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More than 10% of Minnesotans have had a virus vaccination

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 10% of Minnesotans have now gotten shots to guard against the coronavirus, but state health officials say the spread of a more contagious version of the pandemic makes it important to avoid spring break travel. Dr. Ruth Lynfield, the state epidemiologist, pointed ...

EXPLAINER: Why battle over a murder charge in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of a former Minneapolis officer accused in the death of George Floyd was put on hold Monday while an appeals court considers whether to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against him. Derek Chauvin is already facing a second-degree ...

Jury selection paused for ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death was halted before it began Monday by the state's effort to add a third-degree murder charge. As hundreds of protesters rallied ...

Fiery chants for justice from marchers at Chauvin trial

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Monday outside the fortified courthouse for the first day of the trial of a former police officer charged in George Floyd's death, with chants of "No justice, no peace!" and speakers ...

Dozens rally before ex-officer put on trial in Floyd’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of people gathered in front of the Minnesota governor's mansion on Saturday to demand accountability for police officers, days before a former Minneapolis officer is scheduled to go on trial in the death of George Floyd. Many of the roughly 150 people who ...

US states look to step up wolf kills, pushed by Republicans

By MATTHEW BROWN and IRIS SAMUELS Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Payments for dead wolves. Unlimited hunting of the animals. Shooting wolves from the air. Wolf hunting policies in some states are taking an aggressive turn, as Republican lawmakers and conservative hunting groups ...

Man shot and killed near George Floyd Square in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a man was shot and killed near the the Minneapolis intersection known as George Floyd Square, where Floyd died in police custody last May. Police received reports about 5:45 p.m. Saturday that two people had been shot and were being brought to the ...

Patrol identifies man struck and killed while changing tire

SISSETON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was struck and killed while changing a tire on Interstate 29 near Sisseton. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 78-year-old Gerald Bartell, of Herman, Minnesota, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Tuesday afternoon crash. The ...

Minnesota sees increase in sales of cross country ski pass

ST. PAUL Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials say sales of its statewide cross country ski pass are the best they've been in six years. The DNR says more than 17,900 people bought the Great Minnesota Ski Pass, which is required to access many trails in the state. ...

Floyd’s cause of death, ex-cop’s force will be keys at trial

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer was swiftly fired and charged with murder after bystander video showed him pressing his knee into George Floyd's neck, ignoring the Black man's cries that he couldn't breathe. But even with that powerful footage, ...

Key players in trial of ex-officer charged in Floyd’s death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection begins Monday for a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death. Derek Chauvin's trial, which is expected to last weeks, will be overseen by an experienced judge and argued by ...

$1M for Minneapolis fences, barricades for Floyd death trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis and Hennepin County officials will spend at least $1 million to put up fences and other barricades ahead of the trial for the former officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd. Minneapolis officials estimate $645,000 will be spent to protect the ...

3rd-degree murder count could be reinstated in Floyd’s death

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday ordered a judge to reconsider adding a third-degree murder charge against a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death, handing a potential victory to prosecutors, but ...

Officials: Virus outbreak should pause Carver County sports

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Health officials said Friday they are recommending a two-week pause on youth sports in Carver County after experiencing a recent outbreak of a variant of the COVID-19 virus. Since late January, Carver County has recorded at least 68 cases of the COVID-19 ...

Minnesota gets its first doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state and health officials on Wednesday celebrated the arrival of the first shipments of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, saying it will help speed up the pace of vaccinations and a return to normal in ...

Mississippi River cities join project to map plastic litter

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Cities along the Mississippi River will take part in a global system to determine where plastic pollution comes from and how it ends up in waterways as a first step toward solving the problem, officials said Wednesday. The ...

Carbon dioxide would be stored underground in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An Iowa company is leading a $2 billion effort to capture carbon dioxide from Midwestern ethanol plants and pipe it to North Dakota where it would be buried deep underground. The greenhouse gas is generated during the fermentation process and contributes to climate ...

Pacioretty scores in OT to lift Vegas past Wild, 5-4

By W.G. RAMIREZ Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift the Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. The Golden Knights erased a third-period, two-goal deficit to earn the victory in a ...

Record number of gun permits issues in Minnesota in 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A record number of permits to carry handguns were issued in 2020, a surge attributed to a rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd. A report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal ...

Two men facing charges in fatal shooting in Meeker County

GROVE CITY, Minn. (AP) — The man believed to have pulled the trigger in a fatal shooting in Meeker County last week has been arrested, according to sheriff's officials. Christian Brown was arrested at his Hutchinson home Monday after he was charged with second-degree murder and two counts of ...