Suburban swing district in south metro could determine House majority

BY: - October 22, 2020

In 2018, then-Rep. Roz Peterson, R-Lakeville, was a well-known realtor who had served two terms in the House majority and had her name on some high-profile legislation.  But suburban District 56B had become disgusted with President Donald Trump. “I didn’t see it coming until two weeks before the election and then it was like, ‘We […]

Survey says most neighbors want 38th and Chicago to reopen

BY: - October 21, 2020

The city of Minneapolis conducted an unscientific online survey of people living near 38th Street and Chicago Avenue and found 65% of the 929 respondents support reopening the intersection “in some way.” About four blocks around the intersection where police killed George Floyd have been blocked off since late May, when the city put up […]

Minn. Supreme Court candidate could face probation for the second time

BY: - October 21, 2020

A candidate for Minnesota Supreme Court made “knowingly false statements” about Dakota County Judge David Knutson during an interview with WCCO in October 2018, less than a year after she had been suspended and placed on probation for comments about the same judge, according to court filings published Tuesday. A judicial referee — a district […]

Walz signs $1.9 billion tax cut, public works borrowing legislation into law

BY: - October 21, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday signed into law a nearly $1.9 billion tax cut and public works borrowing bill intended to spur a slumpingMinnesota economy amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  “We have a bonding bill,” Walz said shortly after signing the legislation, approved last week by the Legislature after months of negotiations. Walz thanked the […]

Fort Snelling project secures affordable housing financing while costing $900,000 per unit to build

BY: - October 20, 2020

A plan to save 26 crumbling buildings at Fort Snelling’s Upper Post and turn them into moderately priced apartments for veterans narrowly secured critical financing on Tuesday, with the Hennepin County commissioners voting to issue $88 million in bonds to Plymouth-based developer Dominium. The Upper Post Flats will include 191 apartments with a projected total […]

Walz tours Oakdale COVID-19 saliva testing lab capable of processing 30,000 samples daily

BY: - October 20, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday toured a new COVID-19 saliva testing lab in Oakdale, paid for with $14.6 million in federal CARES Act funding to help the state combat the pandemic.  The COVID saliva lab will be able to process up to 30,000 samples a day when operating at full capacity, and will employ up […]

Minnesota reports 1,120 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

BY: - October 20, 2020

Minnesota reported 1,120 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, marking nearly two consecutive weeks of daily case counts above 1,000. The state also recorded seven deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,246, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Officials in recent weeks have implored Minnesotans to stay vigilant against COVID-19 as case counts spike and […]

Lawsuit seeks court order prohibiting armed ex-soldiers outside Minnesota polling places

BY: - October 20, 2020

A federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday morning against a private security company that was recruiting former military personnel to “guard” Minnesota polling places during the upcoming election. The recruiting, which was first reported by the Washington Post, alarmed civil rights and voting rights activists who fear it’s an effort to intimidate voters.  The lawsuit was […]

State Sen. Justin Eichorn tries to hold off Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht, with control of Senate at stake

BY: - October 20, 2020

Justin Eichorn helped flip the Minnesota Senate when he beat then-Sen. Tom Saxhaug by fewer than 600 votes in northeastern Minnesota’s District 5 as part of a red wave in 2016, when Donald Trump was at the top of the ticket. This year, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party hopes to win the seat back with Rita Albrecht. […]

Class action lawsuit seeks end to police sweeps of Minneapolis homeless encampments

BY: - October 19, 2020

A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Monday against the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, local officials and law enforcement on behalf of seven people who currently or formerly lived in homeless encampments in Minneapolis public parks. The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU of Minnesota and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, follows repeated police sweeps of homeless […]

GOP lawmakers pledge to return kids to school if they win majorities in Minn. Senate, House

BY: - October 19, 2020

Republican legislative leaders on Monday pledged to end Gov. Tim Walz’s peacetime emergency declaration, return kids to school and loosen up COVID-19 restrictions if they are able to win majorities in both legislative chambers next month.  Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, held a news conference […]

MSP Airport approves $15 minimum wage for thousands of workers

BY: - October 19, 2020

The Metropolitan Airports Commission unanimously approved a $15 an hour minimum wage for workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Monday after years of lobbying by workers and the Service Employees International Union. Thousands of workers — mostly immigrants and people of color — will see their wages increase over the next two years, with […]