Minneapolis goes on installment plan to pay workers comp settlements

BY: - October 12, 2021

The city of Minneapolis has had so many workers’ compensation settlements with cops since last year that it has begun spreading out the payments over three or four years, instead of paying workers one lump sum.

Minneapolis Police Department down 300 officers from spring 2020

BY: - October 11, 2021

The Minneapolis Police Department’s staff has dwindled to 588 officers, a decline of roughly 300 from the time of George Floyd’s murder, the Star Tribune reported. Police departments across the country are having trouble retaining and recruiting staff, leaving many with officer shortages. The New York Times reported in June that retirements were up 45% […]

Minnesota solar installer bankruptcies leave unfinished projects, calls for better oversight

BY: - October 11, 2021

Minnesota solar industry leaders are working with state officials to tighten oversight of residential solar contractors after the bankruptcy of a Utah-based company left dozens of homeowners with unfinished projects. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry reached an agreement last week with the trustee of Empire Solar Group LLC, a national solar installer that […]

Chief priority for new Senate DFL leader: Win back majority

BY: - October 11, 2021

State Sen. Melisa López Franzen has been updating her letterhead and campaign signs after reclaiming her López surname. Now her placards need another update: Senate minority leader. The Edina Democratic lawmaker took over the Senate DFL caucus after Sen. Susan Kent’s surprise announcement that she would step down as caucus leader and would also not […]

Minneapolis aims to provide lawyers to all low-income renters in eviction cases

BY: - October 8, 2021

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a so-called “right to counsel” ordinance on Friday that aims to provide all low-income renters with free legal services in eviction cases. While the U.S. Constitution grants everyone the right to an attorney in criminal cases, evictions and other housing disputes are civil matters and the vast majority of […]

Former Minn. revenue commissioner Cynthia Bauerly named interim Senate DFL chief of staff

BY: - October 8, 2021

The Senate DFL on Friday announced a staff shakeup under new Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen of Edina.  According to an announcement sent to Senate DFL staff and senators, former Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly will serve as interim chief of staff, replacing John Pollard, who served his last day in the job last Friday.  Former […]

Minneapolis council member says he ‘got got’ at ‘defund police’ rally

BY: - October 8, 2021

Minneapolis City Council Member Phillipe Cunningham said during a recent candidate forum that he had no idea there was a big sign on the front of the stage that said “DEFUND POLICE” when he went onstage at a Powderhorn Park rally with eight of his council colleagues.

Misinformation abounds as U.S. House panel questions Arizona’s presidential election ‘audit’

BY: - October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take long for Thursday’s congressional hearing about a controversial ballot review in Arizona to demonstrate the persistent misinformation about the validity of last year’s presidential election. Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, asked his colleague, Arizona Republican Andy Biggs, if he accepts the findings of the GOP-led review of ballots in Maricopa […]

Minneapolis Mayor: Video of police department’s response to unrest ‘galling’ 

BY: - October 8, 2021

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said it was “galling” to see recently released body camera video footage giving a behind-the-scenes look at how Minneapolis police officers behaved as they struggled to regain control of the city after five days of civil unrest sparked by George Floyd’s police killing.

Conservative Minnesota think tank decries equity studies in education in Marshall

BY: - October 8, 2021

MARSHALL — Kendall and Sheila Qualls appeared at an event organized by the Center of the American Experiment here recently, offering dark warnings about Marxism and the decline of the two-parent Black family, while encouraging action plans for influencing public school curriculum.  They spoke to a crowd of about 100 at the Marshall Golf Club, […]

COVID-19 cases among K-12 students on the rise

BY: - October 7, 2021

More than 1,700 K-12 students tested positive for COVID-19 in the week ending Sept. 25, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday. Case counts associated with K-12 schools climbed steeply throughout the first month of class. Between Sept. 5 and Oct. 2, more than 5,300 students and 800 staff tested positive, according to MDH. Minnesota’s […]

Senate holds hearing on political candidate residency questions after Rep. John Thompson controversy

BY: - October 7, 2021

A Senate committee on Thursday heard testimony about how candidates and lawmakers verify their addresses when they file for office, exploring a new law to prevent lawmakers from living outside of districts they represent.  State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, convened a hearing to review current law and processes for candidates who file for office.  […]