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Vote-by-mail applications surge in Minnesota

BY: - May 15, 2020

More than 22,000 Minnesotans signed up to vote by mail on Wednesday, the first day voters could submit applications this year, in a clear sign that people want to avoid crowded polling places during a pandemic. Compare that to 320 voters who signed up in the first month online applications opened in 2018, and 611 […]

Minnesota reports 808 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths

BY: - May 15, 2020

More than 14,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 683 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Friday include 808 new cases and 20 deaths. More than 5,900 tests were completed between Wednesday and Thursday, the second-highest daily total since the state announced in late April a plan to […]

Gazelka outlines end-of-session priorities; Walz names new Minnesota Supreme Court justice

BY: and - May 15, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, outlined his caucus’ legislative priorities Friday as the legislative clock winds down to Sunday night, this session’s  deadline for bills to pass. Gazelka said his priority is to cut spending now given the state’s projected $2.4 billion budget deficit. He said public sector unions should forego across-the-board […]

Top Republican says major infrastructure bill still in play

BY: and - May 14, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, on Thursday expressed optimism the Legislature could pass a major infrastructure package ahead of its May 18 adjournment.  Gazelka said Gov. Tim Walz’s decision to let his stay-at-home order expire — allowing retail businesses to reopen and allowing gatherings of 10 or fewer — has improved the […]

Minnesota’s COVID-19 testing reaches new single-day high

BY: - May 14, 2020

Minnesota’s COVID-19 testing reached a new daily high Wednesday, with 6,717 tests completed for a total of 128,752, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Testing hadn’t increased as much as officials hoped in recent weeks, since the state announced in late April a plan to test up to 20,000 Minnesotans daily through a joint […]

New COVID-19 modeling projects more deaths, earlier peak in Minnesota

BY: - May 14, 2020

Minnesota researchers released new modeling Wednesday that projects a range of 16,000 to 44,000 COVID-19 deaths over 12 months of the pandemic. The updated model projects higher mortality and an earlier peak in Minnesota than initial figures, based on the state’s rising death total and updated data about the effectiveness of mitigation efforts. Researchers also […]

Walz expected to extend peacetime emergency during 6 p.m. statewide address

BY: - May 13, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz is expected to announce Tuesday night whether he will extend his peacetime emergency declaration for another month and continue ordering Minnesotans to stay home.  Walz will hold a statewide address at 6 p.m. The DFL governor has been widely expected to extend his peacetime emergency declaration, first issued March 13 and extended […]

Minneapolis school board approves sweeping district restructure

BY: - May 13, 2020

The Minneapolis School Board on Tuesday approved a controversial plan that leaders say will integrate schools, address achievement gaps and make programs more accessible to underserved students. The board voted 6-3 in favor of the Comprehensive District Design (CDD), which includes major changes to attendance boundaries and magnet programs that will likely take effect in […]

House DFL unveils $2 billion capital investment bill in dwindling legislative session

BY: - May 12, 2020

House DFLers this week unveiled a $2 billion bonding bill, pressing ahead despite a threat by GOP House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, to block the bill if Gov. Tim Walz does not relinquish his peacetime emergency.  House DFL leadership on Monday said they intended to bring to a vote a bonding bill on Saturday […]

Minnesota reports 695 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths

BY: - May 12, 2020

More than 12,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 614 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Tuesday include 695 new cases and 23 deaths. More than 5,000 tests were completed between Sunday and Monday, the highest daily total since the state announced in late April a plan to […]

Minnesota art museum offers virtual tour for dogs (and their hoomans)

BY: - May 12, 2020

The Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis is offering an only-during-a-pandemic virtual experience: a Zoom tour of their dog-themed art with a canine audience watching from home. Heather Meyer, a comedy writer with the Theater of Public Policy, introduces viewers to a range of artworks including a charming Japanese woodcut called “Dog Playing with a Sandal” […]

Minnesota reports 528 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths

BY: - May 11, 2020

More than 11,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 591 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. That includes 528 new cases — the lowest daily total in the past week — and 13 deaths. The state reported 4,693 completed tests between Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total number of people tested […]