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Teen driver facing charges in crash that killed two friends

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy is facing vehicular homicide charges in Ramsey County after authorities say he crashed a stolen car and killed two friends while fleeing from police. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office identified the boys who died in Friday's crash in ...

Sen. Gazelka joins governor’s race, attacks Walz on pandemic

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Paul Gazelka joined the Minnesota governor's race Wednesday, accusing Democratic Gov. Tim Walz of failed leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest that followed the death of George Floyd last ...

New challenge looms for Minneapolis ballot measure on police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for a former Minneapolis City Council member objected Wednesday to new language for a ballot measure on the future of policing in the city, saying it fails to comply with a court order that rejected the previous wording. The proposed amendment to the city charter ...

Ramsey County ends felony prosecutions from low-level stops

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Wednesday that he will no longer prosecute felony charges stemming from most low-level traffic stops, saying it's time to change a practice that has disproportionately impacted generations of minority communities. "Recognizing the ...

Judge tosses death sentence in Dru Sjodin slaying

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out the death sentence for a man convicted in the 2003 slaying of a North Dakota college student, saying new evidence shows that the medical examiner was "guessing" on the stand and defense lawyers did not ...

Lawsuit: GOP donor offered money to hush girl he trafficked

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A prominent Minnesota GOP donor who is charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking is now being sued by an underage girl who says he used her for sex acts, then offered her money to keep her from talking about it. The lawsuit filed ...

Minneapolis scrambles to save November vote on policin

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge struck down ballot language Tuesday that aimed to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new agency, which sent the City Council scrambling to approve new language that members hope will stand up. "The court finds that ...

Rescue team finds body of missing 2-year-old girl in Edina

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — Police in a Minneapolis suburb said Tuesday they have recovered the body of a 2-year-old girl who was the subject of more than 18-hour search after she apparently wandered away from her family on her own. Edina police said earlier that Iklas Abdullahi Ahmed had been ...

State Fair final attendance: 1.3M, far below 2019 record

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up its 12-day run with total attendance of about 1.3 million, well below usual numbers as the delta variant kept many fairgoers away. The coronavirus wiped out the 2020 state fair, and this year's comeback returned just as the delta variant ...

Kent steps down as Minnesota Senate minority leader

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent has announced she is stepping down from her role as minority leader and plans to retire when her term ends next year. Kent, a Woodbury Democrat, has served in the Senate for nearly 10 years and said in a statement Thursday ...