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JBS pork processing plant in Worthington

Minnesota wants to test all JBS pork packing plant employees after COVID-19 outbreak

BY: - April 21, 2020

Minnesota faces its most serious COVID-19-related crisis yet with the discovery of an outbreak at a JBS pork packing plant in Worthington, the southwestern Minnesota town where a coronavirus outbreak has infected at least 26 workers and some of their family members. State health officials said Monday they want to test all employees at the […]

JBS pork processing plant in Worthington

Nobles County has Minnesota’s highest COVID-19 case rate amid pork plant outbreak

BY: - April 20, 2020

Nobles County, home to a JBS pork plant with an outbreak of COVID-19 among workers, has the highest number of cases per capita in Minnesota, with 34.5 cases per 10,000 residents. The county has a population of just over 22,000 and 76 confirmed cases as of April 20, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. […]

President Donald Trump has kind words for Gov. Tim Walz

BY: - April 20, 2020

President Donald Trump tweeted something nice about Gov. Tim Walz, after which Minnesotans breathed a sigh of relief because we didn’t want him taking our ventilators, and also we don’t like feuding with people, at least not openly. Received a very nice call from @GovTimWalz of Minnesota. We are working closely on getting him all […]

Most vulnerable leave homeless shelters just as COVID-19 arrives

BY: - April 20, 2020

Three weeks ago, Barbara Williams moved out of a shelter in Minneapolis — where 15 women sleep on bunk beds in a large, open room —  and into a hotel suite with its own bathroom, queen-sized bed and TV. Even though it’s an upgrade, Williams was worried about being socially isolated. “I didn’t want to […]

Minn. Senator joins calls for suspending rents and mortgages during pandemic

BY: - April 17, 2020

State Sen. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, joined a growing chorus of progressive local leaders calling for the state to suspend rent and mortgage payments for the duration of the health emergency caused by COVID-19. “The executive order where people can’t be evicted at some point is going to end,” Hayden said. “And if people have not […]

JBS pork processing plant in Worthington

COVID-19 outbreak at JBS pork plant in Worthington

BY: - April 17, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz is deploying a team to Worthington, as a JBS meatpacking plant is now the site of a COVID-19 outbreak there.   As in Iowa, South Dakota and other states, Minnesota now faces a threat to a key agribusiness sector, source of the nation’s food supply and economic driver in the rural southwest part […]

111 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19

BY: - April 17, 2020

Minnesota reported 17 deaths from COVID-19 between April 15 and 16 — the highest number in a 24-hour period during the pandemic. Across the state, 111 people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus since the state confirmed its first case March 6, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The number […]

Trump tweets ‘LIBERATE MINNESOTA!’ in support of protests targeting Walz, other governors

BY: - April 17, 2020

So much for letting states set their own timeline for reopening. President Donald Trump on Friday sent a spate of tweets in support of protestors targeting governors in states with stay-at-home orders. Among them: Minnesota. “LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” he tweeted, also tweeting “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” and most provocatively, “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It […]

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Senate Republicans announce bipartisan housing assistance bill, blindsiding Democrats

BY: - April 16, 2020

Republican and DFL legislators appeared to have an agreement on a bill providing millions in rental and mortgage assistance to Minnesotans affected by COVID-19, but the Democrats seemed not to know about it. Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, and Sen. Bill Weber, R-Luverne, announced Thursday a bipartisan deal that would provide $30 million in funding […]

Heartland governors create regional pact to reopen economy as state Republicans push for faster action

BY: and - April 16, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday announced a pact with six other Midwestern governors to coordinate on a strategy to reopen their states for business. At the same time, he provided no timeline for phasing workers back into their jobs and stressed the need for widespread testing to better track COVID-19. Walz’s administration is also seeking […]

More than 1,000 Minnesotans have recovered from COVID-19

BY: - April 16, 2020

Just over half the Minnesotans who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered — a total of 1,020 residents, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. As of April 15, Minnesota had 1,912 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 41,000 people had been tested. Because of limited testing, more people have had COVID-19 than are […]

University of Minnesota: We can do tests; give us money to do it

BY: - April 16, 2020

The University of Minnesota Medical School unveiled a plan to conduct widespread testing for COVID-19 and is asking state government for $20 million to do it. The goal, according to the proposal, is to identify people who can safely return to work and other normal activities. “We will use methods developed at the University of […]