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Motorcyclist killed; family finds body 7 hours later

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A motorcyclist crashed and died on a Brooklyn Center highway ramp in the middle of the night, and his body remained at the scene until family went out and found him nearly seven hours later, authorities said The Star Tribune reports the motorcycle was heading west on ...

Minnesota tops 80K positive COVID-19 cases; 6 new deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has surpassed 80,000 positive COVID-19 tests, health officials said Sunday. Health officials reported 714 positive tests on Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 80,587. Health officials said 8,747 health care workers have tested positive for the virus since ...

Minnesota man rescued after 4 days trapped under fallen tree

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A man has been rescued after he was pinned under a tree for more than four days while working on his land in southern Minnesota, officials said. Jonathan Ceplecha, 59, was cutting down oak trees Aug. 27 near Redwood Falls when a one of them fell and landed on his ...

Judge allows disputed Minnesota mine project to proceed

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge ruled the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did not deviate from most of its procedures when it issued a key water quality permit for the proposed PolyMet mine project. The ruling is a victory for supporters of the state's first copper-nickel mine and the ...

Walz urges Minnesotans to remain vigilant on COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says the state is at a "tipping point" when it comes to the coronavirus as the number of positive cases continues to climb and that people must take precautions or risk a return to more restrictions on daily life in Minnesota. Walz and state health ...

Alleged Boogaloo members face terrorism charges in Minnesota

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two men who prosecutors say are members of an anti-government extremist group, who toted guns on Minneapolis streets during unrest following the death of George Floyd and spoke about shooting police, blowing up a courthouse and killing ...

Minnesota man charged with assaulting officer during unrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors on Friday charged a Minneapolis man with assaulting a police officer with a garbage can lid. On Aug. 26, Brayshaun Lamar Gibson, 28, allegedly threw a garbage can lid at a police officer during unrest in Minneapolis after the shooting of Jacob Blake, ...

14-year-old arrested in fatal St. Paul shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in St. Paul have arrested a 14-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting another teenager. Seventeen-year-old Jorge Batres, of Coon Rapids, was found with a gunshot wound to the head in a pickup truck on Tuesday evening. He was pronounced dead at the scene, ...

Seven additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Seven more people have died after contracting the coronavirus in Minnesota, state health officials said Thursday. Four of the additional deaths included people who were 85 years of age or older, according to the latest COVID-19 statistics in Minnesota. The others who ...

Judge dismisses challenge to governor’s COVID-19 orders

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Ramsey County judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Tim Walz's executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Thirteen Republican legislators and a group of businesses contended the Democratic governor abused his power and interfered with the legislative ...

COVID-19 death tied to Sturgis Rally reported in Minnesota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota last month has died from COVID-19, Minnesota health officials reported on Wednesday. It is the first reported coronavirus death that might be linked to the biker rally. At least 290 people in ...

Judge allows Minnesota wineries to use out-of-state grapes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a Minnesota law that required wineries in the frosty state to use mostly Minnesota-grown grapes, in a ruling that could have implications for other cold-climate wine-producing states. U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright ruled Monday that ...

Minnesota farmers face new nitrogen fertilizer restrictions

PIERZ, Minn. (AP) — Farmers in parts of Minnesota face new regulations starting Tuesday on how they apply nitrogen fertilizer. The Groundwater Protection Rule, developed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, took effect in June to tackle nitrate contamination in the state's ...

One woman killed, 2 people injured, in Bloomington shooting

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A suspect was in custody Monday after an overnight standoff in Bloomington that left his wife dead and two people hospitalized, including a critically injured 12-year-old girl. Police said officers were called to a home just after 11 p.m. Sunday and found a woman ...

Minnesota officials warn against gatherings amid case growth

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials warned Monday against social gatherings ahead of the Labor Day weekend following a visit from a top White House COVID-19 adviser as case growth continues to accelerate. White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx met with ...

US Rep. Phillips says Minnetonka campaign office burglarized

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips says his suburban Minneapolis campaign office was burglarized. Phillips tweeted about the overnight break-in at his Minnetonka campaign office on Sunday. He also posted a photo of a shattered glass door. "To the thieves stealing ...

Tigers finish sweep of Twins, pull back to .500 with 3-2 win

DETROIT (AP) — Jonathan Schoop hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers finished off a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 3-2 victory Sunday. Tyler Alexander (2-1) pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for Detroit, which handed Kenta Maeda (4-1) ...

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting near Long Prairie

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in central Minnesota are searching for whoever fatally shot one person and wounded another near Long Prairie. The Todd County Sheriff's Office was called to the shooting just after 9 p.m. Saturday. A deputy later stopped the victims' car near the ...

Small businesses in college towns struggle without students

By LARRY LAGE Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Perry Porikos sat in the street outside one of his five businesses, in a makeshift patio area that didn't exist before the COVID-19 pandemic sent his best customers — University of Michigan students — back home in mid-March. The ...

Man charged with threatening to kill Gov. Walz

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of threatening to kill Gov. Tim Walz over his endorsement of Rep. Ilhan Omar for Congress has been charged in Ramsey County District Court. A criminal complaint filed Thursday says 51-year-old Shawn Simonson, of Blaine, left a message on the governor's ...