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Minnesota officials report 40 new deaths due to COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 7,219 new coronavirus cases, lifting the total number of positive tests to more than 270,000 since the start of the pandemic. Officials confirmed 40 deaths due to complications from COVID-19 in the last day, for a total of ...

Man accused in trooper assault arrested following manhunt

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of assaulting a state trooper in Stearns County and leading law enforcement officers from 16 agencies on a manhunt has been arrested, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The 29-year-old suspect was arrested without resistance about 6:30 p.m. ...

Wife, son charged in 2013 death of Twin Cities man

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — The wife and adult son of a Twin Cities area man who disappeared in 2013 have now been charged in his death. Sixty-two-year-old Connie Herbst and 26-year-old Austin Herbst were arrested Thursday near their New Prague home in the death of Gary Herbst. A dog found his ...

Study: Motorcycle rally sparked COVID-19 cases in next state

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When nearly a half-million motorcycle enthusiasts gathered in South Dakota this summer, health experts worried the gathering would ignite new outbreaks of coronavirus cases. It did, according to a report Friday that looked at cases in ...

Midwest health system CEO says he had virus, won’t wear mask

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and DOUG GLASS Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of one of the largest regional health systems in the Midwest has told his employees that he has recovered from COVID-19 and is back in the office — without a mask. Sanford Health's president and chief ...

Dylan papers, including unpublished lyrics, sell for $495K

BOSTON (AP) — A long-lost trove of Bob Dylan documents including the singer-songwriter's musings about anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics has sold at auction for a total of $495,000. Boston-based R.R. Auction said Friday the collection privately held by the late American blues artist ...

No problems reported for new driver registration system

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The replacement for Minnesota's troubled driver and vehicle registration system known as MNLARS seems to be off to a good start, according to state officials. Driver and Vehicle Services spokeswoman Megan Leonard says agents for the new MNDrive system handled more than ...

Officers search for suspect who punched state trooper

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are asking people who live near St. John's University in Stearns County to lock their doors and windows Thursday as they search for a man who assaulted a state trooper and may possibly be armed. The university was also locked down while ...

Duluth airport barred Pence after Trump broke virus rules

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Duluth airport officials prohibited Donald Trump's campaign from holding a rally there with Vice President Mike Pence last month after the president flouted state coronavirus guidelines at the airport three weeks earlier. The Duluth Airport Authority's executive director, ...

Bankers survey projects drop in holiday retail sales

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states are expected to see a not-as-jolly holiday retail season this year, according to a new monthly survey of bankers in the region. More than half of bankers surveyed this month for the Rural Mainstreet Survey projected 2020 holiday ...

Judge rejects Chauvin divorce, citing possibility of ‘fraud’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has rejected a divorce settlement between former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and his wife, citing the possibility of fraud. Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman did not discuss motives for the divorce in her October decision to ...

‘Help us’: Doctors implore Minnesotans to follow virus rules

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doctors urged Minnesotans on Thursday to take COVID-19 seriously and to comply with new restrictions that take effect Friday night as they provided dramatic accounts of how the state's health care system — especially ...

Minnesota man enters plea in police station fire amid unrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit arson for helping set fire to a Minneapolis police station during civil unrest in the days following the death of George Floyd. According to an indictment, Bryce Michael Williams, 26, of Staples, ...

Prosecutors want 2017 arrest of teen in Floyd death trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd want to introduce evidence of a 2017 arrest in which they say the officer held his knee on the back of a 14-year-old boy and ignored his pleas that he couldn't ...

2 Iron Range lawmakers spilt with Senate Democratic Caucus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two veteran state senators from the Iron Range broke with other Democrats on Wednesday to form their own independent caucus in a closely divided legislative chamber. Sens. Tom Bakk, of Cook, and David Tomassoni, of Chisholm, said in a statement that they've left the ...

Minnesota shuts more businesses as COVID-19 spread soars

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday imposed four weeks worth of new COVID-19 restrictions as the spread spiked to an all-time high, shutting down bars, restaurants and fitness centers, while pausing social gatherings and organized amateur sports. The announcement came on ...

St. Paul mayor outlines plans for emergency response changes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Tuesday outlined plans for a group meant to help the city improve its emergency response. About 40 people will serve on a public safety commission that will focus on non-police responses to 911 calls, which law enforcement currently ...

Campus police reform in progress after George Floyd killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly six months after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, the University of Minnesota is undergoing several efforts to reexamine and reform campus police. However, some say they feel change is not happening quickly enough. The University ...

Walz to announce COVID-19 restrictions on youth sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz plans to announce new COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday, including new guidance for youth sports as well as bars and restaurants, in an effort to slow the virus' spread in the community. In a call with reporters Tuesday, Walz said some of the ...

2 officers injured in St. Paul by suspects’ fleeing vehicle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two teens have been arrested after two police officers were injured by the boys' fleeing vehicle in St. Paul Sunday evening, according to authorities. The incident began about 5:30 p.m. when officers spotted a 17-year-old who was a suspect in October shooting. The boy ...