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Minnesota health officials on edge ahead of Labor Day weekend

BY: - September 3, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota health officials on Thursday implored Minnesota to continue avoiding large social gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19 as fall and colder weather approaches, forcing people inside where officials say the risk of transmission is higher without masks or social distancing. “We are not out of the woods,” Walz said […]

Walz’s office issues blistering response ahead of governor’s meeting with GOP leader

BY: - September 3, 2020

Ahead of a meeting between DFL Gov. Tim Walz and GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka on the state’s COVID-19 response, Walz’s chief of staff issued a blistering letter Wednesday night after the senator criticized the governor’s use of emergency powers. “We are glad you accepted his invitation to meet tomorrow given that you have […]

Tents return to the Wall of Forgotten Natives in protest of encampment evictions

BY: - September 2, 2020

Homeless outreach workers reclaimed on Wednesday the site of a former encampment dubbed the Wall of Forgotten Natives after the city of Minneapolis evicted about 20 people from an encampment just blocks away. “This is Native land. This is our land,” said outreach worker Jase Roe, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, as about […]

Minnesota reports 761 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

BY: - September 2, 2020

More than 77,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,830 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 761 new cases and seven deaths. Approximately 1,525,555 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 297 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 135 of them in intensive care units. […]

Surly to close Minneapolis beer hall following unionization announcement

BY: - September 2, 2020

Surly Brewing Co. announced Wednesday it will close its popular Minneapolis beer hall and pizzeria on Nov. 2, citing revenue losses of 82% from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “If the Beer Hall remained open, Surly would lose at least another three quarters of a million dollars this winter,” the company wrote in […]

Exit Interview: Myron Frans hands reins of budget agency to Jim Schowalter amid economic downturn, deficit

BY: - September 2, 2020

In the waning hours of his six-year run as commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget, Myron Frans spoke with the Minnesota Reformer about the political polarization that has come to characterize state politics, what makes a good budget chief and how Gov. Tim Walz compares with Mark Dayton, the DFL governor who first hired Frans […]

Mnuchin: White House would back additional cash to states in relief deal

BY: - September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said the Trump administration would be open to providing additional aid to state and local governments — a key sticking point in stalled negotiations over another round of federal COVID-19 relief. Mnuchin also urged lawmakers to move forward with a package that would address specific areas of […]

Attorney General Keith Ellison adds Minnesota to coalition fighting Trump on the census

BY: - September 1, 2020

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison joined a coalition of attorneys general, cities, counties and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Tuesday in a legal action against the Trump administration’s efforts shorten the time it is taking to conduct the 2020 Census. The U.S. Census Bureau announced in early August that it was reducing the time it […]

Minnesota teachers’ union urges school districts to delay first day of school, stick to distance learning

BY: - September 1, 2020

Education Minnesota, the union representing more than 80,000 teachers statewide, urged school districts at a press conference Tuesday to delay the first day of school and address potential safety and equity issues before resuming in-person classes. A week before most districts’ first day of school, teachers and union leadership cited concerns about unclear safety protocols, […]

RSLC to spend $500,000 in effort to hold Minnesota Senate, flip House

BY: - September 1, 2020

National political money is flooding Minnesota, which has the nation’s only divided Legislature ahead of a crucial redistricting election.  The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced this week it would spend $500,000 in an after to hold the GOP-led Minnesota Senate and help Republicans flip the Minnesota House, highlighting two Twin Cities suburban races. Just […]

COVID-19 reduces Amtrak service here, in another blow to the future of passenger rail

BY: - September 1, 2020

Kyle Rusness travels between St. Paul and Detroit Lakes to see family. Rusness is a chef who uses the Amtrak “Empire Builder” line because it works with his schedule.  “It’s like a commute; I can sleep on the train and be ready for work in the morning,” he said on a train heading to the […]

Man who police say threatened Walz had history of sharing Facebook posts from Right Now MN

BY: - September 1, 2020

The man charged with threatening to kill Gov. Tim Walz frequently shared Facebook posts from Right Now, a local conservative outfit funded by prominent, rich Minnesota men.  On August 2, Shawn Simonson, a 51-year old man from Blaine, called Walz’s public line and left a threatening voicemail. In the profanity-laced message, he threatened to put […]