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Walz wants use budget surplus to send checks to taxpayers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz wants to send checks of $175 or $350 to more than 2.7 million Minnesota households to spend down the state's large budget surplus. The proposal he laid out Thursday for spending a portion of Minnesota's $7.7 billion surplus and leftover federal aid would ...

Clark sets triple-double record, No. 25 Iowa routs Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Iowa's Caitlin Clark posted her second straight 30-point triple-double, setting a Division I basketball record for men or women, and the No. 25 Hawkeyes rolled to a 105-49 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night. Clark had 35 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, helping ...

Longtime Minnesota infectious disease director to retire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kris Ehresmann, a key figure in Minnesota's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will retire next month after more than three decades at the state health department. Ehresmann, the Minnesota Department of Health's infectious disease director, announced Thursday she will be ...

Florida man charged after 4 found dead at Canada-US border WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A Florida man has been charged with human smuggling after the bodies of four people, including a baby and a teen, were found in Canada near the U.S. border in what authorities believe was a failed crossing ...

Access again an issue at federal trial in Floyd’s killing

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A closed hearing in the federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers in George Floyd's killing was canceled Friday after prosecutors and the media objected, the second time in just days that access to the ...

Louie Anderson, comic, Emmy winner for ‘Baskets,’ dies at 68

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Louie Anderson, whose four-decade career as a comedian and actor included his unlikely, Emmy-winning performance as mom to twin adult sons in the TV series "Baskets," died Friday. He was 68. Anderson died at a hospital in Las Vegas of ...

Hundreds take state-paid nursing assistant training

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of Minnesotans are taking advantage of the state's offer to cover the cost of training to become a certified nursing assistant. The state has used $3.5 million in federal relief funding to pay for students' tuition, textbooks and certification exams in hopes of ...

Bankers survey: Rural economy stays strong in 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states remains strong, according to a new monthly survey of bankers in the region released Thursday, but those bankers said they have growing concerns about the rising costs associated with running farms. The overall ...

Long-sought Great Lakes projects get funding under new law

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer A project that will boost Great Lakes shipping in a crucial bottleneck and another intended to protect the lakes from invasive carp will get big funding increases under the Biden administration's infrastructure package, officials said Thursday. The U.S. ...

Enbridge says it has fixed pierced aquifer near oil pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy said it has stopped the flow of spilled artesian groundwater that began a year ago when workers installing the Line 3 oil pipeline in northwestern Minnesota punctured an aquifer. The spill near Enbridge's terminal in Clearbrook was one of the worst ...

The 18 jurors picked for federal trial over Floyd’s killing

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eighteen people were picked to hear the federal case against three former Minneapolis officers who are charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights during the May 2020 arrest that led to the Black man's death. ...

Florida man charged after 4 found dead at Canada-US border

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A Florida man was charged Thursday with human smuggling after the bodies of four people, including a baby and a teen, were found in Canada near the U.S. border in what authorities believe was a failed crossing attempt during a freezing blizzard. The United States ...

Jury in federal trial in Floyd killing appears mostly white

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury of 18 people who appeared mostly white was picked Thursday for the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's killing, a case that the judge told potential jurors has ...

3 cops face complex federal trial in George Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers who were with Derek Chauvin when he pinned George Floyd to the street is expected to be complex as prosecutors try to prove each officer willingly violated the Black man's ...

Judge won’t expand media access for 3 ex-officers’ trial

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a request by a coalition of media groups for greater access to the civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers in George Floyd's death. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson said the ...

Minnesota attorney general sues 2 companies over COVID tests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's top law enforcement official filed suit against two Illinois-based companies Wednesday over the results of COVID-19 tests he said were often slow to arrive and not accurate. Attorney General Keith Ellison is seeking an injunction and financial penalties, ...

Jury selection to start in federal trial over Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Thursday in the federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers who are charged with violating George Floyd's constitutional rights while fellow Officer Derek Chauvin used his knee to pin the ...

Timeline of events since George Floyd’s arrest and death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of key events that began with George Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis: May 25, 2020 — Minneapolis police officers respond to a call shortly after 8 p.m. about a possible counterfeit $20 bill being used at a corner grocery ...

EXPLAINER: The federal charges against 3 cops in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former officers who were with Derek Chauvin during the arrest that led to George Floyd's death face federal trial this week on charges they violated the Black man's civil rights. Jury selection begins Thursday in the federal case ...

Who are the 3 officers on trial in George Floyd’s death?

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three former Minneapolis officers headed to a federal trial on civil rights charges this week in the death of George Floyd aren't as familiar to most people as Derek Chauvin, a fellow officer who was convicted of murder last ...