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‘Really Disgusting And Elaborate’: Alleged Sex Competition Prompts Protest, Investigation At Minnesota College

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — A sexual misconduct allegation led to a protest at St. John’s University on Thursday. Reports of a “sex competition” among men living on the first and second floors of St. Patrick Hall prompted the university to hire a third-party investigator to look into the allegations. “There is unfortunately toxic masculinity that affects our students whether they attend St. John’s or attend St. Ben’s,” said Sydney Robinson, who attends the College of St. Benedict. The sit-in was organized by the Institute for Women’s Leadership at the College of St. Benedict, and it comes after a campus newspaper article...
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3 People Shot In Separate Minneapolis Shootings Thursday Night

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Three people were shot in two separate shootings about 20 minutes apart Thursday night in Minneapolis. Police say the first shooting happened at about 8:27 p.m. on the 2100 block of Vincent Avenue North in the Willard-Hay neighborhood. The victim, who drove himself to North Memorial Health hospital, is in critical condition. A Minneapolis police officer at the scene of the Bloomington Avenue double shooting (credit: CBS) The second shooting occurred at about 8:50 p.m. on the 2600 block of Bloomington Avenue in the Phillips community. Two men suffered gunshot wounds, but police say they are expected to survive. There is no word as of late Thursday night if police have made any arrests in either case.   More On WCCO.com: ‘Best Small Cities In America’: 2 Minnesota Communities Make The Top 50 List Mohamed Noor Resentenced To 57 Months For Manslaughter In Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s Shooting Death ‘We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Misconduct In Any Form’: Minnesota Colleges Investigating Alleged Sex Competition NOAA’s Winter Outlook Is An ‘Equal Chances’ One For Minnesota, So What’s That Mean?
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After WCCO’s Eye-Opening Ride Along With Minneapolis Sergeant, Both Sides Of Policing Debate Give Very Different Takes

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A WCCO report has put a spotlight on the debate over policing in the state’s largest city. It took just one night for our cameras to capture Minneapolis Police outnumbered by calls for help, while fighting gang and gun violence. But is it proof we need more cops? Or proof the current system isn’t working? Riding with Sgt. Andrew Schroeder on the north side allowed WCCO a unique look at protecting a city that is under siege by gunfire. No time for breaks, no time for proactive police work — only responding to shots fired and other crimes. “Calls just exploded....
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MPD Officer Brian Cummings Charged In Collision That Killed Leneal Frazier

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Police Officer Brian Cummings now faces two felony charges in connection to the collision that killed 40-year-old Leneal Frazier earlier this year. On Friday, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced that Cummings is charged with second-degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide. According to the criminal complaint,...
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Good Samaritan Hit By His Own Car Gets His Vehicle Back

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Good Samaritan who last week was struck by his own vehicle while helping out a stabbing victim has gotten his car back. WCCO’s Jeff Wagner reported that 21-year-old Brandon Augst was making a delivery for DoorDash when he saw a fight near University Avenue and Victoria Street in St. Paul. Police said two men got in a fight by the light rail station at the intersection. One got stabbed in the neck and was lying in the street. Augst pulled over, called 911, and ran over to help a victim, who had blood around him. “No one else was...
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Pedestrian Injured In Wednesday Crash In St. Cloud

