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Minnesota sues COVID-19 testing companies, alleging deceptive practices

BY: - January 19, 2022

The state of Minnesota is suing two Illinois-based COVID-19 testing companies for deceptive practices after they allegedly failed to provide accurate test results — or any results at all, in some cases. The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office received numerous complaints that the Center for Covid Control and Doctors Clinical Laboratory provided falsified test results, sent results […]

St. Paul students stage walkout over rising COVID-19 cases

BY: - January 18, 2022

High school students across St. Paul walked out of classrooms Tuesday afternoon to protest the district’s COVID-19 precautions, which they say aren’t sufficient to protect students. The students want the St. Paul Public Schools officials to immediately switch to virtual learning for two weeks and implement other policies related to COVID-19, including providing KN95 masks […]

Gov. Walz identifies $2.7 billion in state infrastructure spending priorities

BY: - January 18, 2022

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday issued his opening offer in negotiations for an infrastructure and public-works proposal that would spend $2.7 billion to maintain the state’s assets, pay for housing and protect the environment.  The so-called bonding bill authorizes the state to borrow money in the form of general obligation bonds to pay for capital […]

Minnesota Democrats renew call for guaranteed rental assistance ahead of 2022 legislative session

BY: - January 18, 2022

Democratic lawmakers and their nonprofit allies are calling on the state Legislature to use part of its $7.7 billion budget surplus to pay for the so-called “Bring It Home, Minnesota” bill that would provide rental assistance to all low-income residents paying more than they can afford in rent. Minnesota state Rep. Michael Howard, DFL-Richfield, and […]

Forest Service in ‘paradigm shift’ to use logging, controlled burns to prevent wildfires

BY: - January 18, 2022

The Biden administration will use $3 billion from last year’s infrastructure law to revamp the federal approach to wildfire management, introducing a 10-year plan to deal with the large swaths of the West scientists consider most at risk of destructive blazes. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, announced the new strategy in Phoenix, […]

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort […]

Bridge funding in infrastructure law on the way to states

BY: - January 14, 2022

The federal government will begin releasing more than $5 billion for distressed bridges in the first year of funding under the recent infrastructure law, President Joe Biden said in a Friday video message. He specifically mentioned the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky, the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Oregon and […]

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UMN to implement vaccine-or-test mandate for large events

BY: - January 14, 2022

People who attend large indoor events on any University of Minnesota campus between Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test, U President Joan Gabel announced Friday. The move comes as the omicron variant sickens record numbers of Minnesotans and follows an announcement by the […]

Gazelka calls for tougher penalties for ‘young hardened criminals’

BY: - January 14, 2022

Minnesota Republicans previewed their tough-on-crime legislative agenda on Friday, with one state lawmaker and GOP gubernatorial contender calling for mandatory minimum sentences for those accused of carjacking.  State Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, said he planned to introduce two bills once the legislative session starts on Jan. 31. One would create minimum sentences for […]

Federal prosecutors file seditious conspiracy charges against Oath Keepers in Jan. 6 attack

BY: - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, was charged with seditious conspiracy in organizing an attack on the U.S. Capitol and disrupting the Electoral College certification of the president, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Edward Vallejo, 63, of Phoenix is charged along with Rhodes in connection with events […]

Minnesota students to get $14 million through Navient settlement

BY: - January 13, 2022

More than 400 Minnesotans who got student loans through Navient will see their debt canceled, and 4,325 will receive restitution payments from the company under a settlement reached Thursday with 39 states, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office announced. The coalition of attorneys general accused Navient, one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers, of steering […]

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Minneapolis, St. Paul will require proof of vaccination or COVID test to enter restaurants

BY: - January 12, 2022

The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul announced on Wednesday that people will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test in order to enter restaurants, bars and other places of public accommodation. The requirement takes effect Jan. 19. It comes just a week after the two cities reinstated mask mandates […]