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Teen driver facing charges in crash that killed two friends

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy is facing vehicular homicide charges in Ramsey County after authorities say he crashed a stolen car and killed two friends while fleeing from police. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office identified the boys who died in Friday's crash in ...

Sen. Gazelka joins governor’s race, attacks Walz on pandemic

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Paul Gazelka joined the Minnesota governor's race Wednesday, accusing Democratic Gov. Tim Walz of failed leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest that followed the death of George Floyd last ...

New challenge looms for Minneapolis ballot measure on police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for a former Minneapolis City Council member objected Wednesday to new language for a ballot measure on the future of policing in the city, saying it fails to comply with a court order that rejected the previous wording. The proposed amendment to the city charter ...

Ramsey County ends felony prosecutions from low-level stops

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Wednesday that he will no longer prosecute felony charges stemming from most low-level traffic stops, saying it's time to change a practice that has disproportionately impacted generations of minority communities. "Recognizing the ...

Judge tosses death sentence in Dru Sjodin slaying

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out the death sentence for a man convicted in the 2003 slaying of a North Dakota college student, saying new evidence shows that the medical examiner was "guessing" on the stand and defense lawyers did not ...

Lawsuit: GOP donor offered money to hush girl he trafficked

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A prominent Minnesota GOP donor who is charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking is now being sued by an underage girl who says he used her for sex acts, then offered her money to keep her from talking about it. The lawsuit filed ...

Minneapolis scrambles to save November vote on policin

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge struck down ballot language Tuesday that aimed to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new agency, which sent the City Council scrambling to approve new language that members hope will stand up. "The court finds that ...

Rescue team finds body of missing 2-year-old girl in Edina

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — Police in a Minneapolis suburb said Tuesday they have recovered the body of a 2-year-old girl who was the subject of more than 18-hour search after she apparently wandered away from her family on her own. Edina police said earlier that Iklas Abdullahi Ahmed had been ...

State Fair final attendance: 1.3M, far below 2019 record

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up its 12-day run with total attendance of about 1.3 million, well below usual numbers as the delta variant kept many fairgoers away. The coronavirus wiped out the 2020 state fair, and this year's comeback returned just as the delta variant ...

Kent steps down as Minnesota Senate minority leader

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent has announced she is stepping down from her role as minority leader and plans to retire when her term ends next year. Kent, a Woodbury Democrat, has served in the Senate for nearly 10 years and said in a statement Thursday ...

Man who shot at cops in unrest over Floyd death is acquitted

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged with attempted murder after firing at Minneapolis police officers in the chaotic protests that followed George Floyd's death has been acquitted of all charges against him. Jaleel Stallings argued self-defense during his July ...

Congresswomen urge Biden to stop pipeline in Minnesota visit

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and her progressive congressional allies urged President Joe Biden on Friday to stop construction on Enbridge Energy's Line 3 replacement, even as the project nears completion and the ...

Chicago man arrested in fatal highway shooting in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — Plymouth police said Thursday a 33-year-old Chicago man has been arrested in the fatal highway shooting of a driver in an apparent case of road rage. Police Chief Erik Fadden said the suspect was arrested Aug. 24 and jailed in the central Illinois city of Decatur, ...

3 ex-officers ask to block streaming of trial in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death asked a judge Thursday to bar their upcoming trial from being livestreamed, saying some witnesses won't testify if the proceedings are broadcast. The ...

Otter Tail Power to sell stake in North Dakota coal plant

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A utility company in western Minnesota plans to end its investment in a coal-fired plant it operates in North Dakota as part of its push to add more sources of renewable energy. Otter Tail Power Co., based in Fergus Falls, plans to sell its 35% stake in the Coyote ...

Ex-officer faces more serious charge in Daunte Wright death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors filed a more serious charge Thursday against the former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, but it is not the murder charge that activists were seeking. Former ...

12-state human trafficking operation nets rescues 47 victims

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities made 102 arrests and rescued 47 victims as part of a 12-state effort to combat human trafficking, Missouri's top law enforcement official said Friday. Most of the arrests occurred Thursday night into Friday morning and came after a months-long ...

Minnesota State Fair first-day attendance down by half

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — First-day attendance at the Minnesota State Fair was down by roughly half as the fair returned after missing last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. With simmering concern over the delta variant, and fair officials declining to require masks or proof of ...

Minnesota’s reading, math assessment scores slipping

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota students scored dramatically worse on this year's reading and math assessment tests after the pandemic disrupted school settings. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday only 44% of students were proficient in math, down 11 percentage points from 2019, and ...

COVID-19 outbreak quarantines nearly 300 Albert Lea students

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Administrators in the Albert Lea school district say the coronavirus has significantly disrupted the start of classes with nearly 300 students quarantining for exposure to COVID-19. After five days of classes at Albert Lea Area Schools, there have been 36 positive ...