Gov. Tim Walz plans to unveil new technology designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, which has been surging in the state this month. Minnesota currently ranks sixth in the country for new COVID-19 cases per capita. One in every 120 people in Minnesota tested positive in the past week. State health officials reported more than 7,200 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and an additional 40 deaths. Walz will announce the new technology alongside Minnesota IT Services Commissioner Tarek Tomes and Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann.
This summer’s huge motorcycle rally in South Dakota led to dozens of coronavirus cases in neighboring Minnesota. That’s the finding of a report Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study was mainly conducted by Minnesota health officials. They counted 86 cases that they said were related to the rally in Sturgis — 51 people who went to the event and 35 who came into contact with those people later. Most did not suffer serious illnesses, but four were hospitalized and one died. The rally has been a source of contention between the governors of the two states.
Minnesota health officials are reporting 7,219 new coronavirus cases, lifting the total number of positive tests to more than 270,000 since the start of the pandemic. Officials confirmed 40 deaths due to complications from COVID-19 in the last day, for a total of 3,241 fatalities. Data filed Saturday by researchers from Johns Hopkins University shows that Minnesota’s death count is the 24th highest in the country overall and the 29th highest per capita at 58 deaths per 100,000 people. There were about 1,568 new cases per 100,000 people in Minnesota over the past two weeks, which ranks seventh in the country [...]
A Minnesota judge has rejected a divorce settlement between former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and his wife, citing the possibility of fraud. Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman did not allege fraud or discuss motives in her October decision that rejected the agreement that transfers most of the couple's assets to Kellie Chauvin. But attorneys say it adds to suspicions that the Chauvins are trying to protect their assets. Derek Chauvin is the former officer who has been charged with murder in the death of George Floyd on May 25. Chauvin also faces a lawsuit from Floyd's family.
State officials say the replacement for Minnesota’s troubled driver and vehicle registration system known as MNLARS seems to be off to a good start. Driver and Vehicle Services spokeswoman Megan Leonard says agents for the new MNDrive system handled more than 21,600 transactions on Monday, the first day the system went live. Leonard says no major problems were reported as customers conducted business online and in person. The state spent more than $100 million on MNLARS before eventually giving up on the troubled system. The Legislature directed the Department of Public Safety to replace it by the end of 2020.
Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd want to introduce evidence of a 2017 arrest in which they say the officer held his knee on the back of a 14-year-old boy and ignored his pleas that he couldn’t breathe. Prosecutors say body camera video that captured the boy’s arrest shows that Derek Chauvin uses unreasonable force when dealing with a suspect who doesn't immediate comply with his orders. Chauvin’s attorney argues that the force used was in keeping a former department policy. Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died in May [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is planning to announce new COVID-19 restrictions that will shut down indoor dining at bars and restaurants, close gyms and fitness centers, and put organized indoor youth sports on hold for four weeks. Bars and restaurants will still be allowed to offer takeout during the four-week pause, according to a person with knowledge of the governor’s plan. That person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak ahead of the governor’s Wednesday night announcement. Walz told reporters Tuesday that the state is trying to ease [...]
St. Paul police say two teens have been arrested after two officers were injured by their fleeing vehicle. The incident began Sunday about 5:30 p.m. when officers spotted a 17-year-old who was a suspect in October shooting. The boy was a passenger in a vehicle in a parking lot. The two officers got out of their squad car and were struck when the suspect’s vehicle sped away. The officer’s unmarked squad was also damaged. Police pursued the fleeing vehicle, which struck a parked car. The 17-year-old shooting suspect and the 16-year-old driver fled on foot, but were arrested nearby a short [...]
A man who was drunk when he crashed his SUV into two people sitting on a Starbucks patio, leaving them with broken bones and other serious injuries, has been sentenced in Dakota County to two months in jail. Forty-five-year-old Ihar Daniliuk pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of criminal vehicular operation in the August 2019 crash outside the coffee shop in Eagan. A West St. Paul man suffered a spinal fracture, broken ribs, a broken leg, and a dislocated hip. An Eagan woman suffered a broken leg and needed stitches to close her wounds. Daniliuk was ordered to serve two years [...]
Minnesota school districts are experiencing staffing shortages statewide amid a continued surge in virus cases in recent weeks. Some superintendents say more educators and school staff are being infected or exposed to the virus and having to quarantine, forcing districts across the state to dial back in-person learning models. The state is seeing explosive growth in virus cases and hospitalizations that are the highest since the pandemic. According to the Department of Education, about 22% of school districts and charter schools across Minnesota began the school year by implementing an all in-person learning model. By Friday, just 14% of districts have [...]