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Walz names Robert Doty as Minnesota’s chief tax collector

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has promoted Robert Doty to be the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue, the governor's office announced Friday. Doty, who's currently an assistant commissioner, will take over Nov. 12. He'll replace Cynthia Bauerly, who stepped down ...

Ex-Minneapolis officer charged with civil rights violations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer has been charged with federal civil rights violations and multiple counts of extortion and acquiring drugs, prosecutors announced Friday. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Ty Jindra abused his position as a Minneapolis police officer to ...

Pro-marijuana candidates could impact Minnesota Senate races

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Votes for pro-marijuana candidates could be the difference in a pair of Minnesota state Senate races, where those candidates pulled in thousands of votes despite minimal campaigning efforts. As absentee ballots continue getting tallied in critical swing races, Democrats ...

Staffing troubles emerge as Minnesota tops 5,000 virus cases

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota hospitals are having staffing challenges as the state topped 5,000 daily cases of coronavirus for the first time on Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 5,454 new coronavirus cases and 36 ...

Man gets 35 years for shooting, wounding Minnesota officer

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A man was sentenced Friday to the maximum 35 years in prison for shooting a southern Minnesota police officer in the head, leaving him severely injured. Tyler Robert Janovsky told the court he was "deeply sorry" for the January shooting of Waseca police Officer Arik ...

2 charged in connection with Minneapolis protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two protesters arrested in Minneapolis during Wednesday's protests about the election and other social justice issues are now charged for allegedly pointing a laser into an officer's eyes and kicking another in the groin. Amina T. Mussa McCaskill, 19, of Golden Valley, was ...

US Rep. Jim Hagedorn beats Dan Feehan in southern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn has defeated Democrat Dan Feehan in a hard-fought rematch of their 2018 race in a swing territory of southern Minnesota. Nearly complete returns Thursday show Hagedorn winning by about 3 percentage points. His district stretches across ...

2nd PolyMet permit complaint reaches Minnesota Supreme Court

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for the proposed PolyMet Mining Corp.'s copper-nickel mine were back in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court for the second time in a month, arguing Thursday about an air pollution permit granted by state regulators. It's the second dispute over the embattled $1 ...

Biden over Trump in Minnesota; Smith beats Lewis for Senate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota has won reelection, defeating Republican former U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis. Smith was in the rare position of having to defend her seat for the second time in two years. She was Gov. Mark Dayton's lieutenant governor when he ...

George Floyd’s brother rallies voters on Election Day

NEW YORK (AP) — The murmurs spread quickly among the poll workers late Tuesday morning at a Brooklyn neighborhood station: George Floyd's brother was present. A few came up to Terrence Floyd, whose brother George died at the hands of Minneapolis police, sparking protests for racial justice ...

Trump seeks breakthrough in Minnesota; Omar wins 2nd term

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Voting went mostly smoothly in Minnesota on Tuesday as the state's residents finally made their choice in a high-stakes presidential race, with President Donald Trump hoping to buck history by becoming the first Republican to carry the state since Richard Nixon in 1972 — ...

AP VoteCast: Minnesota voters sour on state of nation

By BERNARD CONDON Associated Press Voters in Minnesota made their pick for president while holding negative views about the country's direction, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate. The race between President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden concluded ...

Stillwater prison inmate dies of coronavirus complications

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another inmate has died of coronavirus complications at a state prison in Minnesota. A 61-year-old inmate at the Stillwater prison died at the facility Sunday, authorities said. The man tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 20, according to prison officials. The inmate was ...

Legal uncertainty fuels lines at Minnesota polling stations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Uncertainty sparked by a court ruling late last week has fueled a surge in early voting across Minnesota, with voters lining up Monday at polling stations in Minneapolis and elsewhere to ensure that their ballots will be counted no matter what happens on the legal ...

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus top 150,000 in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Minnesota has topped 150,000, according to data released Sunday by the state Department of Health. The update showed an increase of 2,217 positive tests for COVID-19 and 18 deaths in the last day. Health officials have ...

Judge won’t stop Minneapolis homeless encampment sweeps

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has rejected an attempt to stop the evictions of homeless people from encampments in Minneapolis parks. Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a federal lawsuit this month on behalf of seven people who are living, ...

Suspect wounded when gun fires during police pat down

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A suspect was wounded when his handgun fired during a pat down search by police in St. Paul, according to authorities. The incident happened about 1:15 a.m. Friday when patrol officers saw two men acting suspiciously, police said. One of the men was detained and when ...

Minnesota virus cases, hospitalizations at single-day record

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials Friday reported a single-day high of 3,165 new coronavirus infections, with 18 deaths. The state also reported 738 hospitalizations, another single-day high, with 176 people in intensive care. States around the country are struggling with rising ...

Minnesota Democrats ramp up push for absentee ballot turnout

By AMY FORLITI and MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats and election officials on Friday urged people with absentee ballots not yet mailed to drop them off by hand or vote in person, a day after an appellate court's ruling raised questions about whether ...

Trump moves Minnesota rally while Biden announces visit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A rally by President Donald Trump in southern Minnesota was in flux much of Thursday after his campaign moved it from Rochester to a small town in another county, and then back to Rochester after state officials insisted that the event follow coronavirus safety guidelines, ...