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Voters sue Walz to block face masks at Minnesota polls

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of voters sued Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and other officials on Tuesday to try to block a requirement that voters wear face masks at polling place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Minnesota Voters Alliance, backed by Republican lawmakers, ...

Minnesota sees record in mail-in ballots amid pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A record number of Minnesotans will be voting by mail in next week's primary election as they seek to avoid the long lines and crowds seen at polling places in other states amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests for absentee ballots for the upcoming Aug. 11 primary election ...

Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America to reopen Aug. 10

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Mall of America said Monday the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park inside the mall will reopen Aug. 10 after being closed nearly five months due to COVID-19. Officials of the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall said the seven-acre (2.8-hectare) theme park will reopen ...

Judge extends Minnesota vote-by-mail changes to November

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge on Monday extended changes in Minnesota's absentee ballot rules to the November general election. Ramsey County Judge Sara Grewing approved the agreement allowing Minnesota voters to submit their mail-in or absentee ballots in the Nov. 3 general election ...

Skier hurt in accident with patrol boat on Lake Minnetonka

SHOREWOOD, Minn. (AP) — A water skier is hurt after an accident involving a Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol boat on Lake Minnetonka this weekend. The sheriff's office said the accident happened around 6:40 a.m. Saturday in the Lower Lake of Lake Minnetonka, south of Gale Island. The ...

St. Cloud man drowns after falling off tube in Big Lake

BIG LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Divers have recovered the body of a St. Cloud man who drowned after falling off a floating tube in Big Lake. Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said the dive team was called in around 7:45 p.m. Saturday at the lake's swimming beach after a witness saw a man fall off a ...

Minnesota AG sues rodeo owner for violating COVID-19 order

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Friday filed a complaint against an Itasca County company that organized and promoted a three-day rodeo that allegedly drew large crowds after the state imposed a spectator limit for the event. Ellison's action came after the ...

Minnesota faces potential $4.7B deficit due to pandemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota faces a potential $4.7 billion deficit in its next two-year budget due to continued economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new planning estimate announced Friday by the Minnesota Management and Budget office. Management and Budget ...

Minnesota schools get some flexibility on back-to-school

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state officials on Thursday unveiled a plan to reopen schools this fall that gives districts some flexibility to toggle between in-person and online learning, but reserves the right for the state to step in if the coronavirus gets out of control. Gov. Tim Walz ...

Minnesota GOP official resigns over masks, Nazis post

WABASHA, Minn. (AP) — A county Republican board member in southern Minnesota has resigned after posting on Facebook an image that compares the state's mask mandate to Jewish people wearing a star in concentration camps. The Wabasha County GOP initially said its Facebook page apparently had ...

Minnesota senator says board cleared him over COVID comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican state senator says the Minnesota State Board of Medical Practice has dismissed complaints challenging his medical license over comments he made about the coronavirus. Sen. Scott Jensen of Chaska announced on Facebook Monday that the board informed him it ...

Prosecutors may revisit audio-visual coverage of cops’ trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors said Tuesday they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. The Minnesota Attorney General's office did not offer a reason Monday when it opposed allowing ...

Newly confirmed COVID cases slip in Minnesota; 4 new deaths

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials said Tuesday the number of newly confirmed coronavirus case slipped after several days of large case counts. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 480 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the ...

U’s School of Architecture works to address racial justice

By KATELYN VUE Minnesota Daily MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Less than two weeks into her position as a new professor and head of the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture, Jennifer Yoos released a statement with a list of action items to address racial and spatial justice. This came after ...

Crowds attend rodeo, despite orders limiting spectators

EFFIE, Minn. (AP) — Thousands showed up for what is known as Minnesota's largest outdoor rodeo, packing the stands for the three-day event despite orders to limit crowds because of the coronavirus pandemic. The state Department of Health and the state Attorney General's Office imposed a ...

Businesses burned in Floyd upheaval weigh next steps

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Charred piles of rubble remain in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood where rioters torched businesses following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Buildings that were set on fire have been razed by the city using emergency funds. Now, the owners of the burned ...

Minnesota virus cases up; other metrics level

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota reported another 650 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Monday, continuing a swing upward in the rolling average even as hospitalizations and deaths have remained lower than prior levels. The state reported two deaths, both people age 70 or older and both ...

Minnesota woman creates life-sized Monopoly game board

By ANGIE RIEBE Mesabi Tribune VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — You could say Diana Brennan is a Monopoly fanatic. Childhood board games lasted neither hours nor days but a month at time, she said on a recent afternoon at her Virginia home. Today Brennan has a collection of Monopoly boards, including ...

Target joins Walmart in ending Thanksgiving store shopping

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decadelong tradition of jump-starting Black Friday door buster sales. The move, announced Monday, comes as stores are rethinking this year's Black Friday ...

Prosecutors want no audio-visual coverage of cops’ trials

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the cases against four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd said Monday that they do not want audio or visual coverage of the trials, but they did not provide a reason. Derek Chauvin and three other former officers are ...