Briefs

Minnesota Iron Range Sen. David Tomassoni dies at 69

BY: - August 12, 2022

Minnesota Sen. David Tomassoni, 69, died on Thursday evening after announcing last year he was diagnosed with ALS.

Judge temporarily blocks Corrections Dept. from ordering people back to prison from medical release

BY: - August 11, 2022

A Ramsey County District Court judge on Thursday granted reprieve to 18 people on medical release from prison, blocking the state Department of Corrections from forcing them to return — at least for the moment.

Brad Finstad to be sworn into U.S. House on Friday

BY: - August 11, 2022

Republican Brad Finstad will be sworn into the U.S. House on Friday after winning a special election in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District.

Election results you may have missed

BY: - August 10, 2022

Kathy Keena, interim Dakota County attorney, and Matt Little, a former state senator, will move on in the race to serve the south metro county. The candidates are looking to fill the seat left by James Backstrom, who retired in 2021 due to ongoing health concerns.  In May 2021, the Dakota County Board appointed Keena […]

Walz: Jensen’s COVID-19 stance is ‘killing people’

BY: - August 10, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday said in an MPR interview that his Republican opponent Scott Jensen's COVID-19 stance is 'killing people.'

Minneapolis mayor didn’t know about MPD interview with Laura Ingraham of Fox News

BY: - August 5, 2022

FOX News right-wing host Laura Ingraham recently aired a segment in Minneapolis where she interviewed police officers and painted a grim picture of the city. 

Traverse County Attorney attempts to intervene in Minnesota abortion rights ruling

BY: - August 5, 2022

A county attorney in west-central Minnesota filed a motion Thursday to appeal a ruling that strengthened Minnesota abortion rights. Traverse County Attorney Matthew Franzese — through the law firm the Thomas More Society — said the motion to intervene comes after Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced last week that he will not appeal a […]

Biden to sign order on out-of-state abortion access

BY: - August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Wednesday that aims to help pregnant patients cover the cost of travel to access abortion health care, a senior administrative official said. The executive order does not protect access to abortion, which was overturned in late June by the conservative majority of the Supreme Court […]

State Rep. Tony Albright resigns following anti-abortion comments

BY: - August 2, 2022

Minnesota state Rep. Tony Albright, R-Prior Lake, resigned on Tuesday from his seat that represents the exurbs southwest of Minneapolis. The announcement comes just days after he faced backlash about anti-abortion comments he made.  Albright, who represented District 55B for a decade, said earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek re-election. The district changed significantly […]

Becker School Board delays vote on policy banning ‘inherently divisive concepts’

BY: - August 1, 2022

The controversy comes amid a wave of school boards and states passing similar policies and laws aimed at discussions of race and sexual orientation.

Experts warn of election ‘havoc’ across the U.S. if North Carolina case succeeds

BY: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Legal experts on Thursday warned lawmakers on the U.S. House Administration Committee that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a North Carolina case that embraces a fringe election theory, it would undermine future elections across the country. “To be blunt, it would be extraordinary destabilizing,” said Carolyn Shapiro, a law professor at the […]

JBS pork processing plant in Worthington

Worthington’s early COVID response informed by past ICE raids, according to report

BY: - July 28, 2022

Immigrant communities in Worthington leaned on experiences responding to ICE raids years earlier to inform early COVID-19 response and relief plans, according to a new report by the Migration Policy Institute.  As the pandemic continues and new viral hazards develop, like monkeypox, the report analyzed the experience of two cities’ — Worthington and Houston, Texas […]