Briefs

Tough response from Walz world after Senate Republicans dump labor commissioner

BY: - August 13, 2020

Senate Republicans fed some red meat to the restive base Wednesday by declining to confirm Labor Commissioner Nancy Leppink. Unable to muster the votes to overturn Walz’s emergency powers in the House, this is the only leverage they have. They’ve only confirmed two Walz commissioners, so they can keep doing this. Max Nesterak reporting. They […]

Minnesota reports 470 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths

BY: - August 12, 2020

More than 62,300 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,678 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 470 new cases and 12 deaths. Approximately 1,188,288 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 335 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 154 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota Budget Director Myron Frans is leaving the Walz administration; Jim Schowalter coming back to MMB

BY: - August 12, 2020

Myron Frans, who has been the state’s budget director since 2015, is leaving the administration of Gov. Tim Walz, taking a job as senior vice president of finance and operations at the University of Minnesota. “Because of his leadership, Minnesota is in a stronger position to weather the fiscal consequences of this pandemic, and we […]

Voices of the 5th Congressional District on primary day

BY: and - August 12, 2020

At most polling places, the scene Tuesday was marked by a quiet determination to get in and get out in the least time possible. But at the Coyle Community Center across the street from Cedar-Riverside apartments, it was like an Election Day celebration. Groups of people were singing, chanting, smiling and laughing while holding campaign […]

Hennepin Board votes down making Juneteenth a county holiday

BY: - August 11, 2020

The Hennepin County Board narrowly voted down a proposal Tuesday to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday, which would close county offices on June 19 and give employees a paid day off. Instead, the Board narrowly approved a budget-neutral, symbolic resolution allowing employees to use one of their floating holidays on Juneteenth. Black Americans have long […]

Study: Low-income voters could swing the election toward Democrats

BY: - August 11, 2020

Democrats could win big dividends if they focused on getting low-income voters to the polls, according to a new analysis released Tuesday by the Poor People’s Campaign. The report, authored by Columbia University professor Rob Hartley, analyzes Census Bureau data from 2004-2016 and finds that if low-income voters had voted at similar rates to high-income […]

Minnesota reports 332 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

BY: - August 11, 2020

More than 61,800 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,666 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 332 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 1,177,935 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 337 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 147 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 625 new COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths

BY: - August 10, 2020

More than 61,500 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,660 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 625 new cases and three deaths. Approximately 1,172,118 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 320 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 159 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnetonka superintendent: Flu riskier than COVID-19 for students and families

BY: - August 7, 2020

The traditional flu poses more risks to students and families than COVID-19, Minnetonka Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Peterson said during a Thursday evening meeting about the district’s reopening plans — a claim refuted by experts since the beginning of the pandemic. That comment and others made by Peterson Thursday night alarmed some parents and staff as […]

Minneapolis will remove barricades at Floyd memorial in August, neighbors say

BY: - August 7, 2020

The city of Minneapolis intends to remove barricades around the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue — the site of George Floyd’s death — the week of Aug. 17, a group of neighbors said. City employees told a handful of community leaders and business owners about the plans Thursday, the residents said. But the residents are […]

Abolish the Minneapolis Charter Commission? That’s harder than the Police Department

BY: - August 6, 2020

Many Minneapolis residents are talking about recalling members of the previously low-profile Minneapolis Charter Commission or abolishing the body altogether after it blocked a police reform amendment from reaching the ballot this November. But getting rid of them wouldn’t be easy. It’d require unprecedented action from the Hennepin County District Court chief judge or an […]

Minnesota reports 867 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

BY: - August 6, 2020

More than 58,600 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,636 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 867 new cases and seven deaths. Approximately 1,105,094 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, 319 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 153 of them in intensive care units. […]