A stretch of a Minneapolis street that includes the place where George Floyd was killed will soon be named in his honor. Although the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr. Place. The Star Tribune reports that the City Council approved the naming on Friday and that Mayor Jacob Frey’s office says he will likely sign off on it. Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died May 25 after a white officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck even as Floyd pleaded for [...]
The trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd will generate massive public interest when it begins in March. But as it stands, most people who wish to watch the proceedings will be out of luck. The judge overseeing the case has yet to decide whether cameras will be allowed at the former officers’ trial. Those in favor of audio and visual coverage say the high-profile nature of Floyd’s death and recent courtroom restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic make this the right time to allow cameras in court. But the state attorney general’s office, [...]
Minnesota health officials say the state has topped more than 90,000 positive COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began. The state on Sunday confirmed 1,318 new cases in the last day, lifting the total to 90,017, and two new deaths due to complications from the coronavirus. Minnesota's death toll stands at 1,965. Of those, 1,423 have occurred in long-term care of assisted living facilities. A total of 248 people are currently hospitalized. There are 123 patients in intensive care, down nearly a dozen since Saturday.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has identified two of the three people who died when their single-engine plane crashed into a water-filled quarry last weekend. The bodies of 60-year-old Larry Schlichting, of Eagan, and 24-year-old Lucas Knight, of North Mankato, have been recovered from the quarry on Grey Cloud Island near Cottage Grove. Sheriff’s officials say a dive team continues to search for the third person who died when the Cessna went down last Sunday. Some wreckage of the plane has been recovered. Authorities have said the recovery work has been difficult because of the large debris field in the quarry [...]
Sheriff's officials say recovery crews have located a missing airplane in a water-filled quarry near the Mississippi River on Grey Cloud Island in Washington County. Three people were in the single-engine Cessna aircraft when it left Fleming Field in South St. Paul sometime after 2 p.m. Sunday. Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry says officials were notified that the plane was missing late Sunday night, said. Crews will be working to recover the plane from the water. Starry says the wreckage is in water over 70 feet deep.
Minnesota health officials have 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 state have died since the pandemic began. The latest Minnesotans to die ranged in age from 60 to 99. Hennepin and Ramsey counties each reported three deaths. St. Louis and Waseca counties each had two deaths. Anoka, Freeborn and Kanabec counties each reported one death. Officials say hospitalizations have dropped from 247 to 241 in the last [...]
Prosecution documents in the case against four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd show the white officer who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck had seven prior incidents of using neck or head and upper body restraints on arrestees, including four in which prosecutors say he went too far. The document was made public on the same day that Chauvin and three other former officers appeared in court for a hearing on the prosecution’s request to hold a joint trial, a defense request to move the trial out of Minneapolis, and other issues. Judge Peter Cahill [...]
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will bring their presidential campaigns to Minnesota on Friday of next week. The Trump campaign says the president will hold a rally at the Bemidji airport Friday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. The Biden campaign says the where and when of the former vice president's visit will be announced later. Trump came within about 45,000 votes of carrying Minnesota in 2016. His campaign is trying to build on his support in greater Minnesota and the outer suburbs, while Biden is counting on strong Democratic turnout in the Twin Cities and inner suburbs.
Gov. Tim Walz has called a special session for Friday, citing the need to preserve the emergency powers that he’s been using to manage the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor said he intends to extend the state’s COVID-19 peacetime state of emergency by 30 more days to ensure that the state can continue to quickly and effectively respond. The Republican-controlled Senate has used previous special sessions to vote to end the peacetime emergency, saying the immediate emergency is over. The Democratic-controlled House has blocked those attempts. Senate Republicans also used last month's special session to oust a Walz cabinet member.
Winona State University has quarantined itself for two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Officials aren't aware of any serious illness related to COVID-19 within the Winona State community. But they're seeing an increase in asymptomatic transmission affecting not only the campus but the greater community. Meanwhile, most Minnesota elementary and secondary schools kicked off a school year Tuesday that will test whether their preparations to teach amid the pandemic will pay off. According to partial figures, 63% of districts and charter schools opened with a hybrid of in-person and distance learning, with 25% offering only in-person learning.