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Questions abound with removal of St. Paul homeless camps

Jan. 16, 2021 1:01 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Staggering a bit as he spoke, Jason Lance stood between the proverbial rock and a dismally cold, hard place against the backdrop of a bright-lit afternoon. Scattered in the snow to his right were damaged boxes spilling apples, uncooked pasta, donuts, bread loaves and other donated...

Capitol security watch protesters during a rally in support of President Donald Trump on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in St. Paul, Minn.  (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Officials: Extremist threat to Minnesota Capitol has faded

Jan. 15, 2021 5:34 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities now believe there is no credible, immediate threat from extremists to Minnesota in the runup to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Friday, but he made clear that law enforcement won't be taking any chances. The FBI this...

Minnesota lawmakers introduce anti-copper mining legislation

Jan. 15, 2021 1:26 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are ramping up efforts to prevent mining companies from gaining a foothold in Minnesota with legislation that aims to slow or ban copper-nickel mining on the Iron Range. Companion bills set to be proposed by state lawmakers and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum seek to block...

FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, a police officer throws a tear gas canister towards protesters at the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct, following a rally for George Floyd on in Minneapolis. Some Minneapolis City Council members are preparing a new plan that seeks to replace the city's police department in the wake of George Floyd's death. Mychal Vlatkovich, a spokesman for Mayor Frey, said the mayor had concerns about

Minneapolis council to try again with plan to replace police

Jan. 15, 2021 12:48 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some Minneapolis City Council members are preparing a new plan that seeks to replace the city's police department in the wake of George Floyd's death. Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher and Jeremy Schroeder are working on a proposal to create a new public safety department that removes...

Man injured after exchanging gunfire with Minneapolis police

Jan. 14, 2021 7:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man accused of pointing a gun at someone was injured after exchanging gunfire with officers in Minneapolis on Thursday, police said. The man was arrested on multiple counts of probable cause second-degree assault and taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were...

Ham Lake man pleads guilty to 5 sex crimes; faces 46 years

Jan. 14, 2021 6:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Ham Lake man suspected in a string of sex crimes in the Minneapolis area pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of criminal sexual conduct. The plea deal for Jory Wiebrand, 35, calls for a prison sentence of nearly 46 years, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said. Authorities say...

A man speaks with a Minnesota State trooper during a rally supporting President Trump at the Minnesota Capitol, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 in St. Paul, Minn. State Patrol officers stood in a line and guarded the steps of the Minnesota Capitol on Saturday, as roughly 100 supporters of President Donald Trump gathered to protest the results of the 2020 election. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)

Security officials urge Minnesotans to avoid state Capitol

Jan. 14, 2021 1:50 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Security officials asked Minnesotans on Thursday to consider staying away from the state Capitol complex unless they have specific planned activities or business there. The request came amid growing concern about potential attacks at state capitols ahead of President-elect Joe...

Capitol security watch protesters during a rally in support of President Donald Trump on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in St. Paul, Minn.  (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Walz activates National Guard for Minnesota Capitol security

Jan. 13, 2021 6:26 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday activated the Minnesota National Guard to protect the state Capitol amid rising fears of violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, and another top Democrat said authorities are investigating last week’s rally by supporters of...

Ontario Premier Doug Ford looks on as the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Canada is administered to personal support worker Anita Quidangen by registered nurse Hiwot Arfaso at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Latest: Fla. lawyer in tobacco cases dies from COVID-19

Jan. 12, 2021 9:39 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Florida attorney Fred Levin, who won a major legal battle against the tobacco industry in the 1990s, has died several days after contracting the coronavirus. He was 83. An attorney at the Levin Papantonio Rafferty legal firm says Levin died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19, the...

FILE - This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on June 3, 2020, shows from left, former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.  Chauvin, who held his knee to the neck of George Floyd for several minutes, will be tried separately from three other former officers accused in his death, according to scheduling orders filed Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.  (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Officer with knee to George Floyd's neck to be tried alone

Jan. 12, 2021 3:35 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer who held his knee to George Floyd's neck for minutes will be tried separately from the three other former officers accused in his death, according to an order filed Tuesday that cites limited courtroom space due to COVID-19 restrictions. Derek Chauvin...