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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...

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...

Tumultuous year results in more serious crime in St. Paul

Jan. 13, 2021 6:22 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A year that included violent protests over the police killing of George Floyd and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic led to a rise in serious crime in St. Paul in 2020, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday. The report showed that violent crime including homicide,...

Family of man killed by police in 2015 files lawsuit

Jan. 13, 2021 10:38 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The family of a man killed by St. Paul police six years ago is suing the department. The aunt, mother and grandmother of Marcus Golden filed their federal lawsuit just before the statute of limitations was set to expire. The 24-year-old Black man was shot and killed by police...

St. Paul mother charged in death of 2-year-old daughter

Jan. 13, 2021 8:14 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ramsey County prosecutors have charged the mother of a St. Paul toddler with murder in the death of the 2-year-old girl. According to a criminal complaint, Ciashia Lee told police she lost her temper and kept hitting her daughter because she wouldn't stop crying and woke up her...

Minnesota State troopers guard the Capitol 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)

Walz to deploy National Guard to protect Minnesota Capitol

Jan. 12, 2021 5:55 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday he plans to deploy the Minnesota National Guard to protect against potential threats to the state Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Walz told reporters he plans to issue the executive order activating the National Guard late Tuesday...

FILE - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks from the Governor's Reception room at the State Capitol, to discuss the latest steps in his response to COVID-19, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn.  Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get needed pandemic relief to small businesses, the unemployed, renters and others affected by the widening coronavirus outbreak.    (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Walz denounces Minnesota GOP leaders for hedging on vote

Jan. 11, 2021 6:49 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz denounced Minnesota Republican leaders Monday for refusing to clearly state that the presidential election was free and fair, and disclosed that state troopers had to rush his frightened son to safety last Wednesday as a “Storm the Capitol” rally in St. Paul...

Mother, father arrested in death of 3-year-old daughter

Jan. 10, 2021 1:54 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the mother and father of a 3-year-old found dead in a St. Paul residence Sunday have been arrested on suspicion of the girl’s murder. It’s the city first homicide of the year. Police said the father called the police department’s non-emergency...

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)

Security chief calls Minnesota Capitol safe despite protests

Jan. 8, 2021 5:54 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials have taken steps to ensure the Minnesota Capitol is safe despite recent and planned protests there by supporters of President Donald Trump, the state's public safety chief told lawmakers in a letter released Friday. But Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington also urged...