Briefs

Former Sheraton turned homeless sanctuary closing up

BY: - June 10, 2020

Activists and volunteers who took over a former Sheraton hotel in Minneapolis and turned it into a shelter for people experiencing homelessness ended the experiment at 8 p.m. Wednesday. “It is clear that the need for emergency housing cannot be sustainably supported by volunteers. Therefore we are ending the mutual aid component of the work […]

Minnesota reports 352 new COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths

BY: - June 10, 2020

More than 28,800 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,236 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Wednesday include 352 new cases and 19 deaths. Approximately 369,795 tests have been completed. The state changed how it reports testing totals last week and revised past figures to show the number […]

Minnesota Fortune 500 heavyweights call for police reform

BY: - June 10, 2020

The Minnesota Business Partnership, which represents the state’s largest corporations, called on lawmakers to pass police reform legislation in a Wednesday news release.  The statement from a group that represents such Minnesota corporate heavyweights as 3M, Target and Cargill is remarkable in its blunt language: “The brutal death of George Floyd last month at the […]

Minneapolis police chief to end contract negotiations with police union

BY: - June 10, 2020

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced Wednesday that he would withdraw from contract negotiations with the Minneapolis police union and implement a program intended to intervene in problematic officer behavior. The announcement comes days after the Minneapolis City Council declared its intent to disband the police department as residents clamor for police reform in the […]

Hennepin County medical examiner reappointed, but with two no votes following George Floyd controversy

BY: - June 9, 2020

The Hennepin County Board reappointed the chief medical examiner, but with two commissioners voting no, following controversy surrounding the county’s autopsy of George Floyd.  The board voted 5-2 to reappoint Andrew Baker, a licensed forensic pathologist, as Hennepin County chief medical examiner. Baker’s fifth, four-year term will commence on June 12.  The June 1 autopsy […]

Minnesota reports 307 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths

BY: - June 9, 2020

More than 28,500 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,217 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Wednesday include 307 new cases and 20 deaths. Approximately 360,991 tests have been completed. The state changed how it reports testing totals last week and revised past figures to show the number […]

Special session shaping up as a ‘free-for-all’ with police reform, bonding, COVID-19

BY: - June 9, 2020

The upcoming special legislative session is shaping up to be a free-for-all, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, predicted this week. The first term speaker said in a Reformer interview that legislative leaders had not yet set the parameters or rules of engagement. Gov. Tim Walz has to call legislators back into session so they […]

St. Paul man charged in connection with fire at Minneapolis police station

BY: - June 8, 2020

A 23-year-old man from St. Paul has been charged in connection with the May 28 fire at the Minneapolis Police’s Third Precinct Station during riots and protests following the police killing of George Floyd. Branden Wolfe was arrested several days later, on June 3, near a hardware store where he previously worked as a security […]

Minnesota reports 338 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths

BY: - June 8, 2020

More than 28,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,197 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Wednesday include 338 new cases and 11 deaths. Approximately 354,226 tests have been completed. The state changed how it reports testing totals last week and revised past figures to show the number […]

Senate DFL leader says Minneapolis proposal to dismantle police is a ‘local issue’

BY: - June 8, 2020

Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, on Monday deflected questions about whether her caucus would formally weigh in on the potential dismantling of the Minneapolis Police Department.  “It’s not our place to support or not support that,” Kent told reporters during a video call. “That is a local issue and historically the Legislature tends to […]

Sudden, sweeping momentum for police reform hits Minneapolis

BY: - June 5, 2020

Minneapolis is moving swifty to reform its police department after the killing of George Floyd under the knee of since-fired officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with 2nd degree murder, while three other officers who stood by were charged with lesser crimes this week.  The Minneapolis City Council agreed to a consent decree with the […]

Gazelka calls for Gov. Tim Walz to apologize to ‘moms out in the suburbs’ over George Floyd protests, unrest

BY: - June 5, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R- East Gull Lake, on Friday called on Gov. Tim Walz to apologize to suburban moms, saying they were fearful of the mass demonstrations, arson and looting that racked the Twin Cities in the past 10 days.  The May 25 death of George Floyd touched off days of rioting and […]