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Menomonie man jailed on suspicion of killing infant son

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A western Wisconsin man is jailed on suspicion of killing his 6-week-old son. The 28-year-old Menomonie man was arrested after an autopsy determined the infant was a homicide victim, according to officials. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office in St. Paul, ...

Police charge 5 in shooting of 2-year-old in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have charged five people with attempted murder in a brazen Des Moines shooting that critically injured a 2-year-old child. The shooting happened Monday night when more than a dozen shots were fired into a house, Des Moines police said. Officers called to the ...

Ex-Minneapolis fire cadet files lawsuit alleging racial bias

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A one-time Minneapolis Fire Department cadet says in a lawsuit his hopes of becoming the city's first Somali-American firefighter were dashed by a racially hostile environment that ultimately resulted in his firing. Dol Din's complaint filed Monday in Hennepin County ...

Report: Fatal shootout began when suspect fired on police

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An exchange of gunfire between a police officer and two brothers who were shot and killed on a road near Sebeka began when one of the suspects opened fire on the officer and a sheriff's deputy, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a report released ...

Minneapolis won’t pay ‘influencers’ during officer’s trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis city officials on Monday canceled plans to hire "social media influencers" to post information during the upcoming trial of a former police officer accused in George Floyd's death. Jury selection is scheduled to begin March 8 in the trial of Derek Chauvin, 44, ...

Minnesota court weighs murder charge in ex-officer’s trial

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An appeals court considering whether to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd reacted with skepticism Monday to his attorney's arguments for keeping the ...

Minnesota waiting on more than 45,000 doses of J&J vaccine

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 45,000 doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should arrive in Minnesota this week, state health officials said Monday. Minnesota Department of Health spokesman John Schadl said the order for the first shipment of the single-dose ...

Study shows that Minnesota deer were exposed to insecticides

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A preliminary study shows that deer throughout Minnesota have been exposed to a certain class of insecticides, the state Department of Natural Resources said Monday. The DNR said further analysis is required to determine if the presence of neonicotinoid pesticides is high ...

Boy Scouts submit reorganization plan to bankruptcy court

By RANDALL CHASE Associated Press DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America submitted a bankruptcy reorganization plan Monday that envisions continued operations of its local troops and national adventure camps but leaves many unanswered questions about how it will resolve tens of ...

BCA: Man killed by police after nearly 20-hour standoff

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Saturday that the Duluth man who fatally shot a police dog and engaged in a nearly 20-hour standoff with authorities was shot and killed by law enforcement. David Joseph Wayne Conwell, 37, died Friday from multiple ...

Deputy injured, 2 suspects killed in shootout with police

SEBEKA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two suspects were killed and a sheriff's deputy was wounded in a shootout that began with a traffic stop Saturday night in northwestern Minnesota. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office said in a release that the incident began about 8:45 p.m. after a ...

Minnesota reports daily record for COVID-19 vaccinations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported a daily record for COVID-19 vaccinations, with nearly 70,000 new doses administered in the last day. It was the second straight day that that a new high of vaccinations was recorded, after about 56,000 doses were given out on ...

2 killed, 2 wounded in separate homicides in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two people have died and two others have been wounded in two separate homicides in south Minneapolis, according to police. The homicides happened within a 3-hour period Thursday beginning about 4 p.m. when officers were called to a multiunit residence and found a man ...

‘Now democracy starts,’ Walz says as deficit becomes surplus

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's budget outlook has swung from a near $1.3 billion deficit to an almost $1.6 billion surplus, state economists announced Friday, an improvement that could ease the big debates for the rest of the legislative session over taxes ...

Man dead after hourslong standoff ends with shots in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A man who refused to surrender to Duluth police during a roughly 20-hour standoff is dead after shots were fired, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said. In a tweet at about 6 p.m., the BCA called the incident an officer-involved shooting and said the man, ...

70% of older Minnesotans to be vaccinated before next phase

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At least 70% of Minnesotans age 65 and older will get at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine before the state moves on to the next phase of vaccinations, Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday. The governor announced the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, which ...

Working group on deadly police encounters reports progress

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A working group that has been looking at ways to reduce deadly encounters between police and citizens in Minnesota said Thursday that many of its recommendations are being implemented through new rules and regulations. The group in its one-year progress report noted that ...

Ex-cop appeals murder conviction to Minnesota Supreme Court

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of third-degree murder in the 2017 fatal shooting of an Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to hear his appeal. Mohamed Noor filed a petition Thursday ...

NBCA says it has ‘concern’ about T-wolves’ coaching change

CHICAGO (AP) — The leadership of the National Basketball Coaches Association spoke out Wednesday about its "concern and level of disappointment" with the way the Minnesota Timberwolves went about their coaching change earlier this week. The statement came from NBCA president Rick Carlisle of ...

Minnesota Supreme Court hands victory to PolyMet copper mine

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed an appeals court's rejection of a critical air emissions permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine and sent the case back for further proceedings. The Supreme Court ruled that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ...