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Minnesota News

Charges dropped against man accused of judge tampering

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has dismissed charges against a Minneapolis man accused of trying to intimidate a judge presiding over the manslaughter trial of the former officer convicted in Daunte Wright's death. The Star Tribune reports that Cortez A. Rice was charged with tampering with a ...

Lufile lifts Oral Roberts over St. Thomas (MN) 88-66

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Elijah Lufile had a career-high 25 points plus 13 rebounds as Oral Roberts easily beat St. Thomas (MN) 88-66 on Saturday night. Lufile shot 11 for 14 from the floor. Issac McBride had 13 points for Oral Roberts (16-8, 10-3 Summit League). Carlos Jurgens added 12 points ...

Twin Cities suburbs look to enact local sales tax

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A host of Twin Cities suburbs are looking to enact local sales taxes to help maintain and upgrade aging public amenities like community centers, ice rinks and city buildings. The Star Tribune reported Saturday that about a dozen cities, including Edina, Bloomington, Golden ...

City considers paying American Indians for name change

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — City officials in Roseville are considering paying American Indians for their thoughts on renaming a park. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Sunday that the city has been considering renaming Pocahontas Park since 2020, when high schooler Andrew Kim told the parks ...

Man who passed out on tracks convicted on gun charge

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man found passed out on light-rail train tracks in St. Paul last fall has pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge. Federal prosecutors announced Friday that 34-year-old Deandre Lenier Neal-Hill pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm as a felon, the Pioneer ...

16-year-old shot in leg at St. Paul birthday party

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police are trying to piece together how a 16-year-old ended up shot in the leg at a St. Paul birthday party. The Star Tribune reported shots were fired into the crowded party around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Police spokesman Steve Linders said private security was working at ...

Ruling could decide whether towns must maintain roads

MORA, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota town is asking the state appeals court to decide whether towns can maintain only portions of their roads. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday that Hillman Township in Kanabec County asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals in January to review a ...

Charges pending for 2 accused in large drug operation

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Charges are pending for two men who were arrested after nearly 400 pounds of marijuana and hundreds of THC vaping cartridges were seized at a Minnetonka home, authorities said. Lt. Derek Schuldt, commander of the Anoka-Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task ...

2 charged in fatal shooting at suburban Minneapolis school

RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Two men have been charged in a shooting outside a suburban Minneapolis school that left one student dead and another critically injured, the Hennepin County attorney announced Friday. Alfredo Rosario Solis, 19, and Fernando Valdez-Alvarez, 18, both of Minneapolis, ...

Minnesota lawmakers put early focus on public safety bills

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers on both sides of the aisle started the first week back at the Capitol highlighting ways to retain and recruit more police officers statewide. Leaders of both the Democratic House and GOP-controlled ...

EXPLAINER: Amir Locke case shines light on no-knock warrants

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The death of a young Black man at the hands of a Minneapolis police SWAT team is shining new light on how police carry out no-knock warrants. Attorneys and the family of 22-year-old Amir Locke said Friday that officers basically ...

Amir Locke shooting rekindles mistrust of Minneapolis police

By DOUG GLASS Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The killing of a Black man by Minneapolis police serving a search warrant left his family and activists angry and questioning the credibility of a department that was widely criticized for its initial portrayal of George Floyd's death. Amir ...

Parents: Amir Locke ‘executed’; mayor halts no-knock entries

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis mayor imposed a moratorium on no-knock warrants Friday, two days after a SWAT team entered a downtown apartment and killed Amir Locke, a 22-year-old Black man who his parents said was "executed" after he ...

Trial of 3 cops in Floyd killing delayed by COVID diagnosis

By AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's rights was abruptly suspended Wednesday after one defendant tested positive for COVID-19. Judge Paul ...

No motive revealed in shooting that killed Minnesota student

RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities said Wednesday they have not established a motive in a shooting outside a suburban Minneapolis school that left one student dead and another critically injured. The students were shot Tuesday outside South Education Center in Richfield, a suburb just south ...

EXPLAINER: Blood supplies run short, affecting patient care

After the holidays, it's normal for the nationwide supply of life-saving blood to dwindle at hospitals and blood banks as donations slow. This year, with fears about COVID-19 and the omicron variant keeping donors away or making them sick, blood centers say the shortage is worse than ...

Minneapolis officer serving warrant kills man in apartment

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer fatally shot a man Wednesday who authorities say had a loaded gun in his hand as officers entered a downtown apartment as part of a homicide investigation. Authorities have not said if the ...

Parents of Missouri student sue fraternity over hazing

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The parents of a Minnesota man allege in a lawsuit that he has been unresponsive and requires constant medical care since being forced to drink a bottle of vodka at a fraternity at the University of Missouri. Daniel Santulli, 19, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, was found in ...

Police: 2 students shot, 1 fatally, outside Minnesota school

RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — One student was killed and another critically injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon near the front entrance to a suburban Minneapolis school, police said. Police Chief Jay Henthorne said the students were shot outside South Education Center in Richfield, a suburb ...

Omar seeks third term representing Minnesota’s 5th District

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has announced her intention to seek a third term representing Minnesota's Fifth District. Omar was first elected to the House in 2019 and was the first Somali American in Congress. She said in a news release Monday that she chose to run to help build a ...