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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Saturday’s snowfall made for dangerous driving on Minnesota’s roads. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, there were 261 crashes between 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Someone was injured in 26 of those crashes, though there were no fatalities, the patrol said. READ MORE: ‘Heavy, Heavy, Heavy Snow’ To Hit Northeastern Minnesota In addition, 115 vehicles spun out or went off the road, and four semis jackknifed. The Twin Cities received about an inch of snow, but parts of northern Minnesota saw as much as 6 inches. While the metro won’t see much more Sunday, in northern Minnesota just inland from Lake Superior, 1 to 2 inches per hour will fall for several hours this afternoon. WCCO Director of Meteorology Mike Augustyniak said travel will improve in the metro this afternoon thanks to mild conditions. However, temperatures will fall into the single digits by Monday morning, resulting in “the worst commute of the season so far.” Snowfall in northern Minnesota will lead to moderate to major travel impacts, Augustyniak said.   More On WCCO.com:...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An average of 1 inch of snow should accumulate in the metro area by Sunday morning. “I think it’s about time. It’s the middle of December, I’ve got my decorations up already. I want there to be snow,” said Lindsay Schmidt. READ MORE: How Minnesotans Can 'Winterize' Their Cars For Winter DrivingMany Minnesotans welcome the snow. “To be honest I’m ready for it really. I ain’t got my shovels and everything but I got my snow boots and my snowsuit and I’m ready for it,” said Norman Irving, walking in downtown Minneapolis. But for many, being proactive just isn’t the routine. “Typically it’s very few people who want to buy ahead of time. If we get the snow, they’re in,” said Casey Jones, who works at Bryant Hardware in Minneapolis. “You always gotta have the stock ready for when it snows. Then they come in.” At Bryant Hardware in Minneapolis, you can wait until the need is there to buy sidewalk salt, but snow shovel supply is a bit more limited, due to worldwide supply chain problems. READ...
    COVID-19 cases and deaths are rising across the United States as the Omicron variant continues to spread around the country. On Thursday, officials recorded 140,875 new cases of the virus with a seven-day rolling average of 101,119, marking the first time that the average has surpassed 100,000 since October 6. This is also a 40.5 percent increase from the average of 71,960 reported four weeks ago, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.  Additionally, the U.S. recorded 3,800 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, the highest figure reported in three months.  However, the seven-day rolling average sits at 957, a 19 percent decline from the 1187 average reported four weeks ago. What's more, 47,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with the virus, a 17.5 percent jump from the 40,000 figure being recorded three weeks ago. It comes as the Omicron Covid variant continues to crop up around the nation with six states now reporting cases - and dozens sure to follow.  On Thursday, the U.S. recorded 140,875 Covid cases with a seven-day rolling average of 101,119, marking the first time the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  With the omicron variant having been officially confirmed in Minnesota, the state’s health department reports that there have been 5,685 newly reported positive cases of COVID-19, along with another 62 deaths as the state nears the 10,000 fatality mark. Minnesota’s latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate has ticked down another notch, currently sitting at 10.3% from a recent peak of 11%. That’s still, however, above the line considered “high risk,” which is drawn at 10%. There are also a reported 64.2 daily new cases per 100,000 Minnesota residents, which puts the state well above the line considered high risk (which is all the way down at 10 per 100,000) but, again, significantly down from previous weeks. READ MORE: Anoka-Hennepin Extending Winter Break For Mental Health Needs, Staff ShortageAccording to the Minnesota Department of Health’s daily update, the state’s total number of people who have been infected by COVID has risen to 916,317 since the pandemic began, with 9,616 deaths attributed to the virus. Health officials say 10,614 have been reinfected since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jordan Greenway had a goal and two assists, Kirill Kaprizov scored and Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves as the Minnesota Wild beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Tuesday night. Joel Eriksson Ek, Jonas Brodin and Marcus Foligno also scored for Minnesota, which leads the NHL with 59 goals scored since Nov. 2. The Wild have won four games in a row and scored 19 goals in that span. “I just think that we’ve got some depth scoring, that everybody’s producing,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “They’re all, for the most part, playing the right way and the same way, and if we do that, we feel that we’ll be able to score goals. Fortunately, we have and, fortunately, everybody has. It’s not one line. It’s not two guys. It’s not one defenseman. Everybody’s involved in the offense.” Clayton Keller and Anton Stralman scored for Arizona, which has lost three of four. After rookie Karel Vejmelka posted his first career shutout a night earlier at Winnipeg, Scott Wedgewood made the start in goal and stopped 32...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota ranks second in the nation for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 30% receiving additional shots as experts race to understand an emerging viral variant and blunt its impact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday strengthened its recommendation that everyone 18 or older should get the booster six months after receiving Pfizer and Moderna, or two months after Johnson & Johnson, respectively. The agency had previously said that older adults “should” get the booster, while the rest of adults “may” get the shot. READ MORE: Federal COVID Task Force Team Providing Backup For Burned-Out Hospital Workers In St. Cloud“The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in a statement. Dr. Michael Osterholm, director the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said experts are still learning about the Omicron, like how it interacts with vaccinated people and the severity of illness it causes. But he said the early evidence...
