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Jake Odorizzi, Luis Arraez progressing as playoffs draw near

Jake Odorizzi, Luis Arraez progressing as playoffs draw near

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | St. Paul Pioneer PressThe Twins headed into their final weekend of play without two important contributors. But if all goes well, they’re hoping to have starter Jake Odorizzi and second baseman Luis Arraez back soon.The Twins will play in a best-of-three Wild Card Series starting Tuesday.Odorizzi, who left his Sept. 16 last start with a blister, was eligible to return later this weekend but the Twins are opting to let him use that time to continue to heal. Michael Pineda will start on Saturday and Rich Hill on...

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Minneapolis man pleads guilty to torching University Avenue business during May unrest

Minneapolis man pleads guilty to torching University Avenue business during May unrest

A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty Friday to starting a fire in an Enterprise Rent-A-Car building in St. Paul during the unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Matthew Scott White, 32, was charged with one count of arson. He entered his guilty plea before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.White admitted to entering the Enterprise building at 1161 W. University Ave. on May 28 and starting a fire inside a back office. White fueled the fire by throwing papers and other flammable items onto the flames, according to...

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CDC coronavirus testers pulled from Minnesota after repeated hostile and racist encounters

CDC coronavirus testers pulled from Minnesota after repeated hostile and racist encounters

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressFederal health workers have been pulled out of Minnesota after what officials describe as repeated threatening and racist encounters with residents while conducting a random COVID-19 testing study.In one instance, two cars boxed in the health workers’ vehicle and three men, one of whom had his hand on a holstered gun, confronted the team of testers who were asking randomly selected households to participate in the coronavirus study.State health officials said little about the encounter with the group...

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Minnesota’s Legal Marijuana Now Party congressional candidate dies; election for 2nd District postponed

Minnesota’s Legal Marijuana Now Party congressional candidate dies; election for 2nd District postponed

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressAdam Weeks, the Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, has died, and the election for that seat will be postponed, Secretary of State Steve Simon announced Thursday.Weeks was an organic farmer from Goodhue County. The district also includes the southeast Twin Cities suburban counties of Dakota, Scott, and parts of Washington County, and runs southeast to include the city of Northfield.Gabby Ulan, who identified herself as Weeks’ partner, said the 38-year-old...

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CEO of MPR’s parent company to step down following blowback on racial and gender equity issues

CEO of MPR’s parent company to step down following blowback on racial and gender equity issues

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressAmerican Public Media Group CEO Jon McTaggart announced Tuesday he will step down from his position following pressure from employees and listeners who are asking the company to step up its racial and gender equity.Earlier in the day, a group of unnamed employees of Minnesota Public Radio and its parent company, APM, launched a website, , where they shared a list of demands “to improve our company culture and our news coverage.”McTaggart, who is one of the highest-paid public media CEOs in the...

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Group of ‘armed citizens’ confronts health workers conducting random COVID-19 testing

Group of ‘armed citizens’ confronts health workers conducting random COVID-19 testing

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressA team of state and federal health workers were recently confronted by armed residents while they were conducting random coronavirus testing in communities across Minnesota.“The incident was unfortunate,” said Julie Bartkey, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Health. “The team did the right thing by leaving and notifying their study site coordinator of the situation.”State officials confirmed the encounter, but have not disclosed when or where the incident occurred.Health officials are...

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Vikings’ young cornerbacks struggled against Aaron Rodgers. Next up is Philip Rivers

Vikings’ young cornerbacks struggled against Aaron Rodgers. Next up is Philip Rivers

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressCarl Lee knows what it’s like to be a young defensive back picked apart in an NFL season opener by a future hall of fame quarterback.To start the 1984 season, Lee’s Vikings were dissected 42-13 by the San Diego Chargers and Dan Fouts at the Metrodome. That was the most points the Vikings had give up in an opener until Sunday’s 43-34 loss to Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers at U.S. Bank Stadium.“It was one of those days when you just can’t seem to stop them, and you want to go up to the press box and just...

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St. Paul man threatened another man with a sword, charges say

St. Paul man threatened another man with a sword, charges say

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressA man threatened to kill a 54-year-old man and held a sword to his throat in St. Paul, charges said.Mark David Ruggles, 46, of St. Paul, has been charged with threats of violence and second-degree assault, according to charges filed Thursday in Ramsey County District Court.At about 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Ramsey County Emergency Communications received a 911 call. A man said another man had held a knife to his throat in a wooded area near Bluffs Parks Homes, according to the complaint. St. Paul police...

