Governor says homeless encampments may be cleared, against CDC guidance

BY: - May 1, 2020

When Metro Transit shut down overnight train and bus service in March because of COVID-19, Andre Adams lost his shelter. “We went to a park until we got put out of there. We went to a parking ramp until we got put out of there,” Adams said. “They are putting everybody out of every place.” […]

Minnesota’s stay-at-home order extended; some shops can reopen Monday

BY: - April 30, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday extended his stay-at-home order for another two weeks, leaving it mostly unchanged through May 17 but allowing some retail businesses to offer curbside pickup or delivery. The extension allowing retailers to offer curbside pickup and delivery beginning Monday is expected to return roughly 30,000 Minnesotans back to work and underscores […]

Rent is due. Where is Minnesota’s emergency housing assistance?

BY: - April 30, 2020

Minnesota legislators have been mulling a housing assistance package for the past month, aiming to act quickly and fill in the gaps of federal relief packages as increasing numbers of tenants and homeowners are forced to skip making rent and mortgage payments. Competing version are working their way through the DFL-controlled House and the Republican-controlled […]

With 492 new cases, Minnesota’s COVID-19 case count tops 5,000

BY: - April 30, 2020

Minnesota saw a spike in the reported number of COVID-19 cases between Tuesday and Wednesday as testing ramps up, with 492 new cases for a total of 5,136 patients. The state reported that 70,276 Minnesotans have been tested, an increase of more than 3,500 from the day before. The jump in positive cases is the […]

Twin Cities janitor dies from COVID-19; union demands PPE and hazard pay

BY: - April 29, 2020

Armando Solis helped secure the biggest pay increases in the history of his union just two months ago. Last week, Solis, who worked as a janitor for 10 years in the U.S. Bank Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, died from COVID-19, leaving behind a wife and two adult sons. He was 55. “Our union is heartbroken […]

463 new COVID-19 cases reported in Minnesota as testing picks up

BY: - April 29, 2020

Minnesota reported 463 new COVID-19 cases between Monday and Tuesday — the highest number in a 24-hour period — for a total of 4,644 cases. Testing has increased in the past week, since the state announced a plan to test up to 20,000 Minnesotans daily through a joint effort with Mayo Clinic and the University […]

Worthington activists criticize Peterson press conference for excluding JBS pork packing plant workers

BY: - April 29, 2020

A group of Worthington activists said Wednesday they were “concerned and dismayed” to learn that a planned press conference about meat packing plant closures led by Rep. Collin Peterson and Gov. Tim Walz excluded meatpacking plant workers.  “Workers, organizers and residents are concerned and dismayed that the press conference does not include impacted workers and […]

Minnesota State University Moorhead to cut 10% of jobs

BY: - April 29, 2020

Minnesota State University Moorhead will cut 10% of jobs over the next two years in the face of a $6 million budget shortfall, the university announced earlier this month. The university’s proposed 2022 budget eliminates 66 of its 632 full-time positions, the majority of them faculty jobs, as well as 10 academic majors. Although the […]

Minnesota higher ed in crisis, administrators tell Legislature

BY: and - April 29, 2020

Minnesota’s public colleges and universities face steep financial shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education officials told legislators Tuesday. Between dwindling enrollment, canceled events, refunds for students and the real possibility that campuses won’t reopen this fall, Minnesota’s public colleges and universities could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, amounting to nearly 10% […]

VP Mike Pence is special and doesn’t have to wear a mask

BY: - April 28, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence toured the Mayo Clinic with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. Minnesota Reformer is not there, but some of the Minnesota press corps is, dutifully describing the action for us. The Star Tribune‘s Briana Bierschbach reports on Twitter that Pence elbow bumped a Mayo employee who had a mild case and is now recovering […]

Minnesota reports 365 new COVID-19 cases, a single-day high

BY: - April 28, 2020

Minnesota reported 365 new COVID-19 cases between Sunday and Monday — the highest number in a 24-hour period — for a total of 4,181 cases. Testing has increased in the past week, since the state announced a plan to test up to 20,000 Minnesotans daily through a joint effort with Mayo Clinic and the University […]

Federal airport money under scrutiny, but Brainerd Lakes comes out a winner

BY: - April 28, 2020

The Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t explained why a small Minnesota airport is receiving nearly $18 million in federal funding under the recent COVID-19 aid package, far more than busier airports in Rochester and Duluth, for instance.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $10 billion in funding for airports affected by pandemic. […]