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Past articles by Matt:

Six Minnesota prison guards hurt this week in separate incidents

Six corrections officers suffered injuries in separate incidents at two Minnesota prisons this week. → Read More

Man who killed protester in Minneapolis pleads guilty to murder

A man who drove his car into a crowd of protesters last year, killing one and injuring several others, pleaded guilty Monday to murder. → Read More

New bison herd roams prairie at Dakota County park

A new bison herd is roaming near the Mississippi River in the south Twin Cities metro. Spring Lake Park Reserve in Dakota County is the latest place in Minnesota to welcome the giant mammals. It’s part of a decadeslong effort to both increase their numbers and restore native prairie lands. → Read More

Hennepin County attorney candidate renews lapsed law license

A candidate for Hennepin County attorney says she is renewing her law license after temporarily deactivating it. After it came to light that Martha Holton Dimick is no longer authorized to practice law in Minnesota, her campaign said she paid the license fee Thursday, and the state is expected to restore her authorization in the coming weeks. → Read More

Return of 28,000 acres to Minnesota tribe is likely largest land-back deal ever

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Tribal Chair Cathy Chavers says the land in northern Minnesota will be used for hunting, fishing and gathering. → Read More

Jury acquits former Renaissance Festival manager of rape

Prosecutors charged Carr Hagerman with two counts of criminal sexual conduct, alleging that he raped a freelance photographer in a building on the festival’s grounds in Shakopee in late 2017 after luring her to a storage room. → Read More

Woman charged with murder in death of newborn found in Mississippi River in 2003

Goodhue County authorities announced Monday they have filed second-degree murder charges against a woman they say is the mother of two newborn babies found dead in the Mississippi River in 1999 and 2003. → Read More

Doctors remove bullet from neck of officer wounded in Roseville shootout

The Roseville man killed in a shootout with police this week had allegedly stolen a hunting rifle from his mother in Wisconsin about a month ago. Roseville Police Chief Erika Scheider said that Officer Ryan Duxbury, who suffered a gunshot wound to his face during the incident, had surgery Friday afternoon to have a bullet removed from his neck. → Read More

Man killed in Roseville neighborhood shooting identified

State investigators said the man, identified as Jesse Henri Werling, 53, was shooting at houses and then at responding officers. One of the officers was shot in the face. → Read More

Minneapolis teachers will strike Tuesday, St. Paul educators and district reach tentative agreement

Negotiations between the Minneapolis public school district and its teachers union on a new contract have failed, and a strike is set to begin Tuesday, a leader of the union confirmed. Meanwhile St. Paul educators say they’ve reached a tentative agreement and will not strike. → Read More

Locke killing: Cops told judge no-knock warrant needed amid safety fears

Search warrants tied to the police shooting of Amir Locke were unsealed Thursday. → Read More

Minneapolis council questions Frey on 'no-knock' warrants policy

Mayor Jacob Frey emphasized that his prior policy ended the practice of police entering unannounced, yet admitted it was not a total ban. → Read More

1 student dead, another gravely wounded outside Richfield school

Officers were called to South Education Center just after noon and found two students shot on the sidewalk outside. The suspects had fled the scene, said Richfield’s police Chief Jay Henthorne, calling it a “tragic day.” → Read More

Twin Cities tightening COVID bar, restaurant rules as cases climb

With the virus spreading rapidly, Minneapolis and St. Paul will soon require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test to enter places serving food and drink. Some worry the plan will spark new confrontations with patrons. → Read More

High school student charged in sexual assault of fellow Proctor football player

St. Louis County prosecutors charged a Proctor High School football player in connection with the sexual assault of a teammate. → Read More

Minnesota's Jan. 6 defendants include those charged with fighting police

A southern Minnesota man faces sentencing in April after admitting this week that he was part of a mob that pushed through a line of police at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Daniel Johnson was the second Minnesotan convicted in the attack. Cases against a half dozen others are still pending. → 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: A look at the case before the trial begins Wednesday

The former Brooklyn Center police officer is facing manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Daunte Wright — a 20-year-old Black man. Jury selection wrapped up last week. → 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