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70% of older Minnesotans to be vaccinated before next phase

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At least 70% of Minnesotans age 65 and older will get at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine before the state moves on to the next phase of vaccinations, Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday. The governor announced the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, which ...

Working group on deadly police encounters reports progress

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A working group that has been looking at ways to reduce deadly encounters between police and citizens in Minnesota said Thursday that many of its recommendations are being implemented through new rules and regulations. The group in its one-year progress report noted that ...

Ex-cop appeals murder conviction to Minnesota Supreme Court

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of third-degree murder in the 2017 fatal shooting of an Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to hear his appeal. Mohamed Noor filed a petition Thursday ...

NBCA says it has ‘concern’ about T-wolves’ coaching change

CHICAGO (AP) — The leadership of the National Basketball Coaches Association spoke out Wednesday about its "concern and level of disappointment" with the way the Minnesota Timberwolves went about their coaching change earlier this week. The statement came from NBCA president Rick Carlisle of ...

Minnesota Supreme Court hands victory to PolyMet copper mine

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed an appeals court's rejection of a critical air emissions permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine and sent the case back for further proceedings. The Supreme Court ruled that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ...

Walz’s $518M bonding bill includes money to rebuild cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $518 million capital investment package Monday that includes $150 million for rebuilding neighborhoods hit by unrest after the death of George Floyd last May and $43 million in security upgrades for the state Capitol complex, which has been ringed ...

Deputy allegedly had fentanyl in system during deadly chase

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say an Otter Tail County deputy was under the influence of the powerful painkiller fentanyl while involved in a high-speed chase that ended in a deadly crash. Deputy Kelly Backman is charged with misconduct by a public officer and driving while ...

Tribal, county teamwork keys Minnesota county’s vaccinations

MAHNOMEN, Minn. (AP) — The only Minnesota county located entirely within the borders of a Native American reservation has been vaccinating at rates that far surpass most other counties in the state, authorities said. Mahnomen County is located in the northwestern part of the state, about an ...

Wild snap two-game losing streak with 3-1 win over Ducks

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Foligno admitted that the Minnesota Wild's 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night wasn't picture perfect, but for a team that is still working its way back after having its season paused due to COVID-19 protocols, any ...

Minnesota House rejects security fund for officers’ trials

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House rejected a bill to create a fund to bolster security during the upcoming murder trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with killing George Floyd. The measure failed Thursday on a 71-63 vote in the Democratic-controlled House. Democratic Gov. ...

Warrant: Opioid addiction may have motivated clinic shooting

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — An alleged gunman's addiction to opioid medication was the "driving force" behind last week's shooting at a Minnesota health clinic that left one person dead and four injured, a veteran investigator said in his application for a search warrant. Wright County Deputy ...

Panel backs task force on missing and murdered Black women

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A bill to create a task force to develop a comprehensive roadmap for remedying the plight of missing and murdered African American women and girls won unanimous approval Friday in its first hearing before the Minnesota Legislature. The ...

Minnesota public school enrollment drops 2% amid pandemic

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Public school enrollment in Minnesota dropped by about 17,000 students as families turned to home schooling, private schools and delaying entry into kindergarten amid the coronavirus pandemic, state education officials announced ...

Sheriff: Device thrown at Line 3 protest was not explosive

CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — A suspicious device allegedly thrown by a protester at a construction site for the Enbridge Energy Line 3 replacement pipeline was not an explosive, authorities said Friday evening, and nearby residents who had been evacuated were allowed to return to their ...

Senate vote to reopen schools lays out partisan divide

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Senate approved a renewed Republican attempt Thursday to rescind Gov. Tim Walz's emergency authority to close schools, a sign of the continuing deep partisan divisions over how state government should respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The GOP-controlled ...

2 charged in arson fires set amid George Floyd protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities said Thursday they've charged two more people in arson fires set during protests that followed George Floyd's death in Minneapolis after being arrested by police. Jose Angel Felan Jr., 34, and Mena Dhaya Yousif, 22, both of Rochester, were charged after ...

Minnesota gives anxious people tool to connect with vaccine

Minnesota gives anxious people tool to connect with vaccine By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota rolled out a new online tool Thursday to help anxious residents learn when and where they can get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Gov. Tim Walz announced the ...

Republican Doug Wardlow runs for Minnesota attorney general

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Doug Wardlow announced Wednesday that he's running again for Minnesota attorney general, stressing a "law and order" platform as he seeks the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Keith Ellison, who beat Wardlow by just under 4 percentage points in ...

US govt seizes over 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents have seized more than 10 million fake 3M brand N95 masks in recent weeks, the result of an ongoing investigation into counterfeits sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities and government agencies. The most recent seizures occurred ...

Walz puts Minnesota middle, high schools on path to reopen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Citing progress on the coronavirus vaccination front and declining cases, Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced plans to let middle and high school students return the classroom for in-person learning as early as Monday. Lower grades at many Minnesota elementary schools are ...