Briefs

M Health Fairview psychiatric workers voting on unionization

BY: - September 28, 2021

Federal labor officials are counting votes Tuesday to determine whether 350 mental health workers in the M Health Fairview system will join a Minnesota health care union. Concerns about safety and lack of input in managerial decisions motivated workers to organize, employees said during a press conference Tuesday. If a majority of mental health workers […]

Brooklyn Center mayor unveils new citation policy

BY: - September 28, 2021

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced a long-delayed new citation and summons policy on Tuesday.

600,000 households eligible for expanded energy assistance program

BY: - September 27, 2021

More than 600,000 Minnesota households are eligible to receive state money to help cover utility bills this year under an expansion of Minnesota’s energy assistance program, the state Department of Commerce announced Monday. Homeowners and renters making up to 60% of the statewide median household income qualify for help paying for current and past-due gas, […]

Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues

BY: - September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges.  The proposed rule, announced by the Department of Homeland Security, would “preserve and fortify” the DACA program, an Obama administration-era initiative that protects […]

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Second Harvest Heartland to invest $13 million in racial hunger divide

BY: - September 23, 2021

Second Harvest Heartland will invest $13 million over the next five years with the goal of reducing racial disparities in food security in Minnesota, the organization announced Thursday. Second Harvest Heartland, which distributes food to more than 1,000 food shelves across Minnesota and western Wisconsin, will use the money to provide more culturally specific foods, […]

Michaels stores and Brooklyn Center police discriminated against Black teen, Human Rights Department finds

BY: - September 23, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced on Thursday that Michaels, the craft store chain, and the Brooklyn Center Police Department racially discriminated against a Black teenager who wanted to apply for a job and was instead roughly arrested without cause. “The facts of this case are both shocking and unsurprising. There was no reason […]

DFL Rep. Ami Wazlawik won’t seek reelection in 2022

BY: - September 22, 2021

State Rep. Ami Wazlawik, DFL-White Bear, will not seek reelection in 2022, she announced Wednesday. Wazlawik, a child care professional, was first elected in 2018.  With the seat open, flipping district 38B will likely be a top priority for Republicans seeking to regain a majority in the state House next year. Wazlawik beat out Republican […]

6 years after proposal, Minneapolis disposable bag fee to take effect Oct. 1

BY: - September 22, 2021

Stores in Minneapolis will be required to charge customers 5 cents for each disposable bag they use beginning next month — nearly six years after first being proposed by the City Council. The ordinance aims to nudge customers to bring their own reusable bags, reducing the prevalence of plastic bags that require petroleum to produce […]

Brooklyn Center reforms stall amid budget concerns

BY: - September 22, 2021

Brooklyn Center hasn't made much headway in police reform since the mayor unveiled an ambitious plan in May.

State Rep. Cedrick Frazier won’t run for Hennepin county attorney

BY: - September 21, 2021

New Hope Rep. Cedrick Frazier has decided not to run for Hennepin County attorney.

Six Minnesota schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

BY: - September 21, 2021

Six Minnesota schools have been named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday. Nationwide, 325 schools in 45 states were included in this year’s list for their overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups. In Minnesota, two schools were recognized as “exemplary high-performing schools”: Barnesville […]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It […]