The owner of a Minnesota bar that was among four establishments identified by state health officials for contributing to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases among young adults says he has instituted aggressive measures to keep customers safe. Steve Wegman is the owner of the 507 in Mankato. He says he’s invested in masks, gloves, and cleaning supplies and taken many other steps to minimize spread of the coronavirus to patrons and employees since Minnesota bars and restaurants reopened at limited capacity this month. Wegman tells the Star Tribune he was frustrated his bar was identified as a COVID-19 hot spot, [...]
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say a baby reported missing after her father assaulted her mother in St. Paul has been reunited with the woman and was not harmed. Authorities said Friday the father is still on the run. The 21-year-old man is accused of taking off with the 7-month-old girl after attacking her mother at a home in St. Paul Thursday. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued an alert for help in finding the baby and her father. Police say a man dropped off the baby at an urgent care facility in Minnetonka about 6 p.m. Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously voted to advance a plan that could one day do away with the city’s police department, following the killing of George Floyd. The council voted Friday in favor of a proposal to amend the city charter to replace the current department with a “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention” that would prioritize a “holistic” and “public-health oriented” approach. Several more bureaucratic obstacles would remain for the proposal to make it onto the November ballot, where Minneapolis residents would have the final say. Friday’s vote comes as recent shootings in the area [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in Minneapolis say an Ohio woman has died after falling into a creek fed by Minnehaha Falls last week. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office says 26-year-old Deeqa Said Mohamed of Columbus, Ohio, died Tuesday at HCMC. The cause of death was drowning. Authorities say Mohamed was at the falls in south Minneapolis late in the afternoon on June 17 when she lost her footing. The Star Tribune reports she landed facedown in the creek, where her foot stuck got stuck under a rock. The current kept her from getting her head above water. The sheriff's office [...]
LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified a construction worker who died in a fall from a townhome site in Lakeville. According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office, 26-year-old Jose Francisco Cela Guasco of Minneapolis died of blunt force trauma injuries. He fell Monday from a balcony and died at the scene. His death was ruled an accident. Lakeville Deputy Chief John Kornmann says safety items, including hard hats, safety harnesses, and railings, were in place at the time of the accident. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Lakeville police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Mayo Clinic is ending pay cuts that the Rochester-based health system imposed to deal with a patient downturn caused by the coronavirus. The Star Tribune reports Mayo plans to restore pay and return furloughed workers this summer. In April, Mayo announced plans to cut pay to more than 20,000 people and seek furloughs when elective surgeries were halted in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients. The clinic was projecting a possible $3 billion loss in 2020. But Mayo says patient volumes reached 80 to 90% of normal by mid-June, which was a quicker-than-expected recovery. Mayo Clinic’s [...]
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is suing ExxonMobil, Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute, alleging they deceived and defrauded Minnesotans about climate change. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in state court accuses the oil companies and trade group of consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices. It seeks unspecified restitution, a corrective public education campaign and an injunction against continued violations. At least 15 other units of government have brought similar lawsuits, including Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. ExxonMobil has denounced the lawsuit as baseless and without merit.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More Minnesota residents will lack access to sufficient food in the coming months in wake of a disrupted economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Projections released Wednesday by Second Harvest Heartland and consulting firm McKinsey & Co. show that food assistance needs will peak in September to 735,000 residents who are “food insecure.” The Star Tribune reports that the number reflects 13% of the state’s population and 130,000 more people than after the Great Recession. There has been an increase of first-timers at Minnesota’s 350 food shelves. Many have seen double or triple the number of visitors than usual [...]
A Minnesota state trooper is accused of sending a woman's nude photos from her cellphone to his own phone while responding to a crash in Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Attorney's office charged 36-year-old Albert Kuehne of Dayton on Tuesday with two felony counts of stalking with bias, since the victim was a woman. According to the complaint, Kuehne responded to a crash on Interstate 94 in March and detained the 25-year-old woman on suspicion of drunken driving. When the woman returned home, her boyfriend saw on her laptop that her phone was accessed and nude photos were texted from it to [...]
SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — State health officials say the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee has one of the larger coronavirus outbreaks in a warehouse or distribution plant setting. At least 88 of its approximately 1,000 workers have tested positive for the disease caused by the virus. Another 99 workers at other Amazon sites in the Twin Cities have also tested positive since COVID-19 arrived in Minnesota. Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease for the Minnesota Health Department, said state officials are reaching out to employers when clusters at workplaces begin to emerge and are providing guidance to mitigate the spread of [...]