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Walz deploying National Guard to protect MN Capitol

Walz deploying National Guard to protect MN Capitol

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | By MOHAMED IBRAHIM and STEVE KARNOWSKIST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday he plans to deploy the Minnesota National Guard to protect against potential threats to the state Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.Walz told reporters he plans to issue the executive order activating the National Guard late Tuesday or on Wednesday, but that troops will be activated for several days.The governor said he spoke earlier Tuesday with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer about a Dec. 29 FBI memo...

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Afton native Jessie Diggins becomes first American to win Tour de Ski

Afton native Jessie Diggins becomes first American to win Tour de Ski

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressAfton native Jessie Diggins has reached the top of the mountain again.After making history alongside teammate Rosie Brennan last week, helping the U.S. notch its first-ever 1-2 finish in a World Cup cross country ski race, Diggins continued to rewrite the history books Sunday, becoming the first American to win the prestigious and grueling Tour de Ski.In the lead heading into the final stage of the 8-race, 10-day competition, Diggins placed second in the climb up Alpe Cermis in Cavalse, Italy, on...

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Klobuchar to help lead probe of Capitol riot

Klobuchar to help lead probe of Capitol riot

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressU.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will play a leading role in a congressional investigation into what went wrong when a mob was able to attack the nation’s Capitol this week and what Congress needs to do to beef up security in and around the building.When Democrats take control of the Senate later this month, Klobuchar will become chair of the Rules Committee, where she currently is the ranking member. In an interview Friday, the Minnesota Democrat said Senate leaders announced earlier in the day that the...

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MN Public Safety Commissioner Harrington cautions lawmakers about inflamed rhetoric after ‘insurrection’

MN Public Safety Commissioner Harrington cautions lawmakers about inflamed rhetoric after ‘insurrection’

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressMinnesota’s top law enforcement official has cautioned state lawmakers against using rhetoric that could incite violence against public officials, including their own colleagues.The admonishment of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington was carefully worded in the form of a written memo to all lawmakers Thursday that initially discussed increased security at the Capitol in St. Paul.But its target audience clearly included Republicans who have sought to encourage increasingly confrontational...

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Burgess, Lukasik, Lundsten: About the plan to reopen St. Paul Schools — we have urgent questions

Burgess, Lukasik, Lundsten: About the plan to reopen St. Paul Schools — we have urgent questions

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | Saint Paul Public Schools is planning to start bringing students back for full-time in-person learning on Monday, Feb. 1, starting with our youngest learners. Pre-K through 5th-grade students, including students who receive special education services in those grades, who wish to stay in distance learning for the remainder of the school year have been asked to enroll in the SPPS Virtual Learning School by Friday, Jan. 8.Unfortunately, we lack answers to many important questions and don’t like the answers we’re...

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Here are the Minnesota businesses that say they will defy Gov. Walz’s orders by opening

Here are the Minnesota businesses that say they will defy Gov. Walz’s orders by opening

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Forum News ServiceAs several dozen bars and restaurants in Minnesota plan to reopen in protest of state pandemic restrictions, health experts here warned Tuesday, Dec. 15, that dining in person still poses health risks given the current state of the coronavirus pandemic.The expert’s comments come as dozens of businesses throughout the state are purportedly planning to reopen ahead of schedule to protest business restrictions imposed by Gov. Tim Walz in the name of public health.Behind the plan to reopen is an...

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Dec 16
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Brainerd man, 23, pleads guilty in torching of Minneapolis police station during May unrest

Brainerd man, 23, pleads guilty in torching of Minneapolis police station during May unrest

A Brainerd, Minn., man pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal arson charges for his role in the burning of the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct building following the death of George Floyd.Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 23, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to one count of conspiracy to commit arson.According to court documents, on May 28, during widespread civil unrest in the Twin Cities after Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police, Robinson went to the 3rd Precinct building on Lake Street, where hundreds had gathered.The crowd started shouting, “Burn...

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Dec 16
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Owner of St. Cloud bar destroyed by fire now facing federal arson charges

Owner of St. Cloud bar destroyed by fire now facing federal arson charges

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The owner of a historic St. Cloud bar has been indicted on federal arson and wire fraud charges for allegedly setting fire to the business and submitting a fraudulent insurance claim, prosecutors announced Friday.Andrew Welsh, 41, of St. Joseph, was arrested Friday by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He is accused of burning down the Press Bar and Parlor, a century-old establishment in downtown St. Cloud. Damage was estimated at $1 million.A federal...

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MN takes action against 3 restaurants for not complying with pandemic restrictions

MN takes action against 3 restaurants for not complying with pandemic restrictions

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | State officials filed lawsuits against two Minnesota restaurants this week and revoked the license of another for defying COVID-19 restrictions. Restaurant owners say the latest shutdowns are putting them out of business.Keith Ellison, Minnesota’s attorney general, filed a lawsuit against the Boardwalk Bar and Grill in East Grand Forks on Friday alleging that the business refused to comply with Executive Order 20-99, which prohibits on-premises dining through Dec. 18. Boardwalk owners Jane Moss and Dan Stauss...

