Latest Minnesota state government News

Minnesota lawmakers convene special session to finish budget

Jun. 14, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers returned to unfinished business at the Capitol on Monday as they convened for a special session to finalize a two-year budget and avert a potential government shutdown at the end of the month. Democratic House Speaker Melissa...

Twin Cities roads buckling in extreme heat

Jun. 11, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Roads are breaking apart as an oppressive heat wave continues to bake the Twin Cities. As pavement heats up it expands, sometimes to the point of buckling. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that state transportation officials have...

Walz, leaders, seek budget breakthroughs as Capitol reopens

Jun. 10, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz sat down with top lawmakers Thursday to try to bring the divided Legislature closer to agreement on the budget bills that they were unable to finish before their regular session ended last month. The Democratic governor told reporters...

EXPLAINER: Chauvin's lawyer asks to probe alleged jury bias

Jun. 10, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd is seeking not only a new trial but also a hearing to “impeach the verdict" by investigating potential juror misconduct. Eric Nelson's...

EXPLAINER: Noor ruling could have impact for other ex-cops

Jun. 09, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court is deciding how to interpret the state's third-degree murder statute in a police killing case that is expected to have repercussions for the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. The...

Minnesota 3rd-degree murder law at issue in ex-cop's appeal

Jun. 09, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor urged the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday to uphold the third-degree murder conviction of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman who had called 911 in 2017, saying a reversal would make it impossible to prosecute other...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jun. 08, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. June 5, 2021. Editorial: Clock is ticking on 2021 Minnesota Legislature Hurdles remain, but divides must be overcome to avoid a damaging shutdown. Legislative leaders appear cautiously optimistic that...

Oil pipeline foes protest Enbridge's Line 3 in Minnesota

Jun. 07, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

SOLWAY, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters vowing to do whatever it takes to stop a Canadian-based company's push to replace an aging pipeline blocked a pump station Monday in northern Minnesota, with some people chaining themselves to construction equipment before police began making...

AG: Woman misused funds raised in Philando Castile's name

Jun. 03, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul professor who led a viral crowdfunding campaign to pay off student lunch debts in Philando Castile’s name spent less than half of the $200,000 she raised on the intended purpose, Minnesota’s attorney general said Thursday. ...

GOP makes fresh push to end Minnesota's emergency powers

Jun. 02, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican legislative leaders made a fresh push Wednesday for ending Democratic Gov. Tim Walz's reliance on emergency powers to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, while state health officials reported continued progress on vaccinations and other key measures. ...