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Worker killed in fall from Lakeville construction site ID’ed

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified a construction worker who died in a fall from a town home site in Lakeville. According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office, Jose Francisco Cela Guasco, 26, of Minneapolis died of blunt force trauma injuries. He fell Monday from ...

Ohio woman dies after falling into Minneapolis creek

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Ohio woman has died after falling into a creek fed by Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis last week, authorities said. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said Deeqa Said Mohamed, 26, of Columbus, Ohio, died Tuesday at HCMC. The cause of death was ...

Minnesota sues oil companies, institute over climate change

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison sued ExxonMobil, Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute on Wednesday, alleging they deceived and defrauded Minnesotans about climate change. The lawsuit, filed in Ramsey County District Court, accuses the oil ...

Remains of Wisconsin woman found in Minnesota, charges filed

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The remains of a Wisconsin woman missing for more than three years have been found north of the Twin Cities a week after a suspect was charged with killing her, state officials said. The Wisconsin Department of Justice said Monday the remains of 50-year-old Beth Johnson, ...

Minneapolis police chief says Floyd’s death was ‘murder’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis' police chief says the death of George Floyd was "murder" and that the officer who pressed his knee into Floyd's neck knew what he was doing because he had taken specific training on the dangers of positional asphyxiation. It appears to be the first time Chief ...

Charges: Minnesota trooper sent woman’s nude photos to phone

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota state trooper is accused of sending a woman's nude photos from her cellphone to his own phone while responding to a crash in Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Attorney's office charged Albert Kuehne, 36, of Dayton on Tuesday with two felony counts of stalking ...

Judges differ on Minnesota absentee ballot witness mandate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota still plans to waive the witness requirement for absentee ballots in the August primary, despite a federal judge's opinion, the secretary of state's office said Tuesday. The office of Secretary of State Steve Simon said that Simon will follow a state court ...

In Minneapolis, talk of changing PD means taking on union

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The fiery leader of Minneapolis' police union has built a reputation of defying the city, long before he offered the union's full support to the officers charged in George Floyd's death. When the mayor banned "warrior training" for officers last year, Lt. Bob Kroll said ...

4 shot, wounded in Minneapolis one day after Uptown shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minneapolis were investigating a shooting on the city's north side Monday that left four people wounded, just one day after 12 people were shot in a different neighborhood. Police spokesman John Elder said officers were called to a neighborhood about 2 miles ...

Minority officers allege discrimination over Chauvin booking

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eight minority corrections officers who work at the jail holding a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd allege that they were barred from guarding or having contact with the officer because of their race. Floyd died on May 25 ...

1 man dead, 11 people wounded in Minneapolis shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A shooting in a popular Minneapolis nightlife area early Sunday left one man dead and 11 people wounded in a chaotic scene that sent people ducking into restaurants and other businesses for cover. The shooting broke out shortly after midnight in the city's trendy Uptown ...

Klobuchar urges Biden to pick nonwhite woman as running mate

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Amy Klobuchar says she is dropping out of the running to be vice president and urging Democrat Joe Biden to select a woman of color instead. The white Minnesota senator, who had seen her prospects fall as racial tensions swept the nation, said ...

Man arrested in police station arson head back to Minnesota

DENVER (AP) — A Minnesota man arrested in Colorado on suspicion of setting some of the fires that destroyed a Minneapolis police station on a night when protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent is returning to his home state to face prosecution. Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 22, ...

Minnesota activists hold Juneteenth rally for reparations

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Black Lives Matter chapter took to the state Capitol on Friday to mark Juneteenth with a demand for reparations and real police reform in a continued push for racial justice following the death of ...

Minnesota health dept. says youth sports can resume

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Youth outdoor sports can return to games and scrimmages on Wednesday after being on pause during the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota health officials said Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health also announced that indoor youth sports can resume games and scrimmages ...

Police accountability bills stall in Minnesota Legislature

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A special session of the Minnesota Legislature appeared to be in a stalemate Friday with both parties deeply divided on how far lawmakers should go toward remaking policing in the state where George Floyd was killed. The ...

Minnesota Democrats press GOP for sweeping policing changes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has challenged Republican lawmakers to approve a Democratic-backed package of police accountability bills crafted following George Floyd's death so he can have the "poetic justice" of signing them Friday to celebrate Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery ...

EPA fines Enbridge $6.7M over pipeline safety issues

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal regulators have fined Enbridge $6.7 million for allegedly failing to quickly fix pipeline safety issues. Enbridge said Thursday that the Alberta, Canada-based company has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and agreed to pay the fines, levied in ...

Minnesota promises late July decision on K-12 schools

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health and education officials on Thursday asked school administrators to plan for three scenarios on reopening in the fall under the cloud of the coronavirus, and promised a decision by the last week of July on whether students can return for in-person ...

Hibbing Taconite extends mine shutdown another month

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Hibbing Taconite in northern Minnesota is extending its iron mining shutdown for another month as the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues. HibTac announced in April it would shut down from May 3 to July 6. But the company now says the goal is to ...