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Minnesota Today

Minnesota Public Radio
100 episodes
Minnesota Today from MPR News brings you daily updates on the trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, plus the most important stories from around the state. All on your schedule. Get updated on the latest news in just five minutes, every weekday morning and evening.

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Brooklyn Center poised to make major changes to policing as legislature winds down

Brooklyn Center poised to make major changes to policing as legislature winds down, and Minnesota’s COVID-19 comes in higher than expected. This is an evening update from Minnesota Public Radio News, hosted by Tim Nelson. Music by Gary Meister.

Brooklyn Center mayor proposes major public safety changes

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott is proposing major changes to public safety in the Twin Cities suburb, nearly a month after the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. Elliott told residents at a meeting Saturday that his proposal would "add more tools to our toolbox to app…

Four ex-cops charged with violating George Floyd's federal civil rights

A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's killing last year on criminal civil rights charges. The indictment charges Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao with violating George Floyd's civil rights. Also, outdoor m…

Walz sets May 28 end to COVID curbs, July 1 end to mask mandate

Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday laid out his timeline for ending COVID-19 restrictions — including the end of curbs in time for Memorial Day weekend — serving notice that the pandemic’s end is near. "It's been a long journey, but we did the things that needed to be done,” Walz told reporters as he unveil…

Governor says Minnesota can have a mask free 4th of July

Governor says Minnesota can have a mask free 4th of July as he rolls out a rollback on COVID restrictions. This is an evening update from Minnesota Public Radio News, hosted by Tim Nelson. Music by Gary Meister.

Walz to announce wind-down of Minnesota's COVID restrictions

Governor Walz is expected to lay out what his office described as “a timeline to end all COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota.” He’s set to explain the reasons for the steps he’s taking during an address at noon Thursday. This is an MPR News morning update for Thursday, May 6, 2021. Hosted by Cathy…

Chauvin seeks new trial, impeachment of verdict

The attorney for Derek Chauvin filed a motion Tuesday seeking a new trial for the former Minneapolis police officer, who was convicted of murder last month in the death of George Floyd. The motion cites 10 reasons Chauvin should be granted a new trial, including judicial abuse of discretion over gr…

Juror questions traill Derek Chauvin verdict as defense asks for a new trial

Juror questions trail Derek Chauvin verdict as defense asks for a new trial, citing misconduct by the court, prosecutors and jurors. This is an evening update from MPR news, hosted by Tim Nelson. Music by Gary Meister.

Negotiations on police accountability legislation continues to divide Minnesota lawmakers

Police accountability legislation continues to be a contentious part of budget negotiations. Minnesota’s Democratic-controlled state House included several policing provisions in its public safety budget bill for the 2020 session but the Republican-controlled state Senate included no police accoun…

Lawmakers debate police measures; Minn. drug overdose deaths spike

Minnesota lawmakers debate police accountability measures. Drug overdose deaths rise sharply in 2020. St. Paul mayor denounces weekend gun violence that left seven people injured. This is an MPR News evening update for May 3, 2021. Hosted by Matt Sepic. Our theme music is by Gary Meister.

St. Paul police say 7 people hurt in overnight shootings

St. Paul city leaders spoke out Sunday after seven people were injured and dozens of gunshots fired in at least three incidents Saturday night and Sunday morning. "One shot fired is one shot too many in our community (and) 100 shots fired is far too many in our community," Mayor Melvin Carter said …

U.K. variant now the dominant coronavirus strain in Minnesota

Public health leaders continue to urge Minnesotans to keep their guard up during proms, graduations and other spring events to protect against spreading the disease, noting that more contagious COVID-19 variants are driving new cases across the state. One of them, known as the U.K. variant, is the …

DFLers press for small business rebuilding aid

DFLers press for small business rebuilding aid 11 months after riots. Feds consider civil rights case against Chauvin. COVID cases linked to recent protests Hosted by Matt Sepic. Our theme music is by Gary Meister.

Both sides claim victory in complicated PolyMet court ruling

Both sides claimed victory Wednesday after the state Supreme Court issued a complex ruling over state permits for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.  Environmental groups and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa were quick to celebrate the ruling, saying th…

Copper-nickel mining gets another setback as environmentalists win in Supreme court

Copper-nickel mining gets another setback as environmentalists win in Supreme court, and a Chauvin juror speaks out about the case. This is an evening update from Minnesota Public Radio News, hosted by Tim Nelson. Music by Gary Meister.

