Briefs

Landlords, realtors and carpenters launch anti-rent control campaign in Twin Cities

BY: - October 5, 2021

Groups representing landlords, realtors and union laborers urged voters in Minneapolis and St. Paul to reject rent control ballot initiatives, saying they will hamstring development amid an ongoing housing shortage. “The answer to affordability is supply, and this will have a chilling effect on supply,” said Adam Duininck, director of government affairs for the North […]

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Minneapolis clears homeless encampments

BY: - October 5, 2021

A homeless camp near Cedar and Franklin avenues in Minneapolis was cleared out by the city and state Tuesday morning.

Rep. Ryan Winkler announces run for Hennepin County Attorney

BY: - October 5, 2021

DFL House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler will run for Hennepin County Attorney, announcing Tuesday he would not seek reelection to the House. Winkler, who represents the Golden Valley area in the Minnesota House, joins former Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty in vying to succeed County Attorney Mike Freeman. Winkler said he would finish […]

DNR to review nonferrous mining location regulations

BY: - October 4, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will review whether its regulations for nonferrous metal mines sufficiently protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the agency announced Monday. The announcement comes after an environmental advocacy group sued the DNR, alleging that the state’s existing rules restricting locations for nonferrous mines — mines of metals other than iron […]

Minneapolis residents sustained twice as many gunshot wounds as in the four years before the pandemic hit

BY: - October 4, 2021

So far this year, Minneapolis has recorded more than 500 gunshot wounds — roughly double the four-year average prior to 2020.

Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline to start running Friday

BY: - October 1, 2021

Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline is set to start carrying oil Friday, the Canadian energy company announced. The news follows more than six years of permitting, review and litigation, and nearly a year of construction to complete the 337-mile route through northern Minnesota. It’s a bitter disappointment for opponents of the pipeline, many of whom […]

Congress passes bill to prevent government shutdown, send out $28.6B in disaster aid

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress made a last-minute dash to avert a government shutdown on Thursday, with the U.S. Senate and House approving a short-term spending bill just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. Every Democratic and independent senator and 15 Republicans supported the bill in the 65-35 vote.  The House later passed the federal spending bill […]

GOP proposal for pandemic pay limits bonuses to smaller pool of essential workers, including nurses

BY: - September 30, 2021

GOP legislative leaders on Thursday unveiled their proposal to distribute $250 million in pandemic bonus pay to nurses, first responders, correctional officers, long-term care workers and hospice providers.  A bipartisan panel of lawmakers have met in recent weeks to hash out which essential workers would be eligible for checks. Republicans favor limiting the pool of […]

Minnesota Housing says it’s speeding up rental assistance payments as thousands wait for help

BY: - September 30, 2021

Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho said on Thursday that they’ve been able to speed up rental assistance payments and met a key congressional benchmark for distributing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid. She also admitted that they’re not yet where they should be. “I want to acknowledge how incredibly stressful this whole period […]

Nonfatal drug overdoses up 18% in Minnesota, report says

BY: - September 30, 2021

Nonfatal drug overdoses rose 18% during the 2020 pandemic year, from 6,196 emergency department visits in 2019 to 7,290 the following year, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday. People of color were disproportionately affected: Native Americans were nine times more likely to experience a nonfatal overdose than white Minnesotans, and Black Minnesotans were three […]

City to clear encampment near busy intersection next week

BY: - September 30, 2021

After months of government inaction and neighborhood frustration, a sprawling homeless encampment on a traffic median near Cedar and Franklin avenues will be cleared on Tuesday.

M Health Fairview mental health workers vote to unionize

BY: - September 29, 2021

Mental health workers in the M Health Fairview system voted to join the Service Employees International Union-Healthcare Minnesota on Tuesday. About 98% of employees who participated in the union election voted yes, according to a news release from SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. The 350 mental health workers will join an existing unit of 2,000 M Health […]