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Timberwolves head into team bubble excited to spend time together, on and off the court

Timberwolves head into team bubble excited to spend time together, on and off the court

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressThe Timberwolves have had 75 percent of their players at the team facility over the past couple of months, participating in individual workouts or just getting up shots. Most all of them will gather back in downtown Minneapolis starting this week.Monday marks the first day of the Timberwolves’ three-week “minicamp” allowed by the NBA and the NBA Players Association for the eight teams that were not invited to for the resumption of the season.The first week features voluntary individual workouts,...

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Gophers in the NFL: Antoine Winfield Jr. was Sunday’s standout

Gophers in the NFL: Antoine Winfield Jr. was Sunday’s standout

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressTampa Bay rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. had the best debut among former Gophers in the NFL in Week 1. The second-round draft pick had six tackles, one pass breakup and a quarterback pressure in the Buccaneers’ 34-23 loss to the Saints.When Winfield Jr. took the field in his first start Sunday, some observers took to Twitter to tweet about how old they felt because they remember Antoine Winfield Sr., who played in the NFL from 1999-2012.Before the opener, Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles...

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Vikings could re-sign safety George Iloka by end of week

Vikings could re-sign safety George Iloka by end of week

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressIf all goes as planned, safety George Iloka will return to the Vikings by the end of this week.According to a source, Iloka, who played with Minnesota in 2018, was in the Twin Cities on Tuesday to undergo coronavirus testing. Iloka, who worked out last month with the Vikings, could be signed to the 53-man roster before Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.Iloka was not on an NFL roster last season after playing in all 16 games, with three starts, for Minnesota in 2018. Iloka played from 2012-17 in...

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MPR fires its only Black classical music host in dispute of playlist changes

MPR fires its only Black classical music host in dispute of playlist changes

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressSt. Paul-based Minnesota Public Radio fired , its only Black classical music radio host, this week after a yearlong conflict over playlist changes.“Our decision was not sudden and came after several conversations with Garrett over the past year regarding programming changes,” Friday. “The warnings presented to Garrett were not tied to his choice of music or the reasons for his unauthorized changes to playlists. He was able to make changes to the playlist, but the manner in which he made changes is...

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Now eligible, ex-Vikings DE Jared Allen expects last stop to be Canton

Now eligible, ex-Vikings DE Jared Allen expects last stop to be Canton

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressFive years after his last calf-roping sack dance, Jared Allen is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The former Vikings defensive end who retired after the 2015 season could be elected as soon as next February. While Allen said he tries “not to be a self-promoter,’’ he considers himself worthy of the Canton, Ohio, shrine.“I think my career speaks for itself,” Allen said in a phone interview. “I think the writing’s on the wall and absolutely I think I competed at a level that’s hall-of-fame...

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Twins without Sano, Rosario, Gonzalez for start of big series

Twins without Sano, Rosario, Gonzalez for start of big series

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | St. Paul Pioneer PressCHICAGO — This week’s series against the White Sox is likely as close as the Twins will get to replicating a playoff environment until the playoffs themselves begin later this month.The four games will play a big role in the American League Central race as the two teams battle for positioning, and reliever Tyler Clippard said the Twins were using it as a “precursor to what’s ahead,” of them in the playoffs.To begin the critical series, the White Sox trotted out a lineup with all nine...

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Longtime MPR reporter Marianne Combs resigns after she says #MeToo allegations against a Current DJ were dismissed

Longtime MPR reporter Marianne Combs resigns after she says #MeToo allegations against a Current DJ were dismissed

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressLongtime Minnesota Public Radio News arts reporter Marianne Combs announced her resignation from the station Monday .Combs, who has worked for MPR for 23 years, wrote that she has spent the past two and a half months gathering “testimony from eight women who say that (a DJ for MPR’s The Current) sexually manipulated and psychologically abused them” but that “my editors have failed to move forward on the story.”The man has not been publicly identified by Combs or MPR, which is based in St. Paul.When...

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Minnesota fire crews head to Oregon to help battle wildfires

Minnesota fire crews head to Oregon to help battle wildfires

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Monday that the state will send 29 firefighters and fire trucks to Salem, Oregon to help combat the wildfires ravaging that state.The deployment comes in response to a request from Oregon officials for assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. The Minnesota team will leave Tuesday morning from Fergus Falls after a mission briefing and equipment inspection.“Wildfires continue to put our fellow Americans’ lives at risk while devastating homes, businesses,...

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Racial injustice themes fill empty NFL stadiums

Racial injustice themes fill empty NFL stadiums

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XShow Caption of By | By JIMMY GOLENJason Myers kicked off to start the Seahawks’ season-opener against the Falcons, and the ball sailed through the end zone for a touchback. No one moved a step.Instead, the players all dropped to one knee.After years of pleading with the NFL to act against systemic racism, they were willing to wait another 10 seconds to make their point.Teams opening the year in empty stadiums knelt, locked arms, raised fists in protest or stayed off the field entirely for the “Star-Spangled Banner” and...

