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17-year-old hit by gunfire, dumped from vehicle

By |2020-06-22T10:43:37-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old boy has died in a shooting in north Minneapolis. Officers responded to reports of shots fired about 8 p.m. Sunday and found the victim without a pulse. First responders were able to revive the teen, but he died after being taken to North Memorial Hospital. KARE-TV reports police spokesman John Elder says there was a group of people driving around when the vehicle was hit by gunfire and the victim was struck. Elder says the others in the car dumped the victim from the vehicle and drove away. Investigators are still working to determine [...]

Wrong-way crash on Twin Cities interstate kills 4, injures 1

By |2020-06-22T09:24:54-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A wrong-way crash on a Twin Cities interstate late Saturday killed four people, including two from South Dakota, and injured one, authorities said Sunday. The head-on collision between a Nissan Murano and GMC Terrain occurred about 9:55 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 35W at 66th Street in Richfield, the State Patrol said. The Star Tribune reports that the wrong-way driver in the Murano, 21-year—old Alfredo Torres, of St. Paul, was killed. Dead in the Terrain was the driver, 25-year-old Briana Vazquez, of Watertown, South Dakota; along with 28-year-old Hassan Abdulmalik, of Bloomington, and 27-year-old Tyler Fried, of Vermillion, South [...]

Minority officers allege discrimination over Chauvin booking

By |2020-06-22T08:02:10-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

Eight minority corrections officers who work at the jail holding a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd say they were barred from guarding the officer because of their race. The Minneapolis Star Tribune obtained a copy of discrimination charges filed by the corrections officers with the state Department of Human Rights. The charges are expected to trigger an automatic state investigation. Floyd died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin used his knee to pin down the handcuffed Black man’s neck. The white former officer is being held at the Ramsey County Jail.

1 man dead, 11 people wounded in Minneapolis shooting

By |2020-06-22T07:00:35-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say one man is dead and 11 people are wounded following a shooting in a trendy nightlife area in Minneapolis. A nearby restaurant manager said the shooting broke out shortly after midnight and included “a lot of shots” and what appeared to be groups of people shooting at each other. And he described people fleeing inside the restaurant for safety. The neighborhood is about three miles west of the neighborhood hit hardest by violent protest following George Floyd's death, and had been touched earlier by some of that damage. Police said they had no one in custody [...]

13 Minnesotans sickened by illness linked to bagged salads

By |2020-06-22T06:44:15-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

The Minnesota Department of Health says 13 people in Minnesota have gotten sick with an intestinal illness linked to bagged salads. The Health Department said Saturday the Minnesotans ranged in age from 24 to 79 and fell ill between June 1 and 9. Two lived in the metro area while the rest were from Greater Minnesota. None of the sick had to be hospitalized. State health officials are warning consumers not to eat ALDI Little Salad Bar brand Garden Salad or Hy-Vee brand Garden Salad. The Star Tribune reports the warning applies only to the store-brand salads labeled as “garden salads” [...]

Minnesota lawmakers fail to reach deal on revamping policing

By |2020-06-22T06:39:41-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

Minnesota legislative leaders traded barbs Saturday after a special session collapsed Saturday with no deal on revamping policing following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Republican-controlled Senate adjourned just after 6 a.m. Saturday. GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka repeatedly had said that Friday was his deadline for adjournment. Gazelka blamed “behind the scenes arm-twisting” from Democratic Gov. Tim Walz for ending “any hope of working together right now.” Walz says his administration is planning its next steps, and for Senate Republicans “to take your ball and go home in the middle of this” is “an embarrassment for Minnesota.”

Twins remove ex-owner Griffith statue over racist remarks

By |2020-06-19T10:45:07-05:00June 19th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have removed a statue of former owner Calvin Griffith at Target Field, citing racist remarks he made in 1978. Griffith’s statue was one of several installed when the team opened its ballpark in 2010. Griffith moved the Washington Senators to Minnesota for the 1961 season, and the team was renamed the Twins. During a 1978 speech to a Waseca Lions club, Griffith said he decided to do make the move “when I found out you only had 15,000 blacks here." The team says it “cannot remain silent and continue ignoring the racist comments he made [...]

Klobuchar urges Biden to pick nonwhite woman as running mate

By |2020-06-19T06:03:09-05:00June 19th, 2020|

Amy Klobuchar is dropping out of vice presidential contention and urging Democrat Joe Biden to select a woman of color instead. The Minnesota senator said Thursday night on MSNBC that she called the presumptive presidential nominee Wednesday night and made the suggestion. She says it would be a step Biden could take to help “heal this nation.” It comes as the senator's home state has been roiled by the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer. Klobuchar herself came under fire for her handling of a murder case when she was a prosecutor that sent a black teen [...]

Minnesota officials prepare to announce fall school plans

By |2020-06-18T09:42:48-05:00June 18th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State health and education officials will announce plans Thursday for how Minnesota schools will conduct classes this fall after they were shut down this spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Deputy Commissioner Heather Mueller will join Minnesota Department of Health officials at a briefing to discuss “the new fall planning guidance for K-12 schools.” The news conference announcement did not say whether they’ll allow schools to reopen this fall, keep them closed, or some other steps for conducting classes amid the pandemic. But the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations in Minnesota have been leveling [...]

Board to review licenses of ex-officers in Floyd death

By |2020-06-17T06:22:40-05:00June 17th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota board that licenses and set training standards for all peace officers in the state plans to review the death of George Floyd. The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training is required to review all misconduct complaints against licensed police officers. If the complaint is ruled justified, the board can revoke any officer’s license. All four Minneapolis police officers who have been charged in the May 25 death of Floyd were fired from the department, but they are still licensed Minnesota peace officers.