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Minnesota Senate votes to let most closed businesses reopen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Senate voted Monday to allow most businesses to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic as long as they follow safety guidelines, highlighting the divide between the chamber's Republican majority and the more cautious approach of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz. The bill ...

Woman dies days after being shot in car in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman has died days after she was shot in a car that crashed into a tree in Minneapolis, police said. The shooting happened Monday night in south Minneapolis. Police said the woman and a man were in a vehicle that was shot at. The woman was struck, and the car crashed ...

Man suspected in Minnesota killing arrested in Arkansas

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — A U.S. Marshals task force says a man has been arrested in Arkansas on a warrant related to a killing in Minnesota. The Marshals Service's office in Tennessee said in a news release that Orlando Franklin was arrested at a house in West Memphis, Arkansas, on ...

Third person charged in Beltrami County homicide, arson

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — A third person has been charged in a Beltrami County homicide and arson case. Devin Belcourt, 32, of Bagley, was arrested in Naytahwaush Tuesday in connection with an incident Sunday in which a man was found dead inside a burning home near Bemidji and another man was ...

Fugitive arrested in Minnesota slaying of real estate agent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A fugitive wanted for killing a real estate agent in Minneapolis in a murder-for-hire plot has been arrested in Illinois, police said. Berry Davis and another alleged co-conspirator, Cedric Berry, have been indicted on first-degree murder charges for their alleged roles in ...

Crime doesn’t pay but prison does, even during a pandemic

By ROBIN McDOWELL and MARGIE MASON Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As factories and other businesses remain shuttered across America, people in prisons in at least 40 states continue going to work. Sometimes they earn pennies an hour, or nothing at all, making masks and hand sanitizer to ...

Minnesota governor says graduation ceremony ban was painful

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota essentially banned large-scale high school and college graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 on Friday to limit the spread of the coronavirus, dashing the spirits of students who had been holding out hope for traditional ...

Some blame meatpacking workers, not plants, for virus spread

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As coronavirus hotspots erupted at major U.S. meatpacking plants, experts criticized extremely tight working conditions that made the factories natural high risk contagion locations. But some Midwestern politicians have pointed the ...

Amid virus fears, Minneapolis homeless encampment grows

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Metro Transit officials are trying to contain a homeless encampment in Minneapolis that has grown to more than 100 people in the last month, as many men and women moved to "Camp Quarantine" amid fears they would catch the coronavirus in crowded shelters. Metro Transit ...

Sports budget crunch: $4M deficit at Minnesota, $5M at W.Va.

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the end of this virus-disrupted school year drawing nearer, a predictably bleak financial outlook for major college sports has emerged from the budgeting process. The West Virginia athletic department announced Friday a projected $5 ...

Walz outlines virus ‘battle plan’ at Minnesota nursing homes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz outlined a "battle plan" Thursday to keep Minnesota long-term care residents and workers safe against COVID-19, which so far has claimed the lives of more than 400 residents of nursing homes or assisted-living facilities in the state. Walz told reporters that ...

Authorities crack down on speeding motorists during pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's law enforcement officers have ticketed three times more drivers for speeding over 100 mph compared to the same period last year as some motorists take advantage of the state's empty roadways despite the governor's stay-home directive, authorities said. State ...

Suit alleges Minnesota deputies tried roadside body search

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota on Wednesday sued in federal court on behalf of a woman who alleges deputies tried to conduct a body cavity search of her on a roadside in freezing weather. Kelli Jo Torres said she was a passenger in a car pulled over in ...

Minnesotans urged to fish close to home to slow COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans should fish close to home to help curb the coronavirus pandemic when the walleye season opens this weekend, avoiding overnight stays and driving no further than they can go on one tank of gas, Department of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday. A surge in ...

BCA: Willmar man killed himself while confronting police

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — A Willmar man cut his throat and killed himself in a confrontation with police that injured an officer last week, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Tuesday. Officers were called to a domestic incident at a Willmar home early Friday. Officer Nicole ...

Pandemic projected to take $4B bite out of Minnesota budget

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is projected to take a nearly $4 billion bite out of Minnesota's budget, swallowing up the state's rainy day fund, Gov. Tim Walz's budget officials reported Tuesday. Minnesota Management and Budget said it now projects a nearly $2.43 billion deficit ...

Minnesota man faces more charges in string of sex assaults

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Ham Lake man suspected in a string of sex crimes in the Minneapolis area in three new cases. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office on Tuesday charged Jory Wiebrand, 34, in three separate cases of criminal sexual conduct, burglary and ...

Minnesota GOP lawmaker compares homelessness to camping

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican state senator from northern Minnesota is drawing criticism after posting a video questioning why campgrounds for leisure activities are closed while homeless people can live in tents during the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Justin Eichorn, a freshman lawmaker ...

Mourners remember man killed during traffic crash fight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — About 50 people gathered on a scenic overlook in St. Paul to mourn a father of four who was fatally shot during an altercation over a car accident. The mourners released balloons Sunday in honor of 39-year-old Douglas Lewis. Police say he was killed Friday night along ...

Pressure builds to allow more Minnesota businesses to reopen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans kept up the pressure Monday on Democratic Gov. Tim Walz to move faster toward allowing more businesses to reopen so they can survive the COVID-19 pandemic, while the governor said his administration is actively making plans for how to accomplish that — but ...