    Dozens of looters descended on a mall in Minnesota and brazenly marched through two Best Buy locations, taking whatever they liked with them off the shelves. One incident occurred near the Burnsville mall in suburban Minneapolis with about 12 people rushing in to steal items, while a second incident occurred in Maplewood - about 25 miles northeast - on Friday night with a larger group of 30 people looting electronics. Both incidents occurred at around the same time and police are looking to see if they are connected in any way.  It is the latest in 'flash mob' thievery organized crime incidents, as California is grappling with a slew of 'smash-and-grab' heists, especially at luxury stores. At least 30 people headed into a Best Buy store in Burnsville, Minnesota, pictured, on Black Friday at around 8pm and stole electronics, 15 miles south of Minneapolis A second Best Buy, 25 miles away, was also raised on Friday with around 12 people heading into the store in the city of Maplewood, pictured, Two Best Buy's 25 miles apart in the Minneapolis suburbs were subjected...
    Kirill Kaprizov scored and tied a career-high with three assists to help the Minnesota Wild rout the Winnipeg Jets 7-1 on Friday. Mats Zuccarello scored twice before leaving after a slash to his wrist, Alex Goligoski, Ryan Hartman, Jon Merrill and Matt Dumba also scored in the start of a five-game homestand. Minnesota is 6-2-0 on home ice, scoring at least four goals in each win. "This is our chance to establish home-ice advantage. … Just coming out and setting the tone early," said Cam Talbot, who finished with 30 saves. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The Wild have scored seven goals in consecutive home games — they beat Dallas 7-2 Nov. 18 — setting a franchise record with 14 goals in consecutive home games. Hartman said Minnesota’s performance was textbook. "That’s our identity. That’s how we play. That’s a prime example tonight of getting to an early lead and extending that lead and trying to take the will out of the opponent." Zuccarello went to the locker room late in the second period after an uncalled...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov scored and tied a career high with three assists to help the Minnesota Wild rout the Winnipeg Jets 7-1 on Friday. Mats Zuccarello scored twice before leaving with an apparent injury, Alex Goligoski, Ryan Hartman, Jon Merrill and Matt Dumba also scored in the start of a five-game homestand. Minnesota is 6-2-0 on home ice, scoring at least four goals in each win. READ MORE: Rep. Ilhan Omar Says Boebert's Remarks Were 'Anti-Muslim Bigotry'Cam Talbot made 30 saves. Zuccarello went to the locker room late in the second period after an uncalled slash to the left wrist by Nathan Beaulieu. Zuccarello did not return. The frustrated Jets have lost four straight, are winless in the past five and the franchise-best streak of 14 games of not giving up more than three goals is over. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for Winnipeg. It has scored just five goals on 184 shots over its past five starts, and was blanked 3-0 in Columbus on Wednesday night. Connor Hellebuyck, who had allowed no more than two goals in...
    Michigan has requested federal military medical assistance to deal with the worst COVID-19 surge in the country, as Minnesota is asking its National Guard to support the struggling medical staff in its hard-hit care homes. Both states are seeing rapidly-rising COVID cases and hospitalizations, as the cold weather forces people indoors. Michigan is the current epicenter of the fourth wave, with cases up 88 per cent in the last two weeks, according to The New York Times's COVID tracking. Hospitalizations in Michigan have risen 48 per cent in the last 14 days, and deaths 64 per cent. Of 3,114 ICU beds in the state, 85 per cent - or 2,651 - are occupied, according to the state health department. Nearly 58 per cent of residents over five are fully vaccinated - below the national rate of nearly 63 per cent - and the Democrat governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has been begging her state's residents to take the virus seriously and get vaccinated. An ambulance crew weaves a gurney through the halls of the emergency department at Sparrow Hospital in...
    FRIDLEY, Minn. (WCCO) — A man was killed when he was struck by a semi-truck while walking in Fridley early Tuesday evening. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says the truck, which was heading northbound on Old Central Avenue Northeast, struck the pedestrian at about 5:28 p.m. when the driver attempted to turn onto westbound 72nd Avenue Northeast. The man was rushed to HCMC, where he was pronounced dead. He was identified as Brian Robert Loyas, a 35-year-old from Fridley. The truck driver was unharmed. The Minnesota State Patrol is assisting with the investigation.   More On WCCO.com: Former Twin Cities Principal Chris Endicott Found Dead Inside Crow Wing County Jail 5 Juveniles In Custody After Stolen Car Chase On I-694 ‘People Lined Up Out The Doors And They’re Sick’: COVID Patient Bottleneck Has Many Minnesotans Desperate COVID In Minnesota: Nat’l Guard Arrives As Hospitals Are Overrun With COVID Cases
    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. On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates that cover COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present. This week in COVID-19 news Ahead of Thanksgiving weekend, state health leaders on Tuesday said Minnesota’s hospitals are dangerously full and urged people to get vaccinated, get booster shots and reduce behavior that puts them at high risk for catching COVID-19. Jennifer DeCubellis, the CEO of Hennepin Healthcare, told reporters that the “demand for emergency and life saving care has exceeded our capacity.”  “We need all Minnesotans right now to stand up, to stand together and to protect our limited and vital emergency resources the best we can so that no one in Minnesota is faced with a life-threatening need without optimal care and recovery supports immediately available,” DeCubellis said. Hennepin Healthcare, which runs HCMC in downtown Minneapolis, is the largest top-level trauma center for adults and kids in Minnesota and has unique expertise in emergency...
