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Marijuana bill clears Minnesota House in historic vote

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota House passed a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use after hours of debate Thursday night in a historic vote that marked the first time either chamber has voted on legalization. The bill — ...

No more mask mandate, but some Minnesotans will keep them

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — On the first day that Minnesotans could go without a mask in public, Amber Raitz wasn't about to do so. It's not that she disagrees with Gov. Tim Walz dropping the state's mask requirement in public spaces, but Raitz, ...

City where Daunte Wright shot to vote on policing changes

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Leaders in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in April are expected to vote Saturday on a resolution that would put the city on track to major changes to its policing ...

Target suspends in-store sales of sports cards, cites safety

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target on Friday cited safety concerns in suspending in-store sales of sports and Pokemon trading cards, but it made no mention of a recent fight over cards outside a Wisconsin store. Although the Minneapolis-based retailer didn't give a direct reason for the change, the ...

Federal arraignment in July for 3 ex-cops in Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former Minneapolis police officers who are charged with violating George Floyd' s civil rights are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in July, with a trial date to be determined. Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao will be ...

Minnesota Legislature faces tough budget talks in week ahead

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As the Minnesota Legislature enters the last full week of its 2021 session, lawmakers face long hours of tough negotiations as they seek to agree on a balanced budget by next Monday's mandatory adjournment date. And given the ...

Big Minnesota Lottery winners will get to keep names private

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Big winners in the Minnesota Lottery will be able to keep their names confidential under a bill signed by Gov. Tim Walz this week. The new law, which takes effect Sept. 1, makes the names of winners of cash prizes bigger than $10,000 private data unless they give ...

Minnesota community vaccination sites now taking walk-ins

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vaccine-eligible Minnesotans can walk in for a COVID-19 shot without an appointment at the state's Community Vaccination Program locations effective immediately, the governor's office announced Friday. "We want Minnesotans to pile in the car, walk in to a state site ...

Ruling lets Minnesota move forward with ‘clean car’ rules

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators got a green light Friday to adopt new "clean car" rules without getting approval from the Legislature. A ruling from an administrative law judge allows the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to move forward with its plan to write new regulations ...

Minnesota marijuana bill heads to House floor vote next week

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legislation that would legalize cannabis use for adults and expunge most minor marijuana convictions is expected to head to a full floor vote in the Minnesota House next week after a dozen hearings — the first time ...

Man charged in Minnesota bank hostage case

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Charges were filed Friday against a man accused of holding five employees hostage during a standoff at a Minnesota bank that lasted more than eight hours. Ray R. McNeary, 35, was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, five counts of kidnapping and assault in ...

4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man's constitutional rights as he was restrained ...

‘We did it!’: Minnesota exults at Census win at NY’s expense

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans spent 18 months worrying over whether the 2020 census would finally cost them a precious seat in Congress, expecting to lose one to faster-growing competitors in the South and West even if they found and ...

Trial of other cops charged in Floyd’s death to be broadcast

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin's murder trial was the first Minnesota criminal trial to be broadcast live on television. It won't be the last. Some in the Minnesota legal system were apprehensive about allowing the live broadcast of Chauvin's trial over the killing of George Floyd, but the ...

Prosecutor in Daunte Wright’s death not swayed by critics

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The day Daunte Wright was laid to rest, a small group of demonstrators gathered outside prosecutor Pete Orput's suburban home and, with microphones and a loudspeaker, demanded he file murder charges against the police officer who killed the ...

Police arrest Minnesota bar owner who defied virus orders

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A business owner in southern Minnesota who missed a court date as she faces criminal charges for defying pandemic-related restrictions was arrested Thursday in Iowa. Lisa Hanson, who owns a wine and coffee bar in Albert Lea, was arrested by police in Clear Lake, Iowa near ...

St. Paul officials push review of sheriff’s livestream

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three city council members in St. Paul are pushing for a formal review of Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher's practice of livestreaming video of his patrols. Fletcher started his "Live on Patrol" videos last year, saying it was a way to show people how law enforcement ...

Activists take next step in push to replace Minneapolis PD

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A charter amendment to replace the Minneapolis Police Department is one step closer to going before voters in November after a coalition of activists submitted their petition to city officials on Friday. Yes 4 ...

Prosecutors seek higher sentence for Chauvin in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a judge to give Derek Chauvin a more severe penalty than state guidelines call for when he is sentenced in June for George Floyd's death, arguing in court documents filed Friday that Floyd was particularly vulnerable ...

Police chiefs hail Chauvin verdict as a key step to healing

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press Not long after a jury convicted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd, police chiefs across the U.S. started speaking up. And it wasn't to defend the police. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun ...