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Defense Department medical staff deployed to Abbott Northwestern Hospital

BY: - January 28, 2022

Another federal medical team is arriving in Minnesota as the state’s health care system remains stressed by the most recent wave of the pandemic, Gov. Tim Walz announced Friday. The team of 23 doctors, nurses and hospital staff from the Department of Defense will arrive at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Saturday to care for patients and […]

DFL, GOP lawmakers announce different COVID precautions for upcoming legislative session

BY: - January 28, 2022

The DFL-led House and Republican-led Senate outlined divergent approaches to how each chamber will work during the upcoming legislative session, which starts Monday. House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, issued a memo Friday saying they will continue to limit public access to the House chamber and lawmakers’ offices.  “Only elected members of the House and […]

Hennepin County reaches tentative agreement with social service and clerical workers

BY: - January 27, 2022

Hennepin County and union leaders representing some 3,500 social service and clerical workers announced on Thursday they reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract, averting a strike that would have affected health clinics, libraries, the medical examiner’s office, and other services. The tentative agreement includes 2.5% annual raises plus the possibility of an additional […]

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Minneapolis mayor disciplined former police chief Medaria Arradondo for using city resources to oppose public safety proposal

BY: - January 27, 2022

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey reprimanded former Police Chief Medaria Arradondo late last month for holding a press conference to oppose a public safety ballot question just days before the November election where the fate of the embattled police department was on the line.

Investigation into ‘Storm the Capitol’ rally was closed within a week

BY: - January 27, 2022

Last year, the speaker of the Minnesota House promised a broad investigation into a rally at the Capitol in St. Paul where pro-Trump activists lodged violent rhetoric and alleged widespread voter fraud.  But the investigation called for by House Speaker Melissa Hortman petered out within a week, public documents show.

Gov. Walz proposes legalizing marijuana and spending $2.3 billion on health and public safety

BY: - January 26, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan unveiled a sweeping package of health and public safety proposals Wednesday that would cost nearly $2.3 billion over three years. Walz and Flanagan’s supplemental budget recommendations include a slew of policies the governor says will lower crime rates and improve health outcomes. They include creating grants for […]

House Speaker Hortman: Hennepin County Sheriff Hutchinson should resign

BY: - January 26, 2022

House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, said Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson should resign. “His conduct constituted an egregious violation of the public trust, and I don’t think he can be effective as the chief law enforcement officer of Hennepin County under these circumstances,” Hortman said Wednesday in an interview with the Reformer. “He should […]

Senate GOP legislative agenda: Get tougher on crime and cut state taxes

BY: - January 26, 2022

Senate Republicans on Wednesday outlined a broad vision for how they would address rising violent crime, spend the $7.7 billion projected surplus and educate children they say have had their learning disrupted by the pandemic.  “We know crime rates are up, kids are falling behind and record inflation is eating away at family budgets,” said […]

Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down

BY: , and - January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme Court, […]

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Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule

BY: - January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will withdraw an emergency mandate that would have required employees at large businesses to get the COVID-19 vaccine or test regularly for the virus. The decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will take effect Wednesday, follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier […]

House DFL shares child care, education spending ideas

BY: - January 25, 2022

Democratic state representatives rolled out a multibillion-dollar wish list Tuesday that they say represents what it would take to fully fund Minnesota’s major early childhood and K-12 education programs. With the 2022 legislative session just days away, lawmakers are gearing up for negotiations over how to spend a projected $7.7 billion budget surplus. Leaders of […]

Minnesota Housing announces Friday deadline for emergency rental assistance

BY: - January 25, 2022

Minnesota Housing will stop accepting new applications for emergency rental assistance on Friday at 9 p.m., having nearly depleted the $518 million the state received through two federal COVID-19 relief packages. “My heart is heavy today, knowing the hardship that households across the state are still facing,” Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho said during a Tuesday […]