A federal judge has dismissed a challenge by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis to Minnesota’s coronavirus restrictions. Judge Donovan Frank rejected the former congressman’s arguments that the rules unconstitutionally limit his freedom to campaign. The judge ruled Wednesday that Democratic Gov. Tim Walz acted within his authority to respond to the public health crisis when he imposed restrictions on crowd sizes, travel, and other measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. The coronavirus has infected over 99,000 Minnesotans and killed more than 2,000. Lewis says he'll appeal and make the ruling a campaign issue.
Minnesota officials reported 16 new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday — the highest daily total the state has seen in more than a month — as the rate of new infections also continues to rise. Minnesota is reporting 17 new coronavirus infections per day per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the pandemic, the Star Tribune reported. The rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations has also increased — 6 people are being admitted to hospitals per 100,000 per week. That's up from 4.7 a week earlier. And, the positivity rate of diagnostic testing has gone back above 5%, indicating a growing rate of infection.
Democratic Rep. Angie Craig is seeking a court order that would require her Minnesota congressional race to be decided in November instead of being delayed until February because a third-party candidate recently died. The death of the Legal Marijuana Now Party's candidate triggered a state law that requires races to be postponed and decided by a special election if a major party candidate dies within 79 days of Election Day. Craig, who is seeking a second term in the competitive district south of Minneapolis, says in her lawsuit Monday that federal law requires the contest to be decided as part of [...]
A Minnesota man who was shot by a sheriff’s deputy during a raid last year has settled a federal lawsuit for about $6 million. Thirty-five-year-old Shawn Olthoff was left paralyzed after a Carlton County deputy shot him during the raid at a Moose Lake home he shared with his mother. Law enforcement officers had gone to the home to arrest Olthoff who was accused of pointing a gun at a deputy during a traffic stop just days before. Three officers involved in the raid told investigators later that Olthoff was unarmed and raised his hands when ordered to do so. The [...]
A man accused of fatally beating and strangling his wife and leaving her on the side of a road on the Red Lake Indian Reservation has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison. Thirty-nine-year-old Jeremiah Kingbird, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to second-degree murder for the January 2019 killing. Authorities say Kingbird and his wife were driving to their home after a night of drinking when they began to argue and got into a physical fight. Kingbird beat his wife in the head and strangled her before leaving her on a road in Redby. A judge said Tuesday [...]
President Donald Trump will campaign in Duluth on Wednesday, marking his third visit to the key swing state of Minnesota in recent weeks. His campaign said Trump will speak at a rally at the Duluth International Airport at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Doors open at 2 p.m. Trump led an airport rally in Mankato on Aug. 17 and another in Bemidji last Friday, the same day that Democratic challenger Joe Biden visited a union training center in Duluth. In another show of the importance Trump has attached to winning Minnesota, Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump visited Minneapolis on Thursday.
Minnesota Department of Health officials reported 1,077 new cases of the coronavirus, increasing the total to 96,734 cases since the pandemic began. Officials confirmed four additional deaths in the last day, including one person who lived in a long-term care center. The death toll stands at 2,008 people, including 1,445 residents of nursing homes or similar facilities. The update shows that 50 patients were newly admitted to hospitals, compared with 52 on Saturday. There have been 7,493 people hospitalized since the start of the pandemic, including 2,095 people who have wound up in intensive care units.
Several hundred demonstrators rallied at the state Capitol in St. Paul before marching onto an interstate to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict Louisville, Kentucky police officers in Breonna Taylor’s death. Protesters denounced what they said was a criminal justice system that has failed to hold the officers accountable for the death of the Black emergency medical worker who was shot multiple times by white officers who entered her home during a narcotics investigation in March. The marchers walked onto I-94 about 8 p.m. Wednesday, shutting down the eastbound lanes of the freeway. State troopers later forced them off [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two men injured by police during violence that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis are suing the city, its police chief, and unnamed officers. Twenty-five-year-old Soren Stevenson lost his left eye after he was shot by police with a projectile in the days following Floyd’s death on May 25. Nineteen-year-old Ethan Marks suffered blinding injuries to his right eye when a tear gas canister exploded in his face. Marks says he was helping his mother clean up rubble along a Minneapolis street May 28 when he was struck without warning on an interstate ramp. An attorney [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities have charged a Minneapolis teenager in the killing of a 17-year-old boy and wounding of a man who had done work for a Minnesota congressional candidate. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said Monday that 17-year-old Jomoy Lee is charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, and two other counts for the Sept. 14 shooting that killed 17-year-old Andre Conley. Lee remains detained at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center. A second person who also worked for Republican Lacy Johnson was wounded in the attack. Both police and Johnson, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, said the [...]