on Lake Street in Chisholm. Co-Directors Deborah Puette and Robert Enriquez are set to begin making a movie called "Cash for Gold" later this month with filming to take place at ...

MN Patrol: Wisconsin woman killed in wrong-way crash

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A central Wisconsin woman has died in a crash with a wrong-way drunken driver in Minnesota, according to the State Patrol. Twenty-year-old Hannah Goman, a Winona State University student from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, was killed in the crash in Winona early ...

Defense rests in federal trial in George Floyd’s killing

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The defense attorney for the third former Minneapolis officer charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights as Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck rested his case Monday, after the officer testified ...

Stillwater prison on lockdown after attack on 2 officers

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A state prison outside of St. Paul remained on lockdown Monday after an inmate injured two correctional officers over the weekend, Minnesota Department of Corrections officials said. Officials said the attack happened at the prison in Stillwater about 4:40 p.m. ...

Police: 1 killed, at least 3 injured in St. Paul shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in St. Paul say one person was killed and three others were injured, one critically, in a shooting Monday outside a funeral home on the city's west side. The incident outside the Simple Traditions by Bradshaw Funeral Home involved a barrage of gunshots and left ...

Police hunt for man after discovering cache of stolen goods

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in St. Paul are hunting for a man after discovering a cache of stolen vehicles, drugs and ammunition at his residence. The Pioneer Press reported Friday that sheriff's deputies searched 42-year-old Timothy Lee Donavan Olson's residence in January after learning ...

Wright family, activists see injustice in Potter’s sentence

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The issue of race was barely brought up during the trial of Kim Potter, a former suburban Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of manslaughter for killing Daunte Wright after she said she confused her handgun for her Taser. But ...

Suspected thief parks stolen car at retired officers’ home

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis man is in trouble with the law after he allegedly stole a car and tried to hide it at the home of two retired police officers. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday that Alexander John Thompson was charged Jan. 31 with auto theft in Dakota ...

Police: Golden Valley drive-by shooting injures 1

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — One person was reported to be critically hurt in a drive-by shooting in Golden Valley, police said. It happened about 8:35 p.m. Saturday near Duluth Street and N. Regent Avenue, police said in a statement. The Star Tribune reports police released little ...

New enforcement effort leads to arrest of shooting suspect

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new targeted speeding enforcement effort on highways around downtown Minneapolis, troopers arrested a driver suspected of being involved in multiple shootings. The Minnesota State Patrol said it was one of several arrests Saturday night in the new 10-day initiative that ...

Minnesota Rep. Jim Hagedorn dies at 59 after cancer battle

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, a conservative Republican from southern Minnesota who followed his father's footsteps into Congress, has died after a battle with kidney cancer, his wife said. He was 59. Jennifer Carnahan said in a Facebook post ...

Family: Judge in Potter case swayed by ‘white woman tears’

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge who sentenced white former Officer Kim Potter on Friday to two years in prison for killing Black motorist Daunte Wright cited the difficult job that police face — and Potter's remorse — as justification for giving her a ...

Kim Potter sentenced to 2 years in Daunte Wright’s death

By AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kim Potter, the former suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she confused her handgun for her Taser when she fatally shot Daunte Wright, was sentenced Friday to two years in prison. Wright's family ...

Arrest made in slaying of student athlete in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say they have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a gifted student athlete. Fifteen-year-old Deshaun Hill Jr, an honor roll student and quarterback for the football team at North Community High School, died Feb. 10, a day after he was found with a ...

Survey: farm prices, equipment sales soar across 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The strength of the economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states continues to drive farmland prices and farm equipment sales higher, according to a new monthly survey of bankers in the region released Thursday. The overall economic index for the region grew to ...

Sharpton: Without no-knock warrant, Locke would be alive

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton told the hundreds gathered Thursday for Amir Locke's funeral that the 22-year-old Black man would still be alive if Minneapolis had banned no-knock warrants. Sharpton was among several speakers who ...

Prosecutors question officer in Floyd killing about training

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's killing testified Thursday that he didn't act on another officer's suggestion to roll Floyd on his side after he stopped breathing, didn't ask Officer ...

Key moments in the police shooting of Daunte Wright

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kim Potter, a former suburban Minneapolis police officer, was convicted of manslaughter in the April 11 shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black motorist. Here are some key moments in the case: April 11 — Police in Brooklyn Center stop Wright's car at around ...