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Officer to Floyd: ‘It takes … a lot of oxygen to talk’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn't breathe more than 20 times in the moments before he died, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd's neck dismissed his pleas, saying "it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk," according to ...

Minnesota headed for another special session next week

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is prepared to call Minnesota lawmakers into a special session that would begin Monday. The session is triggered by an extension of the peacetime authority that Walz has used to manage the coronavirus in Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio News ...

U to help international students comply with ICE directive

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is reviewing its fall semester plans to make sure that international students aren't forced to leave the country under new guidance from federal immigration authorities. The guidelines Monday from the U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement ...

Pregnant Minneapolis woman who died after delivery ID’ed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in Minneapolis have released the name of a pregnant shooting victim who was pronounced dead after her baby was delivered. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office on Tuesday identified the victim as Leneesha Columbus, 27, of Minneapolis. The medical ...

Senator investigated by state board over COVID-19 comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State Sen. Scott Jensen said he's being investigated by the Minnesota State Board of Medical Practice for some public comments he made as a doctor about the coronavirus. In a video released Sunday the Chaska Republican said the investigation related to his earlier ...

Shooting victim pronounced dead after her baby is delivered

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doctors at a Minneapolis hospital delivered the baby of a pregnant shooting victim who was later pronounced dead, according to authorities. The woman was in a vehicle when she was shot about 9 p.m. Sunday in south Minneapolis, police said. Paramedics rushed the woman to ...

Two survive crash of small plane on Iron Range

EVELETH, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say two people survived the crash of a small plane in northeastern Minnesota. Tower Municipal Airport manager John Burgess says the Piper PA-32 departed early Sunday afternoon, destined for somewhere in Wisconsin. KBJR-TV reports Burgess says no ...

Convicted Florida killer back in Minnesota on murder charges

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a woman in Florida so she could assume her identity has been returned to her home state to face trial on allegations that she killed her husband in 2018. Lois Riess is being held at the Steele County Detention ...

Minnesota driver’s manual updates text for legal gun owners

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota public safety officials updated the state's driver's manual to give motorists who are legally carrying firearms some guidance on what to do if they are stopped by police, including instructions to keep both hands on the steering wheel while telling the officer of ...

$200K loan helped Senate president’s business hang on

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A more than century-old scrap metal business owned by the Minnesota Senate president was among hundreds of thousands of businesses nationwide to get a boost from the Treasury Department's Payroll Protection Program. Miller Scrap, co-owned by GOP state Sen. Jeremy Miller of ...

Former officer charged in Floyd’s death posts $750K bond

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd has been released from jail, according to Hennepin County jail records. Tou Thao, age 34, is the third former officer accused in Floyd's death to be released on bond. He posted $750,000 bond on ...

Thousands in Minneapolis march for racial justice

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of people dressed in black took to the streets of Minneapolis on Saturday night for an Independence Day protest for racial justice and an end to police brutality. People gathered in downtown Minneapolis for a rally and march, called The Black 4th by organizers, ...

Rescue divers find man’s body in Lake Carlos

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — Rescue divers found the body of a man in Lake Carlos on Sunday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said the body fits the description of a man who drowned there on Friday, KFGO reported. His body was transported to Midwest Medical ...

Minnesota records 5 new COVID-19 deaths, 519 cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 5 new deaths from COVID-19 along with 519 confirmed cases in the last two days. All of the deaths reported were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. So far, 1,471 ...

Man dies after drowning at lake in Avon

AVON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities reported that a man died on Sunday morning after he drowned in Middle Spunk Lake near Avon. The 20-year-old man went missing in a swimming area at the lake on Saturday afternoon. A rescue diver located the man, and he was flown to St. Cloud Hospital. But he ...

Children caught up in rolling gun battle at Minneapolis park

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of young children practicing football at a Minneapolis park were spared when bullets began to fly over their heads from a rolling gun battle one shaken mother described in a Facebook post that has been widely viewed. Carrie Heinrich said 50 or so children and a ...

Minnesota officials back mask mandate amid spikes elsewhere

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health experts are urging Gov. Tim Walz to require people to wear masks in public statewide amid concerns that a spike in reported coronavirus cases elsewhere could happen in Minnesota. Nationwide, the number of confirmed cases climbed to an all-time one-day high of ...

Minnesota banks, credit unions, offer COVID-19 mortgage help

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials said Thursday that 31 Minnesota financial institutions have committed themselves to provide additional mortgage-relief options to homeowners facing financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic who don't have federally backed mortgages. Under ...

Walz asks Trump for ‘major disaster’ aid following unrest

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz requested money Thursday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help Minnesota rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest that followed George Floyd's death. Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a "major disaster" because of extensive ...

Minnesota governor, insulin activists blast industry lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials and insulin activists blasted the pharmaceutical industry Wednesday for suing to overturn a new state law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can't afford them. The Pharmaceutical Research and ...