• Lakeville eatery fined $3,000 a day for violating COVID-19 order: A Dakota County judge on Thursday found the owners of the Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville in contempt of court for remaining open despite a court order to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The eatery's owners will have to pay a fine of $3,000 for every day they allow indoor dining.
  • Police officer's death intensifies Capitol siege questions: A police officer has died from injuries suffered as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, a violent siege that is forcing hard questions about the defeated president's remaining days in office and the ability of the Capitol Police to secure the area. The U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement that Officer Brian D. Sicknick was injured "while physically engaging with protesters" during the Wednesday riot. He is the fifth person to die because of the Capitol protest and violence.
  • House Democrats discussing swift action to impeach Trump Democrats are discussing whether to act quickly to impeach President Donald Trump as soon as next week if his Cabinet doesn't first try to remove him after he encouraged loyalists who ransacked the Capitol in a siege that has left five people dead. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she has spoken to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about preventing Trump from initiating military actions or a nuclear strike. A steady stream of Trump administration officials are beating an early path to the exits as a protest against the deadly siege of the Capitol even as others wrestling with the stay-or-go question conclude that they owe it to the public to see things through to the end. Trump has suggested to aides he wants to pardon himself in the final days of his presidency, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions, a move that would mark one of the most extraordinary and untested uses of presidential power in American history.
  • Trump says he won't attend Biden's inauguration: President Trump offered no clues for how he would spend his final hours in office, and will be the first incumbent president since Andrew Johnson to skip his successor's swearing-in. Traditionally, the incoming and outgoing presidents ride to the U.S. Capitol together for the ceremony, as a symbol of the nation's peaceful transition.
  • Minnesota Republicans torn over what's next after Electoral College challenge: No one knows what's next for the Minnesota Republican Party — not even Republicans. Some prominent conservatives are hoping to cleave the party from Donald Trump and the mob who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. They see it as their best hope to win statewide races in 2022 and beyond. Others are skeptical about whether that's possible in a state where Trump's near-victory in 2016 left an indelible mark on the Republican base and its leadership.
  • UnitedHealth subsidiary indicted on collusion charges: An outpatient medical care company owned by UnitedHealth Group was hit with a federal indictment Thursday in Texas for allegedly agreeing with competitors not to recruit each other's senior-level employees.
  • Dominion Voting Systems sues Trump lawyer for defamation: Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against lawyer Sidney Powell on Friday, seeking at least $1.3 billion for Powell's "wild accusations" that the company rigged the presidential election for Joe Biden. Powell has for weeks claimed without evidence that the election technology vendor, whose vote-counting equipment was used in several states, was part of a scheme to steal the election from President Donald Trump.
  • Mille Lacs County paramedic collapses and dies while answering call: Toby Rowan, 47, had just finished responding to a medical call for the Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia, Minn. and was still on the scene when he collapsed, according to a statement from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office.
  • How are courts in Minnesota coping with the pandemic? There were only five state jury trials in December, with COVID-19 protocols in place, but plenty of court hearings are happening, mostly remotely.


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  • WCCO radio's Dave Lee announces his retirement: Dave Lee, the affable voice of WCCO morning radio for more than 25 years, has announced his retirement plans. Lee, 66, shared his decision Friday with listeners while broadcasting from the makeshift studio in his basement. His last day will be April 30.
  • Christo in Minnetonka is closing, but another restaurant will take its place: The longtime Greek restaurant will close Jan. 10, but its Eat Street location is staying open. Craft & Crew is buying the property and converting it to Duke's on 7.
  • The only mostly normal thing bout 2020 in Minnesota? Weather. It was warmer and drier than average, but not without extraordinary events.

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How New York Times reporter Neil Sheehan got the Pentagon Papers: Sheehan, the reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who broke the story of the Pentagon Papers for the New York Times and who chronicled the deception at the heart of the Vietnam War in his epic book about the conflict, died Thursday at the age of 84. Sheehan never revealed how he obtained the massive trove of classified government documents laying out the secret history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam — until 2015, when he sat for a four-hour interview on the condition that it would not be published while he was alive. Here is that story.


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Jan. 8, 2019: The electrolier is illuminated at the Minnesota State Capitol on the first day of the 91st Minnesota legislative session. (Photo: Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune)