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Minnesota gives final green light to disputed oil pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy's Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency granted ...

Minnesota to release ‘materially better’ budget forecast

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota budget officials will release a fresh forecast Tuesday showing how bad a hit state finances have taken from the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Tim Walz last week said the projections would be "materially better" that a forecast last spring of a $4.7 billion shortfall ...

Man hospitalized after being shot by St. Paul police officer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a St. Paul police officer responding to a domestic assault report Saturday night shot a man who had been walking around naked and weilding a steak knife. The incident began shortly before 8 p.m. when police responded to a call about a vehicle crash. ...

Man arrested after wounding 3 people in Albert Lea shooting

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Albert Lea say they arrested a 21-year-old man Sunday accused of shooting three people, including a police officer. Police responded to a noise complaint at an apartment complex shortly before 2:30 a.m., according to the Albert Lea Tribune. The officer ...

Bridgewater, Panthers leave Minnesota with frustrating loss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had just given them the gift of a muffed punt, and the Carolina Panthers were on the verge of a gritty victory — against Teddy Bridgewater's original team, no less. With a three-point lead and 1:54 remaining, Bridgewater dropped back to pass on ...

Walz indicates bipartisan COVID relief could come next week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that a bipartisan pandemic relief package may materialize as soon as next week to provide assistance to businesses hurt by the shutdown meant to slow the spread of the virus Walz said during a tour of a Brooklyn Park warehouse facility where he ...

Minneapolis police: Man shot and killed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police reported that a man was shot and killed early Thursday in Minneapolis. Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the northern part of the city and found a man with a gunshot wound. Police and paramedics provided him medical aid, but he died at the ...

Minnesota tribes file to halt pipeline build amid pandemic

ST. PAUL, Minn (AP) — Two Native American tribes in northern Minnesota are asking state regulators to stop the imminent construction of Enbridge Energy's Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement because it increases the risk of coronavirus infections spreading. The Red Lake and White Earth ...

Walz, House GOP, push for quick aid for hard-hit businesses

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled separate relief proposals for small businesses that have been hit the hardest by new restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Walz said the package ...

Minnesota issues another approval for disputed oil pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota regulatory panel on Tuesday signed off on Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, leaving only one minor state permit to go before construction can begin. The independent Public Utilities Commission notified ...

Minnesota certifies Biden win, state voter turnout nears 80%

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's state canvassing board unanimously certified the state's election results Tuesday, an ordinarily routine task that drew closer attention due to President Donald Trump's efforts to delay it in key states. Joe Biden defeated ...

Sanford replaces CEO after controversial email about masks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The head of one of the largest regional health systems in the Midwest was replaced Tuesday, less than a week after telling employees that he had recovered from COVID-19 and was not wearing a mask around the office. Sanford Health said in a release that it has ...

Minnesota launches smartphone app to slow spread of COVID-19

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and other Minnesota officials urged residents Monday to download a free app for their smartphones that will notify them if someone who's been near them later tests positive for the coronavirus and will allow them to warn ...

Army Corps of Engineers grants final federal Line 3 permit

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday approved the final federal permit for Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, bringing the project a step closer to construction. In a release ...

Minnesota chef’s stolen 2-ton custom barbecue smoker found

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota chef whose business has been suffering because of the coronavirus pandemic showed up to work to find his 2-ton custom-built barbecue smoker was stolen over the weekend — but was found Monday, thanks to a tip from a good Samaritan. Thomas Boemer, chef and ...

Minnesota officials report 40 new deaths due to COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 7,219 new coronavirus cases, lifting the total number of positive tests to more than 270,000 since the start of the pandemic. Officials confirmed 40 deaths due to complications from COVID-19 in the last day, for a total of ...

Man accused in trooper assault arrested following manhunt

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of assaulting a state trooper in Stearns County and leading law enforcement officers from 16 agencies on a manhunt has been arrested, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The 29-year-old suspect was arrested without resistance about 6:30 p.m. ...

Wife, son charged in 2013 death of Twin Cities man

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — The wife and adult son of a Twin Cities area man who disappeared in 2013 have now been charged in his death. Sixty-two-year-old Connie Herbst and 26-year-old Austin Herbst were arrested Thursday near their New Prague home in the death of Gary Herbst. A dog found his ...

Study: Motorcycle rally sparked COVID-19 cases in next state

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When nearly a half-million motorcycle enthusiasts gathered in South Dakota this summer, health experts worried the gathering would ignite new outbreaks of coronavirus cases. It did, according to a report Friday that looked at cases in ...

Midwest health system CEO says he had virus, won’t wear mask

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and DOUG GLASS Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of one of the largest regional health systems in the Midwest has told his employees that he has recovered from COVID-19 and is back in the office — without a mask. Sanford Health's president and chief ...