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Man who shot at cops in unrest over Floyd death is acquitted

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged with attempted murder after firing at Minneapolis police officers in the chaotic protests that followed George Floyd's death has been acquitted of all charges against him. Jaleel Stallings argued self-defense during his July ...

Congresswomen urge Biden to stop pipeline in Minnesota visit

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and her progressive congressional allies urged President Joe Biden on Friday to stop construction on Enbridge Energy's Line 3 replacement, even as the project nears completion and the ...

Chicago man arrested in fatal highway shooting in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — Plymouth police said Thursday a 33-year-old Chicago man has been arrested in the fatal highway shooting of a driver in an apparent case of road rage. Police Chief Erik Fadden said the suspect was arrested Aug. 24 and jailed in the central Illinois city of Decatur, ...

3 ex-officers ask to block streaming of trial in Floyd death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death asked a judge Thursday to bar their upcoming trial from being livestreamed, saying some witnesses won't testify if the proceedings are broadcast. The ...

Otter Tail Power to sell stake in North Dakota coal plant

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A utility company in western Minnesota plans to end its investment in a coal-fired plant it operates in North Dakota as part of its push to add more sources of renewable energy. Otter Tail Power Co., based in Fergus Falls, plans to sell its 35% stake in the Coyote ...

Ex-officer faces more serious charge in Daunte Wright death

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors filed a more serious charge Thursday against the former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, but it is not the murder charge that activists were seeking. Former ...

12-state human trafficking operation nets rescues 47 victims

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities made 102 arrests and rescued 47 victims as part of a 12-state effort to combat human trafficking, Missouri's top law enforcement official said Friday. Most of the arrests occurred Thursday night into Friday morning and came after a months-long ...

Minnesota State Fair first-day attendance down by half

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — First-day attendance at the Minnesota State Fair was down by roughly half as the fair returned after missing last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. With simmering concern over the delta variant, and fair officials declining to require masks or proof of ...

Minnesota’s reading, math assessment scores slipping

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota students scored dramatically worse on this year's reading and math assessment tests after the pandemic disrupted school settings. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday only 44% of students were proficient in math, down 11 percentage points from 2019, and ...

COVID-19 outbreak quarantines nearly 300 Albert Lea students

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Administrators in the Albert Lea school district say the coronavirus has significantly disrupted the start of classes with nearly 300 students quarantining for exposure to COVID-19. After five days of classes at Albert Lea Area Schools, there have been 36 positive ...