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Top legislative leaders express optimism for virus aid plan

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The top four leaders in the Minnesota Legislature expressed optimism Friday that lawmakers can agree on a new coronavirus relief package in time for a Dec. 14 special session, though negotiations on what should go into the aid package ...

Minnesota attorney general to decide police shooting charges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general will decide whether a St. Paul police officer should be charged in connection with last month's non-fatal shooting of a Black man who had been hiding from police after he allegedly livestreamed a sexual assault. Minnesota Attorney General ...

Plane on Minnesota interstate landed by award-winning pilot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The pilot of a small plane that made an emergency landing on a Minnesota interstate Wednesday has been identified as an award-winning member of the U.S. aerobatics flying team. The single-engine Bellanca Viking plane landed and hit a vehicle, temporarily closing part of ...

Deadline looms for Minnesotans to seek COVID-19 housing aid

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota residents who have fallen behind on their rent, mortgage or utility payments amid the coronavirus pandemic should apply for state aid before a looming deadline of Monday night, Gov. Tim Walz and other officials urged Thursday. The COVID-19 Housing Assistance ...

St. Paul police chief: Officer shouldn’t have shot Black man

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul officer who shot and wounded a Black man who emerged naked from a dumpster while being sought in connection with a sexual assault failed to measure up to department standards, the city's police chief said. Chief Todd Axtell said Tuesday at a news conference ...

COVID-19 slams Minnesota police, fire, ambulance services

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and public safety officials pleaded Wednesday for Minnesotans to follow coronavirus safety guidelines to protect their local police, fire and ambulance services, which have been hit hard by staff shortages amid the surge in cases. Jay Wood, a firefighter from ...

American Indian Movement co-founder Benton-Banai dies at 89

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Benton-Banai, who helped found the American Indian Movement partly in response to alleged police brutality against Indigenous people, has died. He was 89. Benton-Banai died Monday at a care center in Hayward, Wisconsin, where he had been staying for months, according ...

UnitedHealth forecast for 2021 is dinged by the coronavirus

UnitedHealth has debuted a lower-than-expected 2021 earnings forecast partly due to the unknown extent of COVID-19's impact on the health care system. The nation's largest health insurance provider said Tuesday that it expects to take a hit in the new year from treatment and testing costs tied ...

Minnesota’s surprising surplus spurs talks on virus aid plan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is facing a surprising $641 million projected surplus in its current budget, which makes money available for a new coronavirus relief package, but officials cautioned Tuesday that the state is still facing a $1.3 billion shortfall for its next budget. The ...

Enbridge starts construction on Line 3 in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy began construction on its Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement in Minnesota on Tuesday, a day after state regulators approved the final permit for the $2.6 billion project amid legal challenges from local activist and Indigenous groups. Spokeswoman Juli ...

Minnesota sees 3,570 new COVID-19 cases, 22 more deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials said Tuesday that a daily decline in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases is encouraging, but they cautioned against reading too much into short-term fluctuations after the extended holiday weekend. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 3,570 new ...

Duluth officer charged in September non-fatal shooting

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Duluth police officer was charged Monday with two felonies in connection with a September shooting that left a man with a bullet lodged in his shoulder. Prosecutors in St. Louis County charged Officer Tyler Leibfried with one count of intentional discharge of a firearm ...

Minneapolis mayor, police chief speak against budget cuts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis' mayor and police chief spoke out Monday against a proposal to cut the police department's budget by nearly $8 million, with the mayor saying the plan is irresponsible during a year that saw rising violent crime and the departures of dozens of officers. Demands ...

Walz says details coming on first vaccines for Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Monday that his administration plans to release details next week on when Minnesota will start getting its first doses of coronavirus vaccines and who will be the first to get them. Walz made the comments in a briefing for reporters following a ...

Minnesota gives final green light to disputed oil pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy's Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency granted ...

Minnesota to release ‘materially better’ budget forecast

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota budget officials will release a fresh forecast Tuesday showing how bad a hit state finances have taken from the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Tim Walz last week said the projections would be "materially better" that a forecast last spring of a $4.7 billion shortfall ...

Man hospitalized after being shot by St. Paul police officer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a St. Paul police officer responding to a domestic assault report Saturday night shot a man who had been walking around naked and weilding a steak knife. The incident began shortly before 8 p.m. when police responded to a call about a vehicle crash. ...

Man arrested after wounding 3 people in Albert Lea shooting

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Albert Lea say they arrested a 21-year-old man Sunday accused of shooting three people, including a police officer. Police responded to a noise complaint at an apartment complex shortly before 2:30 a.m., according to the Albert Lea Tribune. The officer ...

Bridgewater, Panthers leave Minnesota with frustrating loss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had just given them the gift of a muffed punt, and the Carolina Panthers were on the verge of a gritty victory — against Teddy Bridgewater's original team, no less. With a three-point lead and 1:54 remaining, Bridgewater dropped back to pass on ...

Walz indicates bipartisan COVID relief could come next week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that a bipartisan pandemic relief package may materialize as soon as next week to provide assistance to businesses hurt by the shutdown meant to slow the spread of the virus Walz said during a tour of a Brooklyn Park warehouse facility where he ...