Briefs

Minnesota begins COVID-19 survey to find hot spots and gauge spread

BY: - September 15, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health began a two-week survey of randomly selected households across the state on Monday to gauge the spread of COVID-19 and identify potential hot spots. Teams of health officers will visit pre-selected households and ask residents to participate by filling out a questionnaire and taking free COVID-19 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 […]

Can Minnesota Republicans win key legislative races despite Trump’s poor polling numbers?

BY: - September 15, 2020

Republicans trying to win back control of the Minnesota House after losing the majority in 2018 remain confident in their chances despite a spate of recent polling showing their standard bearer President Donald Trump is underwater in Minnesota  Over the weekend, CBS News released a poll, conducted Sep. 9-11, finding former Vice President Joe Biden […]

MPR News reporter quits, accuses editors of suppressing sexual misconduct investigation into DJ

BY: - September 14, 2020

A longtime Minnesota Public Radio News reporter announced her resignation on Monday, accusing editors of suppressing her investigation into a DJ at MPR’s contemporary music station The Current. Writing about her decision on Twitter, Marianne Combs said she spoke with eight women who say the DJ sexually manipulated or psychologically abused them. Combs did not […]

Judge removes county prosecutors in George Floyd case

BY: - September 11, 2020

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and members of his staff were disqualified from working on the criminal case against the four former Minneapolis Police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd for what a judge called “sloppy” work, according to WCCO. During a pre-trial hearing on Friday, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill ruled […]

Minnesota GOP lawmaker: ‘COVID issues are not our winning message’

BY: - September 11, 2020

State Rep. Jon Koznick, R-Lakeville, meant to send a “friendly” reminder to his Republican colleagues ahead of Friday’s special session to focus on public safety and steer clear of COVID-19.   But when Koznick, who also serves in House GOP leadership, hit “send,” he didn’t realize that the message actually went to his House DFL colleagues.  […]

Minnesota lawmakers meet in 4th special session after Walz extends emergency

BY: - September 11, 2020

Minnesota lawmakers returned Friday for their fourth special session, called back to St. Paul to meet by Gov. Tim Walz, who extended his peacetime emergency declaration for another 30 days.   The Republican-led Senate is expected to vote to end Walz’s continued use of executive powers, which have frustrated GOP lawmakers. But the DFL-controlled House is […]

Minnesota receives top ranking for pro-charter school laws in new report

BY: - September 10, 2020

Minnesota ranked among the top five states for pro-charter school laws in a new report. The North Star State received the fourth-highest score in a ranking of state charter school regulations by the Center for Education Reform, which advocates for school choice. Only Arizona, Washington, D.C. and Michigan received better marks in the report. Minnesota […]

Anti-police-brutality activist/House candidate’s son arrested on gun charge

BY: - September 10, 2020

The candidate for the Minnesota House who made inflammatory, profane remarks during a protest outside the home of a police union leader in Hugo is facing more controversy following the recent arrest of his son on a gun charge. John Thompson will likely become a state lawmaker after winning a DFL primary in a heavily […]

KSTP/Survey USA Poll: Trump trails Biden by 9 points in final stretch of campaign

BY: - September 10, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump 49% to 40% in a KSTP/Survey USA poll released Wednesday, with Biden leading among college-educated voters, as well as in the Twin Cities and its suburbs.  The poll comes less than two months before Election Day, finding that of likely voters, 7% are still undecided and […]

Allina health care workers postpone strike following threat of unusual legal challenge

BY: - September 9, 2020

Around 200 health care workers at two Allina hospitals will postpone a two-day strike after the nonprofit medical provider threatened legal action for violating what the union calls an “arcane” labor rule. Allina Health told workers they would be breaking federal labor laws by picketing on September 14 and 15 because they did not provide […]

Lawmakers hear a respiratory therapist’s struggle when her father died from COVID-19

BY: - September 9, 2020

Haweya Farah, a respiratory therapist experienced with Minnesota’s health care system, shared her struggles as she tried to advocate for her father after he contracted COVID-19 in April.  Farah, who previously worked for M Health Fairview, testified Wednesday during a Minnesota House Select Committee hearing on the state’s pandemic response. At one point, fighting through […]

More than 200 cases of COVID-19 associated with Minnesota schools since Aug. 1, state says

BY: - September 9, 2020

More than 200 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in connection with Minnesota schools since Aug. 1, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, the first day of school for thousands of students statewide. The state has not started providing detailed data about confirmed COVID-19 cases at schools but plans to soon, Minnesota Department of […]