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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 ...

Judge orders company to take 3M’s trademarks off N95 masks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a Florida company accused of selling counterfeit N95 face masks with 3M's name on them to stop using the Minnesota company's trademarks and representing itself as a distributor or authorized retailer for 3M. 3M sued Nationwide Source Inc. in ...

Walz announces vaccine pilot program amid supply concerns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz announced a pilot program on Monday to vaccinate teachers, child care workers and individuals over 65 as the state aims to expand its coronavirus vaccine rollout amid concerns of a limited supply of doses from the federal government. State officials will open ...

Minnesota lists 1,364 new virus cases, 40 additional deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 1,364 new cases of COVID-19 and 40 additional deaths due to complications from the virus. The state's death count is the 22nd highest in the country overall and the 28th highest per capita at about 107 deaths per 100,000 ...

Police: Willmar man working in garage killed by stray bullet

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a Willmar man they said was killed by a stray bullet while he was working in his garage. Willmar police said in a statement that 41-year-old David Delfosse was in his garage Friday night when he collapsed in front of family ...

Minneapolis council to try again with plan to replace police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some Minneapolis City Council members are preparing a new plan that seeks to replace the city's police department in the wake of George Floyd's death. Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher and Jeremy Schroeder are working on a proposal to create a new public safety ...

Minnesota lawmakers introduce anti-copper mining legislation

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are ramping up efforts to prevent mining companies from gaining a foothold in Minnesota with legislation that aims to slow or ban copper-nickel mining on the Iron Range. Companion bills set to be ...

Officials: Extremist threat to Minnesota Capitol has faded

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities now believe there is no credible, immediate threat from extremists to Minnesota in the runup to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Friday, but he made clear that law ...

Travel company to refund $655K to Minnesota music students

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Colorado-based travel company has agreed to refund more than $650,000 to several hundred Minnesota music students after COVID-19 scuttled their trip to Europe last spring. Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Friday that Voyageurs International agreed to a settlement ...

Walz blasts feds for uncertainty over vaccine expansion

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz sharply criticized the federal government on Friday for the sudden uncertainty over whether states would receive increased shipments of coronavirus vaccines from the national stockpile, accusing the Trump administration of ...

Walz extends Minnesota’s coronavirus state of emergency

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday won legislative approval to extend Minnesota's peacetime state of emergency by another 30 days so he can continue to use executive orders to direct the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. With the Legislature in session through mid-May, ...

Tumultuous year results in more serious crime in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A year that included violent protests over the police killing of George Floyd and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic led to a rise in serious crime in St. Paul in 2020, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday. The report showed that violent crime ...

Walz activates National Guard for Minnesota Capitol security

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday activated the Minnesota National Guard to protect the state Capitol amid rising fears of violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, and another top Democrat said authorities are investigating last week's rally by supporters of ...