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Virus forces Bloomington schools back to distance learning

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A large Minnesota school district has been forced to return to distance learning after an outbreak of COVID-19 among its transportation workers. Bloomington Public Schools brought back preschoolers through second graders on Jan. 19, and had planned to bring back third to ...

Otter Tail deputies investigate fatal shooting of horse

ERHARD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in west-central Minnesota are investigating what appears to be a fatal shooting of a horse that was in a pasture. Officials in Otter Tail County say they got the call about the horse in rural Erhard on Thursday. Deputies arrived to find the animal dead in a ...

Greater Minnesota cities outline top legislative priorities

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Communities across Minnesota asked state lawmakers Friday for more support for child care, housing, water infrastructure and aid to local governments this legislative session as smaller municipalities continue to ...

AP source: Indians, OF Rosario agree on free agent contract

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Eddie Rosario has gone from hammering to helping the Indians. The free agent outfielder, who spent the past six seasons with Minnesota, agreed Friday to a one-year contract with Cleveland, which is making good on a promise to re-invest some ...

Minnesota lawmakers begin work on renewable energy bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are beginning work on clean energy legislation that would require utilities to generate 100% of their electricity from carbon-free resources by 2040, as a renewed focus on climate change ramps up with a new administration in the White House. The ...

Minneapolis councilors float new plan for police department

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three Minneapolis City Council members who pledged to dismantle the city's police department in the wake of George Floyd's death announced a new proposal Thursday that they say would keep officers in the city but remove a requirement that calls for a minimum number of ...

Walz visits pilot vaccination site in Brooklyn Center

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and his health commissioner visited a community vaccination center Thursday to see how a pilot program for giving COVID-19 vaccines is going, and said they're hoping to learn what works and what doesn't as they try to speed up the pace of ...

Prosecutors appeal ruling that split trials in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in Minnesota on Thursday appealed a judge's ruling that split the trials of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death and kept the first trial scheduled to start in March. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled earlier in January that ...

Minnesota’s election law fight heats up over voter ID bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A post-election fight over whether Minnesota's election laws should be tightened or changed to make voting easier heated up Wednesday as a key Senate panel backed a Republican proposal to require people to present photo identification at the polls. GOP Sen. Scott Newman, ...

State: Some health systems ignoring vaccine rollout guidance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some hospital systems around Minnesota are flouting state and federal guidance on the hierarchy for receiving the coronavirus vaccine, according to health officials. The Minnesota Department of Health has deputized large health systems to distribute the vaccine as part of ...