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COVID-19 cases rising faster on reservations in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Native Americans have contracted COVID-19 at two to three times the rate of white Minnesotans over the past month, according to state health officials. There are large pockets of unvaccinated people in the 18 to 49 age range in Minnesota's tribal communities and across ...

Ex-Wisconsin teacher gets 12 years for secret videotapes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former Wisconsin high school teacher accused of secretly videotaping undressed students during field trips was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison after reaching a plea deal with federal prosecutors. David Kruchten, 39, of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, earlier pleaded ...

Minneapolis cop charged in chase that killed innocent driver

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer has been charged with manslaughter and vehicular homicide for a crash in July that killed an innocent motorist while the officer was pursuing a stolen vehicle, a prosecutor announced Friday. Officer Brian ...

Aromatherapy spray linked to US deaths faces recall

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials may have solved the mystery of how four people in different states came down with a serious tropical disease even though none had traveled internationally: an aromatherapy spray imported from India. The Centers for ...

2nd man charged in crash that killed woman in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A second suspect has been charged in the death of a bystander who was struck and killed by one of two vehicles whose drivers were involved in an exchange of gunfire in downtown Minneapolis. Eighteen-year-old Autumn Rose Merrick was riding a scooter near Target Field when ...

Mohamed Noor and what led to the ex-officer’s resentencing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of key moments in the July 15, 2017, fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who called 911 to report a possible crime, and the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who killed her: July 15, 2017 — Damond calls 911 to report hearing a ...

Minneapolis cop gets nearly 5 years in killing of 911 caller

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in prison — the most the judge could ...

Strong economic growth continues in rural parts of 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Strong economic growth continues in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, according to a new monthly survey of bankers in the region. The overall economic index for the region improved in October to 66.1 from September's already-strong 62.5 reading. Any score above ...

Teachers ask for virus protocols after student, staff deaths

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Members of Minnesota's teachers union are calling on school leaders to do more to protect students and staff after the state Department of Health reported the first student death from COVID-19 this school year. Health officials said the student and two staff members ...

New Crookston bishop says sexual abuse victims are priority

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — The new bishop of the Crookston diocese said Monday he has learned important lessons about how the Roman Catholic church should respond to abuse by priests. Bishop Andrew Cozzens replaced Bishop Michael Hoeppner, who resigned earlier this year at the request of Pope ...

Evictions rise as state COVID-19 protections begin to lift

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rental evictions are rising in Minnesota as state protections adopted because of COVID-19 are beginning to lift, according to housing experts. As of last week, a 15-day notice is no longer required before an eviction notice is filed over delinquent rent. Lease ...

Walz launches reelection campaign in divided Minnesota

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz launched his campaign for a second term Tuesday in an increasingly divided Minnesota, saying he made the tough calls necessary to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic and revive the economy. "Peggy and I asked ...

Judge won’t lower bail in case of apparent road-rage killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Tuesday refused to lower bail for a Chicago man accused of fatally shooting a Twin Cities man on a Minnesota highway after an apparent road-rage incident. Jamal L. Smith, 33, is being held on $3.5 million bond in connection with the July death of 56-year-old Jay ...

Enbridge fails to meet aquifer cleanup deadline in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge has failed to meet a deadline set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for cleaning up a site where an aquifer ruptured during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline, DNR officials said. The agency had given the company until Friday to repair the ...

ROTC students in 2 states rebuild bridge used in skills test

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — ROTC students from three colleges along the Wisconsin and Minnesota border came together to rebuild a bridge that is part of a trail system used in an annual national competition. The Eagle Battalion included about a dozen students from the University of Wisconsin-La ...

New art tribute to Dylan on display outside Minnesota school

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — A public art tribute to Bob Dylan was unveiled Saturday in Hibbing with the hopes of inspiring a new generation of young artists. The display of the Iron Range town's most famous resident is located outside Hibbing High School, where the 80-year-old Dylan was a 1959 ...

6 shot in 3 separate Minneapolis incidents within 45 minutes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Six people were shot and injured in Minneapolis in three separate incidents that occurred within 45 minutes of each other. The shootings happened Thursday night. Police say the first call came in at 9:06 p.m. Police responded to multiple 911 calls about a shooting on the ...

Chicago man indicted for 1st-degree murder in highway death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Chicago man accused of fatally shooting another man in the head on a Minnesota highway after an apparent road-rage incident has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge, prosecutors said Friday. Jamal Smith, 33, had already been charged with second-degree murder in ...

Family of man killed by Minnesota deputies demands new probe

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a Black man a federal task force shot to death this summer wants a new, independent investigation into the shooting after prosecutors decided not to file any charges. Winston Smith Jr.'s family said at a news conference Friday that officers at the scene were ...

Walz to deploy National Guard to help ease COVID-19 surge

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Friday he'll use the Minnesota National Guard to help alleviate staffing shortages at care facilities that are struggling to cope with the surge in COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated Minnesotans. "These folks ...