Briefs

Minnesota reports 578 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths

BY: - July 15, 2020

More than 43,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,518 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 578 new cases and eight deaths. Approximately 790,497 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 254 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 106 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 403 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

BY: - July 14, 2020

More than 43,100 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,510 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 403 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 777,614 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 236 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 107 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota House committee considers declaring racism a public health crisis

BY: - July 14, 2020

The growing movement by local government officials to declare racism a public health crisis has reached the Minnesota House.  The House Rules and Legislative Committee on Tuesday is set to debate a resolution from state Rep. Ruth Richardson, DFL-Mendota Heights, explicitly linking racism to the vast racial disparities long plaguing Minnesota.  “Racism is a public […]

Half of people living in Powderhorn encampments are Native

BY: - July 13, 2020

More than 500 tents are spread across two encampments in Powderhorn Park, but the number of people living there according to a recent survey of its residents is far fewer: 282. The encampments have swelled in Powderhorn Park and in other parks across Minneapolis since the Park Board approved a resolution on June 17 declaring […]

White parents more comfortable reopening schools than non-white parents, survey says

BY: - July 13, 2020

Black, Indigenous and other parents of color are less comfortable with the prospect of in-person school this fall than white parents, according to a new survey released by the Minnesota Department of Education. More than 130,000 parents responded to the unscientific survey, which asked about families’ experiences with distance learning and feelings about the fall. […]

Minneapolis Park Board to vote on repealing nudity ordinance

BY: - July 12, 2020

The Minneapolis Park Board will vote Wednesday on repealing restrictions on nudity that applies to breasts in order to allow people of all genders to be topless in public. The city of Minneapolis already allows anyone to go topless — a fact laid bare by Helena Howard, a woman famous among cyclists for her topless […]

Minnesota reports 609 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths

BY: - July 10, 2020

More than 40,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,495 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 609 new cases and five deaths. Approximately 725,825 tests have been completed, an increase of 19,204 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 227 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

COMMENTARY

Can Minnesota House Dems get some stray Republicans for an infrastructure bill?

BY: - July 10, 2020

Minnesota Legislature inside baseball (but important!): The every-other-year big infrastructure bill is known around the Capitol as a “bonding bill” because it’s borrowed money. (Read our guest commentary from the laborers calling for both bonding and criminal justice reform.) And because it’s borrowed money, they need a supermajority of votes to pass it in each […]

Protestors travel to Sen. Gazelka’s insurance office to demand action on police reform

BY: - July 10, 2020

As lawmakers prepare to return to Saint Paul to tackle unresolved issues including police reform, a group of protestors are traveling by bus Friday to the Baxter insurance office of GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, to demand the Legislature pass a suite of changes to policing during the special session starting […]

State distributes nearly $600 million in COVID-19 relief funds to local governments

BY: - July 9, 2020

The state has distributed nearly $600 million in COVID-19 relief aid to local governments, the Minnesota Department of Revenue and Minnesota Management and Budget announced Thursday. Gov. Tim Walz authorized the funds, part of the federal CARES Act, for distribution in late June. By June 29, 64 counties and 196 cities had been approved to […]

Minnesota reports 463 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths

BY: - July 8, 2020

More than 39,500 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,485 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 463 new cases and eight deaths. Approximately 692,970 tests have been completed, an increase of 7,636 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 265 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

U.S. Supreme Court hands victories to religious employers in health care decision

BY: - July 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives. Reproductive rights advocates say the ruling potentially affects hundreds of thousands of […]