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Care centers, food plants, drive Minnesota’s test positivity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis has one the nation's highest percentage of positive coronavirus tests among metro areas because the state has prioritized residents of long-term care facilities and food processing plant workers for testing, state health officials said Tuesday. Dr. Deborah ...

Biden to keynote Minnesota Democrats’ online convention

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker when Minnesota Democrats hold a virtual state convention under the theme "Minnesota Together" this weekend. The former vice president will address the delegates online Sunday, along with Sen. Amy ...

Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday, hours after a bystander's video showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man's neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving. Mayor ...

High school yearbook staff shifts from prom to pandemic

By DAN GUNDERSON Minnesota Public Radio News MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — When spring break started back in early March, the Moorhead High School yearbook staff was preparing to document a hectic spring of sports, concerts, prom and graduation. But COVID-19 canceled all those plans. Now, the ...

Technology helps tribe reconnect with Dakota language

By CATHARINE RICHERT Minnesota Public Radio News ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — These days, Dakota — the native language of the Prairie Island Indian Community — isn't widely spoken. But the tribe is trying to change that and the pandemic has offered them an unusual opportunity to do so: by ...

DFL endorses incumbent Ilhan Omar for congressional seat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First-term U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has won the DFL endorsement to run in the August primary election for the Minneapolis congressional seat long held by Democrats. The party endorsement Sunday pits Omar against primary challenger Antone Melton-Meaux, an attorney and political ...

Some churches say services still too risky as cases grow

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Many religious leaders in Minnesota say it's too soon to throw open their doors to the faithful, despite the governor's recent decision to lift some coronavirus restrictions on places of worship. Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday that the state will allow them to reopen starting ...

Toddler killed, 3 others hurt in Becker County house fire

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy has died and three family members have been injured in a house fire in northwestern Minnesota. The Becker County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday about the fire northeast of Detroit Lakes. The first deputy on the scene ...

8 rescued after boat sinks in west-central Minnesota lake

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — Eight people have been rescued after their boat sank in Big Kandiyohi Lake in west-central Minnesota. The Kandiyohi County sheriff's office said authorities received a call just before 6 p.m. Sunday of a submerged boat. Everyone who was in the water was pulled to safety ...

Woman who died may have been assaulted in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Police in a Twin Cities suburb are investigating the death of a woman found lying in the street. Investigators said the woman may have been assaulted. She was found unconscious Thursday just before midnight in Bloomington. The woman was taken to Hennepin County ...

Officials: Counterfeit oxycodone caused 3 overdoses, 1 fatal

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Officials say one man has died and two others are recovering from an overdose of counterfeit oxycodone pills in Mankato. The city's Department of Public Safety said first responders were called to an apartment Thursday about 2 a.m. and found the three overdose victims. ...

2020 Minnesota State Fair canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials canceled the Minnesota State Fair on Friday after its leader said the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for the show to go on. "We all love the fair. And that's exactly why we can't have a fair this year," General Manager ...

Bail set at $1M for suspect in activist’s grandson slaying

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bail was set at $1 million Friday for a 23-year-old man charged in the fatal shooting of the grandson of a prominent Minneapolis civil rights activist. Dontae White appeared in Hennepin County court on charges of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a ...

Minnesota National Guard offers free testing at 6 armories

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota National Guard is offering free coronavirus testing at six armories across the state this holiday weekend. Guard members will have the capacity to collect roughly 2,000 samples per day across the six sites, for a total of roughly 6,000 tests over the ...

Catholic, Lutheran churches to defy Walz and hold services

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Roman Catholic and Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations across Minnesota plan to resume worship services in defiance of the state's ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, their leaders said Thursday, the strongest direct challenge to Gov. Tim Walz's restrictions ...

Duluth-based Essentia Health to lay off 900 employees

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Essentia Health said Thursday it is laying off 900 employees as the coronavirus pandemic cuts into business. Essentia Health CEO David Herman said in a statement that the recent cost-reduction measures the Duluth-based health care system has taken "are not sufficient to ...

Walz sets June 1 for reopening outdoor dining, hair salons

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota restaurants and bars may reopen June 1 for outdoor dining with social distancing and other safeguards, while salons can resume cutting hair at partial capacity, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday, drawing sharp criticism from those who had hoped for faster steps to help ...

State budget agency rules worker raises won’t be delayed

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State employees in Minnesota will see promised pay raises after the state's budget agency ruled Wednesday that legislators don't have the authority to modify them. The ruling from Minnesota Management and Budget came after the Senate Republican majority voted to ...

Retailers open, many report light customer traffic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Retail stores and shopping malls are open for the first time in two months, but many retailers are reporting light foot traffic, even with precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Tim Walz eased his stay-at-home order this month allowing the retailers to ...

Minnesota bars, restaurants, learn reopening rules Wednesday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota bars and restaurants will learn Wednesday when they might be able to reopen for sit-down service under restrictions meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Many eating establishments across Minnesota have been trying to stay alive with takeout and delivery ...