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Minnesota reports 245 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

BY: - June 23, 2020

More than 33,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,393 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 245 new cases and nine deaths. Approximately 520,045 tests have been completed, an increase of 7,261 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 339 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Trio of GOP state senators to call for federal investigation of Minneapolis Police Department

BY: - June 22, 2020

Three Republican state senators are calling on U.S. Attorney General Willliam Barr to open an investigation into the Minnesota Police Department’s response to unrest and rioting that broke out after George Floyd’s death. Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester, and Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, have scheduled a Tuesday news conference to ask for […]

Minnesota reports 308 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths

BY: - June 22, 2020

More than 33,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,384 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 308 new cases and four deaths. Approximately 513,137 tests have been completed, an increase of 8,664 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 332 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Minnesota GOP lawmaker says Antifa and Muslim organization plan to ‘police Minneapolis under Muslim rule’

BY: - June 22, 2020

A Minnesota lawmaker said last week Antifa and Muslim organizations plan to “police Minneapolis under Muslim rule,” communism is moving into Minneapolis-St. Paul and the state’s Democratic attorney general would like to “close down all of northern Minnesota.”  The Park Rapids Enterprise quoted Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, making the comments during a Hubbard County Board […]

Hennepin Commissioners want to declare racism a public health crisis

BY: - June 19, 2020

Update: The Hennepin County Board approved the resolution declaring racism a public health crisis on June 30. Hennepin County Commissioners Angela Conley and Irene Fernando plan to introduce a resolution on Tuesday declaring racism a public health emergency in the county. “We need to be explicit about racism,” Conley said. “We need to say that […]

Schools should be ready for online and in-person learning this fall, state guidance says

BY: - June 18, 2020

Minnesota health and education officials released guidance Thursday to help K-12 schools plan for fall 2020 — although there’s no word yet on whether schools will reopen or continue distance learning in September. The Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Education instructed school districts to plan for three scenarios: in-person classes for all students; a […]

Minneapolis Park Board declares parks are ‘refuge’ for homeless

BY: - June 18, 2020

The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board approved a resolution Wednesday declaring parks are “refuge space” for people experiencing homelessness, as two encampments in Powderhorn Park have swelled to around 200 tents in less than a week. After adding the resolution to the agenda Wednesday to quickly sanction the Powderhorn encampment, the Board voted 6-2 to […]

House DFL poised to approve wide-ranging police reform package

BY: - June 18, 2020

The House DFL is poised to pass a lengthy list of police reform and accountability measures Thursday night, even as Senate Republicans are set to adjourn the special legislative session after passing a much more limited set of measures this week.  Gov. Tim Walz, surrounded by public safety and DFL elected officials Thursday, urged Republicans […]

Minnesota reports 419 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths

BY: - June 17, 2020

More than 31,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,325 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 419 new cases and 12 deaths. Approximately 448,587 tests have been completed. Of the 31,296 people who have tested positive, 27,404 have recovered and no longer need to be isolated. […]

Senate GOP debates limited police reform measures ahead of Friday special session adjournment

BY: - June 16, 2020

Lawmakers are on divergent paths in adopting significant reform in the wake of the police killing George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis. The House DFL, led by the bicameral People of Color and Indigenous Caucus, has unveiled a lengthy list of criminal justice and police reform measures. But Senate Republicans, who plan to adjourn […]

Target to observe Juneteenth as company holiday 

BY: - June 16, 2020

Target will begin honoring Juneteenth, a holiday long observed by many Black Americans commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865 — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation — union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce that enslaved people were free. “We recognize that the racial trauma […]

After raising millions, Minnesota Freedom Fund says it’s spent $200,000 to bail out protesters

BY: - June 16, 2020

This post has been updated to note response from Minnesota Freedom Fund and other new information.  The Minnesota Freedom Fund came under fire Monday when it shared that it had spent about $200,000 to bail out protesters, after raising more than $30 million in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. “Without jeopardizing the safety of […]