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Minnesota tweaks vaccination efforts amid questions of pace

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz announced a series of changes to vaccine distribution efforts on Monday after questions of the state's pace and heavy demand for a community vaccination program last week crashed a website and angered many people who could not get through. State officials ...

Walz unveils education plan centered on pandemic and equity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Monday released the education portion of his budget proposal, aiming to address short- and long-term effects of the pandemic while putting the focus on racial equity and inclusion. The plan, named the Due North Education Plan, attempts to address the ...

Minnesota case marks 1st detection of Brazil variant in US

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has made its first known appearance in the United States in a person who recently returned to Minnesota after traveling to Brazil, state health officials announced Monday. The Brazil P.1 variant was found in a specimen from a ...

Minnesota woman who lied to support family gets full pardon

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Board of Pardons on Monday granted its first full pardon in more than three decades, to a woman who used a fake name and false documents to get a job so she could cover food and housing costs for her family. Maria Elizondo was convicted in 2012 of wrongfully ...

Trooper suffers minor injuries after his squad was struck

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a state trooper tending to a crash suffered minor injuries after his squad car was struck Saturday night on Interstate-694 in Arden Hills. Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank said both crashes occurred while it was snowing, but he did not say whether the wintry ...

2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

Straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of the nation's intensive care units are running out of space and supplies and competing to hire temporary traveling nurses at soaring rates. Many of the facilities are clustered in the South and West. An Associated Press ...

Less than 5% of Minnesotans have received 1 vaccine dose

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of Minnesotans who have received at least the first dose of the two-shot COVID-19 vaccine is nearing a quarter-million, or less than 5% of the population, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Sunday. A total of 247,415 Minnesotans have received at least ...

Minnesota Senate Republicans release legislative priorities

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans unveiled priorities for the new legislative session this week that include limiting the governor's peacetime emergency powers and avoiding tax increases to help with financial woes caused by the pandemic. The package includes legislation ...

Minnesota allocated nearly 900K vaccine doses so far

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported Friday the state has now been allocated 871,650 doses of federally controlled COVID-19 vaccine, up more than 240,000 doses from a week earlier. The state's snapshot of progress in administering vaccines also showed that 214,050 people ...

Man in Minnesota charged with threatening member of Congress

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A marijuana industry activist who said he was temporarily living in Minnesota has been charged with threatening an unnamed member of Congress, according to court documents unsealed Friday. Jason Robert Karimi, 32, was charged earlier this month with one count of interstate ...

After turbulent times, Minneapolis mayor seeks 2nd term

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis mayor who found himself in the middle of turbulent times that included violent demonstrations over the death of George Floyd said Thursday he is running for reelection. Jacob Frey said his efforts to change police policies, increase affordable housing and ...

Minnesota vaccine pilot starts giving shots to seniors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota began administering a limited supply of coronavirus vaccine to seniors through a pilot program on Thursday after federal vaccine priorities expanded last week to include the newly eligible group. The program's limited supply of 12,000 shots is reserved for ...

Advisory board named for Minnesota conviction review unit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who led a panel that reviewed a high-profile murder case where a Minneapolis man was freed from prison after doubts were raised about the police investigation was one of 16 people named Thursday to the advisory board of Minnesota's first conviction review unit. St. ...

UnitedHealth overcomes pandemic hit and tops 4Q expectations

UnitedHealth's fourth-quarter earnings tumbled as costs from COVID-19 hit the health insurance provider, but results still easily beat expectations. Health care use rebounded in the final quarter of 2020 after the global pandemic kept people away from doctor offices and surgery centers when it ...

Klobuchar: Democracy cannot be taken for granted

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar took center stage Wednesday at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and used her introductory address to remind Americans that democracy cannot be taken for granted. Klobuchar recalled the insurrection that ...

Minnesota vaccine pilot program spots for first week filled

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Wednesday announced that all 6,000 spots in a coronavirus vaccine pilot program reserved for Minnesotans over 65 have been filled after issues with the registration website caused it to crash on Tuesday. The 12,000 doses reserved for the ...

Minnesota vaccine site crashes as seniors register for doses

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine registration website crashed on Tuesday as newly eligible seniors tried to make appointments to get some of the few doses just made available to the group. The state began taking appointments at noon for a limited supply of 12,000 doses now ...

Stores drop MyPillow after CEO pushes election conspiracies

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder and CEO of MyPillow, who amplified President Donald Trump's claims of election fraud, said a backlash against his company has begun after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol this month. Mike Lindell, who appears in TV commercials hugging the company's foam-filled ...

Man accused of threatening police arrested on weapons charge

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man who allegedly bragged about planning to kill a police officer at a pro-Trump rally in St. Paul was accused in federal court Tuesday of trying to sell an undercover agent a sawed-off shotgun. A federal complaint states that Dayton Sauke, 22, of Owatonna, ...

850 MN guard members among soldiers securing inauguration

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 850 members of the Minnesota National Guard are among 25,000 soldiers streaming into Washington from across the country for Wednesday's presidential inauguration. The number of guard members is at least two and a half times the number for previous inaugurals. Before ...