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Minnesota’s election law fight heats up over voter ID bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A post-election fight over whether Minnesota's election laws should be tightened or changed to make voting easier heated up Wednesday as a key Senate panel backed a Republican proposal to require people to present photo identification at the polls. GOP Sen. Scott Newman, ...

State: Some health systems ignoring vaccine rollout guidance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some hospital systems around Minnesota are flouting state and federal guidance on the hierarchy for receiving the coronavirus vaccine, according to health officials. The Minnesota Department of Health has deputized large health systems to distribute the vaccine as part of ...

Woman injured by police during Floyd unrest settles lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis has settled the first lawsuit by a demonstrator injured by a police projectile in violent protests that followed the death of George Floyd. Graciela Cisneros, 22, will receive a payment of $57,900 for injuries to her face when a police officer fired ...

Minnesota Democrats, unions announce meatpacking safety bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats teamed up with meatpacking workers on Wednesday to announce legislation that would protect individuals who work at statewide meatpacking and food processing plants amid the coronavirus pandemic. The bill, authored by Rep. Dan Wolgamott, of St. ...

Judge: Floyd’s past arrest details can’t be used at trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Information about George Floyd's prior arrests can't be used at the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in his death, but jurors will be allowed to hear details about two previous incidents involving the officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck, a judge ...

Walz proposes tax hikes on the rich to balance state budget

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed raising taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans and large companies Tuesday to help plug a projected $1.28 billion gap in the next two-year budget, while calling for more spending on education and on helping the state recover from the coronavirus ...

Minnesota lawmakers to reintroduce sports betting bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two lawmakers announced plans Tuesday to introduce legislation that would put Minnesota among 25 other states and Washington, D.C., in legalizing sports betting, hoping to change their luck after attempts in past years failed to gain support. The legislation, sponsored by ...

Levi’s first home collection deepens Target relationship

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. is deepening its partnership with Target Corp. by launching its first-ever home collection at the discount chain. Levi's limited time only 100-item collection of denim-inspired tableware, quilts, pillows and other items will be launched on ...

Minnesota tweaks vaccination efforts amid questions of pace

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz announced a series of changes to vaccine distribution efforts on Monday after questions of the state's pace and heavy demand for a community vaccination program last week crashed a website and angered many people who could not get through. State officials ...

Walz unveils education plan centered on pandemic and equity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Monday released the education portion of his budget proposal, aiming to address short- and long-term effects of the pandemic while putting the focus on racial equity and inclusion. The plan, named the Due North Education Plan, attempts to address the ...

Minnesota case marks 1st detection of Brazil variant in US

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has made its first known appearance in the United States in a person who recently returned to Minnesota after traveling to Brazil, state health officials announced Monday. The Brazil P.1 variant was found in a specimen from a ...

Minnesota woman who lied to support family gets full pardon

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Board of Pardons on Monday granted its first full pardon in more than three decades, to a woman who used a fake name and false documents to get a job so she could cover food and housing costs for her family. Maria Elizondo was convicted in 2012 of wrongfully ...

Trooper suffers minor injuries after his squad was struck

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a state trooper tending to a crash suffered minor injuries after his squad car was struck Saturday night on Interstate-694 in Arden Hills. Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank said both crashes occurred while it was snowing, but he did not say whether the wintry ...

2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

Straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients, hundreds of the nation's intensive care units are running out of space and supplies and competing to hire temporary traveling nurses at soaring rates. Many of the facilities are clustered in the South and West. An Associated Press ...

Less than 5% of Minnesotans have received 1 vaccine dose

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of Minnesotans who have received at least the first dose of the two-shot COVID-19 vaccine is nearing a quarter-million, or less than 5% of the population, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Sunday. A total of 247,415 Minnesotans have received at least ...

Minnesota Senate Republicans release legislative priorities

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans unveiled priorities for the new legislative session this week that include limiting the governor's peacetime emergency powers and avoiding tax increases to help with financial woes caused by the pandemic. The package includes legislation ...

Minnesota allocated nearly 900K vaccine doses so far

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported Friday the state has now been allocated 871,650 doses of federally controlled COVID-19 vaccine, up more than 240,000 doses from a week earlier. The state's snapshot of progress in administering vaccines also showed that 214,050 people ...

Man in Minnesota charged with threatening member of Congress

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A marijuana industry activist who said he was temporarily living in Minnesota has been charged with threatening an unnamed member of Congress, according to court documents unsealed Friday. Jason Robert Karimi, 32, was charged earlier this month with one count of interstate ...

After turbulent times, Minneapolis mayor seeks 2nd term

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis mayor who found himself in the middle of turbulent times that included violent demonstrations over the death of George Floyd said Thursday he is running for reelection. Jacob Frey said his efforts to change police policies, increase affordable housing and ...

Minnesota vaccine pilot starts giving shots to seniors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota began administering a limited supply of coronavirus vaccine to seniors through a pilot program on Thursday after federal vaccine priorities expanded last week to include the newly eligible group. The program's limited supply of 12,000 shots is reserved for ...