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Police arrest Minnesota bar owner who defied virus orders

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A business owner in southern Minnesota who missed a court date as she faces criminal charges for defying pandemic-related restrictions was arrested Thursday in Iowa. Lisa Hanson, who owns a wine and coffee bar in Albert Lea, was arrested by police in Clear Lake, Iowa near ...

St. Paul officials push review of sheriff’s livestream

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three city council members in St. Paul are pushing for a formal review of Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher's practice of livestreaming video of his patrols. Fletcher started his "Live on Patrol" videos last year, saying it was a way to show people how law enforcement ...

Activists take next step in push to replace Minneapolis PD

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A charter amendment to replace the Minneapolis Police Department is one step closer to going before voters in November after a coalition of activists submitted their petition to city officials on Friday. Yes 4 ...

Prosecutors seek higher sentence for Chauvin in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a judge to give Derek Chauvin a more severe penalty than state guidelines call for when he is sentenced in June for George Floyd's death, arguing in court documents filed Friday that Floyd was particularly vulnerable ...

Police chiefs hail Chauvin verdict as a key step to healing

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press Not long after a jury convicted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd, police chiefs across the U.S. started speaking up. And it wasn't to defend the police. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun ...

Evidence in Chauvin case contradicted first police statement

By CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Moments after former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George Floyd's death, copies of the original Minneapolis police statement began recirculating on social media. It attributed Floyd's death to "medical distress" and ...

Minnesota schools see ‘worrisome’ surge in COVID-19 cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — COVID-19 case rates are rising across Minnesota, and they're affecting younger Minnesotans, especially middle and high school students. Minnesota health officials said Thursday that the number of school-related COVID-19 cases reported this week among students has now ...

EXPLAINER: Can Chauvin get his convictions tossed on appeal?

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The unique circumstances surrounding Derek Chauvin's trial in George Floyd's death could offer the former Minneapolis police officer some shot at winning a retrial on appeal, though most legal experts agree it's a long ...

Minnesota records 100th traffic death of 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota recorded its 100th traffic death of the year on Wednesday, marking the earliest point in a year that the total has hit triple-digits since 2016. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported two teenagers were killed in a crash Thursday near Alexandria, bringing the ...

Investigators probing why plane crashed in field

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Federal investigators are trying to determine why a small plane crashed in a field just near the Faribault Airport. The Rice County Sheriff's Office said in a news release the 2017 Piper single-engine plane took off from the airport Thursday afternoon and crashed into ...