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Here’s every Minnesota health club that had a known COVID outbreak

Here’s every Minnesota health club that had a known COVID outbreak

The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday released a list of every health and fitness club and gym that has met its threshold for a coronavirus outbreak.They stretch from an outbreak of at least 23 known cases in the Rochester Athletic Club to one of at least 12 known cases at a Life Time in White Bear Lake.The state’s threshold for an “outbreak” is at least seven cases from different households that reported visiting or using that facility within the last month prior to symptoms or testing positive.Health officials use one month because it’s roughly two incubation periods for the virus....

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Dec 12
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Staff at Minnesota Public Radio’s music stations The Current and Classical MPR have voted to unionize

Staff at Minnesota Public Radio’s music stations The Current and Classical MPR have voted to unionize

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressThe staffs at Minnesota Public Radio’s two music stations, 89.3 The Current and Classical MPR, have voted to unionize and join SAG-AFTRA.In September, more more than 80 percent of the employees signed a pair of union recognition petitions, which they delivered to MPR and its parent company, American Public Media. The National Labor Relations Board held an election by mail ballot and announced Tuesday that the vote to unionize had passed.The two new bargaining units include the staff who create...

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Dec 9
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Simon says Minnesota’s election was fairly conducted, condemns parroting of conspiracy theories

Simon says Minnesota’s election was fairly conducted, condemns parroting of conspiracy theories

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | Forum News ServiceMore than one month after November’s general election, Minnesota’s top election official warned state lawmakers that amplifying baseless conspiracy theories of rigged election results is doing “serious and lasting damage to our country.”Minnesota senators virtually convened for a Tuesday hearing to discuss the integrity of the state’s 2020 election results. Appearing before lawmakers, Secretary of State Steve Simon reiterated that to date, there have been zero reports of election fraud or...

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Dec 9
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School board votes to drop Henry Sibley’s name from Mendota Heights high school

School board votes to drop Henry Sibley’s name from Mendota Heights high school

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressHenry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights will soon have a new name.The West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area School Board voted Monday evening to drop the name of Minnesota’s first governor from the school, which serves more than 1,400 students from seven cities.The unanimous vote followed months of lobbying by community members and alumni, who cited Sibley’s treatment of the state’s Dakota people in advocating the name change.Superintendent Peter Olson-Skog reported that the district had been...

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Dec 8
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Former Gov. Mark Dayton marries 32-year-old onetime campaign aide

Former Gov. Mark Dayton marries 32-year-old onetime campaign aide

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressAfter “twenty years of bachelorhood” former Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is now a married man, .Dayton married Ana Orke, who worked on his 2010 gubernatorial campaign and Hilary Clinton’s 2008 presidential primary campaign, the post said.In his post, which read like a letter addressed to family and friends, Dayton said he was “delighted” to share happy news during these “challenging times.”“Well-wishers, with whom I share my news, often ask me, ‘Who is the lucky lady?'” he wrote. “But that is the wrong...

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Dec 7
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Protest Saturday at the Governor’s Mansion ends with damaged cars, two citations

Protest Saturday at the Governor’s Mansion ends with damaged cars, two citations

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressTwo people were cited for disorderly conduct following a protest at the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul on Saturday.The St. Paul Police Department also reported numerous tires being slashed on South Chatsworth Street near the intersection with Summit Avenue.“Today, several groups came to St. Paul to make their voices heard,” . “The events today were largely peaceful, however there were some tense moments and confrontations.”Police estimate that one group of 250 gathered at the Capitol, and at least...

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Dec 6
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Gazelka says Capitol workers should get early COVID-19 vaccine access

Gazelka says Capitol workers should get early COVID-19 vaccine access

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Forum News ServiceMinnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka on Friday said that state lawmakers and Capitol employees should get access to a coronavirus vaccination after health care workers and elderly Minnesotans.The comment was met with swift opposition from Democrats who said they were content to wait their turn for a COVID-19 shot and criticized the lawmaker for suggesting legislators cut in line ahead of others.Gazelka during a panel discussion said legislators would return to St. Paul for a “hybrid”...

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Dec 4
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Need some ideas for book gifts to give? So many good ones from Minnesota authors this year. Try these.

Need some ideas for book gifts to give? So many good ones from Minnesota authors this year. Try these.

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressWhatever your holiday plans are during this pandemic year, gifts are going to be in the mix. Here are some of the most praised fiction and nonfiction books from Minnesota writers that earned a spot under the tree. But with all the good books published this year, there are still dozens worthy of your consideration. So browse your favorite local bookstores’ websites for other titles, which often come with staff recommendations. And these folks know what they’re talking about.“Fossil Men” by Kermit...

