Minnesota News

Latest on COVID-19 in MN: 34 dead, 64 in ICU; Walz eyes 'refined' stay-home order

Apr 7, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz offered a glimmer of hope Tuesday on the arc of COVID-19 even as Minnesota’s total cases jumped above 1,000. The governor signaled he’ll extend his current stay-at-home order, with some tweaks, past Friday.

Lawmakers pass workers’ compensation bill — with cost unresolved

Apr 7, 2020

The Minnesota House and Senate passed legislation Tuesday to help first responders, health care workers and others get workers’ compensation benefits if they contract COVID-19. However, lawmakers say it’s not clear how the state will pay for the expected …

Trump touts administration's pandemic handling

Apr 7, 2020

Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he wanted to be positive but also that his actions in response to the pandemic came as quickly as practical.

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

Apr 7, 2020

John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, died Tuesday at the age of 73.

Coronavirus fueling 'total chaos' and tough decisions for Minnesota's immigrant workers

Apr 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has immigrant workers and their employers calling for clarity and sanity from immigration agencies.

Trump issues disaster declaration for Minnesota

Apr 7, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz had asked Trump to issue the declaration to allow federal funding to flow to the state. Minnesota’s congressional delegation had urged the Trump administration to approve the request.

Minnesota’s stay-at-home order encourages getting outside, but how far away?

Apr 7, 2020

Outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and biking are explicitly allowed under Minnesota’s stay-at-home order. But that order also limits nonessential travel. So, just how far can people travel to get outside?

‘Churches will stay empty until it's safe’: Martin Co. pastor adjusts ministry amid coronavirus

Apr 7, 2020

This year, Holy Week comes almost exactly a month after Minnesota confirmed its first case of COVID-19, and several weeks into subsequent social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders. For St. James and many congregations, a time of reunion has bec…

Daily dose of sweetness: Even in crisis, Minnesotans still won't take the last piece

Apr 7, 2020

Sure, Minnesotans have been out stocking up at the grocery stores, making sure they have the necessities. But even in a pandemic, they just can’t shake the “last piece” rule. Here’s a look at the things we’ve left behind.

In Wisconsin, election goes on despite the coronavirus pandemic

Apr 7, 2020

Voters went to the polls in Wisconsin Tuesday — and election workers staffed them — despite a global pandemic and a stay-at-home order put in place by the state’s governor.