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Duluth airport barred Pence after Trump broke virus rules

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Duluth airport officials prohibited Donald Trump's campaign from holding a rally there with Vice President Mike Pence last month after the president flouted state coronavirus guidelines at the airport three weeks earlier. The Duluth Airport Authority's executive director, ...

Bankers survey projects drop in holiday retail sales

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states are expected to see a not-as-jolly holiday retail season this year, according to a new monthly survey of bankers in the region. More than half of bankers surveyed this month for the Rural Mainstreet Survey projected 2020 holiday ...

Judge rejects Chauvin divorce, citing possibility of ‘fraud’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has rejected a divorce settlement between former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and his wife, citing the possibility of fraud. Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman did not discuss motives for the divorce in her October decision to ...

‘Help us’: Doctors implore Minnesotans to follow virus rules

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doctors urged Minnesotans on Thursday to take COVID-19 seriously and to comply with new restrictions that take effect Friday night as they provided dramatic accounts of how the state's health care system — especially ...

Minnesota man enters plea in police station fire amid unrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit arson for helping set fire to a Minneapolis police station during civil unrest in the days following the death of George Floyd. According to an indictment, Bryce Michael Williams, 26, of Staples, ...

Prosecutors want 2017 arrest of teen in Floyd death trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd want to introduce evidence of a 2017 arrest in which they say the officer held his knee on the back of a 14-year-old boy and ignored his pleas that he couldn't ...

2 Iron Range lawmakers spilt with Senate Democratic Caucus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two veteran state senators from the Iron Range broke with other Democrats on Wednesday to form their own independent caucus in a closely divided legislative chamber. Sens. Tom Bakk, of Cook, and David Tomassoni, of Chisholm, said in a statement that they've left the ...

Minnesota shuts more businesses as COVID-19 spread soars

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday imposed four weeks worth of new COVID-19 restrictions as the spread spiked to an all-time high, shutting down bars, restaurants and fitness centers, while pausing social gatherings and organized amateur sports. The announcement came on ...

St. Paul mayor outlines plans for emergency response changes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Tuesday outlined plans for a group meant to help the city improve its emergency response. About 40 people will serve on a public safety commission that will focus on non-police responses to 911 calls, which law enforcement currently ...

Campus police reform in progress after George Floyd killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly six months after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, the University of Minnesota is undergoing several efforts to reexamine and reform campus police. However, some say they feel change is not happening quickly enough. The University ...

Walz to announce COVID-19 restrictions on youth sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz plans to announce new COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday, including new guidance for youth sports as well as bars and restaurants, in an effort to slow the virus' spread in the community. In a call with reporters Tuesday, Walz said some of the ...

2 officers injured in St. Paul by suspects’ fleeing vehicle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two teens have been arrested after two police officers were injured by the boys' fleeing vehicle in St. Paul Sunday evening, according to authorities. The incident began about 5:30 p.m. when officers spotted a 17-year-old who was a suspect in October shooting. The boy ...

2 months in jail for Starbucks crash that injured 2

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A man who was drunk when he crashed his SUV into two people sitting on a Starbucks patio, leaving them with broken bones and other serious injuries, has been sentenced in Dakota County to two months in jail. Forty-five-year-old Ihar Daniliuk pleaded guilty to two ...

As hospitals strain, officials urge Minnesotans to stay home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A registered nurse who cares for COVID-19 patients at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis said Monday the pandemic is taking a toll on front-line workers, and she joined the governor and state health officials in urging people to alter behaviors and skip ...

Rep. Omar terminates contract with husband’s consulting firm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is cutting ties with her husband's political consulting firm after winning her bid for reelection, saying she wants to ensure her supporters feel there's no perceived issue. Omar married her political consultant, Tim Mynett, in March, sparking scrutiny ...

Vikings-Bears game stirs college memories for Cousins, Foles

CHICAGO (AP) — Kirk Cousins remembers signing to play for Michigan State, then finding out a few weeks later some prospect from football-obsessed Texas was joining the Spartans as part of Mark Dantonio's first recruiting class. It wasn't a good feeling. Nick Foles set all sorts of records ...

Republican Majority Leader Gazelka tests positive for virus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said Sunday he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The East Gull Lake lawmaker said in a statement that he has been in quarantine since experiencing symptoms on Monday and is following the advice of his doctor. "I am ...

GOP backs off from seeking to strip Walz of emergency powers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With coronavirus cases and deaths soaring to record levels in Minnesota, Republican lawmakers backed down Thursday from making another futile attempt to strip Democratic Gov. Tim Walz of the emergency powers he has used to respond to the pandemic. Lawmakers from both ...

Minnesota virus cases climb above 7,000 for first time

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday reported 7,228 new cases of the coronavirus, shattering the single-day record set just last week by more than 1,000 cases as the virus continues its unrelenting spread throughout the state. Minnesota health officials reported ...

State Patrol investigating multi-vehicle crash on I-94

MONTICELLO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near Monticello. The agency said the crash occurred around 9:15 a.m. Thursday on the interstate near Wright County Road 18. The crash involved 29 vehicles, half of which were ...