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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota National Guard soldiers are on standby and prepared to respond to any civil unrest in Minneapolis, where tensions have risen since the fatal police shooting of a Black man in Uptown earlier this month and the death of a protester in the neighborhood over the weekend. Lt. Col. Scott Hawks said Wednesday that 100 soldiers...
    A Minnesota man accused of driving his car into a group of protesters and killing one has been charged with murder, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Nicholas Kraus was allegedly drunk at the time of the incident, which does not appear to have been a targeted attack. The alleged incident occurred just before midnight on June 13 during...
    Nicholas D. KrausCharged. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: “Nicholas D. Kraus, 35, of St. Paul, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree intentional murder and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the crash late Sunday that killed Deona M. Knajdek, of Minneapolis, and injured three other protesters. The murder count presents a far...
    EXCLUSIVE – More than 200 rabbis called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a letter on Wednesday, accusing Omar of inciting attacks on American Jews."We reiterate that the mob attacks on American Jews today are directly attributable to the rhetoric of Rep. Omar and those who stand with...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Monday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily...
    John Randle has the best Tony Dungy story from their time together on the Minnesota Vikings. Tony Dungy had a big impact on John Randle‘s career when they were on the Minnesota Vikings. Dungy left the Vikings to be the next head coach of the awful Buccaneers in 1996. Though he never won a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, he is...
    It was tempting, in the wake of the verdicts delivered by a Hennepin County jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin, to breathe a statewide sigh of relief. Justice was served. Black lives do indeed matter here. But only days before that verdict was rendered, Daunte Wright, another unarmed Black man, was killed by police. The killings of George Floyd...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Alex Rodriguez, future majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, said on Instagram Tuesday he plans to keep the team in its home state. In the comments of a video showing Rodriguez with his business partner Marc Lore, who is also part of the purchase of the Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, someone demanded the former New York Yankees...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A group representing landlords is suing Gov. Tim Walz to end the state eviction moratorium first put in place when the pandemic began, arguing the ban is unconstitutional and should no longer be enforced. In a 64-page lawsuit, the Minnesota Multi Housing Association and others allege Walz’s executive order barring evictions for the past 15 months...
    The Pioneer Press’ Deanna Weniger writes: “The Minneapolis Police Department has released the name of the man suspected of driving into protesters Sunday night in Uptown, killing one and injuring two. Nicholas D. Kraus, 35, of St. Paul, was booked into the Hennepin County jail on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide and is expected to be charged Wednesday, according to...
    Allie Quigley scored a season-high 23 points, Courtney Vandersloot became the fourth player in WNBA history with 2,000 career assists and the Chicago Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 105-89 on Tuesday night. Vandersloot joined Sue Bird, Ticha Penicheiro and Lindsay Whalen to reach the mark. Vandersloot also reached double-digit assists for the 60th time in her career, finishing with 10...
                        Minnesotans held a “Never Again” protest in response to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s extension of his emergency powers for the 15th time. The Never Again protest was in support of Representative Jeremy Munson’s (R-MN-23B) HF 28 Bill that would limit the emergency powers of governors and outlines the...
                        Catalytic converter thefts have become such a problem that some car dealerships are now charging $60 for theft deterrent services. The Rudy Luther Toyota dealership in Minnetonka is now offering to spray catalytic converters with “high-temp, flame-proof orange paint” and engrave VIN numbers on the converter casing. A...
                        A woman died Sunday after a car plowed into the recently occupied “No-Go Zone” in Uptown Minneapolis, near Lake St. and Girard where a wanted man, Winston Smith, was shot by police. The car drove into a group of protesters in the street shortly before midnight. Deona Marie...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Allie Quigley scored a season-high 23 points, Courtney Vandersloot became the fourth player in WNBA history with 2,000 career assists and the Chicago Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 105-89 on Tuesday night. Vandersloot joined Sue Bird, Ticha Penicheiro and Lindsay Whalen to reach the mark. Vandersloot also reached double-digit assists for the 60th time in her career,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Allie Quigley scored a season-high 23 points, Courtney Vandersloot became the fourth player in WNBA history with 2,000 career assists and the Chicago Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 105-89 on Tuesday night. Vandersloot joined Sue Bird, Ticha Penicheiro and Lindsay Whalen to reach the mark. Vandersloot also reached double-digit assists for the 60th time in her career,...
