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GOP report pans Minnesota DFL leaders for protest response

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A report released Tuesday by Minnesota Republican senators blames Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey for their failure to control days of violent protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd. The 61-page summary that was compiled ...

Federal judge upholds Minnesota’s extended ballot counting

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a Minnesota state court agreement that allows the counting of absentee ballots received up to seven days after Election Day. Republicans had asked U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel to block the seven-day extension ...

Minnesota bonding bill vote delayed to round up GOP votes

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats on Monday delayed a vote on a $1.37 billion public works construction package in the hopes of securing the six Republican votes they would need to pass the long-delayed legislation and provide some economic ...

Minnesota eases visits to long-term care facility residents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials rolled back rules Monday that prevented many families from visiting their loved ones in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities because of the coronavirus pandemic. The new guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health allow indoor ...

Minnesota Supreme Court to take up PolyMet mine dispute

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A dispute over the future of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine goes before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday. The state Department of Natural Resources and PolyMet are challenging a ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals that canceled three major permits ...

Minnesota man acquitted in 1991 murder in Pennsylvania

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been acquitted in the murder of a 76-year-old woman almost three decades ago in western Pennsylvania. Jurors in Indiana County last week deliberated for more than two hours before finding 67-year-old Charles Cook not guilty of criminal homicide and ...

Minnesota tops 1,000 COVID-19 cases for 4th straight day

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 10 new deaths due to complications from the coronavirus, raising the total number of fatalities to 2,141 since the pandemic began. The update showed 1,450 new cases in the last day, following a record high Saturday of more than ...

Late Wilson magic gives Seahawks 27-26 win over Vikings

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson capped a 94-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf on fourth-and-goal with 15 seconds left, and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-26 on Sunday night. Seattle improved to 5-0 for the first time in ...

University of Minnesota alters spring break for 5 campuses

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is changing spring break plans at its five campuses because of the coronavirus. University leaders are moving the weeklong vacation from March to April for Twin Cities and Rochester students and spreading the days across the semester for those ...

Second night of protests over release of Floyd officer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Demonstrators hit the streets for a second night Thursday in the Twin Cities to protest the release of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd last May. The rallies in St. Paul and Minneapolis followed a march Wednesday night in south ...

Judge lets ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death live out of state

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge cited safety concerns as he issued new conditions of release for an ex-Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd that would allow him to live in a neighboring state while he awaits trial. Derek ...

Judge: Minnesota 2nd District election to take place Nov. 3

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled that the election in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District should proceed in November as originally scheduled, despite the recent death of a third-party candidate, saying a delay would leave constituents ...

Nonprofit preserves 2,000 acres in Superior National Forest

TOFTE, Minn. (AP) — More than 2,000 acres of private land deep in the heart of the Superior National Forest will remain undeveloped. The nonprofit Nature Conservancy said it purchased the land this week from retired forestry professor Mike Freed. The land near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area ...

51 protesters arrested after officer in Floyd death released

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fifty-one people were arrested during protests Wednesday after a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd was released on bail. Derek Chauvin had been in custody in a Minnesota prison as he awaits a March trial on charges of murder and other ...

University of Minnesota alters spring break for 5 campuses

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is changing spring break plans at its five campuses because of the coronavirus. University leaders are moving the weeklong vacation from March to April for Twin Cities and Rochester students and spreading the days across the semester for those ...

Minneapolis mural dedicated to George Floyd defaced again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A large mural dedicated to George Floyd in Minneapolis has been defaced again. Surveillance video from Cup Foods shows a man wearing a face mask over a ski mask walk up to the mural and spray red paint on it about 4 a.m. Sunday, a store employee, T.J. Abumayyaleh, told the ...

Ex-officer charged in George Floyd’s death freed on $1M bond

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd posted bail Wednesday and was released from jail, leading Minnesota's governor to activate the National Guard to help keep the peace in the event of protests. According to court ...

Fairview Health to close 16 clinics, cut 900 jobs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis health care system says the coronavirus pandemic has caused deep operating losses, forcing it to close 16 clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin and reduce its workforce by 900 employees. Fairview Health also plans to shut down Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul that ...

Legal Marijuana Now party names candidate in 2nd District

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Legal Marijuana Now Party has nominated Paula Overby to run in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District after candidate Adam Weeks died last month, according to a court document filed Tuesday. Weeks' Sept. 21 death triggered a Minnesota law that moved the election to ...

Sen. Jasinski apologizes for driving while intoxicated

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state senator is apologizing for driving while intoxicated. Republican Sen. John Jasinski, of Faribault, said Sunday he takes "complete responsibility" for driving drunk. The 54-year-old legislator was cited Saturday in Rice County for driving while ...