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Twins hoping to have fans at Target Field this season

Twins hoping to have fans at Target Field this season

The Minnesota Twins are hopeful they'll be able to welcome fans to Target Field this spring amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  it has partnered with 3M to prepare for the possible return of fans to the Minneapolis ballpark this year.“As we continue working with Gov. Tim Walz, public health officials and Major League Baseball toward safely welcoming fans back to Target Field in 2021, we are ecstatic to have the people and science of 3M to help guide us on our path,” Twins President and CEO Dave St. Peter said in a statement. “The health and safety of our fans, partners, players, staff, employees...

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Hunting group sues Wisconsin DNR in attempt to allow wolf hunt this winter

Hunting group sues Wisconsin DNR in attempt to allow wolf hunt this winter

A hunting group is suing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in an attempt to force it to allow people to hunt wolves immediately. This comes after the Trump Administration late last year , which went into effect Jan. 4. Wisconsin requires a wolf hunt every year from November through February, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has to resume the wolf hunt seasons if the wolves lose their federal protections, which they now have. The Wisconsin DNR planned to resume the wolf hunts in November 2021. State Republicans, though, wanted the DNR to not wait until fall, ,...

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Albert Lea bar plans COVID relief-funded party for Friday night, faces $9K fine

Albert Lea bar plans COVID relief-funded party for Friday night, faces $9K fine

The Interchange Wine and Coffee Bistro in Albert Lea is facing a $9,000 fine for a party it plans to host in violation of Gov. Tim Walz's executive orders. , there will be live music, as well as free food and drinks paid for using the COVID-19 relief check it recently got from the state, which is designed to help businesses survive the state-ordered COVID shutdowns. The bar has been advertising the upcoming party on Facebook this week, which Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will violate Executive Order 21-01, which requires reservations and that restaurants close by 10 p.m.Because...

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MN lawmakers to introduce bill to legalize marijuana

MN lawmakers to introduce bill to legalize marijuana

Democratic lawmakers on Monday plan to introduce legislation to legalize the adult use of marijuana in Minnesota. House Majority Leader Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, and other DFLers plan to introduce a bill that would legalize cannabis, which they say will and allow police to focus on more serious crimes. Related: They'll hold a news conference on the proposed legislation at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1. You'll be able to watch it live on Facebook . Winkler in May 2020, during the last legislative session, . That bill laid out provisions for cannabis legalization in the state,...

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Sun Country adds 9 more flights out of MSP Airport

Sun Country adds 9 more flights out of MSP Airport

Sun Country Airlines is adding nine nonstop routes from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).The Twin Cities-based airline announced the additional nonstop routes on Monday, which are among the 16 new nonstop flights across its network. “We are excited to extend our network and offer people access to even more low-cost vacation options, when they are ready to travel again,” said Sun Country Airlines CEO Jude Bricker. “The past year has been a challenge for the travel industry but with increased access to COVID-19 tests and vaccinations, we’re starting to see that turnaround.”The...

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Murder suspect dies while in custody at Scott County Jail

Murder suspect dies while in custody at Scott County Jail

A 44-year-old man died early Tuesday while in custody in the Scott County Jail in Shakopee. According to the Scott County Sheriff's Office, a corrections officer found Taran Cortez Miller unresponsive in his cell during a routine inmate health and wellness check at about 3:46 a.m. on Tuesday. Despite attempts to revive Miller, he was pronounced dead at 4:33 a.m.The sheriff's office says Miller was arrested by the Savage Police Department and booked into jail on March 3 on first-degree murder charges. , Miller and his 17-year-old son were indicted on first-degree murder charges in September...

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Dec 22
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Minneapolis retailer's window display wins national award | Bring Me The News

Minneapolis retailer's window display wins national award | Bring Me The News

When you visit our site, we use services provided by Tempest, a product of Say Media, Inc., for content delivery and ad selection, including personalised digital ads. Say Media and its partners use technology such as cookies to customise your site experience, analyse website traffic, deliver content, and measure the effectiveness of advertisements.By continuing to use this site, you consent to the use of cookies. To learn more about cookies and how to disable them, view our .By clicking I Agree on this screen you agree that Say Media and its partners may process your personal data for the...

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Dec 17
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Minnesota is getting its first highway crossing for animals

Minnesota is getting its first highway crossing for animals

Minnesota is getting its first dedicated deer crossing, which should help keep motorists and animals who often cross Highway 14 in Dodge County safer. The Minnesota Department of Transportation this past summer began major work on into a four-lane highway in an effort to improve safety and eliminate slowdowns. And part of this $108 million project includes a special crossing for deer and other wildlife near Claremont in Dodge County. The goal is to help minimize crashes with animals along this stretch of Highway 14 when it opens to traffic in the fall of 2021 or early 2022.MnDOT frequently...

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DNR changing reservation policies in hopes of improving access

DNR changing reservation policies in hopes of improving access

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is changing up its lodging reservation policies in an effort to make it easier for all to use the state's recreation areas, which have been extremely popular amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Dec. 1, the DNR will no longer charge a cancelation fee to people who cancel 14 days or more prior to their scheduled visit. The DNR says this will encourage people to cancel earlier and allow for the camping or lodging site to be rebooked, improving access for other potential visitors.“Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are for all Minnesotans...

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Nov 19
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COVID-19: Hennepin County Board approves $8M to help bars, restaurants

COVID-19: Hennepin County Board approves $8M to help bars, restaurants

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved $8 million to help hundreds of bars and restaurants struggling due to COVID-19 business restrictions.The board approved this measure to help foodservice businesses a week after Gov. Tim Walz ordered that bars and restaurants to in-person dining. On Wednesday, additional restrictions, including closing bars and restaurants to in-person service for the next four weeks. The $8 million is expected to help between 600 and 800 businesses and could help secure or return jobs for thousands of workers, . Grants up to $15,000 will be...

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Post Office opens at former Kmart in Minneapolis, replacing 2 destroyed in riots

Post Office opens at former Kmart in Minneapolis, replacing 2 destroyed in riots

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has opened a temporary Post Office after two Post Offices in the community . This new full-service facility at 10 W Lake St. in Minneapolis opened Monday, bringing USPS services back to the area after , which owns the former Kmart building.“I am very happy to be bringing Postal Services back [to] the South Minneapolis community,” Postmaster William Jones . “Our employees are equally excited to occupy this location which is closer to their routes and customers.”This new facility will temporarily replace the two postal stations – Lake Street (110 E 31st...

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Reward being offered after 16 raptor feet found in Woodbury

Reward being offered after 16 raptor feet found in Woodbury

Someone dumped the feet of eight raptors, including four bald eagles, in a residential area of Woodbury last week, and now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is offering a reward for information leading to the person(s) responsible. The feet were discovered on Nov. 12 along the west side of Cherry Lane, about 500 feet south of Lake Road, in Woodbury, the USFWS .A preliminary investigation indicates the 16 feet were dumped in tall grass just off the sidewalk. Each foot had the talon (claw) removed from each toe. “A lucrative commercial market exists in raptor parts. We believe the...

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Charges: Minneapolis man shot victim in back and head, told police it was an intruder

Charges: Minneapolis man shot victim in back and head, told police it was an intruder

A Minneapolis man has been charged in the fatal shooting of someone he allegedly sold drugs to after the victim . Travis Leonard, 23, is charged with intentional second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in connection to the death of Dylan Lattery, 23, of Owatonna., at 10:54 p.m. on Sept. 24, police responded to a report of a shooting at 1127 Irving Ave. N. in Minneapolis. Leonard had called police, telling them he shot someone who had broken into his house. When police arrived, they found Lattery lying face down near a back door of the home. He was wearing a black hoodie, mask and...

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No Ice Castles in Minnesota this year, could return in 2022

No Ice Castles in Minnesota this year, could return in 2022

The won't come to Minnesota this winter, event organizers said Friday. The popular winter attraction featuring a giant castle made of ice has been in Minnesota for the past six winters, but this year the company is scaling back operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We would like to thank everyone who has supported Ice Castles over the years by visiting our Minnesota location," Ice Castles CEO Kyle Standifird said in a statement. "Although we have decided not to bring Ice Castles back to the Twin Cities this winter, we look forward to returning to Minnesota in the future."If the...

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Oct 23
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Judge disqualifies Hennepin Co. Attorney from prosecuting George Floyd trial

Judge disqualifies Hennepin Co. Attorney from prosecuting George Floyd trial

Some members of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, including county attorney Mike Freeman, cannot serve as prosecutors when the cases against the four former Minneapolis police officer who are charged in George Floyd's death go to trial.  On Friday, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill  ordered that members of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office cannot serve as prosecutors on the case because they could be called as witnesses to testify about the meeting they had with Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker.  Cahill asked Prosecutor Matthew Frank of the...

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After state warning, cafe chooses to close rather than follow COVID-19 rules

After state warning, cafe chooses to close rather than follow COVID-19 rules

A coffee shop in southern Minnesota says it is closing until further notice after the state issued it a warning for not complying with Gov. Tim Walz's COVID-19 rules for dine-in service.The Coffee Nest, located in Jackson, announced the closure Tuesday , saying the state visited the coffee shop after someone filed a complaint, with an inspection report forwarded to showing the store was found to be in non-compliance with "all" the rules set out in the Stay Safe MN guidance for bars, restaurants, and cafes.This included no face mask wearing among employees or patrons, no health and safety...

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North Dakota sheriff's deputy arrested for DWI in Minnesota

North Dakota sheriff's deputy arrested for DWI in Minnesota

A North Dakota sheriff's deputy was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in western Minnesota, near the North Dakota border, over Labor Day weekend. Cass County Jail Deputy Alisha Ettesvold was arrested just after 2 a.m. Sunday by the Breckenridge Police Department, the Cass County, North Dakota, Sheriff's Office said in a news release. It is unclear is Ettesvold has been formally charged with a DWI.  “It will always remain a top priority of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office to be transparent to the public and accept responsibility for our employee’s actions, both good and bad. We thank...

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Minneapolis man charged in connection to 4 armed robberies at gas stations, Subway

Minneapolis man charged in connection to 4 armed robberies at gas stations, Subway

A Minneapolis man has been charged in federal court in connection to an armed robbery spree at four businesses in the Twin Cities in late July.Derrick Lee Spillman, 39, of Minneapolis, is charged with four counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, . He made his first court appearance Tuesday. According to the news release, which cites the criminal complaint, Spillman on July 30 between 6:56 a.m. and 3:53 p.m. used force, violence and fear of injury to commit four armed robberies of businesses in the Twin Cities, including two Holiday gas...

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MDH: Avoid going underwater or plug your nose when swimming to avoid amoeba

MDH: Avoid going underwater or plug your nose when swimming to avoid amoeba

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is warning swimmers that a "very rare" brain-eating amoeba may be present in Minnesota lakes. MDH Director Kris Ehresmann told reporters in the COVID-19 media call Friday that because it's been so warm in Minnesota , swimmers should assume the rare amoeba called Naegleria fowleri is present in the state's lakes and rivers so they should take the proper precautions. Naegleria fowleri is an amoeba that's found around the world in warm freshwater and soil. Only in the past decade has the amoeba been found in the northern United States and, according to...

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Twins remove Calvin Griffith statue from Target Field

Twins remove Calvin Griffith statue from Target Field

The have removed the statue of its former owner from outside Target Field.The statue of Calvin Griffith, who brought the Twins to Minnesota in 1961, was removed Friday morning from its location near the club store.The move came on Juneteenth, the annual commemoration of the ending of slavery."While we acknowledge the prominent role Calvin Griffith played in our history, we cannot remain silent and continue ignoring the racist comments he made in Waseca in 1978," the Twins . Those comments, , were: “I’ll tell you why we came to Minnesota. It was when I found out you only had 15,000 Blacks...

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Jun 19
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MN lawmakers announce police reform legislation

MN lawmakers announce police reform legislation

A group of Minnesota legislators plans to make police and criminal justice reform a top priority when the legislature reconvenes for a special session that's expected this month. The Minnesota Legislature's People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus to the killing of George Floyd.“For too long, people in my community have been told they will have to wait for the systemic changes necessary to ensure people of color can don’t have to live in fear of law enforcement,” Rep. Rena Moran (DFL-St. Paul), chair of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus said in a statement.“They are tired...

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Minnesota offering free COVID-19 tests at 6 places this weekend

Minnesota offering free COVID-19 tests at 6 places this weekend

The state of Minnesota will offer free COVID-19 tests at six sites across the state this weekend, a news release says. Minnesota National Guard members and state and local public health employees will have the capacity to collect roughly 2,000 samples per day across all six sites, for a total capacity of 6,000 tests over the three-day weekend (Saturday-Monday).“Testing, tracing, and isolating are the best tools we have to understand the impact of the pandemic on our communities and to contain it, so we can continue safely navigating this pandemic,” Gov. Tim Walz said in the release. “I am...

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May 22
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Izzy's Ice Cream's Minneapolis location is for sale for $2.5M

Izzy's Ice Cream's Minneapolis location is for sale for $2.5M

Izzy's Ice Cream's Minneapolis building is on the market for $2.5 million, and is moving away from the ice cream parlor business model. Izzy's Minneapolis ice cream parlor at 1100 2nd St. S. was listed for sale less than a month after Izzy's announced . When Izzy's made that announcement in late April, it said Minneapolis operations would continue, with the shop reopening May 4 for pick-up and delivery service.The property, located on the edge of the Mill District, is described as an "iconic" and "architecturally significant" building with "clerestory windows" and "abundant natural light,"...

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May 20
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Face masks required on all Metro Transit vehicles

Face masks required on all Metro Transit vehicles

Anyone riding Metro Transit's buses, trains, Metro Mobility and Transit Link is required to wear something covering their face starting Monday, May 18, the Metropolitan Council said in a news release Friday. The Metropolitan Council, which oversees Metro Transit, began recommending riders wear cloth face coverings in April. Since then, public health officials have placed more emphasis on wearing face coverings in public in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, prompting this new requirement for riders, the release said.Riders will see this requirement posted online, onboard...

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