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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 ...