ST. PAUL (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature has approved $7.8 million to help cover the extra security costs the state incurred ahead of last week's guilty verdicts in Derek Chauvin's murder trial over the killing of George Floyd.

The state House and Senate passed the package Tuesday with bipartisan support. Gov. Tim Walz requested additional funding to cover the costs for state troopers and other law enforcement who were brought in from outside agencies.

Minnesota's divided Legislature struggled for months to agree on the funding, with Republicans balking at the costs and Democrats demanding new police accountability measures.

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The 25 Best Places to Live in Minnesota

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Minnesota using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

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