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Minnesota News

Twin Cities, Duluth end mask mandates in city buildings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth are among cities ending mask requirements for city-owned facilities as COVID-19 case counts continue to trend downward in Minnesota. Minneapolis and St. Paul ended their mandates on Thursday. Duluth lifted its requirement for city buildings ...

Former Hormel Foods CEO joins Minnesota congressional race

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The race to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn grew Thursday as a former CEO of Hormel Foods announced he's running as a Democrat and an Albert Lea attorney joined the GOP field. Jeff Ettinger served as CEO of Hormel from 2005 until 2016, a time of major growth ...

Moderate Red River flooding expected as spring thaw nears

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Moderate flooding is expected along the Red River heading into the spring thaw and that would be a happy medium considering the major drought in 2021, weather service officials said Thursday. Local officials said minor to moderate flooding ...

State public defenders poised to strike over pay, staffing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 700 workers involved in defending people who in most cases can't afford to hire a private attorney voted Thursday to authorize what would be an unprecedented strike in Minnesota. The public defenders and staff, represented by Teamsters Local 320, rejected the ...

Minnesota lawmakers plan bipartisan divestment from Russia

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers announced a plan Thursday to divest the state's pension funds from Russia, joining governors and lawmakers across the U.S. in putting financial pressure on the country over its war in ...

Minnesota Senate honors Iron Range lawmaker, passes ALS bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation to provide $20 million in grants for research against Lou Gehrig's disease, a tribute to Sen. David Tomassoni, of Chisholm, who was diagnosed with the disease last year. The bill would give $20 million to ...

Deal to stop Minnesota business tax increase remains elusive

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota legislative leaders remain so far apart on a deal to avert a looming increase in unemployment insurance taxes on businesses that they couldn't even agree Thursday on whether the deadline is next Tuesday, or April 30. Bills ...

“Boogaloo’ member sentenced to 3 years on weapons charges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A self-described member of an anti-government extremist group accused of taking advantage of the unrest after George Floyd's killing to raise money for the movement was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison. Michael Robert Solomon, 31, of New Brighton, ...

GOP candidate Jensen picks ex-Viking Birk as running mate

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen has named former Minnesota Viking and Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk as his running mate. Jensen made the announcement Tuesday night at a rally in Eagan. He's the first candidate to announce a running mate in the large ...

Minnesota Senate GOP bill would block ‘clean cars’ standards

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would block the authority of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to adopt "clean car" standards after rules established by the agency without the ...

Calls to suspend gas taxes across U.S. grow as prices surge

By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press With gas prices at record highs across the U.S., an increasing number of governors and state lawmakers are calling for the suspension of gas taxes to provide relief to motorists who are facing the prospect of even higher pump prices as the country cuts off ...

In Minneapolis strike, teachers say kids aren’t all right

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Teachers in Minneapolis say they've noticed more kids with anxiety and depression. One school counselor says she's seen more fights and drug use. Some kids tell parents they're frustrated — because learning stops when teachers have to deal ...

Minneapolis stadium owners settle with injured concert goer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Bank Stadium officials have agreed to pay their share of a $1.2 million settlement to a Wisconsin man whose foot was injured at a Garth Brooks concert in 2019. Tom and Diana Ugoretz, of Marshfield, sued the owner of the Minneapolis stadium, its operators, builders and ...

Lockdown lifted, no weapon found at Burnsville High School

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Police responding to a report of a weapon at a suburban Minneapolis high school gave the all-clear Tuesday after a three-hour search found nothing suspicious. A lockdown was put in place at Burnsville High School about 12:30 p.m. when the search began. Authorities ...

Whitmer urges Congress to pause 18-cents-a-gallon gas tax

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined five other Democratic governors Tuesday in urging Congress to pause the 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal gasoline tax for the rest of the year to alleviate pump prices that exceed $4 per gallon. Pending ...

US looks to boost cooperation with tribes on land management

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said Tuesday he and other officials are committed to boosting the role Native American tribes can play in managing public lands around the U.S. He told members of a congressional ...

Teachers hit picket lines in Minneapolis as parents worry

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis public school teachers hit the picket lines on Tuesday, calling for better wages and "safe and stable schools," as parents found themselves facing an uncertainty that's become all too familiar during the ...

Hundreds rally at state Capitol in support of Ukraine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of Minnesotans rallied at the state Capitol to show support for Ukraine where more than 1.7 million people have been forced from their country because of Russia's invasion nearly two weeks ago. Luda Anastazievsky, chairman of the Minnesota Ukrainian American ...

Man struck and killed in Minnesota moments after dog was hit

GRASSTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a pedestrian in east-central Minnesota was struck and killed by a vehicle moments after this dog was hit by a different car. The Pine County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened Thursday evening on Pokegama Lake Road near Grasston, about 65 miles ...

New sports betting bill puts Minnesota tribes in control

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The lead sponsor of a House bill to legalize sports betting in Minnesota said Monday that he's confident that the state's Native American tribes will drop their longstanding opposition and let it become law because it would put them ...