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Last month, the public safety department announced more state patrol troopers would patrol the Twin Cities following a chaotic Fourth of July weekend in Minneapolis that left several injured.
Tommy Tongsengzeng Yang, 33, of Rochester, is accused of sexually assaulting and raping a juvenile in several public areas around Rochester.
“History has this sort of really funny way of recycling,” Pao Houa Her says. “Hmong people are given these lands that are deemed uninhabitable, and they’re having to make do with what they have.”
Primary elections typically have a significantly lower turnout than the November general election. Minnesota has had nation-leading voter turnout in its last three general elections, reaching nearly 80% in 2020.

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“The idea of being able to vote for yourself as the first trans person you've ever seen on the ballot is, I mean, it's special,” Finke said. “We're around and we deserve representation"
Several incumbent state legislators, particularly in the Senate, edged out competitors with more extreme views on COVID-19, election security and more.
Correctional officers of color said in a lawsuit that they “were segregated and prevented from doing their jobs … solely because of the color of their skin” when former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was booked into the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.
The student association for Minnesota’s public two-year colleges is unlikely to win its lawsuit against the the Minnesota State Board of Trustees over a rejected fee increase, a federal judge said Monday as he dismissed much of the case.
Mike Weiner claimed the GOP primary victory for House District 5B over Sheldon Monson by a 40-vote margin during the state's primary election on Aug. 9. Weiner will take on Independence-Alliance candidate Gregg Hendrickson in the general election on Nov. 8. No DFL candidate filed to run for House District 5B.
Jordan Rasmusson defeated Nathan Miller in the GOP primary election for state Senate District 9 on Aug. 9. Rasmusson received 52% of the vote to Miller's 48% with all precincts reporting. Rasmusson will face-off against DFL candidate Cornel Walker in the general election on Nov. 8.

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Paul Utke, incumbent state senator, defeated two GOP challengers with 57.8% of the vote with 95% of the precincts reporting their results from the Aug. 9 primary. Utke will face DFL candidate A. John Peters, who ran unopposed in the primary, in the general election on Nov. 8.
Secretary of State Steve Simon easily turned back a primary challenge from DFL candidate Steve Carlson during the Tuesday, Aug. 9, primary election. Kim Crockett beat Erik Van Mechelen in the GOP primary.
The DFL- and GOP-endorsed candidates for governor easily won their respective primary contests on Tuesday night.

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