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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.

U.S. Department of Education says states can skip standardized tests

By: - March 20, 2020

As schools across the country cancel classes and move instruction online, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Friday that states will be able to bypass standardized testing.  States can request a waiver to skip standardized testing for this academic year, according to a news release. The move comes after Michigan state officials urged DeVos […]

Lawmakers urged to take action to continue human services programs during outbreak

By: - March 18, 2020

Health care providers, social service nonprofits and advocates are calling on the Legislature to help them treat people with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.   In a letter to legislative leadership, organizations ranging from the Minnesota Nurses Association to M Health and Pillsbury United Communities called for emergency action to expand Department of Human Services programs. […]

Legislature racing to pass hospital funding bill in response to COVID-19; operations curtailed

By: - March 16, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature is racing to pass a hospital funding bill on Monday to address the rising need for healthcare services amid a widening COVID-19 epidemic.  State health officials have announced an overnight uptick of 19 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, for a total of 54. The development comes just a day after […]

Walz says Minnesota ready for potential coronavirus spread: ‘Preparation is not panic’

By: and - March 2, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz, the state’s top health official and legislative leaders sought to reassure the public Monday that they are working to prepare for the eventual arrival of the novel coronavirus to Minnesota.  Walz, along with a bipartisan group of state legislative leaders, emerged from a briefing with officials from the Minnesota Department of Health, […]