JBS Worthington plant reopens with reduced staff after COVID-19 outbreak

BY: - May 6, 2020

JBS USA, one of the largest meat processing companies in the country, reopened its Worthington pork processing plant Wednesday, after being forced to temporarily halt operations last month because of a COVID-19 outbreak. The reopening of the plant comes a week after President Donald Trump issued an executive order compelling meat packing plants to stay […]

State Senator says campgrounds should reopen because there are homeless encampments

BY: - May 6, 2020

State Senator Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, deleted a tweet Tuesday featuring a video of him standing in front of tents pitched along a busy street in St. Paul to make the argument for Gov. Tim Walz to reopen campgrounds. “As you can see behind me, we’ve got a nice little tent city set up here,” […]

JBS pork processing plant in Worthington

Trump’s critics warn his order to keep meatpacking plants open imperils workers

BY: - May 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic senators are accusing President Donald Trump of putting workers at risk by ordering meat and poultry processors to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Democrats — including Catherine Cortez Masto, Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown, Chris Van Hollen Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin are asking Trump to amend an executive order he signed […]

National Guard will fly over Minnesota hospitals Wednesday to honor essential workers

BY: - May 5, 2020

Fighter jets with the Minnesota National Guard will fly over the state Wednesday around 11 a.m. to recognize essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. “These flyovers are our way of showing solidarity for those who have stepped forward to serve during this pandemic,” Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, adjutant general of the Minnesota […]

Minnesota faces sudden $2.4 billion budget deficit in COVID-19 fallout

BY: - May 5, 2020

Minnesota budget officials announced a $2.4 billion deficit Tuesday, a stunning reversal of the state’s fiscal picture from two months ago before COVID-19 sent shockwaves through the global economy. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans, MMB Economist Laura Kalambokidis and Budget Director Britta Reitan presented a grim and expedited accounting of the massive hit […]

Minnesota reports 617 new COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths

BY: - May 5, 2020

Minnesota saw a spike in the reported number of COVID-19 cases between Sunday and Monday as testing ramps up, with 617 new cases for a total of 7,851 patients. The state reported that 88,009 Minnesotans have been tested, an increase of more than 2,000 from the day before. Testing slowed slightly compared to the week […]

Lawyers and conservative activists suing Walz administration have been at it for decades

BY: - May 5, 2020

Libertarian lawyer Erick Kaardal has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a coalition of small businesses challenging Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order that declared some businesses essential and others not.  The policy is a cornerstone of Walz’s strategy to combat COVID-19 by keeping Minnesotans out of places that are most likely to serve as disease […]

Gov. Walz says order allowing elective surgeries to resume coming this week

BY: - May 4, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz says he will issue an executive order in the coming days allowing hospitals to resume elective surgeries, which have been suspended since March to keep beds and personal protective equipment (PPE) available for people infected with COVID-19. “We’ll probably have an announcement in the next day or so (for) elective surgeries to […]

More than 7,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19

BY: - May 4, 2020

More than 7,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, an increase of 571 cases between Saturday and Sunday. The state reported that 85,941 Minnesotans have been tested, an increase of more than 3,300 in a single day as testing ramps up under a plan to test up to […]

From surplus to deficit? Minnesota budget forecast Tuesday sets stage for legislative session’s final 2 weeks

BY: - May 4, 2020

Tuesday’s billion dollar question: Will Minnesota face a sudden budget deficit after expecting a $1.5 billion surplus just weeks ago?  The state budget office — known as Minnesota Management and Budget or MMB — is preparing to publish a budget forecast Tuesday, required by law for lawmakers to tap into a $2.4 billion budget reserve. […]

3M powers up in Washington as profile rises over PPE

BY: - May 4, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is the second in an occasional series looking at Minnesota companies’ lobbying presence in Washington. WASHINGTON — By March 11, public concern over the coronavirus pandemic had escalated dramatically in the United States.  The NBA canceled its season. Actor Tom Hanks announced that he and his wife had tested positive for […]

Minnesota state Sen. Scott Jensen plays golf during legislative hearing, prompting criticism

BY: - May 1, 2020

State lawmakers working remotely have typically participated in Zoom meetings from their home or work offices.  State Sen. Scott Jensen, however, carried on his legislative duties during a round of golf Thursday, triggering criticism from the chair of the DFL Party. During a hearing by the Senate Health and Human Services committee on Thursday, Jensen, […]