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Bipartisan group looking for vulnerabilities, policy ideas.
The proposal accounting for population shifts in the past decade faces stiff resistance from the GOP in a fight likely to end up in court.
More than two dozen cases from Minnesotans seeking clemency are being considered.
Pandemic response, consumer and public safety factor prominently in pitch.
An organizer for the rally called the police presence in August "excessive" and said "seeing the amount of money the state spent in total is shocking now."
The Metro Transit police chief would be first Black U.S. marshal in Minnesota.
Sarah Wheelock will replace retiring Judge Carol Hooten.
Walz says state is due for new community health clinics for veterans.
Kelli Caron, who received a commutation from the Minnesota Board of Pardons, is testing President Joe Biden's emerging philosophy on the executive branch's power to forgive.
The debate over state laws on brewery, winery and distillery operations — and alcohol sales — has ramped up the past two years.
Minnesota Democrats largely on board, while GOP lawmakers are opposed.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., wants to help the federal government tackle Islamophobia on a global scale — drawing on longstanding efforts to track and…
Former GOP party chair candidate said the campaign took too big a toll on his family
Sen. Mark Koran, R-North Branch, calls DOJ "over bearing."
DFL lawmakers criticized narrow scope of hearing aimed at examining crime spikes.
Bernard Holmes, 66, admitted to "spoofing" phone number to look like he was calling from FBI office.
Amreya Shefa failed to receive a pardon for her 2014 manslaughter conviction for killing her husband in an act she described as self-defense.
The Justice Department started phasing in new body camera program last month.
Kelly Jahner-Byrne previously ran for the Minnesota House in 2020.
Phillip Parrish lost bid for party chair over the weekend.
Federal prosecutors charged Robert Westbury, 62, his son, Isaac Westbury, 19, and a third man, Aaron James, 35, with crimes ranging from assaulting Capitol police officers to disorderly conduct.
With 13 months to go until Election Day 2022, the roster of Republican challengers assembled to try to unseat Secretary of State Simon, the Democratic incumbent, is virtually empty.
Republicans on Thursday offered up their proposal: $1,200 in bonus pay for nurses, first responders, corrections officers, long-term care workers and hospice providers. But Democrats criticized the plan as leaving out thousands.
New group seeking to codify abortion protections amid restrictions, court cases nationwide.
Democrats and Republicans also were far apart in their response to calling Jan. 6 an insurrection aimed at overturning the 2020 election.
State leaders took a somber moment last week to honor the namesake of new legislation aimed at bettering safety standards for incarcerated Minnesotans.Gov. Tim Walz,…
In a speedy ruling, state's high court finds unanimity requirement constitutional.
Governor, chief justice at odds over unanimous vote requirement.
Four law enforcement groups sued Gov. Tim Walz and the state of Minnesota in July after failing to persuade the Legislature to push back a deadline for training officers on the new requirements.
Thompson has not paid a fine or late penalties for a July 4 traffic citation.
The Chaska physician said he is drafting 'sanctuary state' bill language.
Miller replaces Paul Gazelka, who stepped down to run for governor.
One day involved working with a tribal liaison, another ended in 69 arrests.
Gov. Tim Walz called the news "a testament to our strong overall fiscal position and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic."
The FBI is conducting a final background check on former U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger to return to the job he held from 2014 to 2017, according to multiple sources.
Gildea now is Minnesota's longest-serving chief justice since Oscar Knutson held the seat from 1964 to 1973.
State, federal lawmakers sent a letter to the White House Monday seeking a halt to the pipeline project.
Lindell, MyPillow face $1.3B in defamation claims in D.C.
Water protectors opposing Enbridge pipeline criticize State Capitol fence, police presence ahead of large Wednesday rally
The Capitol will be closed to the public until Saturday, and roads will be closed around the building.
Steve Simon said Minnesota already practices each of the recommendations.
State Public Safety Department citing anticipated events that could draw 'thousands.'
Julie Blaha cited report as evidence supporting new limits on seizing property worth less than $1,500.
30-year-old donor forged close ties with state party chair Jennifer Carnahan.
Prosecutors must disclose their use of informants.
Burrell's case has been singled out by Ellison's office as demonstrating the need for its conviction review unit. Yet it does not meet the criteria for the types of applications the new group has vowed to prioritize.
Ellison wants the new office to eventually study unjust sentencings as well.
Rep. Eric Lucero filed complaint after Thompson called him a racist during floor debate.
Rep. John Thompson said he will not resign amid reports of previous domestic abuse allegations that his wife and a group of supporters denied in a news conference outside the State Capitol.
Group cites a rise in attacks against Muslims worldwide.
Committee Chair Jim Davnie, a DFL representative from Minneapolis, granted Thompson's request to postpone his own remarks until he can have a lawyer with him.
But under its current rules, the board can only enforce violations by police chiefs and sheriffs and not individual law enforcement officers.
Jury found Thompson guilty of misdemeanor in 2019 incident at North Memorial Health Hospital.
Thompson, a first-term Democrat, challenges the authenticity of police reports of multiple domestic violence accusations.
Perennial Supreme Court candidate says justices ignored 'restorative prayer circle' process she participated in with judge.
Law enforcement lobbying groups sued earlier this month, arguing the 2020 use-of-force changes are unconstitutional.
Thompson was ticketed during a traffic stop on July 4.
Historic $4.3 billion settlement reached after years of litigation nationwide.
Activists voiced their displeasure with Democrats and Republicans alike over what a public safety bill they called more friendly to police than focused on accountability.
The new policies mark a victory for State Auditor Julie Blaha, who made reshaping Minnesota's asset forfeiture laws an early priority.
In the suit, filed against Gov. Tim Walz and the state of Minnesota, they claim that the new law is unconstitutional and want extra time to train officers.
From taxes to school funding to police reform, here's what the Legislature did — or didn't — accomplish.
The court said the penalty was appropriate for McDonald's repeated misconduct that continued even after a previous license suspension and probation.
In special session, the divided Legislature must finish a two-year state budget and agree on other key policy issues.
Tucked inside this year's public safety spending bill are laws to widen the definition of "mentally incapacitated" to include voluntary intoxication, cancel the statute of limitations on charging sex crimes, and criminalize extorting victims into sex.
The plan to end the emergency, in effect since March 2020, came after the administration struck a deal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on monthly emergency food payments for Minnesota residents.
Walz said he would use $15 million in COVID-19 relief money to pay for community violence prevention grants, increase data sharing from the state's police licensing board and order state-level law enforcement agencies to share footage of deadly police encounters with relatives of those killed within five days.
Attorney General says his office is struggling to keep up with requests from smaller counties for help. Police prosecutions add further strain.
A simmering dispute between Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea prompted the postponement of the state pardon board's first scheduled meeting of the year. Walz expressed disappointment at Gildea's "refusing" to attend.
Smith envisioned the victory as a possible momentum builder in other efforts to expand and protect voting rights and pass new police reforms.
DFL Rep. Cedrick Frazier has quickly found a voice in Minnesota's halls of power as a key negotiator.
The special session was called automatically as the governor extended his emergency powers.
There are signs of agreement on some of the bills that emerged after the Brooklyn Center police shooting of Daunte Wright this spring.
Federal lawsuit claims that state age limit for handgun carry permits is unconstitutional.
Nearly two dozen Democratic elected officials are asking the Justice Department to expand its review of the Minneapolis Police Department to include seven other state and local police agencies.
Latest suit is in response to defamation suit filed earlier by Dominion Voting Systems.