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Minnesota News

HealthPartners suspends recruiting in COVID-19 vaccine trial

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota health care provider has suspended its successful recruitment of participants in a coronavirus vaccine trial while its maker investigates whether a recipient's "potentially unexplained" illness is a side effect of the shot. The trial led by AstraZeneca ...

Trump, Biden surrogates bring campaign messages to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is getting extra attention from the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Joe Biden this week. Donald Trump Jr. will lead a "Make America Great Again" rally at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Wednesday night. Jill Biden was set to visit an ...

Walz calls Friday special session; plans to extend powers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has called lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session Friday, citing the need to preserve the emergency powers that he's been using to manage the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor said in his announcement Wednesday he intends to ...

Lawyer: Medical workers improperly accessed Floyd’s records

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Family members of George Floyd have been notified that multiple employees of a Minneapolis healthcare system have improperly accessed the man's medical records sometime in the last 30 days, an attorney for the family said. Attorney Antonio Romanucci told KARE 11 that ...

Minnesota high schools to see large activities fee increases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State High School League is sending letters to school leaders outlining fee increases as much as 300% in order to make up for losses caused by the coronavirus. The league is shifting the financial burden almost exclusively onto its member schools, many of ...

Winona State self-quarantines as Minnesota schools reopen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Winona State University quarantined itself for two weeks starting Tuesday amid an increasing spread of the coronavirus on the southeastern Minnesota campus, while most of the state's elementary and secondary schools kicked off a school year that will test whether their ...

Minnesota safety officials seeking review on Floyd response

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is seeking an independent evaluator to review how state agencies dealt with civil unrest after the killing of George Floyd. Public safety officials want the report to investigate collaboration among state and local entities, ...

Man profiled in magazine pleads guilty to explosive charges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man whose profile in Popular Science magazine sparked an investigation into his pyrotechnics pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to illegally manufacturing and selling explosives. Federal agents raided the Brownsville home of Kenneth Miller in March, after ...

Jobs czar strives to get Minnesota economy back on track

By BILL SALISBURY St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — This isn't the job he expected. When Steve Grove became Minnesota's state economic czar early last year, he inherited an economy with near-record-low unemployment and a bustling business scene. He envisioned leading a state ...

Jumping worms lean onto Minnesota’s invasive species list

By DAN KRAKER Minnesota Public Radio News DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Zebra mussels. Emerald Ash borers. Buckthorn. Eurasian milfoil. These are some of the most well-known and destructive non-native species that have invaded Minnesota's lakes and forests, threatening ecosystems both in water and on ...

Bold hopes for virus antibody tests still unfulfilled

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — At the height of the coronavirus lockdown, President Donald Trump and his top health advisers trumpeted a new test that would help Americans reclaim their lives — one that would tell them if they already had the virus and were protected ...

Priest tapped as Duluth, Minnesota bishop resigns amid probe

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A priest recently tapped by Pope Francis to become a bishop for a northern Minnesota diocese has resigned after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the 1980s surfaced before he could take up his post. The Vatican announced Monday that Francis had accepted the ...

Minnesota reports 3 more deaths, 638 new coronavirus cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported 638 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, and three additional deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 1,860. The state has reported a total of 81,225 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. As of ...

Motorcyclist killed; family finds body 7 hours later

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A motorcyclist crashed and died on a Brooklyn Center highway ramp in the middle of the night, and his body remained at the scene until family went out and found him nearly seven hours later, authorities said The Star Tribune reports the motorcycle was heading west on ...

Minnesota tops 80K positive COVID-19 cases; 6 new deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has surpassed 80,000 positive COVID-19 tests, health officials said Sunday. Health officials reported 714 positive tests on Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 80,587. Health officials said 8,747 health care workers have tested positive for the virus since ...

Minnesota man rescued after 4 days trapped under fallen tree

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A man has been rescued after he was pinned under a tree for more than four days while working on his land in southern Minnesota, officials said. Jonathan Ceplecha, 59, was cutting down oak trees Aug. 27 near Redwood Falls when a one of them fell and landed on his ...

Judge allows disputed Minnesota mine project to proceed

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge ruled the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did not deviate from most of its procedures when it issued a key water quality permit for the proposed PolyMet mine project. The ruling is a victory for supporters of the state's first copper-nickel mine and the ...

Walz urges Minnesotans to remain vigilant on COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says the state is at a "tipping point" when it comes to the coronavirus as the number of positive cases continues to climb and that people must take precautions or risk a return to more restrictions on daily life in Minnesota. Walz and state health ...

Alleged Boogaloo members face terrorism charges in Minnesota

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two men who prosecutors say are members of an anti-government extremist group, who toted guns on Minneapolis streets during unrest following the death of George Floyd and spoke about shooting police, blowing up a courthouse and killing ...

Minnesota man charged with assaulting officer during unrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors on Friday charged a Minneapolis man with assaulting a police officer with a garbage can lid. On Aug. 26, Brayshaun Lamar Gibson, 28, allegedly threw a garbage can lid at a police officer during unrest in Minneapolis after the shooting of Jacob Blake, ...