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Nearly 20,000 Minnesotans were homeless on any night in 2018, report says

BY: - March 26, 2020

Nearly 20,000 Minnesotans were homeless on any given night in 2018, according to a new study released Wednesday. The estimate comes from Wilder Research’s most recent one-day study of homelessness in Minnesota, conducted in 2018. The nonprofit research group counted 10,233 people experiencing homelessness on a single night in October that year, up 10% from […]

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Minnesota gets an “A” in social distancing

BY: - March 25, 2020

Minnesotans are above-average in social distancing, according to smart phone surveillance data you probably didn’t know you were giving away. The company Unacast, which analyzes phone GPS data, launched a “Social Distancing Scoreboard” this week that shows how much people have reduced their typical travel as state and local governments have taken drastic action to […]

Nearly 150,000 jobless claims filed since March 16, most from women and food service workers

BY: - March 24, 2020

Minnesota received nearly 150,000 jobless claims during a week-long period ending Monday, with a large bulk coming from women and food service workers.  Steve Grove, the commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, said the agency received 149,443 unemployment insurance claims. A large majority came from first-time applicants whose jobs have been cut […]

Gov. Walz says he isn’t ready to issue a shelter-in-place order yet

BY: - March 23, 2020

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is not yet prepared to join his counterparts in states like Ohio, Michigan and California who have issued shelter-in-place orders, but he said Monday such an order here would likely have to span at least several weeks to be effective. Walz, who has already taken steps like closing dine-in services at […]

Sen. Klobuchar’s husband hospitalized; Walz exposed; Flanagan’s brother dies from COVID-19

BY: - March 23, 2020

The coronavirus has reached the highest levels of the Minnesota government, afflicting the families of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.  Klobuchar announced that her husband, John, received a positive test result for COVID-19 Monday and has been hospitalized in Virginia.  In a statement posted on Medium, she shared that […]

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Minn. landlord group says members should halt evictions through May

BY: - March 23, 2020

A trade group representing nearly 2,000 landlords in Minnesota is asking its members to halt evictions, late fees and rent increases through May to help ease the economic fallout from the coronavirus and slow its spread. The guidance comes as Gov. Tim Walz considers ordering Minnesotans to shelter in place, which could come with an […]

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Hennepin County moves 130 homeless people into hotels for COVID-19 protection

BY: - March 21, 2020

One hundred thirty people experiencing homelessness in Hennepin County have voluntarily moved into separate living quarters in hotels just four days after the county board unanimously approved spending $3 million on isolation and quarantine spaces. So far, the county has contracts with two area hotels and is working on securing more spaces as the need […]

Minnesota sees first death from COVID-19

BY: - March 21, 2020

A Ramsey County resident in their 80s is the first known person with COVID-19 to have died in Minnesota, the Department of Health reported Saturday. The person died on March 19 and had contact with a family member who had previously tested positive and had a history of international travel. “Gwen and I extend our deepest […]

Walz considering allowing restaurants, bars sell alcohol with takeout food orders

BY: - March 20, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday provided a glimmer of hope to restaurant owners struggling with the closure of dine-in options, saying he’s considering allowing the sale of alcohol for takeout orders.  “There’s a very strong online presence to ask me that,” he said. “We’re looking at trying. Every suggestion is being brought up and I […]

Walz announces YMCA child care program; MNSure open enrollment

BY: - March 20, 2020

DFL Gov. Tim Walz announced a pair of initiatives on Friday aimed at alleviating health insurance coverage needs, as well as addressing child care concerns for front-line workers laboring to slow the spread of COVID-19. Starting Monday, March 23, uninsured Minnesotans can enroll for health insurance through MNSure.org for a 30-day period ending April 21. […]

U.S. Department of Education says states can skip standardized tests

BY: - March 20, 2020

As schools across the country cancel classes and move instruction online, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Friday that states will be able to bypass standardized testing.  States can request a waiver to skip standardized testing for this academic year, according to a news release. The move comes after Michigan state officials urged DeVos […]

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota reach 115

BY: - March 20, 2020

One-hundred-fifteen people in Minnesota have tested positive for COVID-19, the state announced Friday, up from 89 the day before. A total of 3,856 people have been tested, an increase of 818 tests — about 26% — from Thursday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Officials say the number of confirmed cases is likely an […]