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Churches, businesses file another lawsuit challenging masks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is facing yet another lawsuit challenging his statewide mask mandate. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday that a group of 16 people, churches and businesses sued Ramsey County on Thursday. The lawsuit argues the mandate is unconstitutional, conflicts ...

St. Paul man charged in high-speed motorcycle chase

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a St. Paul man on Friday with leading a state trooper on a high-speed chase earlier this month. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that 25-year-old Daivonn Antonio Thomas Martinez faces one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a ...

St. Paul man charged in high-speed motorcycle chase

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a St. Paul man on Friday with leading a state trooper on a high-speed chase earlier this month. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that 25-year-old Daivonn Antonio Thomas Martinez faces one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a ...

15 Minnesotans catch coronavirus at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fifteen Minnesota residents have contracted the coronavirus after being exposed during the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, Minnesota health officials said Friday, warning that they expect the number to grow. One patient ...

Boundary Waters remains identified as New Mexico man

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Human remains discovered at a bloody Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness campsite last year are those of a missing New Mexico man, authorities said Friday. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying investigators have positively identified the ...

Minnesota man charged with stealing $841K in virus loans

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a St. Paul man on charges that he fraudulently obtained $841,000 in federal coronavirus loans for a business that doesn't exist. The indictment, unsealed Friday, charges 32-year-old Kyle Brenizer with two counts of wire fraud and two ...

Minnesota Power aims to test heavy-duty electric mine trucks

By FRANK JOSSI of Energy News Network. undefined ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — They may not go from zero to 60 in less than three seconds like a Tesla, but enormous electric trucks are generating excitement on northern Minnesota's Iron Range. Utility Minnesota Power has proposed a pilot project to ...

Minnesota’s jobless rate falls to 7.7% but job growth slows

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 7.7% in July from 8.6% a month earlier, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday, but cautioned that job growth is slowing as the coronavirus pandemic persists. The agency said Minnesota added ...

George Floyd mural in Minneapolis defaced with black paint

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Someone has defaced a giant mural of George Floyd at the Minneapolis intersection where he died in May. Someone sprayed black paint on the mural on the side of a food market, the Star Tribune reported. A Minneapolis police spokesman says the department hasn't taken any ...

Minnesota clinic closing will cost about 100 jobs

SARTELL, Minn. (AP) — A medical clinic near St. Cloud is set to lay off about 100 workers as it prepares to close its doors. The St. Cloud Times reported Wednesday that the Sartell HealthPartners clinic will close permanently this month. The HealthPartners' dental clinic in the building will ...

Walz’s commerce commissioner could become casualty of Line 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Senate's top leader warned Wednesday that Republican anger over the Walz administration's continued opposition to the Line 3 oil pipeline project could spill over into a confirmation hearing on Friday for Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley, whose job now ...

Minnesota officials won’t call spike in COVID deaths a trend

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Wednesday reported 17 new deaths from the coronavirus, the highest one-day death toll in two months. Minnesota's daily death figures usually have been in single digits in recent weeks. The new fatalities raised the state's death toll to 1,738, ...

Woman drowns after rescuing children in northwest Minnesota

BAGLEY, Minn. (AP) — An 18-year-old woman drowned after pulling several children from turbulent river water below a dam in northwestern Minnesota, authorities said. The teen and about seven children related to her were sliding over a rushing dam that separates Clearwater Lake and Clearwater ...

Firefighters battling large fire at St. Paul scrap yard

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters battled a large fire at a recycling facility in St. Paul Tuesday. Thick black smoke billowed from the blaze at Metro Metals Recycling. Firefighters were called to the scrap metal facility about 11:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, fire officials ...

Walz administration keeps up fight against Line 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz's administration said Tuesday it will appeal the latest approvals by state utility regulators for Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its old and corroding Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The state Commerce Department faced a Wednesday ...

Trump counters Biden with law-and-order message in Midwest

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Declaring it's "crunch time" for the upcoming election, President Donald Trump zeroed in on Midwest battleground states on Monday with a law and order message to counter former Vice President Joe Biden's show at the Democratic National Convention. In Mankato, Minnesota, ...

Father, stepmother charged in Elk River girl’s death

ELK RIVER, Minn. (AP) — The father and stepmother of an 8-year-old Elk River girl were charged Monday with murder after the emaciated girl was found dead in the family's apartment. Brett Hallow, 30, and Sarah Hallow, 28, were charged in Sherburne County with second-degree murder and ...

Weather Service confirms at least 6 tornadoes in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that Friday's storms spawned at least six tornadoes in Minnesota. Survey crews determined the strongest tornado was an EF1 in McLeod County packing winds estimated at up to 95 mph (153 kph). That tornado tracked for just over two ...

Chief: Protesters vandalize Minneapolis police precinct

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters have vandalized a Minneapolis police precinct office and targeted officers with fireworks, the police chief said Sunday. Chief Medaria Arradondo said demonstrators marched to the 5th Precinct on Saturday night and vandalized the exterior of the building and also ...

Minnesota records 7 new COVID deaths, 754 new cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported seven new COVID-19 deaths, raising the state's death to 1,706 since the coronavirus pandemic began. Of the new deaths, six were in long-term care or assisted living facilities while one was in a private home. The Minnesota ...