    Originally published Nov. 22, 2021 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Federal emergency relief teams from the U.S. Department of Defense are on their way to Minnesota to help doctors and nurses at two Minnesota hospitals. When the rest of the state is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, they’ll be fighting the state’s COVID-19 surge. READ MORE: 'People Lined Up Out The Doors And They’re Sick': COVID Patient Bottleneck Has Many Minnesotans DesperateThe shortage of ICU beds is so severe, doctors warn emergency care across the state is being compromised. Hennepin Healthcare says they are turning down up to 50 transfer requests a day for their advanced trauma facilities, as Minnesota grapples with one of the worst infection rates in the country. “If you get into a car accident in rural Minnesota and are in need of complex trauma care, the additional 12 to 24 hours you have to wait for a bed to open up might mean the difference in long-term functional outcomes,” Dr. Daniel Hoody said. “If you are critically ill with non-COVID illness or COVID illness in a rural hospital not...
    Wisconsin is favored by a touchdown against Minnesota this upcoming Saturday. The Badgers will play the Gophers at 4:00 EST on Fox, and a win against P.J. Fleck’s squad will earn us a spot in the B1G title game. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Well, it looks like the oddsmakers expect us to roll. In the early lines from Circa Sports, the Badgers are -7 favorites over the Gophers. College Football ???? Week 13 Opening Lines Opening App Limits: $3K Sides / $1K Totals pic.twitter.com/lcgxUfGFwf — Circa Sports (@CircaSports) November 21, 2021 I’m honestly not sure what to think about this line. The Badgers are on the road against the Gophers, and nothing would make Minnesota happier than ruining our season. Nothing would make our dirty cousins to the west happier than beating us so that we have to watch the B1G title game from home.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Wisconsin Football (@badgerfootball) What I will say is that I’m cautiously optimistic. Over our...
    D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points, Anthony Edwards added 23 and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to their third straight win, a 138-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 21 points in a game Minnesota led by as many as 45, its biggest lead in a game this season and the Grizzlies’ largest deficit. Edwards started the blowout with 17 points in the first quarter. He was 5 of 5 on 3-point attempts and added a soaring dunk to bring the crowd to its feet. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "I feel like once I hit one shot, it’s over for anybody. It don’t matter. Once I hit the first one," Edwards said. "Think about a basketball player, right, like me. I’m known for getting to the rim and layups. But once my 3-ball fall, you're all in trouble. My first shot was a 3 and I made it, so nothing else was on my mind but they're in trouble now." From there, Russell took control with his most efficient outing of the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As hospitals in Minnesota fill nearly to capacity, health officials reported 10,913 new COVID-19 cases and 51 more deaths Tuesday. Those figures include a data lag due to the Veterans Day holiday and weekend. Minnesota’s total deaths attributed to COVID-19 have now reached 9,047. One of the dead reported Tuesday was a teenager in Goodhue County. The latest numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health bring the total number of people infected to 848,421. Since the start of the pandemic, 9,370 have been reinfected. Minnesota’s latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate is currently sitting at 10.3%, just over the line considered high risk. There are also a reported 67.8 daily new cases per 100,000 Minnesota residents, which puts the state well above the line considered high risk (which is all the way down at 10 per 100,000). Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Minnesota had the worst seven-day case rate (472) per 100,000 in the country as of Sunday afternoon. Total ICU bed usage among COVID-19 patients is at 307. Additionally, there are currently...
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith EllisonMinneapolis votes down measure replacing police department The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats to scale back agenda Minnesota AG ups charges against ex-police officer in shooting of Daunte Wright MORE is seeking reelection as the chief law officer of the Gopher State, after making headlines earlier this year when a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party announced in a statement that Ellison will officially announce his reelection plans during a news conference Monday afternoon. Sen. Elizabeth Klobuchar (D-Minn.), St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III and Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish are all set to throw their support behind Ellison, according to the state party. Ellison, who previously represented Minnesota in the U.S. House, made history when he was elected attorney general in 2018, becoming the first Black attorney general in the state. He also broke barriers in Congress, becoming the first Muslim elected to serve on Capitol Hill in 2007. Ellison put together a coalition of...