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Mary Ann Grossmann
Dec 4
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St. Paul police chief considering firing officer who shot man, preparing to release body cam footage

St. Paul police chief considering firing officer who shot man, preparing to release body cam footage

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressSt. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell is considering terminating the officer who shot and wounded a man this weekend, a law enforcement source said Monday.Axtell is planning to release body-camera footage from the incident on Tuesday or Wednesday.Police said in a statement several hours after the that the man, who was hiding in a dumpster in the North End neighborhood, climbed out and ran toward officers. Officials have not detailed why the officer shot him or indicated whether the man was armed at the...

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Mara H. Gottfried
Dec 1
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Ramsey County sheriff seeks public comment on drone privacy issues

Ramsey County sheriff seeks public comment on drone privacy issues

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressRamsey County is looking for public input on a drone policy for the sheriff’s office.The purpose of the policy is to establish guidelines for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones as well as how to handle the images taken by the drone in regards to privacy concerns. It is similar to the privacy issues regarding body cameras where the camera may capture more than what is relevant to the case, such as the interior of a person’s home.A drone can be helpful to public safety by assisting in the...

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Deanna Weniger
Nov 30
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‘The front line is failing us’: Regions ICU handles severe COVID cases

‘The front line is failing us’: Regions ICU handles severe COVID cases

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressShow Caption ofIn an ideal world, the nurses in Sara Yernberg’s overflow “surge” intensive care unit would be assigned one to a room, each caring for a single patient.“Here, we’re so stretched, we have nurses with two patients, and some have three,” said Yernberg, a 33-year-old nursing manager at Regions Hospital in downtown St. Paul, standing in front of patient rooms containing some of the sickest COVID-19 sufferers in the state.Yernberg and her colleagues have been bracing for a grim milestone,...

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Frederick Melo
Nov 29
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Holiday Arts Guide: Family festivals and lights

Holiday Arts Guide: Family festivals and lights

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Many Twin Cities holiday events and traditions have moved online due to COVID, and the recent surge brings a statewide mandate that has temporarily shut down museums through at least Dec. 19. But, there are some open outdoor events and drive-thru light displays if you want to brave the cold and find a little festive cheer.Please check with the event for specifics and be aware that event schedules may change with the pandemic situation.Hub for the Holidays. Hub for the Holidays, which usually takes place at the...

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Nov 29
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‘We The Immigrants’ photo exhibit on Payne Avenue latest in project to elevate immigrant voices

‘We The Immigrants’ photo exhibit on Payne Avenue latest in project to elevate immigrant voices

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The faces looking from the storefront on Payne Avenue say a lot. Without saying a word.Below the bright blue Café Lilla sign and on top of the building’s boarded up windows are dozens of immigrant faces. The black-and-white prints are part of East St. Paul’s latest outdoor art installation, “We The Immigrants.” It’s a partnership between Second Shift Studio Space and Brooklyn Rail.“” was initially started by Brooklyn Rail, an arts, culture, and politics journal from Brooklyn, N.Y. The journal’s original project...

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Emma Chekroun
Nov 25
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MN native Jake Sullivan picked for Biden’s top national security job

MN native Jake Sullivan picked for Biden’s top national security job

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | New York TimesWASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden plans to name several top national security picks Tuesday, his transition office said, including the first Latino to lead the Department of Homeland Security, the first woman to head the intelligence community and a former secretary of state, John Kerry, to be his climate czar.At an event in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden will announce plans to nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to be his secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, his transition office said, and...

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Extended family for Thanksgiving? ‘Please don’t,’ MN medical workers beg.

Extended family for Thanksgiving? ‘Please don’t,’ MN medical workers beg.

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressThe CEO of Allina Health offered to get on her knees and beg.An ER doc said she was carrying a message for one of her patients, a Korean War veteran who died of COVID-19.The leader of a rural Minnesota health network said to “please don’t, just this year, please don’t” celebrate Thanksgiving with people outside your household.And, they all said, if you must go somewhere where there are people, mask up.A day after Gov. in the face of an uncontrolled wildfire of coronavirus cases, leaders of...

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Nov 20
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Minnesota ICU nurse brings Biden to tears during COVID-19 conference call

Minnesota ICU nurse brings Biden to tears during COVID-19 conference call

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | The president of the Minnesota Nurses Association brought President-elect Joe Biden to tears Wednesday when she described the hardships she and other health care workers are facing as COVID-19 cases surge across the country.The emotional moment came during a conference call Biden held with a handful of frontline workers from a theater in Wilmington, Del., as he prepares to assume leadership of the country’s fight against the pandemic.MNA president Mary Turner broke down in tears during the call as she spoke about...

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