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Diner owners sue city over property damage in Floyd protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The owners of a Minneapolis restaurant have filed the first lawsuit against the city over property damage caused by the civil unrest following the police killing of George Floyd. A federal lawsuit filed Monday by owners of the Town Talk Diner and Gastropub alleges that ...

1 dead, 4 injured in shooting at Minnesota health clinic

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — A 67-year-old man unhappy with the health care he'd received opened fire at a clinic Tuesday, killing one person and wounding four others, and bomb technicians were investigating a suspicious device left there and others at a motel where he was staying, authorities ...

Judge blocks another bid to shut down Line 3 construction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has rejected another attempt by opponents to shut down construction work on Enbridge Energy's replacement for its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. In an order filed Sunday, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said tribal and ...

St. Paul scrap metal fire creates large plume of smoke

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a fire in a large scrap debris pile Monday at an industrial site in St. Paul sent a towering plume of smoke over the area. Firefighters responded about 1:30 p.m. to the blaze at a scrap metal processing facility near Pig's Eye Lake. They used a ladder ...

Minnesota launches speed enforcement crackdown amid pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota transportation and public safety officials on Monday launched a traffic enforcement crackdown and awareness campaign amid a spike in deaths related to speeding during the coronavirus pandemic. Public safety, transportation and health officials gathered for a news ...

House GOP calls for lifting business restrictions by May 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota House Republicans laid out a roadmap Monday for lifting the state's coronavirus restrictions on businesses with a goal of letting them return to full operations by May 1. Rep. Dave Baker, of Willmar, said businesses such as restaurants, hotels, event centers and ...

Hospitals criticize Minnesota COVID-19 vaccine distribution

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota hospitals are criticizing the state's coronavirus vaccine distribution system as inequitable, leaving some clinics and hospitals without doses for older, vulnerable patients. The Minnesota Hospital Association, in a letter to state Department of Health ...

Toddler in back seat of stolen SUV found safe

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 1-year-old boy who was in the back seat of an SUV that was stolen in Minneapolis Saturday has been found safe, authorities said. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension canceled an Amber Alert for Da'Merion Ni'mer White. Minneapolis police say Brooklyn Center ...

Roseville, Rochester police warn of spike in overdoses

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Police in the Twin Cities suburb of Roseville issued a warning Saturday about a sharp spike in drug overdoses and related deaths. The alert follows a similar warning from Rochester police on Friday about recent fatal drug overdoses in that city. Authorities in both ...

Report: Minneapolis violent crime increased by 21% in 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say violent crimes in Minneapolis ballooned by 21% in 2020, a year marked by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread protests against racial injustice. The city recorded 5,422 violent crime incidents, including homicides, rapes, robberies and ...

Minnesota Orchestra posts operating loss of $11.7 million

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Orchestra has posted another record-breaking deficit as the coronavirus pandemic continues its disruption. The orchestra is reporting an operating loss of $11.7 million, the largest in its history and topping last year's $8.8 million deficit. The orchestra ...

Driver killed in collision with train was from Ottertail

OTTERTAIL, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials says the pickup driver who was killed in a collision with a freight train in Otter Tail County was a local man. Joseph Lyle Mack, 60, from Ottertail, died Thursday morning at a crossing southeast of the city. The pickup was struck on the passenger ...

Pandemic drives increase in visits to Minnesota food shelves

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's food shelves saw a big jump in need in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic instability, according to an annual report released Friday. Hunger Solutions Minnesota, which collects data from 350 food ...

Minnesota governor deploys Guard for Chauvin trial security

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov Tim Walz on Friday authorized the Minnesota National Guard to deploy in preparation for potential civil unrest during the upcoming trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd. The ...

Minnesota property seizure bill centers socioeconomic equity

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Proposed changes to Minnesota's property forfeiture laws received initial approval in a state House committee on Friday, advancing a bill that proponents say would be more equitable for low-income residents. Civil ...

Minnesota Republicans counter Chauvin trial security plan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans on Thursday offered a counterproposal to Democratic Gov. Tim Walz's request for security funding ahead of next month's murder trial for the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd. The Republican proposal would target ...

Minnesota health officials discourage Super Bowl parties

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans thinking about holding Super Bowl parties should think again — even through the state's coronavirus numbers are improving, state health officials advised Thursday. "This is probably not the year to have a Super Bowl party," said Kris Ehresmann, infectious ...

Minnesota prosecutors ask to reinstate charge in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors on Thursday asked a judge to reinstate a third-degree murder count against the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, saying an appellate court decision from earlier this week sets legal precedent that shows the count ...

MNsure will open 3-month special enrollment period Feb. 16

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's state-run health insurance exchange said Wednesday it will open a three-month special enrollment period to help uninsured and other Minnesotans obtain coverage. MNsure said the open enrollment will begin Feb. 16 and run through May 17. The announcement ...

MNsure will open 3-month special enrollment period Feb. 16

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's state-run health insurance exchange said Wednesday it will open a three-month special enrollment period to help uninsured and other Minnesotans obtain coverage. MNsure said the open enrollment will begin Feb. 16 and run through May 17. The announcement ...