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Minnesota AG launches unit to review wrongful convictions

Aug. 03, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and metro prosecutors announced the launch of a new unit on Tuesday that would review potentially wrongful convictions through a partnership with the Innocence Project of Minnesota. The partnership, known as...

Minnesota plan hopes to slow rapid pulse of water, erosion

Jul. 31, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Sixteen years ago, Don and Becky Waskosky moved to what they thought was their dream home in the country outside of Mankato. They were drawn to the quiet, the birds and wildlife — and breathtaking views of the Le Sueur River as it winds through...

Embattled Minnesota lawmaker will apologize to colleague

Jul. 30, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State Rep. John Thompson agreed Friday to publicly apologize for calling a colleague a racist during a heated debate on the Minnesota House floor last month. The embattled St. Paul Democrat agreed to apologize to Republican Rep. Eric Lucero, of...

Minnesota extends statewide air quality alert until Tuesday

Jul. 30, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has extended an air quality alert until noon Tuesday for the entire state, due to what authorities are calling an “unprecedented significant air quality event.” Minnesota has been dealing with smoke from...

EXPLAINER: Is Minnesota doing enough to limit evictions?

Jul. 30, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September has been the...

Minnesota offers $100 rewards to unvaccinated who get shots

Jul. 29, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will join in the Biden administration's plan to provide $100 incentives to residents who get COVID-19 vaccinations by mid-August, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday. President Joe Biden announced the rewards as part of sweeping new pandemic...

Panel weighs COVID bonuses for Minnesota's frontline workers

Jul. 28, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health care, school and food workers who risked their lives at the height of the pandemic made pitches Wednesday for a piece of the $250 million in COVID-19 relief money that Minnesota plans to allocate as bonuses to essential frontline workers. They...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jul. 28, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. July 25, 2021. Editorial: Save the patios — at least safe ones The proliferation of sidewalk cafes was a welcome side effect of the pandemic. There is an undeniable romance to sidewalk cafes. And all...

Violent crime surges across Minnesota with record murders

Jul. 27, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Violent crime surged nearly 17% across Minnesota last year, including a record number of murders, according to data released Tuesday by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The annual Uniform Crime Report covers a year marked by unrest over the...

Minnesota officials investigating COVID-19 outbreak at camp

Jul. 27, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Department of Health officials said Tuesday they are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at a camp for teenagers in the northwestern part of the state. Communications specialist Erin McHenry said state health officials are investigating...