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Workers descend on northern Minnesota to build pipeline

PALISADE, Minn. (AP) — More than 4,000 workers are expected in northern Minnesota over the next couple weeks to build the contentious Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. Opponents of the pipeline have escalated their efforts to block construction, while local law enforcement is focused on ...

Minnesota Legislature OKs virus aid for businesses, workers

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature voted Monday night to pass a $216 million relief package aimed at businesses and workers who took the biggest hit from a four-week "pause" ordered by Gov. Tim Walz as increasing coronavirus cases threatened to ...

Brainerd man pleads guilty in precinct fire at Floyd protest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Brainerd man pleaded guilty Tuesday for his role in helping to set fire to a Minneapolis police station during civil unrest in the days following the death of George Floyd. A federal complaint accuses Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 23, of lighting a Molotov cocktail that ...

Blaine man convicted of killing wife sentenced to 40 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a Blaine man convicted of killing his wife has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. The Anoka County Attorney's Office says Matthew Jansen, 48, pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder in the death of 46-year-old Mary Jo Jansen in February 2019. ...

VA hospital nurse is first to receive COVID-19 shot in MN

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A nurse on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center was the first in Minnesota to receive a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday. Thera Witte, who works in a coronavirus unit at the hospital, said she feels honored to be the first and did not ...

Braham man charged in connection with March homicide

BRAHAM, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Braham man was charged Tuesday after a nine-month investigation into the killing of a man in Pine County. The Pine County Sheriff's Office said David Pangerl, 42, is charged with second degree homicide in connection with the death of Scott Ness. Ness' ...

Minnesota frees man serving life in child’s 2002 death

By ROBIN McDOWELL and MARGIE MASON Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Black man who was sentenced to life behind bars as a teenager walked out of a Minnesota prison Tuesday to the sound of ringing bells and cheering supporters, hours after a pardons board commuted his sentence in a ...

VA hospital in Minnesota among state’s 1st vaccine shipments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis VA Medical Center was among four locations to receive Minnesota's first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday and will begin administering vaccinations on Tuesday. "This is the day we've all been waiting for," said Gov. Tim Walz, who was at the ...

Crystal man charged for wounding Brooklyn Park officer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man accused of shooting and wounding a Brooklyn Park police officer has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Monday. Tyrice Laws, 38, of Crystal, is also charged with first-degree assault of a police officer, ...

No charges in fatal shooting during George Floyd unrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No charges will be filed against a pawn shop owner in the fatal shooting of another man during unrest that followed the death of George Floyd because witnesses were scarce and evidence at the scene was destroyed, prosecutors said Monday. Calvin Horton Jr., 43, was found ...

Minnesota Senate passes virus aid for businesses, workers

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Senate voted Monday night to pass a $216 million relief package aimed at businesses and workers who took the biggest hit from a four-week "pause" ordered by Gov. Tim Walz as increasing coronavirus cases threatened to ...

Minnesota could free man serving life in child’s 2002 death

By ROBIN McDOWELL and MARGIE MASON Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's pardon board will consider freeing a Black man who was imprisoned for life as a teenager in the 2002 slaying of an 11-year-old girl hit by a stray bullet while doing homework at her dining room table. The ...

Minnesota reports 85 new deaths due to the coronavirus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday confirmed 85 new deaths due to complications from the coronavirus, lifting the death toll to 4,444 since the start of the pandemic. The state reported 3,439 positive COVID-19 tests in the last day, for an overall count of 378,823. ...

Boy found dead near Battle Lake apparently attacked by dog

BATTLE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy found dead in Otter Tail County apparently was attacked by the family dog, according to sheriff's officials. Deputies responded to a residence near Battle Lake Thursday afternoon and found the boy deceased in the yard. Officials said the dog, a ...

Family of Lake Elmo man killed by deputy files lawsuit

LAKE ELMO, Minn. (AP) — The family of a Lake Elmo man fatally shot by a Washington County deputy has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in federal court. Benjamin Evans, 23, was killed during a standoff in April 2018. Evans was upset about his ex-girlfriend and held a gun to his head for about ...

States get tracing apps to talk to each other as virus rises

By BRYAN ANDERSON Associated Press/Report for America RALEIGH, N.C (AP) — As coronavirus exposure notification technology slowly rolls out across the country, every resident in 17 states and the District of Columbia will now be able to send and receive alerts beyond their home state if ...

Owner of St. Cloud’s Press Bar faces federal arson counts

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The owner of a historic St. Cloud bar has been indicted on federal arson and wire fraud charges for allegedly setting fire to the business and submitting a fraudulent insurance claim, prosecutors announced Friday. Andrew Welsh, 41, of St. Joseph, was arrested Friday ...

Emmer, Stauber, Hagedorn asked high court to void Biden win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer, Pete Stauber and Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota were among the Republicans who signed on to a last-gasp bid to get the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the presidential election. The three are among more than 100 House Republicans who joined an amicus brief ...

Church identified as hate group gets permit in Minnesota

MURDOCK, Minn. (AP) — The city council in a small Minnesota farming community has voted to grant a permit that allows a controversial Nordic heritage church that has been identified as a white supremacist group to gather at an abandoned church. The vote Wednesday night came after the council ...

Minneapolis approves cuts to police budget, not staffing

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a budget early Thursday that will shift about $8 million from the police department toward violence prevention and other programs — but will keep the mayor's targeted ...