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Report: Minneapolis violent crime increased by 21% in 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say violent crimes in Minneapolis ballooned by 21% in 2020, a year marked by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread protests against racial injustice. The city recorded 5,422 violent crime incidents, including homicides, rapes, robberies and ...

Minnesota Orchestra posts operating loss of $11.7 million

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Orchestra has posted another record-breaking deficit as the coronavirus pandemic continues its disruption. The orchestra is reporting an operating loss of $11.7 million, the largest in its history and topping last year's $8.8 million deficit. The orchestra ...

Driver killed in collision with train was from Ottertail

OTTERTAIL, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials says the pickup driver who was killed in a collision with a freight train in Otter Tail County was a local man. Joseph Lyle Mack, 60, from Ottertail, died Thursday morning at a crossing southeast of the city. The pickup was struck on the passenger ...

Pandemic drives increase in visits to Minnesota food shelves

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's food shelves saw a big jump in need in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic instability, according to an annual report released Friday. Hunger Solutions Minnesota, which collects data from 350 food ...

Minnesota governor deploys Guard for Chauvin trial security

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov Tim Walz on Friday authorized the Minnesota National Guard to deploy in preparation for potential civil unrest during the upcoming trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd. The ...

Minnesota property seizure bill centers socioeconomic equity

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Proposed changes to Minnesota's property forfeiture laws received initial approval in a state House committee on Friday, advancing a bill that proponents say would be more equitable for low-income residents. Civil ...

Minnesota Republicans counter Chauvin trial security plan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans on Thursday offered a counterproposal to Democratic Gov. Tim Walz's request for security funding ahead of next month's murder trial for the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd. The Republican proposal would target ...

Minnesota health officials discourage Super Bowl parties

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans thinking about holding Super Bowl parties should think again — even through the state's coronavirus numbers are improving, state health officials advised Thursday. "This is probably not the year to have a Super Bowl party," said Kris Ehresmann, infectious ...

Minnesota prosecutors ask to reinstate charge in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors on Thursday asked a judge to reinstate a third-degree murder count against the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, saying an appellate court decision from earlier this week sets legal precedent that shows the count ...

MNsure will open 3-month special enrollment period Feb. 16

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's state-run health insurance exchange said Wednesday it will open a three-month special enrollment period to help uninsured and other Minnesotans obtain coverage. MNsure said the open enrollment will begin Feb. 16 and run through May 17. The announcement ...