Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Amy Sweasy Tamburino, shown in 2021 reading a victim impact statement during former officer Mohamed Noor’s re-sen

Veteran Hennepin County prosecutor receives $190K discrimination and retaliation settlement

Attorney Amy Sweasy Tamburino will no longer report to County Attorney Michael Freeman.
Local

COVID-19 levels up 58% in Twin Cities wastewater in past week

May 20
M Health Fairview nurse Tami Schimnoski prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in December at the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis.
Latest sewage sampling also finds rising levels of new coronavirus omicron subvariants that have increased COVID-19 levels elsewhere.
Local

Metro Transit ridership up in first quarter of 2022, though still below pre-COVID figures

May 20
Metro Transit’s overall ridership in the first quarter of 2022 is just over half of what it was in 2019, before the pandemic decimated transit rider
Trains, buses and other services all saw increases.
Politics
May 20
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Gov. Tim Walz shared a laugh after they both accepted their endorsements Friday during the 2022 State DFL Conven

Minnesota DFLers endorse Walz, Flanagan for second term

The first day of the party's state convention focused on incumbents' track records and the possibility that Roe v. Wade could be overturned.
Politics
May 20
The deadline for legislators to pass bills this session is Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

Most work remains undone in Minnesota Legislature's final weekend

Legislators have agreed on a drought relief package, state worker contracts and a higher education spending bill.
South Metro
May 20
The Minnesota River, near Shakopee.

8,000-year-old skull found in Minnesota River goes home to its Native American descendants

The remains have been turned over to the Upper Sioux Community to be cared for.
Minneapolis
May 20
Mauri Friestleben, recently removed as the principal at North Community High School, spoke to a room of graduating seniors.

Minneapolis North High School principal says she was terminated for joining student-led walkout

Principal Mauri Friestleben says she's out at North High School after participating with students in February civil action
Politics
May 20
Kim Crockett, then the vice president and general counsel at Center of the American Experiment, spoke at a 2018 news conference at the State Capitol.

Minnesota GOP chair apologizes for Soros imagery in Secretary of State candidate's video

Republican Kim Crockett's campaign showed a video at last week's Republican state convention that depicted liberal donor George Soros as a puppet-master.
West Metro
May 20

Police find boy's body in car trunk in Mound; 2 homicide suspects arrested

A caller had reported a car driving with the back window smashed out.
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Duluth
May 20
Duluth’s Park Point neighborhood as seen from an airplane in 2019. Residents are concerned about the number of vacation rentals on the spit of land.

Tension brews over vacation rentals in Duluth

Duluth's City Council hears its first appeal of a vacation rental permit Monday.
North Metro
May 20
Traffic camera captured a fatal crash scene in Anoka.

Driver in car fleeing traffic stop is killed, his passenger injured in crash in Anoka

The Sheriff's Office initially said that both people in the fleeing car had died.
Minneapolis
May 20
At a news conference, Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero called a consent decree of this nature “unprecedented” in Minnesota.

Mpls. halts police reform talks, citing lack of evidence on spying

Since releasing its damning report April 27, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights has refused to release underlying evidence on covert social media spying to city officials, the media or targets of the surveillance.
Politics
May 20
U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn.

Rep. Dean Phillips tests positive for COVID-19, isolating in Washington D.C.

He urged people to obtain free COVID-19 test kits.
Local
May 20
Minneapolis
May 20
Council members chose to direct $700,000 to the Small Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP), prioritizing businesses in Cedar Riverside, East

Minneapolis council members target 4 cultural corridors for American Rescue Plan funds

They withdrew a $200,000 bid to rebuild a police discipline database after staff said improvements are underway.
North Metro
May 20
The Anoka-Hennepin school board is searching for a temporary replacement for Superintendent David Law, above, as the district mounts a national search

Anoka-Hennepin school board will hire temporary superintendent by mid-June

David Law is leaving for Minnetonka Public Schools.
St. Paul
May 20
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

State requires more oversight from St. Paul nonprofit Minnesota Cameroon Community

Board members breached their duty to properly manage the nonprofit's community center, the Attorney General's Office said.
Coronavirus
May 20
Mason Nadolney got his second COVID-19 vaccine shot during a mobile vaccine event at Chanhassen High School in July.

What you need to know about COVID omicron variant, Minnesota testing, vaccines and more

Advice is evolving along with the coronavirus. Here's the latest from staff and news service reports.
Politics
May 20
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was ordered to pay legal fees and costs incurred by Smartmatic.

Judge throws out suits by MyPillow's Lindell against voting machine companies

A federal judge said Mike Lindell's defamation lawsuits against Dominion Voting Systems Inc. and Smartmatic Corp. were "frivolous."
Rochester
May 20
At a celebration inaugurating Rochester’s revamped Peace Plaza downtown, people posed for a drone photo by holding up paper doves symbolizing peace.

Peace Plaza is reborn for Rochester's 'Heart of the City' downtown overhaul

The $17 million in upgrades are part of an effort to make downtown more vibrant.
Curious Minnesota
May 20
The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis celebrated the lifting of the majstang (maypole) in 2009. Minnesota has more residents of Swedish and No

Why did Scandinavian immigrants choose Minnesota?

No state in the country has more residents of Swedish and Norwegian ancestry.
St. Paul
May 20
A man was shot to death Thursday night in the 200 block of W. Maryland Avenue, 

3 men shot and killed in St. Paul since last night in separate locations

An arrest was made in the second killing, which occurred early Friday.
St. Paul
May 20
Papa Legba Lounge owners Greg and Dolly Agnew photographed in their St. Paul bar.

Papa Legba hoping to create its own cozy vibe on St. Paul's West Side

New lounge honoring jazz and blues greats opens in former Cozy Cantina.