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President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Bemidji Regional Airport, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Bemidji, Minn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump and Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota

Sep. 18, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A solidly blue state for the past half century, Minnesota became an unquestioned presidential battleground on Friday as President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought for working-class voters in dueling events that marked the beginning of early voting. Their...

Armed residents confront COVID-19 testing team in Minnesota

Sep. 18, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A team of health workers conducting random COVID-19 testing was recently confronted by armed residents in a Minnesota neighborhood, though state officials have not said when or where the incident occurred. Health officials have been doing random testing of households in 180 Minnesota...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with reporters before boarding a plane at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Biden is en route to Kissimmee, Fla., for a campaign event. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Pre-debate, Biden studying Trump's past comments

Sep. 15, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Joe Biden says he’s begun preparing for presidential debates that begin later this month by studying President Donald Trump’s past comments. “I haven’t been doing mock debates very much...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz put his face mask at the conclusion of a press conference Thursday, July 30, 2020 announcing the learning plan for Minnesota schools for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.  (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Minnesota calls on Trump, Biden to follow virus guidelines

Sep. 15, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz urged the campaigns of President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Tuesday to abide by the state's guidelines for slowing the spread of the coronavirus when the candidates visit Minnesota on Friday. “Partner with us in the fight against...

Southeastern Minnesota college unveils $11 million remodel

Sep. 14, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — South Central College students have updated experiential labs and classrooms, a new space to study and meet with classmates, and a centralized place to get help. An $11 million remodel of much of the college’s North Mankato campus was completed late last spring. State...

Minnesota confirms 741 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

Sep. 13, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday confirmed 741 new cases of the coronavirus and 13 deaths resulting from COVID-19, Nine of the people who died were residents of long-term care and assisted-living facilities, the Minnesota Department of Health reported. A total of 1,919 people in the...

Senate Republicans reject Walz's pick for commerce head

Sep. 11, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The GOP-controlled Minnesota Senate rejected Gov. Tim Walz’s pick for commerce commissioner on Friday, but the Democratic governor held on to the emergency powers he's been using for six months to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senate on Friday refused to confirm Steve...

Trump, Biden surrogates bring campaign messages to Minnesota

Sep. 9, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is getting extra attention from the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Joe Biden this week. Donald Trump Jr. will lead a “Make America Great Again” rally at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Wednesday night. Jill Biden was set to visit an...

Minnesota safety officials seeking review on Floyd response

Sep. 8, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is seeking an independent evaluator to review how state agencies dealt with civil unrest after the killing of George Floyd. Public safety officials want the report to investigate collaboration among state and local entities, including timelines,...

Steve Grove, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, provides an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference on Monday, May 4, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP, Pool)

Jobs czar strives to get Minnesota economy back on track

Sep. 7, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — This isn’t the job he expected. When Steve Grove became Minnesota’s state economic czar early last year, he inherited an economy with near-record-low unemployment and a bustling business scene. He envisioned leading a state mission to become a national leader in...