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Driver charged in death of teen who was struck and killed

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a driver was impaired by a mixture of marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs when he struck and killed a teenager riding his bike in Blaine. Daniel Rodman, 28, is charged in Anoka County with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 16-year-old Tony ...

Walz: Social distancing helping; lawmakers to meet Thursday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Early indications are that Minnesotans are practicing social distancing well enough that they may be helping to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday as he staked out a position between a president who wants to restart the economy by Easter and other ...

Walz self-quarantines; wrestles with shelter-in-place order

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz quarantined himself Monday after a member of his security detail tested positive for COVID-19, but the governor said he's still wrestling with whether to order residents to shelter in place. Walz said he felt fine with no symptoms but would lead by example ...

Minnesota Court of Appeals sends PolyMet permit back to MPCA

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals sent an air-emissions permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine back to state regulators for further review on Monday, giving another victory to environmental groups who oppose the project. The appeals court found that the Minnesota ...

Scientists testing alternative to road salt to protect water

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Researchers in Minnesota are trying to find an alternative to road salt in an effort to protect the state's water bodies from contamination. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Saturday that road salt is the top source of chloride in state waters. Scientists have been ...

Minnesota coronavirus cases rise by 32, now stand at 169

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus rose to 169 on Sunday, up 32 from a day earlier. The state has had one death, a Ramsey County resident in their 80s who died Thursday. That person came in contact with an infected family member who had a history ...

Man in Minnesota charged with 1983 homicide in Michigan

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) — A man in Minnesota has been charged with murder in Michigan in the presumed death of a man who disappeared in 1983, authorities said Friday. Roy Snell, 55, of Fridley, Minnesota, has been in the Hennepin County jail since March 11. He soon will be transported to ...

Minnesota finding solutions for students lacking internet

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Local school officials in Minnesota have found workarounds for students without access to high-speed internet at home as the state fights the spread of the coronavirus with school closures. Minnesota school closures began Wednesday through Friday, March 27, KSTP-TV ...

4 family members killed in fiery crash in southern Minnesota

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Four family members were killed in a fiery one-vehicle crash in southern Minnesota, authorities said. The crash happened Thursday evening in Austin. Police Chief David McKichan said when officers and firefighters arrived they did not see any signs of life inside the ...

Walz not ready to order Minnesota to shelter in place yet

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Friday that he doesn't think it's necessary yet to follow the lead of California and some other states and order Minnesotans to shelter in place to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, but he cautioned that he may ...

Minnesota jury acquits sheriff’s deputy in shooting death

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota sheriff's deputy was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter Thursday in the 2018 fatal shooting of a suicidal man who held a gun to his own head as he knelt in the street during a 40-minute standoff with police. Prosecutors said Washington County ...

Minnesota bans elective surgeries in response to COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health care providers must postpone elective surgeries and other medical procedures so they can focus their resources on responding to the anticipated surge of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tim Walz ordered Thursday. The order, which also applies to non-emergency dental ...

Charges: Man shot by police in Brooklyn Park fired first

Prosecutors say the man shot and wounded by police outside a Brooklyn Park Walmart this week fired first at officers. James Klein, 32, of Chaska, has been charged in Hennepin County with assault on a police officer and a felony weapons count in connection with the gunfire Monday in the ...

Freed Minneapolis man ‘ecstatic’ after charges dropped

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man who was freed after serving five years in prison for attempted murder says he is "ecstatic" that prosecutors have dropped the charges. Javon Davis, 32, was serving a 28-year sentence. Earlier this month a judge ordered a new trial for Davis because he had ...

Pakistani doctor arrested in Minnesota on terrorism charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Pakistani doctor and former Mayo Clinic research coordinator was arrested Thursday in Minnesota on a terrorism charge, after prosecutors say he told paid FBI informants that he had pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State group and wanted to carry out lone wolf attacks ...

School bus driver charged in fatal Minnesota hit-and-run

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a school bus driver with striking and killing a pedestrian in a Minneapolis suburb as he took children to school and then fleeing the scene. The Hennepin County Attorney's office charged 33-year-old Jason Rynders of Maple Grove with ...

Jury weighing case of Minnesota deputy who shot suicidal man

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota jury began deliberating Wednesday in the trial of a sheriff's deputy who fatally shot an armed suicidal man in 2018. Washington County Deputy Brian Krook says he feels horrible about the shooting, but that he had no choice because his life and the lives ...

Unemployment spikes as COVID-19 bites into Minnesota economy

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New applications for unemployment insurance in Minnesota for the week topped 50,000 on Wednesday as closures on bars, restaurants and other businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19 took a toll on the state's economy. The Department of Employment and Economic ...

Pair charged in ’09 cold case that left Minnesota mom dead

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former MMA fighter accused in two Texas slayings is one of two people charged in the death of a woman who was abducted from a Minnesota domestic violence shelter 11 years ago, authorities said Monday. Cedric Marks, 45, of Killeen, Texas, has been charged in Hennepin ...

Mall of America closes as Minnesota fights against COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The largest retail and entertainment center in the U.S. shut down Tuesday in support of Minnesota's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by discouraging people from gathering. The Mall of America in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, which draws visitors from across ...