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Past articles by Nina:

Richard Copeland, founder of Thor Construction, dies at 66

Copeland started his construction business with one truck back in 1980. Thor Construction would grow to become one of the largest Black-owned businesses in the country. → Read More

George Floyd killing: Federal jury finds 3 ex-cops guilty on all counts

Philonese Floyd, George’s brother, called it a good day but still a sad one. “This is just accountability,” he said of the convictions. “It can never be justice because I can never get George back. → Read More

Jury seated in trial of 3 ex-MPD cops charged with violating Floyd's civil rights

It took a single day Thursday to find 18 jurors for the federal trial of the three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights. Opening statements are expected Monday. → Read More

Jury finds Potter guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright killing

A Hennepin County jury on Thursday found ex-Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 traffic stop killing of Daunte Wright. She was led out of the court in handcuffs. → Read More

Kimberly Potter trial: 2 jurors to go; opening statements next week

Opening statements are still set for Dec. 8 in the trial of the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged in the Daunte Wright killing, although it may come sooner. Jury selection is expected to finish on Friday. → Read More

Kimberly Potter trial: Jury selection speeds toward completion

With nine members picked so far for a jury of 12 and two alternates, opening statements in the trial of the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged in the Daunte Wright killing may come sooner than expected. Potter intends to testify in her defense. → Read More

Kimberly Potter trial: Jury selection continues; Potter to testify

Work continues Wednesday to pick a jury in the trial of the former Brooklyn Center police officer charged in the Daunte Wright killing. Potter’s attorney has made it clear Potter will testify in her defense. → Read More

Minnesota forms nation’s first state office on missing, murdered Indigenous people

The public safety budget included funding to form the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office — a recommendation of a task force focused on the same issues. → Read More

Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years for killing George Floyd

After his murder conviction, former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin is sentenced. George Floyd's family members, including his young daughter, Gianna, describe for the judge how Floyd's violent death continues to disrupt their lives. → Read More

Winston Smith killing: Passenger says Smith did not have a gun

A woman who says she was in the car when Smith was killed by sheriff’s deputies said through her attorney that she never saw a gun, contradicting the initial law enforcement report. Attorneys for George Floyd’s family also said they are now representing Smith’s family. → Read More

In their own words: Three Black Minnesota officers reflect on race and policing

There are around 12,000 peace officers in Minnesota. About 250 of the officers are Black, according to the National Black Police Association’s Minnesota Chapter. MPR News spoke with three members of the organization as they reflected on race and policing, one year after the killing of George Floyd. → Read More

What you need to know about Minnesota's 'stay safe' order

Under the new order, retail businesses will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity and group gatherings of 10 or fewer people, including at places of worship, will be permitted once again. Restrictions on restaurants, bars, theaters, bowling alleys and venues that attract large crowds will remain. → Read More

Facing unprecedented COVID-19 restrictions, Minnesota chaplains still comforting others

Chaplains in hospitals and in the community offer spiritual solace and sometimes help connect families to loved ones separated to limit coronavirus spread. → Read More

To blunt COVID-19, in-person visits suspended at Minnesota prisons

The Department of Corrections announced the cancellation of in-person visitation and a list of other changes meant to help keep COVID-19 from inside prisons. → Read More

St. Paul to offer rent subsidies for families with schoolchildren

Teachers and school staff at seven St. Paul public schools are teaming up to identify students whose families could use help paying rent. Then the city will give those families $300 a month for up to three years. It’s part of St. Paul’s new Families First Housing pilot program. → Read More

St. Paul increases age for entering liquor stores

Council member Dai Tho says the goal is to deter minors from gaining access to alcohol. → Read More

Pedestrian struck, killed by Green Line train in St. Paul

A Metro Transit spokesperson said preliminary information indicates the pedestrian walked into the path of a westbound train as an eastbound train was leaving the Dale Street station. → Read More

Minnesota company's pollution won't find a home in Hudson

A Minnesota manufacturing plant with repeated pollution violations tried to shift some of its operations to a facility in Hudson, Wisconsin. → Read More

8 hurt as charter buses collide near State Fair; MN 280 south reopened

The State Patrol said the drivers of the two charter buses appeared to have the most serious injuries but no one was killed. An investigation is underway. → Read More

Del Monte Foods plans to close southern Minn. plant, affecting more than 360 workers

Del Monte says the action will affect 69 full-time and 294 seasonal employees. The Sleepy Eye, Minn., plant was established in 1930. → Read More