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Minneapolis creates $5 million COVID-19 relief fund available to undocumented residents

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday he will use his emergency powers to create a $5 million forgivable loan program to help renters and...

Minneapolis closes all beaches and pools for the summer

All Minneapolis public beaches and pools will be closed for the entire summer in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Restrooms and drinking...
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State lawmakers propose $100M renter bailout as unemployment soars

Rent is due today for the first time since more than 270,000 Minnesotans lost their jobs because of COVID-19, many of them in low-paying...

Sleep Number stores are ‘essential’; furniture stores are not

Sleep Number stores across Minnesota will remain open during the stay-at-home period aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 even as furniture stores have...

Gazelka criticizes state hotline asking Minnesotans to report violations of stay-home order

Minnesota’s top elected Republican said Tuesday he wants Gov. Tim Walz to take down a COVID-19 hotline, which he said is a way for...
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Construction workers have plenty of PPE, even after donations to health care workers

Minnesota’s director of infectious disease said recently that the biggest challenge for frontline health care workers is a lack of personal protective equipment like...

At least 100 reporters call into daily COVID-19 phone briefing with Walz, health department

On a good day, a reporter’s chance of being called on during the daily phone-briefing with Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of...
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

Abdi Warsame wins city council approval to lead housing authority, starts March 31

Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame will take the helm of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority on March 31, making him the first Somali-American...

Minnesota House votes 99-4 to advance COVID-19 emergency response package to Senate

The Minnesota House on Thursday approved a $330 million COVID-19 emergency response package, voting 99-4 and advancing the measure to the Senate.  Crafted over the...

Nearly 20,000 Minnesotans were homeless on any night in 2018, report says

Nearly 20,000 Minnesotans were homeless on any given night in 2018, according to a new study released Wednesday. The estimate comes from Wilder Research’s most...
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Minnesota gets an “A” in social distancing

Minnesotans are above-average in social distancing, according to smart phone surveillance data you probably didn’t know you were giving away. The company Unacast, which analyzes...

Nearly 150,000 jobless claims filed since March 16, most from women and food service...

Minnesota received nearly 150,000 jobless claims during a week-long period ending Monday, with a large bulk coming from women and food service workers.  Steve Grove,...

Gov. Walz says he isn’t ready to issue a shelter-in-place order yet

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is not yet prepared to join his counterparts in states like Ohio, Michigan and California who have issued shelter-in-place orders,...

Sen. Klobuchar’s husband hospitalized; Walz exposed; Flanagan’s brother dies from COVID-19

The coronavirus has reached the highest levels of the Minnesota government, afflicting the families of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov....
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Minn. landlord group says members should halt evictions through May

A trade group representing nearly 2,000 landlords in Minnesota is asking its members to halt evictions, late fees and rent increases through May to...
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Hennepin County moves 130 homeless people into hotels for COVID-19 protection

One hundred thirty people experiencing homelessness in Hennepin County have voluntarily moved into separate living quarters in hotels just four days after the county...

Minnesota sees first death from COVID-19

A Ramsey County resident in their 80s is the first known person with COVID-19 to have died in Minnesota, the Department of Health reported Saturday. The...

Walz considering allowing restaurants, bars sell alcohol with takeout food orders

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday provided a glimmer of hope to restaurant owners struggling with the closure of dine-in options, saying he’s considering allowing...

Walz announces YMCA child care program; MNSure open enrollment

DFL Gov. Tim Walz announced a pair of initiatives on Friday aimed at alleviating health insurance coverage needs, as well as addressing child care...

U.S. Department of Education says states can skip standardized tests

As schools across the country cancel classes and move instruction online, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Friday that states will be able...
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