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Walz calls for codifying some pandemic emergency orders

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed to legislative leaders Thursday that they write into law some of the key emergency measures that he has imposed to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, a move that would give lawmakers more of a say in shaping the state's response. The Democratic ...

No immediate ruling in request to delay trial in Floyd case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota judge overseeing the case against four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd said Thursday that he would take under advisement a prosecution request to delay the trial by three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prosecutors ...

Walz loosens virus rules for bars, restaurants, other venues

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota bars and restaurants can resume limited indoor service starting Monday, Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday as he also loosened up coronavirus restrictions on youth sports, gyms, entertainment venues and churches. "The situation in Minnesota is undeniably better ...

Trump backers rally at Minnesota Capitol against Biden win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul for what was billed as a "Storm the Capitol" rally on Wednesday to protest against the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election. Meanwhile, ...

Minnesota trooper assaulted after Brooklyn Center crash

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota state trooper who was attacked by a driver at the scene of a crash in Brooklyn Center managed to subdue the suspect with the help of a Taser and a passing motorist. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday after the trooper ...

COVID, budget, top agenda as Minnesota Legislature convenes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature convened Tuesday with the COVID-19 pandemic and a new two-year budget at the top of the agenda for a session that will be unlike any before. Battle lines are already being drawn over the sweeping emergency powers that Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has ...

Man allegedly pulls gun over lack of masks at fitness club

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities-area man accused of pointing a gun at a fitness club manager after complaining that members were exercising without masks was charged Monday with assault with a dangerous weapon. Michael Florhaug, 64, was arrested following the incident Thursday at LA ...

Warrant: Officers tried to buy gun from man shot by police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators were trying to buy a high-capacity pistol from Dolal Idd with help from a confidential informant before the 23-year old was killed in an exchange of gunfire with Minneapolis police last week, according to search warrant documents released Monday. The shootout ...

Walz to relax restrictions Wednesday on indoor dining

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz plans to announce loosened restrictions this week on indoor dining and in other settings, a spokesman said, as restaurant and bar owners increasingly push back on coronavirus measures that have pushed some to the edge of survival. Walz spokesman ...

Minnesota eatery serves meals in fish houses during pandemic

VERNDALE, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota restaurant owner has turned one of the state's favorite winter shelters into an indoor-outdoor dining experience during the coronavirus pandemic. Brian Hagen, who owns the Pirates Den on busy U.S. Highway 10 in Verndale, is serving his meals in fish ...

Police investigate death at Minneapolis homeless encampment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say they are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside a tent at a Minneapolis homeless encampment Sunday afternoon. Officers responding to a welfare check found a man "whose body had experienced obvious trauma," police said in a release. Police ...

Minneapolis police release officer video in fatal shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minneapolis on Thursday released body-camera video from a traffic stop one night earlier that ended with a man shot dead, an extraordinarily quick move aimed at stemming public anger over the city's first police-involved death since George Floyd died while being ...

Delay sought in ex-officers’ trial over George Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the case against the four Minneapolis officers charged in the death of George Floyd requested that the trial delayed by three months. The Star Tribune reports prosecutors cited the COVID-19 pandemic and the amount of time needed before enough people are ...

Minnesota offering more cash for black spruce seed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's black spruce seed supply is low, prompting the state Department of Natural Resources to offer more money to people to collect them to meet spring orders for reforesting. The Star Tribune reports the state is paying $85 a bushel, up from $70 last year. The ...

Dance performer, instructor accused of raping teen student

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A dance performer and instructor is accused raping a teenage student while the boy spent the night at the teacher's Minneapolis apartment. The Star Tribune reports 28-year-old Decorey L. Bozeman was charged in Hennepin County District Court with first-degree criminal ...

Man suspected of abusing wife fatally shot by sister-in-law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Bemidji woman is accused of fatally shooting her brother-in-law on Christmas Day at his home, allegedly for mistreating her sister. The Star Tribune reports Janelle L. Johnson was charged Tuesday with second-degree intentional murder in connection with the death of ...

Man who died at Line 3 pipeline site run over by forklift

HILL CITY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say man who died while working on a pipeline project in northern Minnesota was run over by a large forklift. The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office has preliminarily ruled that the death of Jorge Villafuerte III at the Enbridge Energy Line 3 construction site ...

Minnesota working through first phase of vaccine rollout

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Wednesday said the state continues to vaccinate healthcare workers, long-term care residents and staff but a limited supply of vaccine doses means it lags behind other states that have ...

Ellison files suit to halt Winnebago New Year’s Eve event

WINNEBAGO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Wednesday he wants to shut down a planned New Year's Eve party in Winnebago because it violates Gov. Tim Walz's executive order on activities that could hasten the spread of COVID-19. Ellison said in a release that the ...

Minneapolis police shoot, kill man during traffic stop

By DOUG GLASS Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minneapolis shot and killed a man during a traffic stop on the city's south side Wednesday night, stirring anxiety about renewed protests following the first police-involved death in the city since George Floyd's death while being ...