COVID-19

GOP candidate for governor, physician Scott Jensen speaking with anti-vaccine group founded by doctor charged in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

BY: - July 20, 2021

GOP candidate for governor Scott Jensen is slated to participate in a virtual event with a group that strongly questions COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness and was founded by a doctor arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Simone Gold, a physician who founded America’s Frontline Doctors, tweeted on Monday that Jensen is […]

Walz names three agency heads to working group on frontline worker pay; one spot left

BY: - July 14, 2021

Long-term caregivers and other essential workers who kept Minnesota running through the pandemic are set to receive $250 million in back pay for the risks they took over the past year.  This week, Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders announced eight people of a nine-person working group that will determine how much money long-term care […]

Welcome to Todd County, where just 34% of people are vaccinated

BY: - July 14, 2021

TODD COUNTY — Behind the deli counter of the Mennonite-run Cherry Grove Market near Browerville, Arla Martin, a 23-year-old Mennonite, wore a long blue, plaid dress, and no mask, even though she hasn’t gotten the vaccine but has had COVID-19. She’s among the 60% of eligible Todd County residents (12 and up) who haven’t gotten […]

COMMENTARY

Delta variant Q&A: Adjust your behavior to deal with the rapidly spreading coronavirus variant

BY: - July 13, 2021

As the delta variant takes hold, the unvaccinated are in for a rude awakening. It’s not just ignorance — they’re begging for a Darwin Award. Unfortunately, thanks to all these unvaccinated knuckleheads, vaccinated Americans are now being put more at risk, too. The delta variant is a mutant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Early estimates […]

How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

BY: - July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting this week and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of changes […]

Legislative score card: Who won and who lost in $52 billion state budget

BY: - July 6, 2021

After months of wrangling, many missed deadlines and partisan gridlock, DFL Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a new $52 billion budget on Wednesday just hours before parts of the state government were set to shut down.  Walz held a ceremonial bill signing in the Governor’s Reception Room, the first public event in the ornately […]

Nearly $800 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds will shore up health, human services spending

BY: - June 24, 2021

Nearly $800 million in federal COVID-19 relief dollars will be spent in the next four years on health and human services under a budget deal struck Thursday by the Minnesota House and Senate.  Altogether, the health and human services spending will grow to just shy of $14 billion in the two-year budget cycle that starts […]

Lawmakers agree to provide bonus pay to essential workers who took unpaid time off during pandemic

BY: - June 22, 2021

So-called essential workers who took unpaid time off during the height of the pandemic will receive some bonus pay under a deal announced Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake.  “We have agreed to a worker bonus,” he said. “It’s well over $200 million.” He said he was “not at liberty” to […]

Anti-vaccine activist charged with stealing vaccines

BY: - June 3, 2021

A St. Paul man has been charged with misdemeanor theft and disorderly conduct after livestreaming himself pretending he wanted to get vaccinated and then grabbing vials of COVID-19 vaccine and spiriting them off to be “tested” because he believed they contained poison. Thomas E. Humphrey, 32, who was the subject of a May 8 Reformer […]

Senate, House Republicans clash with Walz over eviction moratorium, emergency powers

BY: - June 2, 2021

Senate and House Republicans are clashing with DFL Gov. Tim Walz over his emergency powers and calling on him to lift his eviction moratorium, taking their dispute public on Wednesday amid private budget negotiations.  Walz last month announced a broad budget deal with legislative leaders hours before the regular legislative session adjourned. Since then, working […]

Breweries offering free beer to vaccinated Minnesotans

BY: - May 28, 2021

Vaccinated Minnesotans can get free or discounted drinks at craft breweries, vineyards and distilleries across the state under a new partnership announced by Gov. Tim Walz Friday. Drink deals will be available through June 30 to people with at least one dose of vaccine. The initiative comes a day after the state announced an incentive […]

COMMENTARY

Use an old marketing trick to reach the hard-to-reach unvaccinated | Opinion

BY: - May 28, 2021

Minnesota, like much of the nation, has gone all-in on vaccinations as our main battle tactic in the fight against COVID-19.  We’ve lifted mask mandates and social distancing guidelines, following surprise new guidance from the federal government. People are crowding back into cafes and stadium seats. Yours truly recently enjoyed his first professionally poured glass […]