Legal pot bill moving in MN House despite Senate GOP opposition

No one can claim that DFL sponsors have rushed through a measure to legalize marijuana without discussion. The bill cleared it’s ninth House committee Tuesday, and the multicommittee path has been considerably longer than the ones other bills travel. This is an MPR News morning update for Wednesd…

With COVID on the wane, governor says he's ready to roll back more restrictions

With COVID on the wane, governor says he's ready to roll back more restrictions. Meanwhile, New York’s governor weighs a lawsuit over census numbers that let Minnesota keep a seat in Congress. This is an evening update from MPR News, hosted by Tim Nelson. Music by Gary Meister.

Plymouth Middle School locked down following gunshots inside, no students hurt

Police say everyone is safe after a student shot a gun multiple times inside Plymouth Middle School. The student was taken into custody without using any force, according to law enforcement. This is an MPR News morning update for Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Hosted by Cathy Wurzer. Our theme music …

All safe after shots fired at middle school

Police say everyone is safe after a student shot a gun multiple times inside Plymouth Middle School on Monday morning. The student was taken into custody without using any force, according to law enforcement. Plus, Minnesota narrowly keeps eight U.S. House seats. This is an MPR News evening update …

In rural Minnesota, fighting vaccine hesitancy one community at a time

That hesitation to get vaccinated is common in rural Minnesota. Public health officials in Minnesota and around the country are trying more creative ways to convince people to get vaccinated. If they fail, levels may fall short of the 70 to 80 percent vaccination rate they say is needed to reach he…

Week 7 of the Chauvin trial: A special edition of Minnesota Today

Derek Chauvin’s conviction of murder and manslaughter is expected to be only the beginning as activists and George Floyd’s family promise to keep working for change in police departments in Minnesota and beyond. Chauvin’s trial also saw a number of police officers testifying against him. This is a…

Spring COVID case wave easing; growing spread among students

Daunte Wright’s family and friends celebrated his life Thursday at his funeral alongside national civil rights leaders who came again to the Twin Cities to mourn another Black man killed by police. This is an MPR News evening update for April 22, 2021. Hosted by Kirsti Marohn. Our theme music is …

Daunte Wright eulogized by family, civil rights leaders

Daunte Wright’s family and friends celebrated his life Thursday at his funeral alongside national civil rights leaders who came again to the Twin Cities to mourn another Black man killed by police. This is an MPR News evening update for April 22, 2021. Hosted by Kirsti Marohn. Our theme music is …

Minnesota House pushes to limit police powers

The Minnesota House has passed a bill that limits officers' authority to make routine traffic stops, does more to flag problem officers and increases transparency in critical investigations. But those measures are far from certain to reach the governor’s desk. This is an MPR News morning update f…

Justice Dept to investigate Minneapolis police

A day after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Justice Department would conduct a “pattern or practice” probe of the Minneapolis Police Department. The sweeping review could result in major …

Crowds cheer, celebrate after Chauvin convicted of murder and manslaughter

Crowds erupted in celebration after a Hennepin County jury on Tuesday found ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. In one of the most consequential verdicts in Minnesota history, Chauvin was found guilty on all counts, including…

Chauvin found guilty on all counts

A  jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the May death of George Floyd. Chauvin was charged with 2nd and 3rd degree murder and a count of manslaughter. Jurors spent about 10 hours deliberating Chauvin’s fate before returning their verdict. This is an…

Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, credited with expanding the office of the vice president and the first presidential candidate to choose a woman as running mate, died Monday in Minneapolis. He was 93. Mondale’s death was announced in a statement from his family. No cause was cited. This i…

Chauvin case goes to jury

The prosecution and defense spent most of the day making closing arguments in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who’s charged with murder and manslaughter in the death last May of George Floyd. The jury began deliberations late in the afternoon. This is and MPR News even…

Chauvin trial: Closing statements Monday start trial's final phase

The climactic chapters of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial begin Monday morning at the Hennepin County Courthouse. Prosecution and defense attorneys will deliver closing arguments and then hand the case to jurors to await perhaps the most consequential verdict in Minnesota history. This is an MPR New…