Minnesota News

COVID-19 in MN: Twin Cities suburbs drive case surge

Jul 10, 2020

For the first time, the suburban counties of Dakota, Washington, Anoka, Scott and Carver now have about as many new cases per capita as Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Long-term care opens doors to outside caregivers

Jul 10, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health put out new guidance Friday that allows residents to designate one person, identified as an “essential caregiver,” to visit inside the residence and to have physical contact with them.

Coronavirus FAQ: How do I protect myself if the coronavirus can linger in the air?

Jul 11, 2020

Researchers say airborne transmission is possible, especially in cramped, indoor settings — but it's unclear how much it contributes to the spread of the coronavirus. Here's how to lower your risks, just in case.

Special session, Part 2, planned for Monday

Jul 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz summoned lawmakers back for a special session that will begin Monday. He said it’s time for a deal on police accountability and public works construction.

Survey: Most families want to return to school in fall

Jul 9, 2020

A new survey from the Minnesota Department of Education shows a majority of families had a bad experience with distance learning and want schools to resume in-person classes in the fall. But the results are just a sampling — and hardly scientific.

Guard mobilized quickly, adjusted on fly for Floyd unrest

Jul 10, 2020

More than 7,100 Minnesota National Guard members were pressed into duty for a mission unlike any other in Minneapolis after George Floyd was killed. The Guard’s commander offered an inside look at the mission to state lawmakers Thursday.

Trump commutes sentence of Roger Stone

Jul 11, 2020

The president has used his clemency power to spare Stone a prison sentence following his conviction in a federal court. It's the latest official intercession in a case involving a friend of Trump.

Task force designed to guide changes for Mpls. police

Jul 10, 2020

Mayor Jacob Frey said that achieving transformational change will require a team effort and the experts and advocates on the task force will deliver “innovative policies and a wholly-new approach to public safety.”

Sales boom, shutdowns leave bikes in short supply

Jul 10, 2020

There’s been a bike boom around the world — including in Minnesota — as people look for ways to get around town, to replace the gym, or just to get out of the house amid the pandemic. And that has contributed to a shortage of bicycles and parts.

Officials: No easy solutions for Mpls. park encampments

Jul 10, 2020

Homelessness is driving the growth of tent camps in Minneapolis parks — and COVID-19 is making the situation worse, Hennepin County’s senior administrator of housing stability tells MPR News. The Minneapolis park board says it’ll consider a new resolution…