Minnesota schools can reopen if COVID-19 spread is under control, Walz says

BY: - July 30, 2020

Minnesota school districts will be allowed to hold in-person school this fall if the spread of COVID-19 is under control in their communities and they can implement safety measures, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday. The state’s reopening guidance allows districts some flexibility in their decisions to resume in-person lessons, remote teaching or a mix of […]

Minneapolis Charter Commission scuttles plan that would have allowed city to reduce Police Department

BY: - July 29, 2020

The Minneapolis Charter Commission considered, and then scuttled, a plan Wednesday that would have erased minimum police staffing requirements specified in the charter, which is like the city’s constitution.  The commission mulled the change as a response to the City Council, which has its own plan to dismantle the Police Department and create a public […]

U.S. House passes package to rescue child care industry

BY: - July 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House stepped in Wednesday to try to rescue the nation’s child care system from collapse under the weight of the pandemic. The chamber approved a pair of bills that backers say are needed to fully reopen the economy and shore up the child care industry in the longer term. Rep. Pete […]

Minnesota reports 681 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

BY: - July 29, 2020

More than 52,900 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,589 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 681 new cases and nine deaths. Approximately 993,091 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 310 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 143 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minneapolis mayor orders bar areas closed to curb COVID-19 spread

BY: - July 29, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey ordered all indoor bar areas closed in the city amid concerns of rising COVID-19 cases. The order goes into effect on Aug. 1 at 5 p.m and prohibits people from congregating or being served in bar areas in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other establishments but allows businesses to remain open for […]

Federal unemployment aid didn’t stop people from seeking work, study says

BY: - July 29, 2020

As congressional leaders clash over extending federal unemployment benefits, a new analysis concludes that the extra $600 per week in federal money since March hasn’t prevented unemployed people from returning to work. The results of the study from Yale’s Tobin Center for Economic Policy contradict recent Republican claims that continuing the enhanced $600 unemployment payments […]

Three homeless shelters to open in Minneapolis; state pledges $19M on homelessness response

BY: - July 29, 2020

City, county and state leaders announced more than $19 million in government funding for three new shelters in Minneapolis as the city confronts sprawling homeless encampments that have activated expansive volunteer networks and put pressure on elected officials to spend more money quickly. “We are in a state of emergency,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Angela […]

Ivanka Trump visits Minnesota for opening of missing and murdered Native American cold case office

BY: - July 28, 2020

President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior advisor Ivanka Trump visited Bloomington, Minn. Monday for the opening of a new office dedicated to investigating cases of missing and murdered Native Americans, arriving after making a stop in Duluth. Tribal leaders and high-ranking officials with the Bureau of Indian Affairs joined Trump for the ribbon cutting at […]

Charter Commission skeptical of proposal to strip Minneapolis Police Department from city charter

BY: - July 27, 2020

Of the 15 members of the Minneapolis Charter Commission — which will ultimately decide whether residents will get to vote on a measure to dismantle the Police Department — nine of them are publicly cool to the idea. The Minneapolis City Council wants the Charter Commission to let voters delete the Police Department from the city charter, […]

Minnesota reports 650 new COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths

BY: - July 27, 2020

More than 51,800 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,576 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 650 new cases and two deaths. Approximately 970,726 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 257 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 126 of them in intensive care units. […]

Audit: Commission gave Enbridge too much influence at early meetings

BY: - July 27, 2020

The Legislative Auditor released a report Monday critical of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, citing a poor track record of engaging the public in its work regulating power plants, pipelines, and other utilities. Opponents of the Enbridge Line 3 and other controversial projects seized on the findings, calling it vindication after years of criticizing the […]

Charges say Chauvin pretended to live in Florida. How common is that?

BY: - July 27, 2020

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer accused of second-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd, now faces different allegations in Washington County: He and wife Kellie Chauvin didn’t file their taxes, thereby underreporting more than $460,000 of income, according to the charges. Authorities allege the hustle was the type that may be familiar […]