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Minnesota reports 1,191 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

BY: - September 25, 2020

More than 94,100 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,994 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 1,191 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 1,924,020 tests have been completed. Of the 94,189 people who have tested positive, 84,256 no longer need to be isolated.

Pence to cops in Minneapolis: “We’re with you”

BY: and - September 24, 2020

The vice president and President Donald Trump’s daughter came to Minneapolis Thursday with a clear message: They’re with the cops. Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump met with “Cops for Trump” at the Minneapolis airport’s Intercontinental Hotel, filling a ballroom with law enforcement officers and their supporters, many of them in red shirts declaring […]

2nd congressional district race delayed after sudden death of Legal Marijuana Now candidate

BY: - September 24, 2020

The sudden death of a congressional candidate in Minnesota’s 2nd District has forced a Feb. 9 special election, Minnesota’s top elections official announced on Thursday. Adam Weeks, the Legal Marijuna Now candidate running to unseat U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, died this week, a party official told the Reformer. A cause of death was not immediately […]

Minnesota reports 995 new COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths

BY: - September 24, 2020

More than 93,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,988 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 995 new cases and three deaths. Approximately 1,895,302 tests have been completed. Of the 93,012 people who have tested positive, 83,862 no longer need to be isolated.

Workers at Classical MPR and The Current announce intent to unionize

BY: - September 24, 2020

Employees of Minnesota Public Radio’s classical music station and The Current, its contemporary music station, announced their intent to form a union on Thursday, citing a need for more equitable pay, greater staff diversity and more consistent and transparent discipline.  The announcement comes during a week that has already roiled one of the largest nonprofits […]

Legal Marijuana Now candidate for 2nd congressional district dies, potentially triggering special election

BY: - September 24, 2020

Adam Weeks, who was running for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd District as the Legal Marijuna Now Party candidate, has died, a party official told the Reformer. Dennis Schuller, Legal Marijuana Now Party treasurer, confirmed Weeks’s death and said a statement from the family would be coming soon. He said Weeks was “passionate in his pursuit […]

Metro Transit workers authorize strike after rejecting “final offer” on one-year contract

BY: - September 24, 2020

Metro Transit bus drivers, light rail operators, mechanics and cleaners voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike on Wednesday after workers rejected the year-long contract proposed by the Metropolitan Council, which operates the transit service. The vote came after the Metropolitan Council presented workers with a “final offer” in August, forcing the Amalgamated Transit Union Local […]

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50 Minnesota state and federal races to watch in the 2020 election

BY: - September 24, 2020

The presidential race alone is the source of enough election excitement this year, but there’s plenty to keep track of at the state and congressional levels as well. All 201 Minnesota House and Senate seats are on the ballot this year, plus each of the state’s eight U.S. House seats and one of Minnesota’s U.S. […]

$4.7 billion budget deficit, a pandemic-induced recession and redistricting await 2021 Legislature

BY: - September 24, 2020

Amid the backdrop of a once-in-a-century pandemic, all 201 legislative districts will be on the November ballot, and they’ll have just as much — if not more — impact on the lives of Minnesotans than the more widely discussed presidential election. Here are some of the issues lawmakers will be addressing next year, with widely […]

Minnesota reports 690 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

BY: - September 23, 2020

More than 92,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,985 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 690 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 1,873,867 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 303 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 148 of them in intensive care units. […]

U.S. House passes deal on stopgap funding, avoids government shutdown

BY: - September 23, 2020

House and Senate leaders reached a bipartisan agreement Tuesday night to pass a three-month funding stopgap, averting a government shutdown in the midst of a pandemic and a short time before the November elections. In a 359-57 vote, the House passed H.R. 8337, which extends federal government funding until Dec. 11, when lawmakers would have to renew it again. The […]

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Republican lawmaker sues Minnesota’s top elections official to block mail-in ballot changes

BY: and - September 23, 2020

A Minnesota Republican lawmaker is suing the state’s top elections official, seeking to block an extension to allow mail-in ballots to be counted up to a week after Election Day, Nov. 3. The extension has been granted and approved by the courts to accommodate the large volume of mail-in ballots because of the ongoing COVID-19 […]