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GOP backs off from seeking to strip Walz of emergency powers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With coronavirus cases and deaths soaring to record levels in Minnesota, Republican lawmakers backed down Thursday from making another futile attempt to strip Democratic Gov. Tim Walz of the emergency powers he has used to respond to the pandemic. Lawmakers from both ...

Minnesota virus cases climb above 7,000 for first time

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday reported 7,228 new cases of the coronavirus, shattering the single-day record set just last week by more than 1,000 cases as the virus continues its unrelenting spread throughout the state. Minnesota health officials reported ...

State Patrol investigating multi-vehicle crash on I-94

MONTICELLO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near Monticello. The agency said the crash occurred around 9:15 a.m. Thursday on the interstate near Wright County Road 18. The crash involved 29 vehicles, half of which were ...

Minnesota governor criticizes South Dakota counterpart

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he wishes the neighboring Dakotas would take more aggressive steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus, singling out South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem for criticism. Walz made the comments Tuesday during a news conference in St. Paul where he ...

Walz imposes new limits on bars, restaurants, gatherings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota bars and restaurants must stop serving at 10 p.m. and attendance at weddings, funeral and social gatherings will be limited under new restrictions Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday to try to slow the accelerating spread of the coronavirus. Sounding the most ominous ...

Duluth police switch to emergency staffing due to COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Duluth Police Department officials said Tuesday they are switching to an emergency staffing schedule after about a quarter of employees were forced to quarantine due to COVID-19. Police spokeswoman Ingrid Hornibrook said 17 staff members had tested positive for the ...

Minnesota man sentenced to 15 years for death of 4-year-old

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a northern Minnesota man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing his girlfriend's 4-year-old son in her home. Kevin Jackson, 29, of Cass Lake, was sentenced Friday in Itasca County District Court, the Star Tribune reported. Jackson pleaded ...

Minneapolis City Council president will not run for 3rd term

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The president of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday she will not seek re-election. Lisa Bender has served two terms for the ward that sits just below the city's downtown. She said in an announcement on campaign letterhead that he made her decision "well before ...

Cook runs over Lions, Vikings rough up Stafford in 34-20 win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two months after releasing their all-time rusher, the Minnesota Vikings drafted Dalvin Cook. Less than four years after leaving Adrian Peterson's historic accomplishments in the past, the present and future of the backfield with Cook has never looked brighter. Cook kept ...

Police: Suspect arrested in wounding of 2 Wisconsin officers

DELAFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A man suspected of wounding two police officers in a shooting in Wisconsin on Friday and who is wanted in North Dakota for attempted murder has been arrested following a large-scale manhunt, police said. Delafield Police Chief Erik Kehl said the man was arrested ...

Alleged Boogaloo Bois face weapons charges in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Weapons counts have been added to the charges against two men who prosecutors say are members of an anti-government extremist group who toted guns in Minneapolis during unrest following the death of George Floyd, prosecutors announced Friday. Michael Robert Solomon, 30, of ...

Walz names Robert Doty as Minnesota’s chief tax collector

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has promoted Robert Doty to be the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue, the governor's office announced Friday. Doty, who's currently an assistant commissioner, will take over Nov. 12. He'll replace Cynthia Bauerly, who stepped down ...

Ex-Minneapolis officer charged with civil rights violations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer has been charged with federal civil rights violations and multiple counts of extortion and acquiring drugs, prosecutors announced Friday. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Ty Jindra abused his position as a Minneapolis police officer to ...

Pro-marijuana candidates could impact Minnesota Senate races

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Votes for pro-marijuana candidates could be the difference in a pair of Minnesota state Senate races, where those candidates pulled in thousands of votes despite minimal campaigning efforts. As absentee ballots continue getting tallied in critical swing races, Democrats ...

Staffing troubles emerge as Minnesota tops 5,000 virus cases

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota hospitals are having staffing challenges as the state topped 5,000 daily cases of coronavirus for the first time on Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 5,454 new coronavirus cases and 36 ...

Man gets 35 years for shooting, wounding Minnesota officer

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A man was sentenced Friday to the maximum 35 years in prison for shooting a southern Minnesota police officer in the head, leaving him severely injured. Tyler Robert Janovsky told the court he was "deeply sorry" for the January shooting of Waseca police Officer Arik ...

2 charged in connection with Minneapolis protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two protesters arrested in Minneapolis during Wednesday's protests about the election and other social justice issues are now charged for allegedly pointing a laser into an officer's eyes and kicking another in the groin. Amina T. Mussa McCaskill, 19, of Golden Valley, was ...

US Rep. Jim Hagedorn beats Dan Feehan in southern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn has defeated Democrat Dan Feehan in a hard-fought rematch of their 2018 race in a swing territory of southern Minnesota. Nearly complete returns Thursday show Hagedorn winning by about 3 percentage points. His district stretches across ...

2nd PolyMet permit complaint reaches Minnesota Supreme Court

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for the proposed PolyMet Mining Corp.'s copper-nickel mine were back in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court for the second time in a month, arguing Thursday about an air pollution permit granted by state regulators. It's the second dispute over the embattled $1 ...

Biden over Trump in Minnesota; Smith beats Lewis for Senate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota has won reelection, defeating Republican former U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis. Smith was in the rare position of having to defend her seat for the second time in two years. She was Gov. Mark Dayton's lieutenant governor when he ...