    ST, PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who led the prosecution team that won the conviction of ex-officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, announced Monday he will seek a second term. Ellison assembled a team of attorneys in private practice and from his office that persuaded jurors earlier this year to convict Chauvin of murder. Floyd’s death last year became a flashpoint in the national conversation about the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement and sparked worldwide protests. Ellison is Minnesota’s first Black attorney general. He was also the first Muslim elected to Congress, a job he left in 2018 to run for attorney general. He was a prominent booster for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid. Ellison and Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington led a task force that proposed steps in 2020 to reduce police-involved deadly force encounters, including a bill for a uniform standard for when such actions are justified and a measure to encourage development of new models for policing. Party officials said in an announcement...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Keith Ellison is set to announce that he will seek re-election as Minnesota’s attorney general. Ellison, a former U.S. representative and deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, will be seeking a second term after first being elected in 2018. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter are also expected to announce their endorsements for Ellison. READ MORE: Both Sides On Minneapolis Policing Question Sit Down To Forge Path Forward: 'Let's Do This Together'In his first run, Ellison promised to “protect Minnesotans.” His first term has been marked by suits against pharmaceutical companies, the Trump administration and Minnesota businesses that violated COVID-19 restrictions. His most high-profile case was that of Derek Chauvin. The Attorney General’s Office led the prosecution of the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murdering George Floyd in April. Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. The Attorney General’s Office will also lead the prosecution of Kim Potter, the ex-Brooklyn Center officer charged with manslaughter after fatally shooting Daunte Wright. READ MORE: Prosecutors Want Leeway On Sentencing Rules In...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Rem Pitlick scored his first three NHL goals and the Minnesota Wild beat the Seattle Kraken 4-2 Saturday night for their fifth win in six games. Nico Sturm added an empty-netter with about 5 minutes left, and Ryan Hartman had three assists for Minnesota. Cam Talbot had 28 saves. READ MORE: Cotter, Rondbjerg Net 1st NHL Goals As Vegas Tops Wild, 3-2Pitlick became the 31st player in NHL history — and first for the Wild — to get a hat trick in the same game as scoring his first goal. Rem Pitlick scores past Philipp Grubauer. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) “It’s hard to put into words,” Pitlick said. “I’m trying to take it all in. Obviously super-excited to get the first one, and then three — I don’t know. I’m just super grateful.” Pitlick came into the game with four assists in 15 career games — four with the Wild this year and 11 with Nashville last season. Before his scoring outburst against the Kraken, the former University of Minnesota player had only two...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hospitals across the state are making a desperate plea for the public’s help as COVID-19 cases hit an all-time high this year. It’s considered Minnesota’s fourth wave in the ongoing battle against the virus. But hospital beds are filling up in places they never did before. READ MORE: 'Denied Without Any Questions': Health Care Workers Sue Minnesota Hospital Over Vaccine MandateAs WCCO explains why finding a bed is growing more difficult by the day. — Katie Kruzel, an registered nurse at CentreCare in Saux Centre. doesn’t sugarcoat the situation. “It’s really hard right now,” Kruzel said, adding: “It’s tough, because it’s a lot of preventable illness.” Surrounded by counties lagging behind in vaccination rates, CentraCare’s eight hospitals are pleading with the public to get the shot, to social distance and mask up to protect against a more potent Delta variant. For the last month, the hospital’s made room for twice as many patients as they typically see since other seasonal sickness hasn’t stopped. Dr. Bret Haake, the chief medical officer at Regions Hospital, updated the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is nominating its first set of U.S. Marshals, including the first Black man to serve as the U.S. Marshal in Minnesota, along with a slate of other historic firsts for U.S. attorney posts across the nation. The nomination of Eddie Frizell to be the U.S. Marshal in the District of Minnesota comes months after two sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a Black man in Minneapolis while assigned to a Marshals Service fugitive task force, sparking controversy about how the Justice Department was implementing its policy on body-worn cameras. READ MORE: Hit-And-Run Suspect Fatally Shot Man Who Tried To Stop Him; Carjacking Escape Interrupted By Community MembersThe shooting of Winston Boogie Smith Jr. in June sparked nights of protest in a city still reeling from the death of George Floyd. The officers, deputies from local sheriff’s offices who work on the federal fugitive task force, were not wearing body cameras. Issues with local officers being prohibited from wearing body cameras has led some local police departments in Minnesota to pull their officers from federal task...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul Cotter and Jonas Rondbjerg each scored his first NHL goal and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Thursday night. The Golden Knights improved to 7-2-0 since Oct. 26 after opening the season 1-4-0. The seven wins and 14 points in that span are tied for first in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings. READ MORE: Bjugstad Helps Wild Complete Comeback Vs. Penguins In ShootoutJonathan Marchessault also scored for the Golden Knights, and Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves. Vegas was also 6 for 6 with its penalty kill. Minnesota, playing the second of back-to-back nights, had its four-game win streak snapped. The Wild are tied for the Central Division lead with the St. Louis Blues, making Vegas’ win a bit more of a statement as it continues to play without three of its top forwards, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty and Jack Eichel. “Some of our older guys have really done a fantastic job of leading the way,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “These young kids have come in and contributed and...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul Cotter and Jonas Rondbjerg each scored his first NHL goal and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Thursday night. The Golden Knights improved to 7-2-0 since Oct. 26 after opening the season 1-4-0. Minnesota had its four-game win streak snapped. Jonathan Marchessault also scored for the Golden Knights, and Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves. Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Hartman scored for the Wild. Cam Talbot stopped 32 shots. Cotter, taken in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, got things going when he took a pass in the neutral zone, zipped by Dmitry Kulikov and scored his first career goal to give Vegas a 1-0 lead 6:08 into the game. Rondbjerg got his first roughly 10 minutes later after fending off Alex Goligoski near the Minnesota bench, breaking free and then beating Talbot with a snap shot from the slot. The Wild had their best chance to tie the game with back-to-back 5-on-3 power-play opportunities in the second period. After Vegas’ Shea Theodore was called for hooking, Nic Hague joined...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  As the state health department is raising concern, calling new COVID-19 case and death numbers “extraordinarily high and concerning” and that a “truly alarming spike in cases” has happened in recent days, the agency reports that there have been 5,123 newly reported positive cases, and 43 more deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s daily update, the state’s total number of people who have been infected by COVID has risen to 827,658 since the pandemic began, with 8,968 deaths attributed to the virus. READ MORE: 'This Spike Is Bad': Several Key COVID Metrics At The Highest Levels Yet This YearHealth officials say 9,129 have been reinfected since the start of the pandemic. Minnesota’s latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate is reaching levels not yet seen in 2021, now at 9.3%. There are also a reported 52.7 daily new cases per 100,000 Minnesota residents, which puts the state well above the line considered high risk (which is all the way down at 10 per 100,000). As of Monday...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The four-way tie at the top of the Big Ten’s West Division will start to unravel Saturday when No. 19 Iowa hosts Minnesota. The Hawkeyes (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) and Gophers (6-3, 4-2) are joined at the top by Wisconsin and Purdue. Minnesota is in a better position in the tiebreakers than Iowa right now. The Gophers have defeated Purdue and face Wisconsin to close the regular season; the Hawkeyes have losses to both those teams. READ MORE: Big Finish Lifts Gopher Men Past Kansas City In Ben Johnson's Debut“Everybody in the West, those four teams, they control their own destiny,” Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said. “We talked about being in November, being in the hunt for a championship. And here we are, with 19 days left. That’s what we’ve said — every year, we want to be in that type of hunt.” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he speaks regularly to his team about the importance of November. “Just how important it is and that really is where teams get defined,” he said. “That’s...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The four-way tie at the top of the Big Ten’s West Division will start to unravel Saturday when No. 19 Iowa hosts Minnesota. The Hawkeyes (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) and Gophers (6-3, 4-2) are joined at the top by Wisconsin and Purdue. Minnesota is in a better position in the tiebreakers than Iowa right now. The Gophers have defeated Purdue and face Wisconsin to close the regular season; the Hawkeyes have losses to both those teams. “Everybody in the West, those four teams, they control their own destiny,” Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said. “We talked about being in November, being in the hunt for a championship. And here we are, with 19 days left. That’s what we’ve said — every year, we want to be in that type of hunt.” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said he speaks regularly to his team about the importance of November. “Just how important it is and that really is where teams get defined,” he said. “That’s what (teams) get remembered by, typically.” Both teams have had their recent struggles....
    Authorities in Texas on Tuesday identified the victim in a 1980 cold-case homicide — known locally as the “Walker County Jane Doe” — as a 14-year-old girl from Stillwater. A recent forensic DNA analysis concluded that Sherri Ann Jarvis, who had run away from home earlier that year, was the previously unidentified teenager who had been raped and strangled on Halloween night 41 years ago 50 miles north of Houston, Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae said during a press conference. Jarvis’ body was discovered by a truck driver the next morning on the shoulder of an interstate in North Huntsville, Texas, not far from where Jarvis had last been seen alive by local residents, according to an article in the Huntsville Item newspaper. Sherri Ann Jarvis, a 14-year-old runaway from Stillwater, was identified Nov. 9, 2021, as the victim of a cold-case homicide in Texas. (Walker County Sheriff’s Office via Wikipedia) AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File No suspects in the case have yet been publicly identified by law enforcement. Jarvis’ family released a statement through the sheriff’s department, thanking investigators for their...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the first time in more than 600 days, many foreign citizens can now travel to the United States, if they’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and recently tested negative. This includes non-U.S. citizens flying in from Mexico, Canada and most of Europe. In London this morning, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic celebrated by taking off for the United States at the same time. It is very rare to have a dual takeoff on parallel runways from London’s Heathrow airport. They were planning to land at the same time at JFK airport in New York. Lifting of the travel restrictions means that vaccinated Canadians can once again drive across the U.S. border to Minnesota to shop or visit family and friends. These foreign travelers haven’t been able to come to the U.S. for non-essential travel for more than 20 months. Now that restriction is over. Our neighbors in Canada have been able to fly into the U.S. since August, but Monday the land border for drivers to come into Minnesota and all other bordering states reopens. This...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota health officials reported 4,253 new cases of COVID-19 Monday and 34 more deaths, one of them an Isanti resident in their 20s. The latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Health bring the state’s total case count to 819,239, which includes more than 8,600 reinfections. Since the pandemic began, 8,862 deaths have been attributed to the virus. After dipping slightly last month, the seven-day rolling average positivity rate is at 8.5%. The state is reporting 47.4 daily new cases per 100,000 residents. That number also declined last month before trending upward again. In Minnesota hospitals, 227 intensive care unit beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients as of Friday. Additionally, 763 non-ICU beds were devoted to COVID-19 patients. The state says nearly 67% of the 5+ population has received at least one vaccine dose. More than 7 million doses have been administered in total, including 523,905 booster shots. Gov. Tim Walz last week visited schools and other vaccination sites to encourage vaccinations for children ages 5-11, the most recent age group to get approval from the Centers...
