Minnesota News

4 cops fired after man dies in MPD custody; protesters, police clash

May 26, 2020

Protests turned violent Tuesday night as anger over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Monday while in Minneapolis police custody, spilled out onto city streets. Four officers were fired earlier in the day. The FBI is investigating the incide…

Latest on COVID-19 in MN: 899 deaths; ICU cases hit new high

May 26, 2020

Officials say intensive care beds are filling up now in the Twin Cities metro area as the peak approaches.

St. Cloud diocese reaches agreement on sex abuse claims

May 26, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud says it has reached an agreement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse on a framework to settle their legal claims. It includes a $22.5 million trust to compensate abuse survivors and a future bankruptcy filing.

NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format if play resumes

May 27, 2020

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

How I read COVID-19 data: A primer from MPR News' data reporter

May 25, 2020

Every day at 11 a.m., the Minnesota Department of Health releases new data on COVID-19 cases in the state. The updates can be confusing, with dozens of new points of information, missing context, and tons of questions. Here’s a look behind the scenes.

Biden to keynote Minnesota Democrats' online convention

May 27, 2020

Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker when Minnesota Democrats hold a virtual state convention under the theme “Minnesota Together” this weekend. Biden will address the delegates online Sunday, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who’s considered a potential r…

County fair organizers across Minnesota face tough decisions

May 26, 2020

So far, about 1 in 3 Minnesota county fairs have been canceled for this summer, with more expected to follow in the wake of last week’s cancellation of the State Fair. Organizers of fairs that have not yet called off plans for 2020 are weighing the potent…

Poll: Walz approval at 65 percent, most support vote by mail

May 25, 2020

A new MPR News/Star Tribune/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll shows nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans approve of the job Gov. Tim Walz is doing. And 59 percent say they support allowing every Minnesota voter to be sent a ballot to vote by mail in November.

Nearing 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, U.S. is still 'early in this outbreak'

May 26, 2020

"The speed with which this has happened is really devastating," says Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. He warns the outbreak will leave no part of the U.S. untouched.

'Everybody respected him': Faribault pastor remembered for compassion, embrace

May 26, 2020

Craig Breimhorst was the kind of guy who would walk into a room, and within 10 minutes was friends with everyone — which came in handy when he started his own church in Faribault over 30 years ago. He died on April 16 at 71, Rice County’s first victim of …