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  A St. Cloud pedestrian was injured when they were struck by a vehicle on Wednesday on Northbound Highway 10 near the Highway 23 in St. Cloud, according to a the St. Cloud Police Department. At 6: 39, the pedestrian, Dontel Dawon Dawson, a 28-year-old St Cloud resident, was crossing Highway 10 in an unmarked crosswalk, just south of the Highway 23 overpass. The driver of the vehicle, Alexa Mercedes Wendt, a 26-year-old St Cloud resident, was driving on Highway 10 in the east lane when another vehicle in the west lane braked to avoid hitting Dawson. Wendt was unable to stop before striking Dawson with the front of her car. Dawson was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital and is now in stable condition.   More On WCCO.com: ‘Best Small Cities In America’: 2 Minnesota Communities Make The Top 50 List Mohamed Noor Resentenced To 57 Months For Manslaughter In Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s Shooting Death ‘We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Misconduct In Any Form’: Minnesota Colleges Investigating Alleged Sex Competition NOAA’s Winter Outlook Is An ‘Equal Chances’ One For Minnesota, So What’s That Mean?
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St. Paul Mayor: City Employees Must Get COVID Vaccine By End Of 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Paul’s nearly 4,000 city employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by year’s end. According to a video announcement released Thursday, Mayor Melvin Carter said workers must complete their vaccination series by Dec. 31, 2021, and provide proof. Mayor Melvin Carter (credit: City of St. Paul) Workers must also attest to vaccination status by Jan. 14, 2022, unless they qualify for religious exemption or an accommodation. Carter’s office says the city is also not providing an opt-out for COVID-19 testing. Workers who don’t certify by mid-January “will not be able to work and may be subject to discipline,” according to his office. In a statement released Thursday evening, St. Paul City Councilmember Jane Prince said she was “deeply disappointed” by the requirement, which she says is “the strictest vaccination mandate of any Minnesota municipality to date with no testing option.”   More On WCCO.com: ‘Best Small Cities In America’: 2 Minnesota Communities Make The Top 50 List Mohamed Noor Resentenced To 57 Months For Manslaughter In Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s Shooting Death ‘We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Misconduct In Any Form’: Minnesota Colleges Investigating Alleged Sex Competition NOAA’s Winter Outlook Is An ‘Equal Chances’ One For Minnesota, So What’s That Mean?
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During Resentencing Of Mohamed Noor, Judge Asks: What Changes Have Been Made To Minneapolis Police?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Before Judge Kathryn Quaintance resentenced former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor Thursday morning, she referred to a number of questions first asked by jurors at his trial in 2019. Among them was: What would change to prevent a 911 caller like Justine Ruszczyk Damond from being fatally shot by an officer? “Will there be changes?,” the judge asked again Thursday. “Will some of these supervising officers be fired or disciplined?” On Thursday, Noor was resentenced to 57 months in prison in connection to the 2017 shooting of Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old dual U.S.-Australian citizen and yoga teacher. She had...
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Minnesota Student Dies Of COVID-19, 2nd Since Start Of Pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health says that a school-aged child has died as a result of COVID-19, the second in the state since the pandemic started and the first during the current school year. While the health department did not say where the student was enrolled, the latest figures released Thursday showed that a teenager in Hennepin County was among the newly reported COVID deaths. The health department reports that two more school staffers were also among the recently announced death toll. “Five school staff members and one student have died of COVID-19 this school year and it’s only October....
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Mohamed Noor Resentenced To 57 Months For Manslaughter In Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s Shooting Death

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — A month after Minnesota’s top court tossed his murder conviction, Mohamed Noor has been resentenced to serve a little over two more years in prison for fatally shooting Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The former Minneapolis police officer was back in the Hennepin County Courthouse Thursday morning where Judge Kathryn Quaintance sentenced him to 57 months in prison on his second-degree manslaughter charge. He’ll get credit for already serving 908 days in prison. According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, that means Noor’s anticipated release from prison is June 27, 2022. In Minnesota, offenders serve a minimum of two-thirds...
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‘No Brainer’: Football League Opts To Move Games Out Of Minneapolis After Shooting Left Spectator In Critical Condition

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities football league will no longer play in Minneapolis this season after a teenager was shot Tuesday night while watching a youth game. John Swanson, the commissioner of the Twin Cities North Football League, said the decision not to play in Minneapolis after Tuesday night was a “no brainer.” He described playing in the city as a liability for safety and scheduling reasons. He added that referees and “a lot of teams” also don’t want to play in the city due to safety concerns. The shooting Tuesday left a 15-year-old boy in critical condition....
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Minnesota Weather: Light Snow Observed In Parts Of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The cold is settling in as we move into late October. In fact, Friday morning was the coldest so far this season, with some light snowflakes seen in parts of the state. SNOW IN DULUTH: Joe Moore, a meteorologist with NWS Duluth, took some video of snowflakes falling at his house Friday morning. Have you seen snow today? MORE: https://t.co/VPdvXKSK8v pic.twitter.com/xRV6KD97YV — WCCO – CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) October 22, 2021 As cold as it’s been, it’s not too far off from the average for this time of year. Saturday should bring some sunshine and some clouds, with a high of...
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Can You Get The Flu Shot And The COVID Vaccine?

This was first published on Aug. 24, 2021. MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As COVID-19 news fills headlines, there’s another vaccine we need to consider. Flu shots are already available at some pharmacies. We wanted to know: Can you get the flu shot and the COVID vaccine? And what can we expect from the upcoming flu season? Good Question. More than 3 million Minnesotans have rolled up their sleeves this year, taking a brief jab in the arm to protect themselves from COVID-19. Now, medical professionals hope those same people are willing to visit pharmacies and clinics again. If I’ve already received the COVID-19 vaccine, can...
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