    Players for the Minnesota Vikings could be seen warming up on Sunday wearing 'Free Odell' T-shirts in support of the star NFL wide receiver with the Cleveland Browns Odell Beckham Jr. Just before the Vikings game with the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Justin Jefferson and cornerback Cameron Dantzler were spotted parading around with the t-shirts. Their message appears to have been heard. After three days of negotiations, the team and the troublesome receiver for the Browns agreed to terms for his release on Saturday, clearing the way for him to potentially become a free agent. Multiple Vikings players showed up for warmups on Sunday in 'Free Odell' shirts before facing the Ravens. That includes Cam Dantzler, a Louisiana native who grew up with Beckham, and Justin Jefferson, an LSU alum The Browns will officially waive Odell Beckham Jr. on Monday and, if unclaimed by Tuesday, Beckham will be free to sign with any team he wants. Cam Dantzler is pictured Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. pictured last month Beckham, who was excused by the team this week for his conduct,...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — Justin Tucker kicked a 36-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in overtime to give the Baltimore Ravens a 34-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The AFC North-leading Ravens (6-2) rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit and survived an acrobatic interception by Minnesota’s Anthony Barr on the first possession of overtime. Barr tipped Lamar Jackson’s pass and caught it out of the air, giving the Vikings the ball at their own 38, but Minnesota went three-and-out, and Baltimore drove into Tucker’s range again. READ MORE: Vikings Place Harrison Smith On Reserve/COVID-19 ListThis was a much easier kick than Tucker’s previous game-winning effort — a record-setting 66-yarder to beat Detroit earlier this season. Justin Tucker reacts after kicking the game-winning field goal in overtime. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images) It was the third overtime game of the season for each team. They both had split their first two. It was another agonizing loss for the Vikings (3-5), who have not dropped a game all season by more than seven points. The Ravens took a...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Penguins have added yet another hall of famer to their front office. READ MORE: Roads To Close Sunday For 2021 EQT Pittsburgh 10 MilerThe team announced on Saturday they have hired Krissy-Wendell-Pohl as an amateur scout. Wendell-Pohl was a two-time Olympian with Team USA in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics. She and the rest of Team USA brought home the silver in 2002 and the bronze in 2006. READ MORE: Allegheny Co. Police Investigating After Man Found Dead In McKeesportShe also co-captained the Minnesota Golden Gophers to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2004 and 2005. During her stint with the Gophers, she scored 237 points, scoring 106 goals and 141 assists. That includes her final season when she scored 43 goals and 61 assists for 104 points in only 40 games. Wendell-Pohl was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019. The Penguins keep her in the Minnesota area where she currently coaches girls high school hockey with her husband former NHL player Johnny Pohl....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota health officials’ Thursday update on the COVID-19 pandemic shows the latest positivity rate, hospital admissions and daily new case rate all on the rise. In the daily update from the Minnesota Department of Health, officials reported 32 more deaths and 3,718 additional virus cases. That brings the state’s total positive cases to 811,654, which includes nearly 8,500 reinfections, and the state’s death toll to 8,793. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: How Global Shortages Are Affecting Consumers NationwideOf the 32 newly reported deaths, one person was in their late-30s (Dakota County) and three were in their late-40s (Olmsted and Ramsey counties). The state’s public health rise measures show a troubling trend. The latest positivity rate has increased to 8.2% as of Oct. 27. Daily new cases per 100,000 residents is also on an upward trend (44.2). READ MORE: State Patrol: SUV Passenger Killed In Crash Involving Semi-TruckWhile new COVID-19 hospital admissions have leveled out somewhat in the latest figures (13.2) it had been increasing as of late. In hospitals as of Wednesday,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  As the CDC gave the green light for Pfizer vaccines for children as young as 5 years old — clearing the final regulatory hurdle for younger kids to start receiving Pfizer’s vaccine this week — the MDH says that there have been 2,956 newly reported positive cases, and 43 more deaths due to COVID-19. According to the Minnesota Department of Health’s daily update, the state’s total number of people who have been infected by COVID has risen to 799,550 since the pandemic began, with 8,761 deaths attributed to the virus. Starting this week, Minnesota health officials began reporting the number of people who were reinfected since the start of the pandemic. That figure now stands at 8,406. READ MORE: Following CDC Recommendation, Minn. To Begin Vaccinating Young Children Against COVIDMinnesota’s latest rolling seven-day average positivity rate is again showing signs of being on the rise, now at 8.1% after dipping down to 7.1% late October. There are also a reported 42.3 daily new cases per 100,000 Minnesota residents, which although it puts the state well above the...
