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Madeline Deninger

Madeline Deninger

Madeline Deninger is a junior at the University of Minnesota. She covers for politics and state government for Minnesota Reformer as a Kaufman Fellow. She currently serves as city editor of the university's campus newspaper, Minnesota Daily. She's also worked at WCCO-TV and American Public Media.

Pandemic, Trump immigration policies wreaking havoc on students — and the U

By: - July 13, 2020

The pandemic and the Trump administration’s anti-immigration policies have created vast uncertainty for international students — and the University of Minnesota’s finances and educational landscape.  The University of Minnesota has seen an increasing share of revenue from a growing international student population for the past several years. During the past four years, tuition revenue from Twin […]

Hennepin County medical examiner reappointed, but with two no votes following George Floyd controversy

By: - June 9, 2020

The Hennepin County Board reappointed the chief medical examiner, but with two commissioners voting no, following controversy surrounding the county’s autopsy of George Floyd.  The board voted 5-2 to reappoint Andrew Baker, a licensed forensic pathologist, as Hennepin County chief medical examiner. Baker’s fifth, four-year term will commence on June 12.  The June 1 autopsy […]

Same food, less fun: Farmers’ markets adjust to coronavirus

By: - May 22, 2020

On a recent Saturday, customers walked single-file through Mill City Farmers Market, like Catholics in line for communion. If they wanted to purchase something, they asked the vendor to pick it out for them. Sampling, touching and eating onsite are all prohibited.  Ibrahim Mohamed, who has sold Ethiopian chutney at the Mill City market for […]

Gazelka outlines end-of-session priorities; Walz names new Minnesota Supreme Court justice

By: and - May 15, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, outlined his caucus’ legislative priorities Friday as the legislative clock winds down to Sunday night, this session’s  deadline for bills to pass. Gazelka said his priority is to cut spending now given the state’s projected $2.4 billion budget deficit. He said public sector unions should forego across-the-board […]

Top Republican says major infrastructure bill still in play

By: and - May 14, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, on Thursday expressed optimism the Legislature could pass a major infrastructure package ahead of its May 18 adjournment.  Gazelka said Gov. Tim Walz’s decision to let his stay-at-home order expire — allowing retail businesses to reopen and allowing gatherings of 10 or fewer — has improved the […]

Minnesota higher ed in crisis, administrators tell Legislature

By: and - April 29, 2020

Minnesota’s public colleges and universities face steep financial shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education officials told legislators Tuesday. Between dwindling enrollment, canceled events, refunds for students and the real possibility that campuses won’t reopen this fall, Minnesota’s public colleges and universities could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, amounting to nearly 10% […]

When the Legislature allowed restaurants to sell takeout beer, they left out the breweries

By: - April 24, 2020

Lawmakers agreed to allow restaurants to serve takeout alcohol last week, and the moment brought the warm buzz that often accompanies a second pint of beer. In this case, however, the glow arrived not from a glass of beer but from a rare moment of bipartisan comity at the State Capitol. But there was one […]

Heartland governors create regional pact to reopen economy as state Republicans push for faster action

By: and - April 16, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday announced a pact with six other Midwestern governors to coordinate on a strategy to reopen their states for business. At the same time, he provided no timeline for phasing workers back into their jobs and stressed the need for widespread testing to better track COVID-19. Walz’s administration is also seeking […]

Legislature back, passes emergency insulin bill, COVID-19 tweaks

By: - April 14, 2020

Minnesota lawmakers ended a year of intense policy debate and political positioning Tuesday, giving final approval to a long-awaited bill that will provide affordable insulin to those who need it.  They also approved a number of tweaks intended to ease the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic on things like marriage and drivers licenses. Gov. Tim […]

Legislature taking up COVID-19 tweaks to help with marriage licenses, drivers licenses

By: - April 13, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature will take up a number of minor tweaks intended to ease the disruption of COVID-19 to day-to-day aspects of life. They include a time extension to out-out-state drivers licenses, and allowing people to get marriage licenses without in-person appearances.  Lawmakers will also take up affordable insulin legislation after the issue first failed […]

COVID-19 could make it harder for census to count the already undercounted

By: - March 30, 2020

Minnesota officials fear COVID-19 restrictions could pose a challenge reaching already undercounted populations for the decennial census.  Counting every single Minnesotan has major ramifications for the state and its counties, cities and townships. Federal and state aid are often apportioned based on a population-based formula. And, Minnesota is already on the verge of losing a […]

Spread the word: Here are resources to help you through COVID-19

By: - March 20, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota and worldwide has disrupted daily life from work to school and travel. The Reformer has compiled a list of resources available for Minnesotans as they adjust to live during the pandemic.  We’ll update this list as we learn more. If you have ideas for us, contact [email protected] Employment  Information […]