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Walz signs $21 million coronavirus response bill; Minnesota confirms third case

BY: - March 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday signed into law a bill authorizing the state to spend $21 million to fight the outbreak of coronavirus.  The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, sailed through the Legislature Monday, receiving unanimous approval by both the House and the Senate.  The additional funding now brings the state’s […]

Cargill spent $1.4M last year on lobbying in DC. Here’s where the money is going.

BY: - March 10, 2020

Editors note: This story is the first in an occasional series looking at Minnesota companies’ lobbying presence in Washington. WASHINGTON — The Minneapolis-based agriculture behemoth Cargill ranked as the largest private company in the United States for the 12th straight year in 2019, Forbes reported. It also beefed up its lobbying spending in Washington. The […]

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Lawmakers aim to defund libraries that host drag queens

BY: - March 10, 2020

Five Minnesota legislators introduced a bill this week that would withhold federal funding from public libraries that host drag queen story hours. A dozen Hennepin County libraries hosted the story hours in October for LGBT history month to “celebrate differences and learn that it’s okay to be yourself through stories, rhymes, music and movement.” That […]

Lawmakers approve $21 million for coronavirus response

BY: - March 9, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature on Monday unanimously approved $21 million in funding for the state’s coronavirus preparedness.  Republican and DFL legislative leaders raced to get the bill to DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s desk this week. The governor is expected to sign the legislation into law Tuesday. The Senate bill by Sen. Jerry Relph, R-St. Cloud, had […]

There are as many homeless kids in Minnesota as the population of some small cities

BY: - March 9, 2020

More than 9,000 Minnesota students were identified as homeless at the start of the 2019-20 school year, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Education. That’s about as many people who live in cities like Detroit Lakes and Waseca.  The proportion of Minnesota students who experience homelessness has hovered around 1% for at least […]

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Twin Cities janitors call off strike after reaching tentative agreement

BY: - March 7, 2020

The union representing 4,000 Twin Cities janitors reached a tentative contract agreement early Saturday morning, avoiding an open-ended strike that would have affected businesses across the metro as Minnesota confronts the arrival of COVID-19. The tentative agreement includes the highest pay increases ever for commercial janitors with the Service Employees International Union Local 26, raising […]

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Bell Museum waives admission for Indigenous visitors

BY: - March 6, 2020

Earlier this week, the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum quietly rolled out a new ticket price for Indigenous visitors: Free. “The Dakota people, for thousands of years, have been taking care of the land on which the museum sits,” said Denise Young, the museum’s executive director. “This was one way, and I should say a […]

First coronavirus case confirmed in Minnesota from person who traveled on cruise with COVID-19

BY: - March 6, 2020

Minnesota health officials on Friday announced the state’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.  The patient is an older adult resident of Ramsey County who recently traveled on a cruise ship with a known case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The individual began experiencing symptoms on Feb. 25 and sought medical […]

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Attention Kmart shoppers: Bulldozers arriving soon

BY: - March 5, 2020

The Kmart that has been an obstacle in the middle of Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis for nearly half a century will soon be bulldozed, the city announced Thursday. Buses and cars have travelled four blocks around Kmart since the retailer was built in 1977, which Mayor Jacob Frey called “one of the worst urban planning […]

Real ID legislation would expand documents for residency verification ahead of Oct. 1 deadline

BY: - March 5, 2020

House lawmakers are moving Thursday to quickly expand the types of documents Minnesotans can present to obtain a Real ID.  Time is running out for a large majority of Minnesotans to obtain a REAL ID ahead of an Oct. 1 enforcement deadline.  Fewer than 14% of Minnesotans with drivers licenses or identification cards are currently […]

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Janitors threaten open-ended strike as Minnesota prepares for coronavirus outbreak

BY: - March 5, 2020

Minneapolis city leaders are calling for a deal to be reach with 4,000 commercial janitors who clean buildings across the 7-county metro area, including the airport and most buildings in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The commercial janitors, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 26, say they will go on an open-ended strike beginning […]

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St. Paul proposes 5 new ordinances to protect renters

BY: - March 5, 2020

St. Paul aims to pass renter protections this year, including capping security deposits to one month’s rent, shielding renters with bad credit or old evictions and temporarily freezing rent increases after a property is sold. Deputy Mayor Jaime Tincher and Councilmember Mitra Jalali announced the agenda — called Stable, Accessible, Fair and Equitable (S.A.F.E.) Housing […]