    Kirk Cousins went viral during the Vikings’ loss to the Cowboys because of a comical and embarrassing voice crack caught on mic. Kirk Cousins emerged from Sunday Night Football as a laughing stock. It wasn’t just that he lost a home game to Cooper Rush, the former undrafted free agent making his first career start for the Cowboys because of Dak Prescott’s injured calf. It wasn’t just that Rush essentially outplayed him. Cousins also became the subject of teasing because of something the mics caught during one of the most important drives of the game. His voice cracked comically as he called “hut!” Kirk Cousins voice cracking on "HUT!" ???? pic.twitter.com/dORbn2cXKv — Pick Six Podcast (@picksixpod) November 1, 2021 Don’t try to act like you didn’t laugh at hearing that. You definitely did. Admit it. It was an unexpectedly hilarious moment.The Kirk Cousins voice crack was just as embarrassing as the Vikings lossFor Vikings fans, it was just about the only moment in the game worth laughing over. The rest induced more scowls than smiles. Minnesota scored 16 points...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Mar’Keise Irving ran for two touchdowns and a career-high 110 yards and Justin Walley scooped up a fumble and ran 25 yards for a score as Minnesota defeated Northwestern 41-14 Saturday. Tanner Morgan threw for 134 yards and ran for a touchdown and Ky Thomas added 106 yards on 21 carries as Minnesota (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) improved to 3-0 on the road. READ MORE: Video Shows Burglars Posing As Police Officers As They Target Seniors In ClearingAlready thin at running back with season-ending injuries to Mohamed Ibrahim and Trey Potts, Minnesota’s Bryce Williams suffered a lower leg injury, putting pressure on Irving, a freshman, and Thomas, a redshirt freshman. Williams’ status is unknown as he undergoes tests. “Everybody knows we’re going to run the football. I don’t think that is a secret. I don’t think we’re catching anyone off guard by that,” Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said. Thomas was banged up early in the game but returned. The Gophers’ depth chart has taken so much of a hit that Fleck experimented with linebacker Derik LeCaptain...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Mar’Keise Irving ran for two touchdowns and a career-high 110 yards and Justin Walley scooped up a fumble and ran 25 yards for a score as Minnesota defeated Northwestern 41-14 Saturday. Irving, a freshman from Illinois, broke off a 41-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to give the Gophers a 33-7 lead. READ MORE: 'We've Seen Really Booming Interest': Work From Home Has More Homeowners Making The Switch To SolarTanner Morgan threw for 134 yards and ran for a touchdown and Ky Thomas added 106 yards on 21 carries as Minnesota (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) improved to 3-0 on the road. Before it could get its offense untracked Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald pulled starter Ryan Hilinski. Andrew Marty finished 10 of 16 for the Wildcats (3-5, 1-4) and threw a pair of touchdown passes. The Gophers never trailed and opened the game with a 13-play, 67-yard drive capped by a 26-yard field goal by Matthew Trickett. On the next play from scrimmage, Hilinski completed a pass to Malik Washington, who was stripped by Mariano Sori-Marin...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It is not where you’d expect to find a computer expert from Owatonna, a health care founder from Maple Grove, and a credit card analyst from St. Paul, but the wine country of Willamette Valley has become a home away from home for more than a dozen Minnesota-connected winemakers. “There are quite a few Minnesotans out here,” laughed Page Knudsen Cowles, one of the owners of Knudsen Vineyards. READ MORE: Jeremiah Program Helps Single Moms And Kids Build A Better FutureCowles grew up near Seattle, helping on the Oregon winery her dad planted 50 years ago. “Knudsen is a long-time, long-established vineyard that started in 1971,” she said. Cowles actually lives in Minneapolis year-round, flying out often to supervise the more than 100 acres of planted grapes in Dundee, Oregon. “I married a Minnesotan, lucky me. We went to business school together and fell in love,” she said of her husband Jay Cowles, part of the family that used to own the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Today, the rolling hills of Willamette Valley produce some of the most...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As state leaders prepare to vaccinate kids 5 to 11 years old as early as next week, health officials on Thursday reported 2,690 more COVID-19 cases and 41 more deaths. The daily update from the Minnesota Department of Health brings the state’s total positive cases to 784,233 and total deaths to 8,653 since the pandemic began. READ MORE: Minnesota Lawmakers Still Can't Agree On Frontline Worker Bonus PayOf the 41 newly reported deaths, one involved a person in their late-40s in St. Louis County. All deaths occurred in October. Meanwhile, the state’s latest positivity rate is on a downward trend — 7.1% as of Oct. 20. That’s compared to 8.4% recorded on Oct. 9. READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: State Plan To Vaccinate Kids 5-11 For COVID-19 Includes 1,100+ Health Providers, In-School Vax ClinicsSo far, nearly 74% of those ages 12 and up have received at least one vaccine dose. Just over 70% of the same group are fully vaccinated. It comes as state leaders unveil plans to inoculate a new age group...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Though the pandemic is getting the blame for some of the decline in college enrollment, it’s a trend that has been happening for a long time. In the past decade, enrollment at American universities and colleges is down 2.6 million students, or 13%. Over the next 10 years, it’s expected to fall another 11% to 15%. READ MORE: Minneapolis Triple Shooting: 2 Boys, 1 Man Hurt In Drive-By Attack“I think if you ask any student money is going to be one of the top three issues,” said Hamline student Kate Meyer. But in the midst of plunging enrollment, there is some good news for families and students. Colleges are offering more financial aid as an incentive to enroll. At Minneapolis Community and Technical College, enrollment is down 20% from 2019 and college administrators are working outside the box to help students stay enrolled. “If a student or parent is laid off we can look at this current year’s income instead of previous,” said Heidi Aldes, Director of Enrollment. READ MORE: Xcel Energy Seeks To Hike Electricity Rates...