    Getty Danielle Hunter faces an ultimatum with the Vikings after his contract restructure this week. The Minnesota Vikings and Danielle Hunter have made amends. Hunter’s rumor-filled offseason and absence from team activities ended on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Pro Bowl pass rusher appeared at minicamps after both sides agreed to restructure his contract on Monday, putting $5.6 million of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Crews are searching for a missing 12-year-old child in Scandia Tuesday night. The Minnesota Air Rescue Team (MART) announced on Twitter that Washington County authorities have requested their assistance in the search. MART is an alliance between the Minnesota State Patrol’s aviation division and the St. Paul Fire Department’s advanced technical rescue team. Scandia is about 35...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday that its first third-round pick of the NFL Draft, quarterback Kellen Mond, has been officially signed to the squad. Mond, the 66th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, looks to be the team’s potential successor to Cousins at some point in the future. RELATED: Vikings’ QB Kellen Mond On Entering...
    MinnPost photo by Corey AndersonEviction wave coming? MPR’s Brian Bakst reports: “A Minnesota landlord group has asked a federal court to invalidate a remaining Gov. Tim Walz executive order barring most evictions, although the Legislature could change the rules before a judge steps in. … The lawsuit filed late Monday by the Minnesota Multi Housing Association and some of its...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Monday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily...
    A former NFL player and University of Wisconsin football star is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl. Thomas Allen Burke, 44, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in St. Louis County, Minnesota. According to a criminal complaint, the child told her mother in February that Burke had assaulted her on numerous occasions. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS...
    DULUTH, Minn. (AP/WCCO) – A former NFL player and University of Wisconsin football star is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young child. Forty-four-year-old Thomas Burke is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in St. Louis County, Minnesota. Thomas Burke (credit: St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office) According to a criminal complaint, the 7-year-old child told their mother in...
    Abbott says hell solicit public donations for border wall Growing liberal rebellion threatens Senate infrastructure talks In his first public comments on the matter, prospective Minnesota Timberwolves co-owner Alex Rodriguez indicated on Instagram that "we will" keep the team in its host city following completion of the sale in 2023. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Alex Rodriguez played his...
    Getty Sheldon Richardson's re-signing with the Vikings and leaving the Browns "wasn't about the money," Cleveland.com reporter Mary Kay Cabot reported. The Minnesota Vikings made another free-agency splash on Tuesday by bringing back defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who played for the team in 2018. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter...
    Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Another team in the NFC North looks vulnerable amid some drama, and here are two reasons the Minnesota Vikings can win the Super Bowl this year. It’s 2021, which means it’s an odd-numbered year. It also means, the history of head coach Mike Zimmer’s tenure holds, the Minnesota Vikings will make the playoffs this...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As the number of Minnesotans vaccinated against COVID-19 continues to slowly tick upwards, the virus’ rate of spread in the state is the lowest it’s been since the start of the pandemic over a year ago. According to officials, the state’s average positivity rate was just below 2% as of last week, continuing a steady decline...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. In the last week, Minnesota has reported fewer than 200 new positive cases of COVID-19 per day, and case counts are lower than they’ve been since testing became widely available. After...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A familiar face and former Pro Bowl player is returning to the Minnesota Vikings’ roster. On Tuesday, the Vikings announced that defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, 30, has been signed to the team. The team says he will initially be wearing a No. 9 jersey. READ MORE: Arrests Made After Armed Carjacking In Brooklyn Center ????????????...
    As Minnesota legislators began gathering for a special session on Monday — with predictions of its length varying from seven to 10 days — a bill introduced on day one could make things better. Or much, much worse. If passed, Senate File 22 would allow any area of state government to keep operating at current spending levels should lawmakers not...
    Established in Joseph Pulitzer’s 1904 will as “an incentive to excellence,” the Pulitzer Prizes are the most prestigious awards in American journalism. They are also given in the categories of “letters, drama and music.” This year’s Pulitzers included several winners with Minnesota connections. Darnella Frazier, the Minneapolis teenager who filmed George Floyd’s murder, won a special citation “for courageously recording...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The lack of a good rain-soaking for more than two weeks is making Minnesota farmers worried. The impact can be seen in the leaves of corn crop on Wright County farms, as they start to dry up and turn in on themselves. It’s a problem that farmer Dave Marquardt is starting to see happen in certain parts of...
                        The Minnesota Court of Appeals voted 2-1 on Monday to continue with the Line 3 replacement project, despite protests drawing over 1,000 people. Judge Lucinda Jesson stated that, “With an existing, deteriorating pipeline carrying crude oil through Minnesota, there was no option without environmental consequences.” Another blow to...
