Anoka-Hennepin teachers plan to rally for a safe school reopening plan Monday

BY: - August 24, 2020

Members of the Anoka-Hennepin teacher’s union plan to rally for a safe reopening plan outside district headquarters Monday night, while the school board holds a virtual meeting about the start of the school year.  Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota, the union representing more than 2,600 educators and staff, said the district hasn’t presented a “consistent message” about […]

State Republicans grill top pollution regulator in ongoing dispute over Walz’s emergency powers

BY: - August 24, 2020

A key pollution regulator was called before a state Senate panel Monday and forced to defend her job performance, responding to tough questioning from Republicans on issues like the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline, low emission automobiles and her allegedly unfair treatment of a polluter. Laura Bishop, who was a chief sustainability officer at Best […]

Nonprofit groups tell Congress to get back to work

BY: - August 24, 2020

A group of Minnesota nonprofits called on federal elected officials Monday to “get back to work” and pass another coronavirus relief package. More than 150 nonprofit groups sent a letter to Minnesota’s congressional delegation Aug. 20 saying the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was vital, but insufficient as the “the situation is worsening.” […]

George Floyd mural vandal no longer a U med student

BY: - August 24, 2020

The University of Minnesota Medical School dean released a statement saying the Rochester med student who admitted to defacing the George Floyd mural last week was not enrolled as of Thursday. “We are aware of a media report discussing the involvement of a medical student in this act,” Dean Jakub Tolar said in statement released […]

A fascist manifesto is gaining fans on the right, including state Sen. Roger Chamberlain.

BY: - August 24, 2020

NOTE: This article quotes racist and sexist passages.  Since last fall, Minnesota State Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, has taken a keen interest in a book called Bronze Age Mindset. The self-published tome has captivated many on the American right while trafficking in neo-fascism, racism and misogyny. The writer is an anonymous internet figure who […]

House passes bill to boost post office funding by $25 billion, block service changes

BY: - August 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House convened a rare weekend session Saturday in an attempt to stop the U.S. Postal Service from disrupting mail service to sabotage the November elections, as Democrats allege. The Democratic-led chamber passed a bill 257-150 that would infuse $25 billion into the agency as it prepares for a surge in mail-in ballots while […]

Enbridge Line 3 appeal could lead to political fallout for Gov. Walz

BY: - August 21, 2020

Minnesota Senate Republicans will use a hearing today to rake Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley over the coals, especially after this week’s decision to again appeal approval of $2.6 billion Enbridge Line 3, the pipeline that would replace an aging one and carry Canadian oil to Superior, Wisc. The building trades hammered Gov. Tim Walz over […]

Postmaster general insists it’s his ‘sacred duty’ to ensure election mail on time

BY: - August 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy mounted a strong defense of his record Friday during a high-profile Senate hearing on recent postal delays, calling claims that the Trump administration is trying to sabotage the elections by deliberately disrupting mail service “outrageous.” DeJoy acknowledged delays during the pandemic but said the agency is fully capable of […]

Cup Foods has a past, but does it have a future?

BY: - August 21, 2020

Days after reopening Cup Foods on Aug. 3, co-owner Mahmoud Abumayyaleh was back behind the store counter, talking to customers and his employees while outside, people milled about the makeshift memorial to George Floyd. If you went into the store for a pack of cigarettes, a sandwich or cell phone minutes, you may have noticed […]

Meatpacking companies dismissed years of warnings but now say nobody could have prepared for COVID-19

BY: and - August 21, 2020

This story was originally published by investigative reporting nonprofit ProPublica. At the end of June, with hundreds of his workers already infected with COVID-19 and several dead, Kenneth Sullivan, the CEO of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, sent a pointed letter to two U.S. senators who had launched an investigation into outbreaks in […]

Minnesota’s unemployment rate improves, but over 236,000 people still out of work

BY: - August 20, 2020

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 7.7% in July, down from 8.6% in June, as workers still face sweeping job cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That means 236,832 Minnesotans were jobless in July, according to data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The new figures show that Minnesotans of color continue […]

White Earth votes in favor of producing and distributing medical marijuana

BY: - August 19, 2020

White Earth citizens voted overwhelmingly in favor of a referendum on Tuesday asking if the tribe should begin growing, regulating and distributing medical marijuana on the reservation. “It’s exciting,” White Earth Chairman Michael Fairbanks said. “The membership has spoken and it’s overwhelming.” Nearly nine in 10 voters approved of the referendum, making the White Earth […]