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5 takeaways from Day One of the 2021 legislative session

Lawmakers, returning and newly-elected, convened in St. Paul Tuesday to kick off a five-month legislative session. A lengthy to-do list awaits them. Their chief...

A presidential election like none other, and now an inauguration like...

WASHINGTON — As with so many other events during the year preceding it, the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will be a ceremony unlike...

COVID-19 ‘learning loss’ putting at-risk Minnesota students months behind in school

Martha Holmes' job as a third-shift security monitor keeps her busy overnight, and this spring she took on a new role that keeps her...

Only one MN Rep. votes against $2,000 stimulus checks backed by...

This article has been updated. WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure Monday evening to send $2,000 stimulus checks to many Americans,...

2020 brought a pandemic, civil unrest, a tumultuous election — and...

Helping launch a news startup in 2020 proved to be full of unexpected developments and circumstances, both professional and personal.  The year brought a pandemic,...

How COVID-19 hollowed out a generation of young Black men

The Rev. Dr. Kejuane Artez Bates was a big man with big responsibilities. The arrival of the novel coronavirus in Vidalia, Louisiana, was another...

Daughter of late state Sen. Jerry Relph who died of COVID-19...

The daughter of the late state Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, is calling on the Minnesota Senate majority leader to apologize for holding an...

Pandemic hits women, people of color hardest

Kimberly Jones knew something was up as she was walking to a company-wide meeting and saw some veteran employees packing up their belongings. She’d started...

GOP State Sen. Jerry Relph, author of COVID-19 response bill, dies...

State Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, has died from complications from COVID-19, the first Minnesota state legislator to die from the disease. Relph, 76, had...

Owner of Lakeville bar that reopened in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions...

The co-owner of Lakeville bar Alibi Drinkery that re-opened in defiance of Gov. Tim Walz’s pandemic restrictions was also charged in September with attempted murder of Burnsville cops after a Sept. 4 standoff.