ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge has extended changes in Minnesota's absentee ballot rules to the November general election. Ramsey County Judge Sara Grewing approved the agreement Monday. The Star Tribune reports the agreement allows Minnesota voters to submit their mail-in or absentee ballots in the Nov. 3 general election without witness signatures. Election officials also will count ballots that arrive within seven days of the election, as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3. Last month DFL Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon approved similar election rules for the Aug. 11 primary. The rule changes were prompted by [...]
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Mall of America says the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park inside the mall will reopen Aug. 10 after being closed nearly five months due to COVID-19. Officials of the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall said Monday the seven-acre theme park will reopen with significant changes aimed at maintaining a safe, healthy and comfortable environment. To meet state guidelines, Nickelodeon Universe will operate with a reduced capacity of 250 visitors at any time. Guests will be allowed through a single entry point. Only guests who have bought a ticket will have access to walk through the park. Tickets will be [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota court is investigating how a British newspaper obtained police body-camera footage showing the arrest and death of George Floyd. The Daily Mail on Monday published parts of videos from two Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest on May 25. A Hennepin County judge last month allowed journalists and members of the public to view the footage by appointment but has not yet ruled on a motion by a coalition of news organizations, including The Associated Press, seeking public access to the videos. A spokesman for Hennepin County District Court told the Star Tribune an investigation [...]
Police have arrested a suspect accused of shooting a man in the parking lot of an eastern Iowa funeral home where he was attending the funeral of his 8-year-old son, who died of cancer. The Quad-City Times says 26-year-old Jeramie Shorter, of Davenport, was shot Saturday morning outside Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport and later died. Shorter was there to attend the funeral of Jermier Leon Shorter, of St. Paul, Minnesota. A possible motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately known. Police later arrested 24-year-old Nuemonei Tre Vonne Laster, of Davenport, who appeared in court Sunday on charges of first-degree murder, eluding [...]
Census takers will begin knocking on doors this week in Minnesota. They will be visiting households that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census by mail, online or by phone. The census determines how federal funding is allocated for schools and roads, among other things. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the timeline has changed for collecting information. The original deadline to complete the census was July 31, but that has been extended to Oct. 31. Workers will begin knocking on doors in Minneapolis on Aug. 6, and throughout the rest of the state starting on Aug. 11.
BIG LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Divers have recovered the body of a St. Cloud man who drowned after falling off a floating tube in Big Lake. Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott says the dive team was called in around 7:45 p.m. Saturday at the lake’s swimming beach after a witness saw a man fall off a tube and go under water. Several people searched for the man but could not find him. WJON-AM reports the sheriff says the body of 24-year-old Ashutosh Dahal was recovered around 9:30 p.m. Saturday in about 9-10 feet of water.
(AP) — Minnesota health officials report eight newly confirmed deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday. That raises the state's death toll to 1,614 since the pandemic began. Of the eight new deaths, five were in long-term care or assisted-living facilities. Of Minnesota’s death toll, 1,231 _ or 76 % _ are residents of long-term care or assisted-living facilities. The number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases in Minnesota also continued to rise, with 769 newly reported cases Sunday, bringing the state's total to 55,947. A total of 302 patients were hospitalized Sunday, down 15 from 317 the previous day. The number of those [...]
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A suspect is under arrest after shots were fired at Ramsey County sheriff's deputies conducting a traffic stop early Thursday. The deputies were on westbound Highway 36 shortly before 3 a.m. when occupants of a vehicle driving eastbound fired multiple shots at the deputies. The shooters sped off. The deputies tried to track down the vehicle but could not catch up to it. The deputies then learned that a Maplewood police officer had spotted the suspect vehicle. That vehicle took off but later returned. A suspect was found nearby and arrested. A gun was recovered at [...]
VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — Bail is set $1 million for a man charged with killing a woman 34 years ago on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Fifty-two-year-old Michael Allan Carbo Jr. of Chisholm was charged with second-degree murder Thursday in the 1986 killing of Nancy Daugherty of Chisholm. Daugherty was last seen alive early on July 16, 1986. That afternoon, police conducting a welfare check found her dead inside her home. According to the complaint, Carbo _ who was 18 at the time _lived less than a mile from the crime scene and attended school with Daugherty’s children. Agents from the Minnesota Bureau [...]
Gov. Tim Walz will announce guidance for school districts to reopen in the fall on Thursday as the coronavirus accelerates statewide. State health and education officials asked school administrators last month to prepare for three scenarios before Walz's announcement: distance learning, in-person learning or a hybrid model. The guidance comes as President Donald Trump has pressed schools nationwide to open for in-person learning, and as many teachers have expressed fears of doing so. Education Minnesota, the state teachers’ union, last week released a survey with just one in five teachers supporting in-person learning.