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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota will require all university employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. President Joan Gabel sent a systemwide message on Tuesday to students, faculty, and staff that the school must collect proof of vaccination from its employees. READ MORE: Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids 5-11 Was Over 90% Effective In Trials, Appears Safe...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 33-year-old Wright County man has been charged with six felony counts for allegedly sexually abusing a child who was, at the time, 18 months old. A complaint has been filed against Michael Edmond Richmond, following a search warrant executed at his home in Buffalo. Among the items found were videos and screen shots showing a man...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis officials are calling on the public for proposals on city redistricting. Residents can submit proposals for new city council and park & recreation board districts using a new online mapping tool, according to a news release. READ MORE: Election Judges Test Voting Machines Before Election DayThe online mapping tool allows anyone to draft ward and park...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans are 11 days out from Election Day, which this year will be held on November 2. But early voting is well underway in Minneapolis and already expected to surpass the record for voter turnout. READ MORE: Wisconsin AG Seeks To Block Subpoenas In GOP Election ProbeThe election judges have put mock ballots through the city’s electronic...
    Getty The Vikings are one of the most enigmatic teams in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings are the most enigmatic team in the NFL. Boasting one of the league’s most talented offenses and a revamped defense that had $46.3 million poured into this offseason, the Vikings seemed destined to return to playoff contention. But six weeks into the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The cold is settling in as we move into late October. In fact, Friday morning was the coldest so far this season, with some light snowflakes seen in parts of the state. It's a mash-up of clouds and sun across #MNwx & #WIwx today… with a trend toward more sun from I-94 on south, and more...
    (ST. CLOUD) — A St. Cloud pedestrian was injured when they were struck by a vehicle on Wednesday on Northbound Highway 10 near the Highway 23 in St. Cloud, according to a the St. Cloud Police Department. At 6: 39, the pedestrian, Dontel Dawon Dawson, a 28-year-old St Cloud resident, was crossing Highway 10 in an unmarked crosswalk, just south...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine booster shots being given the green light by the CDC, Minnesota health officials on Friday reported an additional 2,150 virus cases and 22 more deaths due to COVID-19, including one teenager in Hennepin County. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s daily update, the state’s total positive cases have risen...
    Over the next three years, a team of Minnesota researchers will use state taxpayer money to find the best way to grow a type of minnow, known as golden shiners, in captivity. If successful, raising the fish could help the state address a dire bait shortage that has crimped anglers of bigger prizes like walleye and northern pike. The project...
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. Hello and welcome back to the D.C. Memo. This week you can find me watching the start of the newest Bachelorette season. Hear me out —...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Police Officer Brian Cummings now faces two felony charges in connection to the collision that killed 40-year-old Leneal Frazier earlier this year. On Friday, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced that Cummings is charged with second-degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide. According to the criminal complaint, the officer was in pursuit of a stolen...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Consumers plan to spend an average of nearly $1,000 for themselves and their families this holiday season, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation. According to NRF, that’s on par with consumer spending last year — despite the continued supply chain issues experienced this year. “Every year retailers plan their seasonal inventory, staffing and...
    COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University are investigating allegations that some male students started a competition this fall to see who could have more sexual encounters with female students. The allegations were first reported by The Record, the student newspaper for both colleges, which are Roman Catholic schools. Katie Alvino, a spokeswoman for...
    Nick Woltman writes in the Pioneer Press: “St. Paul city employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the year. Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new vaccine mandate Thursday afternoon in a video address that was sent to all of the city’s roughly 4,000 workers, according to a spokesman for the mayor’s office. City employees have until...
