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Walz signs order allowing outdoor dining amid pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Wednesday that formally implements the next phase of his "Stay Safe MN" plan, which will allow restaurants and bars to offer outdoor dining and salons and barber shops to reopen starting next Monday. Those businesses must observe ...

Victim in police encounter had started new life in Minnesota

Before he died after being pinned for minutes beneath a Minneapolis police officer's knee, George Floyd was suffering the same fate as millions of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic: out of work and looking for a new job. Floyd moved to Minneapolis from his native Houston several years ...

False news swirls around Minneapolis officer in fatal arrest

A Minneapolis police officer videotaped on Monday holding a black man to the ground with his knee during an arrest has become the target of false claims on social media that attempt to tie him to political agendas and racist ideologies. Twitter and Facebook posts with hundreds of thousands of ...

Mayor: Officer who put knee on man’s neck should be charged

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges against the white police officer seen on video kneeling against the neck of a handcuffed black man who complained that he could not breathe and died in police custody. Based on the video, Mayor Jacob Frey said ...

2nd night of violent protests over Minneapolis man’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody broke out in Minneapolis for a second straight night Wednesday, with protesters in a standoff with officers outside a police precinct and looting of nearby stores. News helicopter footage showed protesters ...

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 ...