    NRF: Retailers plead with Biden to fix port congestion that has upended supply chains Jury selection to begin for man charged in students deaths Two months after hitting free agency, Sheldon Richardson appears to have found a new home for the 2021 NFL season. It's also an old one. According to the Star Tribune's Andrew Krammer, the former Pro...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — You don’t have to look far to see or even feel that much of Minnesota is in a drought. Some areas of the state are struggling more than others. This extreme weather has us wondering, how is drought measured? And what will it take to stop or reverse its effects? Good Question. READ MORE: When...
    Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson was hyped after seeing the team had reworked a deal with pass rusher Danielle Hunter. The Minnesota Vikings are coming off an active offseason where they added a plethora of talent in free agency and the NFL Draft. But, they did have one huge question mark in star pass rusher Danielle Hunter, who was looking for...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For districts across the state, a new type of school year is getting underway. Thousands of students will be taking part in summer school to get caught up after a challenging year. READ MORE: Brother Remembers Deona Knajdek, Woman Struck And Killed In Uptown, As Wonderful Person But some districts are struggling to find enough teachers to...
    One woman was killed and three people were injured Sunday night when a driver sped his SUV into a protest against police violence. The protesters had gathered in the Minneapolis neighborhood where U.S. marshals shot and killed a Black man, Winston Boogie Smith Jr., earlier this month.  The driver rammed his SUV into a parked car being used as a...
    Permits upheld.  The AP reports (via WCCO): “The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed state regulators’ key approvals of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project, in a dispute that drew over 1,000 protesters to northern Minnesota last week. … A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that the state’s independent Public Utilities Commission correctly granted Enbridge the certificate of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –The University of Minnesota announced it will not require COVID-19 vaccinations for students in the 2021-2022 school year. It comes after a survey found many at the university are already fully vaccinated. In a statement released Monday, the university said students, staff, and faculty will not be required to show proof of vaccination to live, learn, or work...
    The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed state utility regulators’ approval of the state’s Line 3 pipeline on Monday, upsetting climate activists who are escalating their calls for the Biden administration to intervene. A three-judge appeals court panel ruled 2-1 that the state’s independent Public Utilities Commission correctly granted Enbridge permits to expand Line 3, rebuking a challenge by tribes and...
    The Purple Gang slumped after a playoff showing in 2019 and the defense was a major issue. But their starting quarterback still has some work to do. Mike Zimmer has been the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings for seven seasons. He’s won a pair of division titles and reached the conference championship game in 2017. But one thing the...
    Legislators at the Minnesota Capitol are embarking on a special session starting today to pass an omnibus bill aimed to address a variety of our state’s most critical education issues. There are prospective measures to make school funding more equitable, to increase teacher diversity, and to incorporate restorative discipline practices that help students learn how to express their emotions in...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Monday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily...
    A Minnesota appeals court on Monday sided with regulators who approved a controversial new section for an oil pipeline passing through the state. In a 2-1 ruling, the court sided with the state Public Utilities Commission, which had given Canadian company Enbridge Energy the go-ahead on the pipeline’s Minnesota segment. The proposed 337-mile section has drawn fierce opposition from a coalition of conservationists...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota House and Senate are starting to meet in Special Session. Lawmakers need to pass a budget before July 1 or the government shuts down. Monday morning, the Minnesota Executive Council met over Zoom. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz asked them to extend the peacetime emergency for another 30 days, and they did. READ MORE: We Are...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed state regulators’ key approvals of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project, in a dispute that drew over 1,000 protesters to northern Minnesota last week. A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that the state’s independent Public Utilities Commission correctly granted Enbridge the certificate of need and route...
    Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical SocietyNellie Francis, ca. 1924. Image is from Foster, Mary Dillon, Who’s Who Among Minnesota Women (1924), 111.Nellie Francis pressed the limits of what an African American woman was permitted to achieve in early twentieth-century Minnesota. She was a churchwoman, clubwoman, suffragist, organizer, singer, civil rights worker, patriot, and wife to Minnesota’s first African American diplomat,...
    Spread across a hallway in the Monticello Community Center, a photo montage of residents tells a slice of this Wright County city’s story. There’s Kara, a schoolteacher; Harshadray, an immigrant from India; Dominic, a bartender; Stephany, a mother.  Their photos, accompanied by brief biographies, were taken for a city art project called Humans of Monticello that aims to draw attention...