                      by Evan Stambaugh  Despite their anti-police rhetoric, Ilhan Omar and other “Squad” members are big spenders on private security. FEC records reviewed by Fox News show that Reps. Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Cori Bush spent roughly $100,000 on private security combined last financial quarter, July 1 to Sept. 30. Bush,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The latest data show COVID-19 cases linked to schools have sharply declined since mid-September, but experts warn that it’s too early to determine if the state has passed the peak of the latest surge. Confirmed infections among staff and teachers peaked at nearly 3,000 the week of Sept. 19, according to the latest weekly report from the Minnesota Department...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Paul’s nearly 4,000 city employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the last day of 2021. According to a video announcement released Thursday, Mayor Melvin Carter said workers must complete their vaccination series by Dec. 31, 2021, and provide proof. Mayor Melvin Carter (credit: City of St. Paul) Workers must also attest to vaccination...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Before Judge Kathryn Quaintance resentenced former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor Thursday morning, she referred to a number of questions first asked by jurors at his trial in 2019. Among them was: What would change to prevent a 911 caller like Justine Ruszczyk Damond from being fatally shot by an officer? “Will there be changes?,” the...
    COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — A sexual misconduct allegation led to a protest at St. John’s University on Thursday. Reports of a “sex competition” among men living on the first and second floors of St. Patrick Hall prompted the university to hire a third-party investigator to look into the allegations. READ MORE: 'We Might Run Out Of Them': Minnesotans...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Diamond Lake Hardware in Minneapolis sells a tool called The Ultimate Scraper. The product, used for clearing driveways and sidewalks of ice and snow, is made in North Dakota. With the supply issues in many industries, even something made so close to Minnesota still might run out this season. “He cannot tell us if he’s still going...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has updated its winter outlook for the U.S., covering the months of December, January, and February. In it, Minnesota and Wisconsin are forecast to have “equal chances” for above-, near-, and below-normal temperature and precipitation. So what does that mean? WCCO director of meteorology Mike Augustyniak explains the global weather pattern...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More Minnesotans are returning to work as the state’s unemployment rates decreased, according to numbers released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. DEED reported Minnesota gained 17,100 jobs in September on a seasonally-adjusted basis. In addition, Minnesota’s private sector also gained 17,700 jobs. Since September, the U.S. gained 194,000 jobs. READ MORE: Wisconsin's...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health says that a school-aged child has died as a result of COVID-19, the second in the state since the pandemic started and the first during the current school year. While the health department did not say where the student was enrolled, the latest figures released Thursday showed that a teenager in Hennepin...
    The 25 greatest action hero names of all time How Many Full-Time Workers Were in Poverty the Year You Were Born When the NFL scheduled tonight's Thursday Night Football matchup between the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns, they probably weren't envisioning Case Keenum and D'Ernest Johnson versus a hobbled Teddy Bridgewater. Like Mick Jagger said, you can't always get...
    By Steve Karnowski and Amy Fortliti | Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in prison — the most the judge could impose but less than half the 12½ years he was sentenced...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Most of Minnesota’s regular offensive linemen might have expected to be done with college by now, with five of them in their fifth year or more. The guys up front for the Gophers have found a groove at just the right time, as several of them enter the final stretch of their unglamorous, unforgettable experience as blockers...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. For many Minnesotans, COVID-19 vaccination has brought about a return to normal: gathering with grandparents, seeing friends, attending events. But things are different for families with young kids. Since no vaccines were approved for...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With the state health department opening more free rapid test sites this week, Minnesota health officials on Tuesday reported an additional 2,361 virus cases and 26 more deaths due to COVID-19. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s daily update, the state’s total positive cases have risen to 768,112 since the pandemic began, with 8,515 deaths attributed to...
    MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in prison - the maximum allowed for manslaughter after his murder conviction was overturned in the case.Mohamed Noor was initially convicted of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home will be sentenced on a lesser charge Thursday after his murder conviction was overturned in a case that drew global attention and was fraught with the issue of race. Mohamed Noor was initially convicted...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — A month after the Minnesota Supreme Court tossed his murder conviction, Mohamed Noor has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for second-degree manlaughter in Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s shooting death. On Thursday morning, the former Minneapolis police officer was back in the Hennepin County Courthouse to learn his new sentence for the 2017 fatal shooting. Noor has...
    The Star Tribune is hosting the inaugural Minnesota’s Best Celebration Event on Friday, October 22nd at The Fillmore Minneapolis. Click here for more.
