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Attorney General Keith Ellison opened an investigation on Tuesday in response to job listings for ex-special forces members.
Former lieutenant governor and state senator is trying to defeat a 30-year incumbent.
Amid preparations complicated by the pandemic, state and federal officials are monitoring new reports of private security contractors advertising jobs that would — illegally — dispatch armed guards to Minnesota polls.
Rights groups sue to keep Atlas Aegis from sending ex-soldiers to watch polls.
Walz and Ellison focus especially on safety of large political gatherings in the run-up to Election Day.
Ellison says office asked for a required preparedness plan; GOP claims abuse of power.
Judge turns back GOP challenge, says ballots postmarked Nov. 3 are valid if received by Nov. 10.
Tina Smith is still defining herself by looking on the bright side while seeking common ground
U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz wrote that a lawsuit brought by the Minnesota Voters Alliance and five conservative political activists had "no chance of success."
A dramatic rise in mail-in voting, a pandemic and tensions around racism and policing — issues playing out in Minnesota — are ripe for exploitation by adversaries seeking to interfere in the November election.
State Rep. Patrick Garofalo, R-Farmington, in a post on Twitter, called QAnon "a crackpot conspiracy group that has zero legitimacy."
The theory includes false claims that Satanists and pedophiles run the government and that COVID-19 is part of a plot to steal the election.
As camps target state, voters worry about ballot security, virus, U.S. mail.
The Seventh Congressional District, long led by Peterson, is viewed as a tossup this year.
But state cap on delivering absentee ballots remains.
Susan Richard Nelson is overseeing the Floyd family's federal lawsuit.
State Auditor Julie Blaha calls for eliminating forfeitures of less than $1,500.
Thomas Lane's life, viewed through the lens of those who knew him, shows a quiet man challenged at times with personal struggles, yet driven by his desire to wear a badge.
Tnuza Jamal Hassan has been in custody since Jan. 2018 arrest.
Charges outline efforts to burn down Minneapolis police station as unrest raged over George Floyd's killing.
Spurred by intense public scrutiny and political pressure, federal authorities are moving faster in their investigation of possible criminal civil rights crimes in the May…
It says legal magazines weren't delivered.
California man sentenced to 17 years in sex trafficking plot that spanned from Thailand to Minnesota
Californian is one of five convicted of trafficking hundreds across the U.S.
They are the latest in more than dozen federal arson, rioting cases filed since the riots after George Floyd's killing.
Allegations involve falsified loan and business documents, and a personal expenditure on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The historic crush of absentee ballots cast by mail before Election Day meant a dramatic dip in in-person participation statewide.
Brian James Williams was stopped from leaving country over the weekend.
Driven to be a cop, he spent 19 years on the streets. "I don't know what happened to him," former colleague said.
Citing conflict of interest, a defense attorney moved for Freeman's removal on Thursday.
Judge Peter Cahill has not yet ruled on motion for broad release of police body-camera videos.
Telemarketing scheme targeted the vulnerable.
A federal judge in Minneapolis on Monday sentenced a 55-year-old dual Lebanese and South African citizen to 42 months in federal prison for illegally sending…
Biiftuu Adam is the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's first-ever liaison to families of people who died in police encounters.
Militia-style extremists "know we have a target on us," a New Brighton man says.
U.S. attorney for Minnesota convenes a multiagency task force focused on surging Twin Cities violence
Federal, state authorities will operate out of joint command center for at least 30 days.
Alleged conspiracy totaled at least $100M through fake magazine sales.
Michael Hari is only member of an Illinois militia charged in the 2017 attack left to stand trial.
New federal arson charges for May blazes set at Gordon Parks High School, St. Paul Enterprise Rent-A-Car building
At least 14 federal criminal cases have been filed in unrest over Floyd's death.
Florida man charged in federal $100M fake magazine service conspiracy linked to thousands of Minnesota victims
Charges come two years after a Fridley man was indicted on a related fraud charge.