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota is one of the safest states in the country, according to a new ranking. The WalletHub study compared all 50 states using multiple data set ranges, including percentage of fully vaccinated residents, assaults per capita, fewest fatal occupational injuries per total workers and the unemployment rate. So, where did Minnesota land? The Land of 10,000 Lakes took the No. 4 spot. The state stood out when it comes to workplace safety, taking the top spot in that particular category. It also was among the top states for financial safety and road safety. Categories where the state suffered were emergency preparedness (No. 21) and personal & residential safety (No. 11). Vermont was ranked at the No. 1 state for safety. On the other side of the spectrum, Louisiana was ranked as the worst state for safety. See the entire study here.   More On WCCO.com: Assistant Director Who Handed Alec Baldwin Prop Gun Before Fatal Shooting Has Deep Minnesota Ties You Can Always Get What You Want? Mick Jagger Has...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health on Monday reported 3,010 additional COVID-19 cases along with 22 more deaths. Meanwhile, the latest positivity rate has dipped below 8%. According to MDH’s update on Monday, which has data as recent as Friday morning, the state’s total positive cases count is now at 773,227. Over 49,000 cases have been discovered among health care workers. READ MORE: ‘Hopefully People Will Realize It’s Not Over’: Doctors Urge Caution for Indoor And Holiday Gatherings Amid PandemicThe state’s death toll is now at 8,559 with over half of the deaths involving someone at long-term care or assisted living facility. Of the 22 newly reported deaths, one involved the death of a Ramsey County resident who was in his later 30s. Three additional deaths involved people in their 40s. The number of patients in intensive care unit beds and non-ICU beds has decreased slightly since peaking earlier in October. As of Oct. 22, there are 227 patients in ICU beds and an additional 680 patients needing non-ICU beds. READ MORE: St. Paul...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the midst of a scandal, the superintendent for St. Paul’s Hmong College Prep Academy announced she is stepping down. Dr. Christianna Hang notified the school’s governing board Sunday of her decision. The school is being investigated after it was discovered that $5 million from the school’s general fund was invested into a risky hedge fund. The school ultimately lost $4.3 million in the process. Dr. Christianna Hang (credit: CBS) Hang founded the school in 2004 and also served as its CEO. The board will meet Monday to decide on an interim leadership plan.   More On WCCO.com: Tallest Trooper Ever To Serve Among Those Added To Minnesota State Patrol’s Ranks After WCCO’s Eye-Opening Ride Along With Minneapolis Sergeant, Both Sides Of Policing Debate Give Very Different Takes ‘Best Small Cities In America’: 2 Minnesota Communities Make The Top 50 List Buffalo Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting 18-Month-Old
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Officials have identified the driver who died in a fiery crash last weekend at the new Lake Street Station on Interstate 35W in south Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office says 25-year-old Sean McClernon died Saturday evening of blunt force injuries suffered in the crash. READ MORE: Tallest Trooper Ever To Serve Among Those Added To Minnesota State Patrol's RanksAccording to the Minnesota State Patrol, McClernon was heading north on the interstate when he exited onto the bus station and slammed into the building. The crash started a fire, and firefighters responded to knock down the flames. READ MORE: St. Paul Mayor: City Employees Must Get COVID Vaccine By End Of 2021The crash delayed the opening of the new $20 million bus stop station, which was slated to open Monday. For both the northbound and southbound lanes, there is only one sign each way notifying drivers that the lane to the station is for buses only. After the crash, Metro Transit said that it is taking a look at the signage situation....
    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 Unemployment Rate Remains At 3.9% For 6th Month In A RowThe unemployment rate in Minnesota ticked down to almost 4% in September due to people moving out of unemployment. Similarly, the U.S. employment rate fell to 4.8% in the same month. However, Minnesota’s labor force participation rate increased to 68%. From February through April of 2020, Minnesota lost over 400,000 jobs and has since gained back 70% of the jobs lost. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment?“Job growth is up, and so are wages – that’s a good thing,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “Still, our labor market is incredibly tight, and our agency is committed to continuing to invest in innovative partnerships and solutions...
    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 Sickened In Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Imported OnionsThere’s no denying the importance of the names on the back of those maroon-and-gold jerseys this fall, though, because the fans are going to have to figure out who these guys are. The season opener is Nov. 9 against Kansas City. Only two of the 15 players on the roster this fall have returned from the previous squad, Eric Curry and Isaiah Ihnen. Minnesota’s top seven scorers from last season — Marcus Carr (Texas), Liam Robbins (Vanderbilt), Gabe Kalscheur (Iowa State), Brandon Johnson (DePaul), Jamal Mashburn Jr. (New Mexico), Both Gach (Utah) and Tre’ Williams (Oregon State) — all decided to leave rather than hitting the reset button with the Gophers. “We’ve...