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Minnesota GOP lawmaker: ‘COVID issues are not our winning message’

BY: - September 11, 2020

State Rep. Jon Koznick, R-Lakeville, meant to send a “friendly” reminder to his Republican colleagues ahead of Friday’s special session to focus on public safety and steer clear of COVID-19.   But when Koznick, who also serves in House GOP leadership, hit “send,” he didn’t realize that the message actually went to his House DFL colleagues.  […]

Minnesota lawmakers meet in 4th special session after Walz extends emergency

BY: - September 11, 2020

Minnesota lawmakers returned Friday for their fourth special session, called back to St. Paul to meet by Gov. Tim Walz, who extended his peacetime emergency declaration for another 30 days.   The Republican-led Senate is expected to vote to end Walz’s continued use of executive powers, which have frustrated GOP lawmakers. But the DFL-controlled House is […]

Unrest ruined their businesses, rebuilding may displace them for good

BY: - September 11, 2020

First came the pandemic that forced many of the small restaurants in St. Paul’s Midway Shopping Center to temporarily close. Then, as many were preparing to open again come June, the unrest following the police killing of George Floyd made its way to the Midway neighborhood, causing damage to the strip mall that many of […]

Walz pleads with Congress for more help, while Emmer says Dems are using governors as “pawns”

BY: - September 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic governors including Tim Walz on Thursday begged Congress to come to the aid of ailing states, which face unexpected expenses as they attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as massive revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. But Republicans at a House hearing — including Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer — […]

City in negotiations to pay local constable force to provide security at George Floyd Square

BY: - September 10, 2020

The city of Minneapolis is in negotiations to pay the volunteer security guards who have been patrolling the area now known as George Floyd Square at Chicago Avenue and 38th Street. The area has been blocked off with barricades and become a makeshift memorial to George Floyd after he died on the street at the […]

Landlords sue Minneapolis over tenant screening restrictions

BY: - September 10, 2020

The owners of more than 40 rental properties are suing the city of Minneapolis over a newly enacted ordinance that limits what landlords may consider when screening prospective renters. Under the rules, which took effect on June 1, landlords may not screen out prospective tenants for misdemeanors older than three years, certain felonies older than […]

Minnesota receives top ranking for pro-charter school laws in new report

BY: - September 10, 2020

Minnesota ranked among the top five states for pro-charter school laws in a new report. The North Star State received the fourth-highest score in a ranking of state charter school regulations by the Center for Education Reform, which advocates for school choice. Only Arizona, Washington, D.C. and Michigan received better marks in the report. Minnesota […]

Anti-police-brutality activist/House candidate’s son arrested on gun charge

BY: - September 10, 2020

The candidate for the Minnesota House who made inflammatory, profane remarks during a protest outside the home of a police union leader in Hugo is facing more controversy following the recent arrest of his son on a gun charge. John Thompson will likely become a state lawmaker after winning a DFL primary in a heavily […]

KSTP/Survey USA Poll: Trump trails Biden by 9 points in final stretch of campaign

BY: - September 10, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump 49% to 40% in a KSTP/Survey USA poll released Wednesday, with Biden leading among college-educated voters, as well as in the Twin Cities and its suburbs.  The poll comes less than two months before Election Day, finding that of likely voters, 7% are still undecided and […]

U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, R-2nd District, and President Donald Trump

Cure cancer while achieving financial success! Jason Lewis used radio show to sell nutritional supplements via a multilevel marketing company.

BY: - September 10, 2020

Back when he still had a radio show, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis sold Youngevity nutritional supplements that the multi-level marketing company claims fight conditions such as cancer, autism and diabetes.   Lewis’s supplement sales career is drawing new scrutiny as he enters the homestretch in his race for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Tina […]

Allina health care workers postpone strike following threat of unusual legal challenge

BY: - September 9, 2020

Around 200 health care workers at two Allina hospitals will postpone a two-day strike after the nonprofit medical provider threatened legal action for violating what the union calls an “arcane” labor rule. Allina Health told workers they would be breaking federal labor laws by picketing on September 14 and 15 because they did not provide […]

Lawmakers hear a respiratory therapist’s struggle when her father died from COVID-19

BY: - September 9, 2020

Haweya Farah, a respiratory therapist experienced with Minnesota’s health care system, shared her struggles as she tried to advocate for her father after he contracted COVID-19 in April.  Farah, who previously worked for M Health Fairview, testified Wednesday during a Minnesota House Select Committee hearing on the state’s pandemic response. At one point, fighting through […]