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Minnesota officials clash on security plan for Chauvin trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota politicians clashed Wednesday over who should pay for security during next month's murder trial of the former police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck, a proceeding certain to bring the city heightened attention and the potential for more ...

White dove that connected Prince to his fans dies at age 28

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — One of the original white doves that Prince kept at his iconic Paisley Park compound has died, officials at the rock legend's mansion-turned-estate announced Wednesday. The dove, a female named Divinity, lived to be 28 years old, surpassing the average lifespan of ...

Minneapolis Fed chief: Vaccinations key to economic recovery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis said Tuesday that getting Minnesotans vaccinated against the coronavirus will be key to reviving the state's economy. Neel Kashkari told a legislative hearing that the country and state have made progress toward ...

Police worried about funding for security at Chauvin trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's top law enforcement officials said Tuesday they are worried about arranging security for the trial of Derek Chauvin after Republicans balked at a proposal to have the state help pay for it. Chauvin is one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in ...

Lawmakers hear plan to reconnect historic Black neighborhood

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers on Tuesday heard a proposal that would construct a "land bridge" to reconnect a historically Black St. Paul neighborhood that was devastated in the 1960s to make way for Interstate 94, a project that advocates call an injustice with effects that linger ...

Appeals court refuses to stop construction of oil pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied a request by two American Indian tribes to shut down construction of a contentious crude oil pipeline project in northern Minnesota. Opponents of the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project, led by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa ...

Minnesotans received emails canceling COVID vaccine in error

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some Minnesotans enrolled in the state's pilot COVID-19 vaccination program received emails and text messages on Saturday that erroneously told them their appointments were unauthorized and invalid. State health officials said nearly everyone who received the message was ...

BCA: Man shot self in encounter with Minnesota deputies

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A carjacking suspect who died in an encounter with St. Louis County sheriff's deputies had shot himself in the head and was not hit by law officers' gunfire, authorities said Saturday. A news release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the Midwest ...

Triple homicide in St. Paul leaves woman, teen, child dead

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul woman who told police she was fine after a relative asked for a welfare check Saturday was shot to death an hour later along with a teen girl and young boy, police said. Mike Ernster, spokesman for the St. Paul Police Department, said when an officer checked ...

Twins finalize $10.5M, 1-year deal with SS Andrelton Simmons

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrelton Simmons picked the Minnesota Twins, eager to play for a balanced team that's on track to be a contender again in the American League. Adding a seasoned, slick-fielding shortstop like Simmons made the Twins even more well-rounded. The Twins finalized an $10.5 ...

Man charged in fatal hit-and-run crash in St. Paul

ST, PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Maplewood man, accused in a fatal hit-and-run, spent hours drinking at a bar before the crash, according to prosecutors in Ramsey County. A criminal complaint filed Thursday charges Robert Kinney with criminal vehicular homicide-leaving the scene in the Jan. 22 crash ...

Top energy lawmakers optimistic despite divided Legislature

By FRANK JOSSIE of Energy News Network undefined ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a legislative session likely to be dominated by the state's pandemic response, two key leaders in Minnesota's divided Legislature see room for common ground on energy conservation. Sen. David Senjem, a Republican ...

Virus forces Bloomington schools back to distance learning

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A large Minnesota school district has been forced to return to distance learning after an outbreak of COVID-19 among its transportation workers. Bloomington Public Schools brought back preschoolers through second graders on Jan. 19, and had planned to bring back third to ...

Otter Tail deputies investigate fatal shooting of horse

ERHARD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in west-central Minnesota are investigating what appears to be a fatal shooting of a horse that was in a pasture. Officials in Otter Tail County say they got the call about the horse in rural Erhard on Thursday. Deputies arrived to find the animal dead in a ...

Greater Minnesota cities outline top legislative priorities

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Communities across Minnesota asked state lawmakers Friday for more support for child care, housing, water infrastructure and aid to local governments this legislative session as smaller municipalities continue to ...

AP source: Indians, OF Rosario agree on free agent contract

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Eddie Rosario has gone from hammering to helping the Indians. The free agent outfielder, who spent the past six seasons with Minnesota, agreed Friday to a one-year contract with Cleveland, which is making good on a promise to re-invest some ...

Minnesota lawmakers begin work on renewable energy bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are beginning work on clean energy legislation that would require utilities to generate 100% of their electricity from carbon-free resources by 2040, as a renewed focus on climate change ramps up with a new administration in the White House. The ...

Minneapolis councilors float new plan for police department

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three Minneapolis City Council members who pledged to dismantle the city's police department in the wake of George Floyd's death announced a new proposal Thursday that they say would keep officers in the city but remove a requirement that calls for a minimum number of ...

Walz visits pilot vaccination site in Brooklyn Center

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and his health commissioner visited a community vaccination center Thursday to see how a pilot program for giving COVID-19 vaccines is going, and said they're hoping to learn what works and what doesn't as they try to speed up the pace of ...

Prosecutors appeal ruling that split trials in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in Minnesota on Thursday appealed a judge's ruling that split the trials of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death and kept the first trial scheduled to start in March. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled earlier in January that ...