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Minnesota officials warn about deteriorating ice conditions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's recent warm weather has led to treacherous ice conditions in some areas of the state, officials said Thursday. The Minnesota Department of National Resources said in a release that ice thickness varies widely and some lakes already have large areas of open ...

Walz plans to dial back virus restrictions for gatherings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday he's planning significant rollbacks of COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, following an update by state health officials showing that 70% of the state's senior citizens have now been vaccinated. "They will be probably our biggest turn ...

EXPLAINER: Ex-cop trial to include ‘spark of life’ on Floyd

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd's death plan to use a legal doctrine called "spark of life" to humanize Floyd in front of jurors. It's a doctrine with roots in a 1985 state Supreme Court ...

Judge OKs 3rd-degree murder charge for ex-cop in Floyd death

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Thursday granted prosecutors' request to add a third-degree murder count against a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death, offering jurors an additional option for conviction and ...

Walz urges lawmakers to pass summer education package

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday urged Minnesota lawmakers to immediately pass legislation to fund a $150 million summer education package in the Democratic governor's budget proposal that would attempt to remedy disruptions ...

6 chosen for Chauvin trial jury so far; murder charge added

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who said he has a "very negative" impression of Derek Chauvin nevertheless became the sixth juror selected for the former Minneapolis police officer's trial in George Floyd's death. The man, who told attorneys he ...

Former Sen. Jensen announces GOP candidacy for governor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former state Sen. Scott Jensen has made his Republican candidacy for governor official. Jensen served one term in the Senate and retired in January. The family physician has been critical of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and in interviews with Fox News ...

Ex-Minneapolis airport worker sentenced for stealing copper

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport electrician accused of stealing more than $125,000 worth of copper from a project site has been sentenced to home detention and probation. Kipp Baldwin, 60, of Bloomington, pleaded guilty earlier to theft by swindle and ...

Minnesota health commissioner receives dose of J&J vaccine

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz joined Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm at a COVID-19 vaccination site on Wednesday as Malcolm received a dose of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine on camera in an effort to ...

EXPLAINER: Why jurors can’t be dismissed based on their race

By CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press The issue of race looms large over the trial of a white former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death last May of George Floyd, a Black man. The racial makeup of the jury that will decide Derek Chauvin's fate has been no exception, as observers ...