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30 family members contract COVID-19 following funeral

LAKE PARK, Minn. (AP) — Thirty grieving members of a family in a small northwestern Minnesota town have contracted the coronavirus after attending a funeral for a loved one. The family of 78-year-old Francis Perreault gathered at the Catholic church in the Becker County community of Lake ...

Study: Most Minneapolis police stops involved Black drivers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Black drivers accounted for nearly 80% of police searches and routine traffic stops in predominantly white Minneapolis, according to a public defender's study using city policy data. From June 2019 to May 2020, the study found Black and East African drivers were more often ...

Judge: Prosecutor will stay on ex-cop’s case in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge overseeing the cases against the four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd has denied a request to have a local prosecutor removed. J. Kueng's attorney filed a motion Thursday arguing that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, the county's top ...

Minnesota officials urge vigilance to stop COVID-19 spread

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported a decrease in the number of new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, but urged residents to stay vigilant in their efforts to stop the virus' spread by continuing to wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid large crowds. Officials ...

Minneapolis leaders push ahead with efforts to change police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis leaders who pledged to dismantle the city's Police Department in the wake of George Floyd's death won't achieve the type of structural overhaul to public safety they hoped for – at least not this year. A city commission on Wednesday blocked a November vote on ...

Proposal to disband Minneapolis police blocked from ballot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis commission decided Wednesday to take more time to review a City Council amendment to dismantle the Police Department in the wake of George Floyd's death, ending the possibility of voters deciding the issue in November. Members of the Charter Commission ...

Mechanical failure, human error cited in Guard copter crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mechanical failure and human error led to the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter that killed three Minnesota National Guard members last December, according to a Guard summary released Wednesday. According to the summary of results from a military investigative board, ...

Voters sue Walz to block face masks at Minnesota polls

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of voters sued Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and other officials on Tuesday to try to block a requirement that voters wear face masks at polling place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Minnesota Voters Alliance, backed by Republican lawmakers, ...

Minnesota sees record in mail-in ballots amid pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A record number of Minnesotans will be voting by mail in next week's primary election as they seek to avoid the long lines and crowds seen at polling places in other states amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests for absentee ballots for the upcoming Aug. 11 primary election ...

Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America to reopen Aug. 10

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Mall of America said Monday the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park inside the mall will reopen Aug. 10 after being closed nearly five months due to COVID-19. Officials of the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall said the seven-acre (2.8-hectare) theme park will reopen ...

Judge extends Minnesota vote-by-mail changes to November

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge on Monday extended changes in Minnesota's absentee ballot rules to the November general election. Ramsey County Judge Sara Grewing approved the agreement allowing Minnesota voters to submit their mail-in or absentee ballots in the Nov. 3 general election ...

Skier hurt in accident with patrol boat on Lake Minnetonka

SHOREWOOD, Minn. (AP) — A water skier is hurt after an accident involving a Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol boat on Lake Minnetonka this weekend. The sheriff's office said the accident happened around 6:40 a.m. Saturday in the Lower Lake of Lake Minnetonka, south of Gale Island. The ...

St. Cloud man drowns after falling off tube in Big Lake

BIG LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Divers have recovered the body of a St. Cloud man who drowned after falling off a floating tube in Big Lake. Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said the dive team was called in around 7:45 p.m. Saturday at the lake's swimming beach after a witness saw a man fall off a ...

Minnesota AG sues rodeo owner for violating COVID-19 order

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Friday filed a complaint against an Itasca County company that organized and promoted a three-day rodeo that allegedly drew large crowds after the state imposed a spectator limit for the event. Ellison's action came after the ...

Minnesota faces potential $4.7B deficit due to pandemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota faces a potential $4.7 billion deficit in its next two-year budget due to continued economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new planning estimate announced Friday by the Minnesota Management and Budget office. Management and Budget ...

Minnesota schools get some flexibility on back-to-school

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state officials on Thursday unveiled a plan to reopen schools this fall that gives districts some flexibility to toggle between in-person and online learning, but reserves the right for the state to step in if the coronavirus gets out of control. Gov. Tim Walz ...

Minnesota GOP official resigns over masks, Nazis post

WABASHA, Minn. (AP) — A county Republican board member in southern Minnesota has resigned after posting on Facebook an image that compares the state's mask mandate to Jewish people wearing a star in concentration camps. The Wabasha County GOP initially said its Facebook page apparently had ...

Minnesota senator says board cleared him over COVID comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican state senator says the Minnesota State Board of Medical Practice has dismissed complaints challenging his medical license over comments he made about the coronavirus. Sen. Scott Jensen of Chaska announced on Facebook Monday that the board informed him it ...

Prosecutors may revisit audio-visual coverage of cops’ trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors said Tuesday they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. The Minnesota Attorney General's office did not offer a reason Monday when it opposed allowing ...

Newly confirmed COVID cases slip in Minnesota; 4 new deaths

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials said Tuesday the number of newly confirmed coronavirus case slipped after several days of large case counts. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 480 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the ...