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Justice Department reviewing policies on transgender inmates

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is reviewing its policies on housing transgender inmates in the federal prison system after protections for transgender prisoners were rolled back in the Trump administration, The Associated ...

Enbridge ordered to pay $3M for Line 3 groundwater leak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have ordered Enbridge to pay more than $3 million for allegedly violating state environmental law by piercing a groundwater aquifer during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. The state Department of Natural Resources said Enbridge, ...

Early voting begins on Minneapolis policing ballot question

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Early voting got underway in Minneapolis on Friday on a contentious ballot question over whether the city where George Floyd was killed should replace its police department with a new Department of Public ...

SD girl killed in Minnesota storms that spawned 2 tornadoes

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A line of strong storms brought damaging winds and at least a couple tornadoes to Minnesota and western Wisconsin early Friday, causing at least one death. Authorities in Mankato say a 4-year-old girl died when a tree branch fell on a tent at a city park around 2:30 ...

Suspect in deaths of 4 found in SUV surrenders in Arizona

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A suspect in the shooting deaths of four Minnesotans who were found in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin surrendered to authorities in Arizona on Friday. Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said in a statement that Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, turned himself in to police in ...

Hearing set for Monday on Minneapolis police ballot question

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has scheduled hearing for Monday on an effort to keep a charter amendment on the future of policing off the ballot in Minneapolis. Attorneys for former Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels and others filed the motion late Wednesday, saying the council failed ...

Threat closes St. Louis Park synagogue as Sabbath begins

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — A threat of physical violence has caused a synagogue in a Minneapolis suburb to cancel preschool and shift Sabbath services online Friday. Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park was informed that the Anti-Defamation League regional office in Chicago received the ...

Duluth man, 64, dies after being hit, pinned under bus

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A 64-year-old Duluth man died Friday after he was hit, then pinned underneath a bus outside Miller Hill Mall. The incident happened before 10 a.m. Friday outside Dick's Sporting Goods. Police say they arrived to find David John Weston pinned under the bus and ...

2 girls injured in Meeker County school bus crash

EDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — Two girls suffered minor injuries when their school bus was rear-ended by another vehicle in Meeker County on Friday. The Sheriff's Office says there were 15 children on the bus at the time of the Friday morning crash in Manannah Township. All of the children are ...

COVID-19 hospitalizations rise to 696 in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hospitalizations from COVID-19 have risen to 696 in Minnesota, and hospital intensive care beds are at more than 95% capacity, according to state data. Hospital leaders said the increase in COVID-19 cases is combining with seasonal trauma injuries and other urgent needs, ...

Minnesota schools see slight bump in weekly virus cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota schools are seeing increases in weekly coronavirus cases as students return to classrooms across the state. More than 100 facilities from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade reported infections last week, according to a weekly COVID-19 report released by the ...

Minnesota Senate GOP picks Jeremy Miller of Winona as leader

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans have chosen Sen. Jeremy Miller, of Winona, to be the chamber's new majority leader to replace Paul Gazelka, who stepped down from his leadership post to run for governor. The Republicans plus two ...

Minnesota’s Klobuchar says she had breast cancer; doing well

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced Thursday that she has been treated for breast cancer that was found in February and the treatment "went well." Klobuchar, 61, tweeted that the cancer was detected during a routine mammogram, and ...

12-year-old fatally shot during dispute in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 12-year-old boy has been fatally shot during a neighborhood dispute in Minneapolis, according to police. The child was shot during an argument between two people, according to authorities. Police spokesman Garrett Parten said the victim's involvement in the dispute is ...

Lawsuit: GOP donor offered money to hush girl he trafficked

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A prominent Minnesota GOP donor who is charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking is now being sued by an underage girl who says he used her for sex acts, then offered her money to keep her from talking about it. The lawsuit filed ...

Teen driver facing charges in crash that killed two friends

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy is facing vehicular homicide charges in Ramsey County after authorities say he crashed a stolen car and killed two friends while fleeing from police. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office identified the boys who died in Friday's crash in ...

Sen. Gazelka joins governor’s race, attacks Walz on pandemic

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Paul Gazelka joined the Minnesota governor's race Wednesday, accusing Democratic Gov. Tim Walz of failed leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest that followed the death of George Floyd last ...

New challenge looms for Minneapolis ballot measure on police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for a former Minneapolis City Council member objected Wednesday to new language for a ballot measure on the future of policing in the city, saying it fails to comply with a court order that rejected the previous wording. The proposed amendment to the city charter ...

Ramsey County ends felony prosecutions from low-level stops

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Wednesday that he will no longer prosecute felony charges stemming from most low-level traffic stops, saying it's time to change a practice that has disproportionately impacted generations of minority communities. "Recognizing the ...

Judge tosses death sentence in Dru Sjodin slaying

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out the death sentence for a man convicted in the 2003 slaying of a North Dakota college student, saying new evidence shows that the medical examiner was "guessing" on the stand and defense lawyers did not ...