He has won more than 200 police brutality suits and represents the families of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbury in addition to Floyd's.
Fake domestic reports and increased scrutiny by foreign sources add to a tinderbox of instability during an election year that intelligence officials had already warned would be rife with attempts both inside and out to sow division.
A Hennepin County judge on Friday rejected an unusual request to allow cameras in the courtroom filed by attorneys representing four former Minneapolis officers charged…
Kaepernick's charity will pay a "substantial" sum to aid protesters charged with violating curfew.
Two of the state's biggest legal personalities go back nearly three decades. They're reunited to confront a legal quagmire: the prosecution of four former Minneapolis police officers in the May 25 killing of George Floyd.
Bryce Michael Williams, of Staples, Minn., is at least the 10th to face federal charges since unrest over George Floyd's death.
Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 23, was arrested Sunday in Colorado.
Seyed Sajjad Shahidian admitted to making nearly two dozen illegal payments to Digital River in Minnetonka.
Robert Allen Walker's appeal provides a glimpse of the damage being done in federal prisons by the coronavirus.
An Illinois man also is indicted on charges of traveling to Twin Cities to riot.
Jury trials — a bedrock function of the criminal justice system — are slowly coming back in Minnesota after a three-month hiatus brought on by…
Minnesota seeking federal disaster declaration, joint assessment of damages to businesses hit by rioting
Homeland Security and Emergency Management director asked federal officials to help conduct a joint assessment of damages in Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties.
The fired Minneapolis officer charged with murder in George Floyd's death voted in Florida, where he also has property, in 2016 and 2018.
Lawmakers would need to pass legislation during special session this month to give the attorney general the authority.
A more serious charge of second-degree murder was added to the counts against Derek Chauvin. Three other fired Minneapolis officers are now booked in jail, charged with aiding and abetting murder.
'We are at a critical point,' lawmakers say as George Floyd's death revives policing proposals from AG, public safety commissioner.
Long an outspoken critic of police misconduct, the AG will oversee prosecution in the racially charged case.
Gov. Tim Walz said Sunday that he concluded Ellison needed to take over the case from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office at the urging of Floyd's family, community activists, and some members of the Minneapolis City Council.
People from all corners of the country have increasingly turned up as the protests have grown in size and violence.
After the events of this week, there might be a more receptive hearing at the Capitol.
It also deepened the tussle over Gov. Tim Walz's peacetime emergency powers.
League of Women Voters says requirements for witnesses too restrictive.
The U.S. Senate candidate has made reopening the state a campaign focus.
"I'm not standing here in tears because I'm happy to open," said Kris Schiffler, owner of Shady's Hometown Tavern. "I'm standing here in tears because the attorney general has just shut us down."
Hennepin County judge heading to court where she once clerked.
GOP lawmakers criticized the move in a letter: "The reality is, when a Main Street business in rural Minnesota shuts down, it hardly ever reopens."
Nobles County Judge Gordon Moore will replace the retiring Justice David Lillehaug.
Statewide policy on hate crime investigations hits a dead end in the state Senate.
Universal vote-by-mail was a nonstarter at the Legislature, but Walz is considering his options.
The Senate vote sends the bill to Gov. Tim Walz after the Minnesota House advanced similar legislation on Saturday.
Part of a nationwide legal effort, the lawsuit seeks to amend witness and postmark requirements on absentee ballots.
Two legislative stalwarts lose endorsements as a wave of younger, more liberal challengers emerges in Minneapolis.
Bruising convention battle calls into question party unity behind the Peterson challenger.
"I'm trying to make things digestible and understandable for the people of Minnesota in an environment where there's so much going on and so much data, so much information," said Joe Kelly, who has been at his post since 2015. "I'm trying to give them some anchor points."
While the pandemic has become a central focus, he said it has only magnified the importance of some priorities for his second year in office.
Appointee would replace retiring Justice David Lillehaug.