Outdoor dining allowed starting June 1 in Minnesota; salons to reopen with limitations

BY: - May 21, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz announced Minnesota restaurants will be allowed to re-open for outdoor dining starting June 1, Wednesday. Salons and barber shops will also be able to resume business at limited capacity, as part of Walz’s plan to gradually ease the restrictions implemented as part of the state’s COVID-19 response. All businesses will have to […]

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Hennepin begins shopping for hotels for homeless people

BY: - May 20, 2020

The Hennepin County Board voted 6-1 on Tuesday to begin negotiating the purchase of hotels to house homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. “I think that this would be a huge asset for us,” said Commissioner Angela Conley during Tuesday’s meeting. “Doing something now that can carry over into that post-Covid world really […]

Walz says Legislature ratified state worker contracts, setting up clash

BY: - May 20, 2020

The administration of Gov. Tim Walz informed state workers Wednesday that contracts negotiated with their unions were ratified by the Legislature as is, even though Senate Republicans recently approved the contracts but only with raises stripped out. The Walz administration has argued that the Legislature can only ratify the contracts as is and not modify […]

Gov. Tim Walz to give guidance Wednesday to restaurants, salons

BY: - May 20, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz will give guidance to restaurants and hair and beauty salons at a Wednesday news conference as he continues to dial back restrictions on commerce and other private activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development Steve Grove laid out some guidelines on Twitter Tuesday Key public health factors […]

Minnesota reports 645 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths

BY: - May 20, 2020

More than 17,600 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 777 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Monday include 645 new cases and 29 deaths. More than 5,500 tests were completed between Monday and Tuesday. Approximately 167,338 Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19. Of the 17,670 people who have […]

Data: Women, Black Minnesotans, young people are getting worst of pandemic economy

BY: - May 20, 2020

Women, Black people and young Minnesotans are suffering the worst of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis of recent state unemployment data.  These workers are likely to feel long-term psychological and financial effects from unemployment, raising concerns that the current crisis could worsen Minnesota’s existing economic disparities. More than 650,000 […]

Falcon Heights bans front yard victory gardens this year

BY: - May 19, 2020

Quentin Nguyen had already dug up his more than half-acre front lawn, given away the sod and shipped in 40 cubic yards of soil for a vegetable garden, when he got a letter from the city of Falcon Heights. It said the City Council had voted the day before, on May 13, to ban growing […]

Minneapolis outreach workers rescue ducklings from storm drain

BY: - May 19, 2020

Outreach workers Jenny Bjorgo, Halie Gudmonson and Jase Roe were driving through north Minneapolis on Monday looking for a client when Roe noticed a duck standing next to a storm drain. “And I have seen videos where the ducklings fall into the grate, so I was like ‘Oh my God, I think that duck lost […]

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Tenants buy properties from negligent landlord who tried to evict them

BY: - May 19, 2020

Thirty-eight families in south Minneapolis will gain ownership of their five apartment buildings after spending years battling with their landlord, Stephen Frenz, who had been trying to evict them. “This is an amazing victory. I am so happy,” Chloe Jackson said in a statement Monday. She is a resident of one of the properties and […]

Pay raises, COVID-19 economic aid derailed by partisan bickering in Legislature

BY: - May 19, 2020

The clock is once again ticking for Gov. Tim Walz and lawmakers to overcome partisan differences that derailed a number of legislative priorities left undone this week.  The Legislature adjourned early Monday without reaching compromises on a public infrastructure package, pay raises for more than 50,000 government workers and additional COVID-19 economic aid.  Minnesotans hoping […]

Minnesota reports 705 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

BY: - May 18, 2020

More than 16,300 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 731 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Monday include 704 new cases and nine deaths. More than 6,000 tests were completed between Saturday and Sunday. Approximately 156,606 Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19. Of the 16,372 people who have […]

Legislature counting on June special session to resume unfinished business

BY: - May 18, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz and lawmakers said Monday they are returning next month for a special legislative session after adjourning Sunday night with a long list of unfinished business.  Despite an auspicious start to the session, which saw early bipartisan success on the state’s pandemic emergency response, as well as deals reached on emergency insulin and […]