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Hundreds take state-paid nursing assistant training

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of Minnesotans are taking advantage of the state's offer to cover the cost of training to become a certified nursing assistant. The state has used $3.5 million in federal relief funding to pay for students' tuition, textbooks and certification exams in hopes of ...

Bankers survey: Rural economy stays strong in 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states remains strong, according to a new monthly survey of bankers in the region released Thursday, but those bankers said they have growing concerns about the rising costs associated with running farms. The overall ...

Long-sought Great Lakes projects get funding under new law

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer A project that will boost Great Lakes shipping in a crucial bottleneck and another intended to protect the lakes from invasive carp will get big funding increases under the Biden administration's infrastructure package, officials said Thursday. The U.S. ...

Enbridge says it has fixed pierced aquifer near oil pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy said it has stopped the flow of spilled artesian groundwater that began a year ago when workers installing the Line 3 oil pipeline in northwestern Minnesota punctured an aquifer. The spill near Enbridge's terminal in Clearbrook was one of the worst ...

The 18 jurors picked for federal trial over Floyd’s killing

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eighteen people were picked to hear the federal case against three former Minneapolis officers who are charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights during the May 2020 arrest that led to the Black man's death. ...

Florida man charged after 4 found dead at Canada-US border

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A Florida man was charged Thursday with human smuggling after the bodies of four people, including a baby and a teen, were found in Canada near the U.S. border in what authorities believe was a failed crossing attempt during a freezing blizzard. The United States ...

Jury in federal trial in Floyd killing appears mostly white

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury of 18 people who appeared mostly white was picked Thursday for the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's killing, a case that the judge told potential jurors has ...

3 cops face complex federal trial in George Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers who were with Derek Chauvin when he pinned George Floyd to the street is expected to be complex as prosecutors try to prove each officer willingly violated the Black man's ...

Judge won’t expand media access for 3 ex-officers’ trial

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a request by a coalition of media groups for greater access to the civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers in George Floyd's death. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson said the ...

Minnesota attorney general sues 2 companies over COVID tests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's top law enforcement official filed suit against two Illinois-based companies Wednesday over the results of COVID-19 tests he said were often slow to arrive and not accurate. Attorney General Keith Ellison is seeking an injunction and financial penalties, ...

Jury selection to start in federal trial over Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Thursday in the federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers who are charged with violating George Floyd's constitutional rights while fellow Officer Derek Chauvin used his knee to pin the ...

Timeline of events since George Floyd’s arrest and death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of key events that began with George Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis: May 25, 2020 — Minneapolis police officers respond to a call shortly after 8 p.m. about a possible counterfeit $20 bill being used at a corner grocery ...

EXPLAINER: The federal charges against 3 cops in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former officers who were with Derek Chauvin during the arrest that led to George Floyd's death face federal trial this week on charges they violated the Black man's civil rights. Jury selection begins Thursday in the federal case ...

Who are the 3 officers on trial in George Floyd’s death?

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former Minneapolis officers headed to a federal trial on civil rights charges this week in the death of George Floyd aren't as familiar to most people as Derek Chauvin, a fellow officer who was convicted of murder last ...

Victim of fatal altercation in Duluth identified by police

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Police have identified the man who was killed in an altercation in Duluth last weekend. Officers were dispatched to a medical call shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday where they found 42-year-old Ryan Roessler unconscious on the floor. Roessler was later pronounced dead at ...

Do Minnesota cases show it’s getting easier to convict cops?

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First, it was Mohamed Noor — convicted for shooting an unarmed woman who approached his police SUV. Then it was Derek Chauvin, found guilty of murder for using his knee to pin George Floyd to a Minneapolis street as he gasped for air. Last ...

Walz asks lawmakers to back record $2.7 billion bonding bill

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz asked the Legislature on Tuesday to back a $2.7 billion "local jobs and projects" plan that's considerably larger than the record package that lawmakers passed two years ago. The Democratic governor unveiled his wish list ...

‘Boogaloo’ member sentenced to 2 years on machine gun charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who authorities say is a self-proclaimed member of the anti-government "boogaloo" movement and had discussed a willingness to kill police was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison. Michael Dahlager, 27, of St. Cloud, pleaded guilty last summer to ...

Media groups protest restrictions for 3 ex-officers’ trial

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of media groups says restrictions on access to the federal civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death amount to an unconstitutional closing of the courtroom. Citing the ...

Man held on possible charges in fatal fight in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Criminal charges are expected against a man involved in a fatal altercation in Duluth. Officers were dispatched to a medical call shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday where they found an unconscious man on the floor who was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to a ...