    Governor Tim Walz (D-MN) announced a vaccine incentive program on Monday for young Minnesotans aged 12 to 17 that offers scholarships up to $100,000 and $200 gift cards if they get vaccinated. Walz’s “Kids Deserve a Shot” program requires parents and guardians to register their children for the $200 reward and $100,000 scholarship on the state’s website. However, the Minnesota...
    Minnesota Timberwolves youngster Anthony Edwards could emerge as one of the next big stars in the NBA and on Wednesday, at the start of his sophomore season, he already was making a name for himself. Edwards finished with 29 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal in 31 minutes during the Timberwolves’ 124-106 victory over the Houston Rockets. Toward...
    Eric Rasmussen reports for KSTP-TV: “One of the handguns used in the mass shooting at a St. Paul bar earlier this month came from a suspected straw-purchaser, according to federal court documents filed Wednesday. In a criminal complaint, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) say Jerome Fletcher Horton, Jr. bought nearly three dozen handguns from...
    WATERTOWN, Minn. (AP) — The small-town family doctor angling to become Minnesota’s next governor smiled, leaned into the camera and told his Facebook viewers that Sweden had just paused the Moderna vaccine for people under age 30 over “significant concern” about heart inflammation. Dr. Scott Jensen, clad in a white lab coat, quickly pivoted: “So what happens to military people...
    WATERTOWN, Minn. (AP) — The small-town family doctor angling to become Minnesota’s next governor smiled, leaned into the camera and told his Facebook viewers that Sweden had just paused the Moderna vaccine for people under age 30 over “significant concern” about heart inflammation. Dr. Scott Jensen, clad in a white lab coat, quickly pivoted: “So what happens to military people...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Robin Lod and Franco Fragapane scored goals a few minutes apart as Minnesota United beat the Philadelphia Union 3-2 on Wednesday night. Emanuel Reynoso stole a pass in the attacking third and pulled the Philadelphia defense with him in the center before playing a back-heel pass to Lod for a one-touch finish to tie the...
    PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. (WCCO) — Just outside of Pequot Lakes and through a smattering of fall colors you’ll find one of the last remaining fire towers in the state. It’s 100 feet to the top, or 135 short steps. On a clear day, you can see for 20 miles or so. The first version of the tower was built out...
    CARVER CO., Minn. (WCCO) — The rain Wednesday will keep farmers out of their fields, at least for a little while. But, overall, corn and soybean harvests have gone pretty smoothly across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said more than 90% of soybeans and about 65% of corn has been harvested. An October rain gives Bill Lueth a...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Unvaccinated Minnesotans are 15 times more likely to require hospitalization for COVID-19 and 30 times more likely to die from the disease than unvaccinated residents, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Wednesday. The commissioner gave those figures as the Minnesota Department of Health added new data to its weekly report on vaccine breakthrough cases, which normally comes out...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New Minnesota coach Ben Johnson might have been wise to start the first practice with some get-to-know-you icebreakers before moving onto the shooting, passing and defense drills. Johnson has been heavily emphasizing the team concept in the takeover of a program he’s trying to revive 18 years after he finished playing for them. READ MORE: 23 Minnesotans...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New Minnesota coach Ben Johnson might have been wise to start the first practice with some get-to-know-you icebreakers before moving onto the shooting, passing and defense drills. Johnson has been heavily emphasizing the team concept in the takeover of a program he’s trying to revive 18 years after he finished playing for them. There’s no denying...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Supply chain woes are crippling businesses both large and small. On Wednesday, a panel on Capitol Hill heard the concerns of some of them, including two Minnesota companies. Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips chaired a U.S. House hearing Wednesday morning, seeking input from the very people impacted by the global supply chain challenges. Businesses described a whole slate...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report hearing a possible rape happening behind her home will be sentenced on a lesser charge Thursday after his murder conviction was overturned in a case that drew global attention and was fraught with the issue of race. Mohamed Noor was...
    Britney Spears father brings on new attorney following conservatorship suspension Bolsonaro Accused of Crimes Against Humanity in Covid Probe The Houston Rockets will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Target Center. Both teams were in the bottom three of the Western Conference a season ago and both teams are still probably a couple...