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Minnesota News

Ex-cop who killed Daunte Wright to learn sentence

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she confused her handgun for her Taser when she killed Daunte Wright will be sentenced Friday for manslaughter. Kim Potter was convicted in December of both first-degree and ...

A look at high-profile killings by US police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota police Officer Kim Potter faces sentencing Friday for manslaughter in the 2021 shooting death of Daunte Wright. Prosecutors have requested a seven-year sentence while her attorneys are asking for probation. Potter, 49, was convicted in December of first- ...

Grant money aimed to school bus stop-arm violators

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Schools and bus companies across Minnesota have been given $3.5 million in grant money to outfit school buses with stop-arm cameras. The Minnesota Legislature has awarded the grants to 32 schools and bus companies to purchase and install the cameras, as well as buy ...

Prosecutors reduce requested sentence for ex-cop Kim Potter

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors have apparently backed away from their pursuit of a longer-than-usual sentence for the suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she confused her handgun for her Taser when she killed Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old ...

Officer charged in Floyd killing says he deferred to Chauvin

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's killing testified Wednesday that he deferred to Derek Chauvin because he was his senior officer and that's what he had been trained to do. J. Alexander ...

Minnesota lawmakers take another shot at sports betting bill

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Another push for sports betting legislation appears to be gaining momentum as Minnesota lawmakers on Wednesday announced a bipartisan legalization effort. Republican and Democratic lawmakers in both chambers have ...

Officer in Floyd killing says his role was crowd control

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's killing testified that he was relying on his fellow officers to care for Floyd's medical needs while he controlled traffic and onlookers as police tried ...

Mankato teacher joining international experts in Antarctica

By EDIE SCHMIERBACH Mankato Free Press MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Mankato East High School biology and wildlife ecology teacher Julia Battern will embark in mid-March on a learning expedition to Antarctica. During her two-week experience at the icy continent, she will be brainstorming with an ...

Data: Many COVID-19 patients in December were vaccinated

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — More than half of Minnesotans who tested positive for COVID-19 in December were vaccinated, according to state health officials. The Minnesota Department of Heath breakthrough case data does not indicate if people had received booster shots. Roughly a third of those ...

One person dead in mobile home fire in Cass County

BENA, Minn. (AP) — One person has died in a mobile home fire in Cass County, sheriff's officials said. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Sunday about 12:30 a.m. dispatchers received a call about the fire on Highway 2 in rural Bena. First responders found the home engulfed in ...

Officials: Man in Meeker County shootout took his own life

EDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man who died over the weekend after exchanging gunfire with a police officer in small community southwest of St. Cloud. The medical examiner says 34-year-old Stephen Christ Poissant, of Brainerd died of a ...

Senate GOP package pushes to provide curriculum to parents

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans introduced a "Parents Bill of Rights" legislative package on Monday they say would empower parents by giving them more access to curriculum at their children's schools, mirroring a ...

2 cops plan to testify about Floyd killing; prosecutors rest

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors rested their case Monday against three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights, setting the stage for at two of the officers to soon take the stand as ...

Man killed after ambulance collides with snowmobile

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a man died after crash involving a snowmobile and an ambulance in St. Louis County, in northern Minnesota. The Star Tribune reports around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Louis County sheriff's deputies responded to a crash on Ash River Trail, about a half-mile ...

Barely in job, new chief feels heat from Amir Locke shooting

By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press Minneapolis Police Chief Amelia Huffman was taking questions about the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Amir Locke when a reporter challenged the police account that Locke's gun was pointed toward officers serving a search warrant. Huffman's attempt to explain ...

Thief steals 250K in Pokémon goods from Forest Lake shop

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The owners of a business in Forest Lake said a thief broke into their game shop and stole Pokémon merchandise they estimate was worth $250,000. The Star Tribune reports the thief avoided the store's extensive security system Thursday morning by breaking into a vacant ...

Edwards’ milestone game leads Timberwolves over Pacers

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards celebrated a milestone Sunday by scoring 37 points and leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 129-120 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Edwards became the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to reach the 2,500-point ...

Standout student athlete shot and killed in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A gifted student athlete in Minneapolis has died of injuries suffered in a shooting, according to school officials. Fifteen-year-old Deshaun Hill Jr. was an honor roll student and quarterback for the football team at North High School. Police found Hill with a ...

Near zero visibility closing interstates, highways

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Strong winds are whipping up blizzard-like conditions and closing sections of interstates and highways in North Dakota and Minnesota Friday. The North Dakota Department of Transportation initially closed Interstate 29 from Canada to the South Dakota border because of ...

New policy allows renaming U of M buildings after 75 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota regents have adopted a new policy that allows them to rename buildings after 75 years or sooner if their namesakes are contentious. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported the regents adopted the policy on Friday, saying it will allow more people ...