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Sen. Tina Smith tests negative after skipping Warren event

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith skipped a campaign event with Sen. Elizabeth Warren over the weekend after learning that a person who attended one of her events eight days earlier had tested positive for the coronavirus. "I'm getting tested & I am quarantining until I ...

Fired truck driver to get $165,000 in gender bias settlement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Twin Cities truck driver who was fired because she failed a strength test following a workplace injury has been awarded $165,000 from her former employer, a court document shows. U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel on Friday approved the settlement of the May 2019 gender ...

Some things to know about Minnesota’s atypical election

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After enduring months of bitter and polarizing political campaigning, Minnesotans eager for the finish line with next month's election may have to wait just a few days more. The coronavirus pandemic that has upended every corner of American life this year may mean delays ...

Minnesota reports 5 more deaths, 1,600 new virus cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials said Monday the weekly rate of new coronavirus case growth has outstripped weekly growth in testing for the first time since the pandemic began. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said weekly case growth was up 9.6%, compared to testing rate growth ...

Construction accident kills 1, injures another

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One person was killed and another critically injured Friday when a construction truck boom fell near Litchfield, according to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office. The Star Tribune reports the accident occurred at 11:46 a.m. at a construction site in Harvey Township. The ...

Lewis’ hopes for Senate upset may turn on Trump’s fate

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Jason Lewis' strategy for knocking off Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith has been clear for over a year: For better or worse, the former congressman is all in for President Donald Trump. Lewis, a one-term former congressman best ...

Minnesota reports more than 1,700 new virus cases, 17 deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health on Sunday reported 1,732 new cases of the coronavirus and 17 deaths in the last day. That update shows the total number of cases in Minnesota at 122,812, including more than 32,200 in Hennepin County. There have been 2,234 deaths since ...

Former Democratic power broker James A. Johnson dies at 76

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James A. Johnson, a former Democratic campaign operative who was CEO of housing lender Fannie Mae in the 1990s and served as chairman of Walter Mondale's presidential bid, died Sunday at his home in Washington. He was 76. Johnson's son, Alfred, confirmed that his father ...

Minnesota reports record level of new coronavirus cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported nearly 2,300 new coronavirus cases Friday, the first time the state has surpassed the 2,000 mark since the pandemic began. The surge comes as neighboring Wisconsin and the Dakotas experience some of the worst per-capita transmission ...

Minnesota ruling boosts Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 replacement

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota pollution regulators properly considered the construction impacts of Enbridge Energy's plan to replace the 337-mile segment of its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline that crosses the state, an administrative law judge ruled Friday in a blow to environmental and ...

What drove protesters in May unrest over George Floyd?

By FREDERICK MELO St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Before facing federal arson charges, the only other time McKenzy Ann DeGidio Dunn could recall appearing before a judge was three years ago, when she was legally adopted by a rural Pope County, Minnesota family at the age of 16. ...

Iranian CEO sentenced for conspiracy to violate US sanctions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The founder and CEO of an Iranian financial services firm accused of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran was sentenced Thursday to nearly two years in federal prison. Seyed Sajjad Shahidian, 33, pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to defraud and ...

Minnesota Senate easily passes long-delayed bonding bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Senate easily passed a nearly $1.9 billion public works construction package Thursday, a day after the House finally broke months of partisan stalemate and approved the bill. The package, known as a bonding bill, was the biggest piece of unfinished business ...

Minnesota COVID-19 deaths jump by 29, worst toll since June

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported 29 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the state's highest one-day death toll since early June, as the coronavirus spreads at high levels across the state. The Minnesota Department of Health also reported 1,254 new coronavirus cases, a ...

Minnesota House considers $1.4B public works borrowing bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota House reconvened Wednesday for what could be its last chance to pass a $1.37 billion public works construction borrowing package this year, with leaders of the Democratic majority gambling that they could pick up at least six Republican votes that are needed ...

Prosecutors in Floyd case ask for 2-day sealing of documents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the case against four former Minneapolis officers charged in the death of George Floyd are asking a Minnesota judge to restrict public access to new court filings for two days so the opposing side has a chance to ask for that information to be sealed. In ...

Walz: Minnesota will offer mail-in saliva tests for virus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will expand its offering of saliva tests for the coronavirus into a statewide mail-in program that will be available free to all residents, Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday. The state opened a semi-permanent saliva testing site in Duluth three weeks ago that has ...

GOP report pans Minnesota DFL leaders for protest response

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A report released Tuesday by Minnesota Republican senators blames Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey for their failure to control days of violent protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd. The 61-page summary that was compiled ...

Federal judge upholds Minnesota’s extended ballot counting

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a Minnesota state court agreement that allows the counting of absentee ballots received up to seven days after Election Day. Republicans had asked U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel to block the seven-day extension ...

Minnesota bonding bill vote delayed to round up GOP votes

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats on Monday delayed a vote on a $1.37 billion public works construction package in the hopes of securing the six Republican votes they would need to pass the long-delayed legislation and provide some economic ...