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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 ...

Minnesota governor criticizes South Dakota counterpart

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he wishes the neighboring Dakotas would take more aggressive steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus, singling out South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem for criticism. Walz made the comments Tuesday during a news conference in St. Paul where he ...

Walz imposes new limits on bars, restaurants, gatherings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota bars and restaurants must stop serving at 10 p.m. and attendance at weddings, funeral and social gatherings will be limited under new restrictions Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday to try to slow the accelerating spread of the coronavirus. Sounding the most ominous ...