Briefs

Brooklyn Park inpatient facility gets 30 new beds amid mental health crisis

BY: - September 20, 2023

PrairieCare, a psychiatric health system with nine Minnesota locations, unveiled the expansion of its inpatient care facility in Brooklyn Park on Wednesday, providing some much-needed relief to an overwhelmed mental health system.  With legislative approval, the expansion added 30 new beds for adolescent psychiatric patients.  Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic, DFL-Minneapolis, said lawmakers backed up […]

Minneapolis DFL vice chair resigns, hitting state party on the way out

BY: - September 20, 2023

The vice chair of the Minneapolis Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party resigned from his post Wednesday, attacking the DFL endorsement process and what he called voting irregularities around that process on his way out the door. Mike Norton criticized the caucus and convention process, which he called “highly problematic and exclusionary” and “complex and cumbersome.” The upshot, according […]

UAW president sets new deadline for automakers, promising additional strikes

BY: - September 19, 2023

Shawn Fain, president of the United Auto Workers union (UAW), on Monday night announced that more locations may be called to join the union’s strike on Friday. The UAW declared a historic strike against all three members of the Big Three automakers at midnight Thursday, after contracts expired with Ford, General Motors and Stellantis. “I […]

‘However long it takes,’ longtime Ford worker says of the UAW strike

BY: - September 18, 2023

As the United Auto Workers strike against the Detroit Three enters its fourth day, workers say that they are in it “for the long haul.” Samantha Litton of Taylor has worked at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant for three years. “It shouldn’t take eight years to get top pay,” Litton told the Advance on Monday. […]

Judge dismisses remaining Line 3 charges against Indigenous activists, citing longstanding government mistreatment

BY: - September 15, 2023

A Minnesota judge has dismissed misdemeanor criminal charges against Anishinaabeg activist Winona LaDuke and two others accused of disrupting construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project in 2021 while offering a powerful indictment of the prosecution. The decision was accompanied by an impassioned memo from Judge Leslie Metzen citing longstanding concerns over government mistreatment […]

Feds pledge more than $1 billion to plant trees in cities

BY: - September 14, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced hundreds of grants that total about $1.13 billion to plant new trees and maintain them in cities across the country. Minnesota cities, including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Rochester, will receive more than $33 million. Tom Vilsack, the U.S. agriculture secretary and former governor of Iowa, traveled to Cedar […]

MN Supreme Court: Weed odor alone doesn’t justify a vehicle search

BY: - September 13, 2023

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that the odor of marijuana, on its own, does not establish probable cause for police officers to search a car. The ruling came in the case of a 2021 traffic stop in Meeker County where Adam Torgerson was pulled over by Litchfield police for having too many auxiliary lights […]

Food and Drug Administration approves COVID boosters for upcoming season

BY: - September 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the latest round of COVID-19 boosters, as public health officials brace for another cold and flu season. An advisory panel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to vote on recommendations Tuesday, the final step in the process before people will […]

The Legislature almost killed the lawsuit against the Minneapolis 2040 Plan

BY: - September 8, 2023

Earlier this year, the Minnesota Legislature nearly passed a law that would have killed the lawsuit that has dogged the city of Minneapolis for years over its 2040 Plan, which calls for ending single-family zoning and adding housing density across the city. The two nonprofit groups that sued the city under a state environmental law […]

Progressive Democrats a hard ‘no’ on calling a special session for restraint ban

BY: - September 7, 2023

A bloc of progressive, mostly Twin Cities House and Senate DFL members are opposed to a special legislative session to change a new law that bans using certain restraints on students.  The law says district employees, including police known as school resource officers, can’t use prone restraints on students — meaning place them in a […]

Going to the bathroom at a highway rest stop does not make you a drug trafficker, appeals court rules

BY: - September 5, 2023

Have you ever driven a borrowed vehicle? Taken a road trip out of the Twin Cities? Gone to the bathroom at a highway rest stop? Then you may be a drug trafficker, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. That’s how a State Patrol officer justified a drug-sniffing dog search of a car driven by Jeron […]

Millions enrolled in new student loan repayment program

BY: - September 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than 4 million federal student loan borrowers are enrolled in the Biden administration’s new repayment program, according to figures released Tuesday by the Department of Education. Nearly 74,000 Minnesotans signed up. With the pause of more than three years on federal student loan repayments coming to an end in October, and the […]