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Police investigate death at Minneapolis homeless encampment

By |2021-01-04T05:58:12-06:00January 4th, 2021|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say they are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside a tent at a Minneapolis homeless encampment. Police said in a release that officers responding to a welfare check Sunday found a man “whose body had experienced obvious trauma." Police had originally identified the deceased as a woman before getting further information from the medical examiner. Police said numerous people fled on foot as officers arrived, but it’s not clear if any of them were involved in the man’s death. Many of them may have mistakenly believed the officers were there to assist [...]

IRS says executors undervalued Prince’s estate by 50%

By |2021-01-04T05:56:28-06:00January 4th, 2021|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The controversy over Prince's estate is heating up again after the Internal Revenue Service said administrators have undervalued it by 50%, or about $80 million. The rock star, who died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016, did not leave a will. The IRS determined that Prince’s estate is worth $163.2 million, overshadowing the $82.3 million valuation submitted by Comerica Bank & Trust, the estate’s administrator. The Star Tribune reports that the discrepancy primarily involves Prince’s music publishing and recording interests. Court documents show the IRS believes that Prince’s estate owes another $32.4 million in federal taxes, roughly doubling [...]

Minnesota reports 54 virus deaths to close out 2020 numbers

By |2021-01-04T05:55:11-06:00January 4th, 2021|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has reported 54 deaths from COVID-19, along with 2,543 positive coronavirus tests, in its final reporting period of 2020. The new numbers bring the state’s pandemic death toll to 5,377 people. A total of 417,832 cases of the coronavirus were detected since the pandemic began. The Department of Health has reported a slow down in new cases, with the average number of daily new cases decreasing by 48% over the last two weeks. Gov. Tim Walz has kept a ban on indoor dining in place through the holiday period, but some businesses around the state defied that [...]

Federal checks salvage otherwise dreadful 2020 for US farms

By |2021-01-01T06:03:37-06:00January 1st, 2021|

(AP) — U.S. farmers are expected to end the year with higher profits than last year and the best net farm income in seven years thanks to the government paying nearly 40% of their income. That's according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest farm income forecast. Farmer challenges in 2020 included the impact of trade disputes, drought and wind damage, and low prices for corn, cotton, wheat, chicken, cattle and hogs. Farm cash receipts are forecast to be the lowest in more than a decade. But farmers are expected to receive $46.5 billion from the U.S. government. That's the largest [...]

Minneapolis police shoot, kill man during traffic stop

By |2020-12-31T06:33:33-06:00December 31st, 2020|

Police in Minneapolis shot and killed a man during a traffic stop on the city’s south side Wednesday night. The shooting was the first police-involved death in Minneapolis since George Floyd died in May while being arrested by four officers, and stirred anxiety about renewed protests in the city. Officers were carrying out a traffic stop on a man they said was suspected of a felony. Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said witnesses said the man fired at officers first and pledged to release the body-camera video on Thursday. The state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is handling an investigation.

Minnesota working through first phase of vaccine rollout

By |2020-12-31T05:51:07-06:00December 31st, 2020|

Minnesota health officials said the state continues to vaccinate healthcare workers, long-term care residents, and staff but a limited supply of vaccine doses means it lags behind other states that have moved on to their next phase. Health officials said Wednesday there is also a lag time between when doses of the vaccine are allocated and administered. Case growth is down 68% since the peak in new infections in mid-November. Meanwhile, a pair of GOP state lawmakers pressed Gov. Tim Walz to release a plan by Monday with a timeline for lifting restrictions on businesses. They cited the decline in case [...]

Minneapolis officials outline new police disciplinary plan

By |2020-12-30T07:58:16-06:00December 30th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis mayor and police chief announced changes in the city’s disciplinary processes for police officers in an effort to make it easier to hold them accountable for bad behavior. Mayor Jacob Frey and the police chief said the city attorney’s office would be more deeply involved in misconduct investigations as soon as they begin. Frey said more than 50 percent of all disciplinary cases are either reduced or overturned and arbitrators typically cite due process concerns such as faulty investigations. Michelle Gross, of Communities United Against Police Brutality, was skeptical the change would make much difference.

Minnesota reports 36 deaths as testing dwindles over holiday

By |2020-12-30T07:46:36-06:00December 30th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday reported 36 more people have died due to COVID-19, and 988 new infections on a lower-than-normal testing volume. It was the first time since October that daily new cases fell below 1,000. Testing volume has fallen due to testing sites closing during the Christmas holiday. State health officials reported 7,742 samples processed —- the lowest testing volume since early September. They're encouraging people to make appointments for free tests in January at 21 community sites.

Man killed on Minnesota road after walking away from crash

By |2020-12-30T07:23:49-06:00December 30th, 2020|

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man crashed his car into trees along a highway near St. Cloud and was fatally run over when he walked from his vehicle into traffic. The Minnesota State Patrol says the incident happened about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 10 in Watab Township. The Star Tribune reports that the victim, a 33-year-old man from Sartell, was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol says the man walked into the eastbound lanes of the highway and was struck by a minivan driven by 35-year-old Jessica Clairmont, of Little Falls.  Clairmont’s minivan was then [...]

Minnesota woman dies after ATV falls through frozen lake

By |2020-12-30T06:51:09-06:00December 30th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman died after an ATV she was riding in fell through the ice on Kabekona Lake in northern Minnesota. The Star Tribune reports 60-year-old Rose Peterson, of Brooklyn Park, died Saturday night after she and two family members traveling in an ATV fell through thin ice on the lake, about 8 miles northwest of Walker.  Peterson’s son pulled all three out of the water after the ATV plunged into about 18 feet of water. Peterson was unresponsive when her son performed CPR on the ice. She was transported to a Bemidji hospital and later airlifted to Fargo [...]

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