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Packers’ Marquez Valdes-Scantling bounces back from early drops

Packers’ Marquez Valdes-Scantling bounces back from early drops

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressMarquez Valdes-Scantling had one of the Packers’ four touchdown catches on Sunday, a 45-yard bullet on a broken play that stood after a video review and put Green Bay up 22-7 late in the second quarter of the Packers’ 43-34 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.He finished with four catches for 96 yards but it should have been more. He was targeted six times and dropped two passes.On a third-and-6 from the Packers’ 41-yard line, a wide-open Valdes-Scantling dropped a Rodgers pass...

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Twins hit five home runs as they beat Indians

Twins hit five home runs as they beat Indians

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | St. Paul Pioneer PressA year ago, the Twins made a habit of bludgeoning opponents with the longball. There were 307 of them, to be exact, setting a major-league record in the process.This year’s Twins, it seemed, were well set up to outpace their previous selves before the season started.It hasn’t turned out that way for the Twins, but Saturday provided somewhat of a flashback as the Twins hit five home runs on their way to an 8-4 win over the Indians on Saturday night at Target Field. Five home runs marks a new...

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Vikings’ Dalvin Cook calls it ‘a sigh of relief’ signing five-year, $63 million extension on eve of opener

Vikings’ Dalvin Cook calls it ‘a sigh of relief’ signing five-year, $63 million extension on eve of opener

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressDalvin Cook likened it to winning the lottery.The Vikings announced Saturday the signing of the star running back to a contract extension. Cook told the Pioneer Press it’s a five-year deal worth $63 million with $28 million guaranteed, including a signing bonus of $15 million. It takes Cook through the 2025 season.“Definitely excited,” Cook said. “Definitely a sigh of relief as far as being excited for being in Minnesota for years. That’s truly a blessing because I love being in this place, I love...

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Two arrested at political rally outside Capitol in St. Paul

Two arrested at political rally outside Capitol in St. Paul

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressTwo people were arrested Saturday during a political rally at the Capitol in St. Paul.According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Edith Nicole Okerland, 24, of Minneapolis and Ian Michael Sutherland, 23, of Minneapolis, were arrested and booked under suspicion of interference with use of public property and disorderly conduct.The rally, titled “United We Stand and Patriots March for America,” was hosted by the Minnesota Patriot Alliance and Minnesota Rising groups and covered a range of topics such as...

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AP Source: Big Ten presidents to reconsider fall football

AP Source: Big Ten presidents to reconsider fall football

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | The Associated PressBig Ten football might be making a comeback.Big Ten university presidents will meet Sunday to hear a presentation about playing a fall football season after all — maybe as soon as mid-October — amid pressure to kick off from parents, players, coaches and even the president.A person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the Big Ten’s Return to Competition Task Force met Saturday. The medical subcommittee, comprised of athletic directors, doctors and athletic training...

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Ramsey County Attorney Choi resigns from presidential commission, saying it had ‘predetermined agenda’

Ramsey County Attorney Choi resigns from presidential commission, saying it had ‘predetermined agenda’

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressRamsey County Attorney John Choi submitted a letter of resignation from a presidential criminal justice commission, saying it became obvious the process “was intent on providing cover for a predetermined agenda that ignores the lessons of the past, furthering failed tough-on-crime policies that led to our current mass incarceration crisis.”In a letter last Thursday to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Choi pointed out that President Donald on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, that...

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MN Legislature approves police accountability measures. Here’s what the bill will do.

MN Legislature approves police accountability measures. Here’s what the bill will do.

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | Associated PressA broad slate of police accountability measures passed by the Minnesota Legislature early Tuesday includes a ban on neck restraints like the one that was used on George Floyd before his death in Minneapolis.Other changes include:“This is a really a great bill, but it is only a first step,” Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman, of Brooklyn Park, said at a news conference. “It paves the way for transformational change, but it doesn’t bring about transformational change.”Democratic House Majority...

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Classes twice a week, parents driving to school: St. Paul district details plans for hybrid instruction

Classes twice a week, parents driving to school: St. Paul district details plans for hybrid instruction

St. Paul Public Schools students will attend in-person classes twice a week but will have the option of full-time distance learning if state education leaders call for a hybrid approach to education this fall.School district leaders detailed their tentative plans for the school board on Tuesday night.State leaders are expected to announce sometime next week , and whether they can do so at full capacity or with students learning from home some of the time.Whatever the state decides, St. Paul schools will be less than half full if they do reopen in September.A recent district survey found 26...

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