Briefs

Minnesota reports 3 COVID-19 deaths

BY: - July 21, 2020

More than 47,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,548 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The department said that a data management system issue affected COVID-19 case counts for Monday and Tuesday. More than 900 new cases were reported Monday — which would have been the state’s highest daily total […]

House DFL leaders characterize police reforms as ‘significant,’ ‘transformational’

BY: - July 21, 2020

House DFL leaders said a bill approved by the Legislature early Tuesday morning is a “significant” achievement in helping address racial bias in policing.  Among the changes coming statewide are a ban on certain chokeholds; a ban on “warrior-style” training for police officers that critics say leads to overly aggressive policing; the establishment of a […]

Minnesota reports first COVID-19 child death and 922 new cases

BY: - July 20, 2020

Minnesota reported 922 new COVID-19 cases Monday — a record-high daily total — and the state’s first death of a child due to the coronavirus. The child was under 5 years old and lived in Clay County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. No other details were released. Previously, the youngest Minnesotan to die of COVID-19 […]

Minnesota lawmakers poised to approve series of police reforms

BY: - July 20, 2020

Nearly two months after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, the Minnesota Legislature is poised to approve a series of police reforms limiting officers’ use of force and creating a civilian advisory group. Legislative leaders on Monday said they had reached a tentative agreement with House DFL leaders and members of the People of Color and […]

Minnesota reports 669 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

BY: - July 17, 2020

More than 45,00 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,533 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 669 new cases and seven deaths. Approximately 819,511 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 252 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 110 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 611 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths

BY: - July 16, 2020

More than 44,300 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,526 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 611 new cases and eight deaths. Approximately 805,212 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 249 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 103 of them in intensive care units. […]

Judge hears lawsuit from GOP lawmakers, small-business owners seeking end to Walz emergency powers

BY: - July 16, 2020

Minnesota District Court Judge Thomas Gilligan on Thursday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by small business owners and GOP lawmakers wanting to undo Gov. Tim Walz’s peacetime emergency powers and bar him from imposing further COVID-19 restrictions.  Minneapolis attorney Erick Kardaal, the perennial legal advocate who has specialized in challenging local, state and […]

St. Paul launches $40,000 down payment assistance program for low-income homebuyers

BY: - July 16, 2020

St. Paul is offering $40,000 in down payment assistance to at least 60 low-income households in an effort to shrink the wide racial homeownership gap and prevent people from being displaced from affordable neighborhoods. “With homeownership being one of the key drivers of wealth in our country, it’s really key to our housing strategy,” said […]

Senate GOP concludes final oversight hearing on response to civil unrest, highway protests

BY: - July 15, 2020

Senate Republicans on Wednesday concluded their fourth and final oversight hearing into the aftermath of protests, riots and destruction sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. They heard from top state transportation and public safety officials, as well as Minneapolis police union leaders who criticized city leadership over their decisions to surrender the Third […]

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 […]