Parents near breaking point as COVID adds to child-care crisis

The number of child-care slots is declining, and centers are dealing with staff shortages and pandemic rules, while parents are left with expensive bills for incomplete care.

With no federal mandate, large Minnesota employers consider vaccine requirements for workers

Employers with diverging camps in their workforces — the vaccine hesitant and the exposure averse — will now have to choose their battle.
Dani Carlin handed out frozen paints for an activity at Carlin’s home-based child-care center Little Naturalists in St. Paul. The number of home-bas
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Dani Carlin handed out frozen paints for an activity at Carlin’s home-based child-care center Little Naturalists in St. Paul. The number of home-based operators continues to drop in Minnesota.
Hannah Justin, Cat Urlich, Aubrey Davis and Lizzie Stenhaug play Mario Kart on Nintendo 64 during game night at Stenhaug’s Golden Valley home on Fri

Omicron's speed drives shift in Minnesota's COVID-19 mindset

Infections might seem inevitable, but health officials stress that prevention still works — and is crucial in the near term.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman defends work of his office

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New DFL Senate Minority Leader Melisa Lopez Franzen, DFL-Edina, walked past the Minnesota State Capitol on her way from the underground tunnel that co

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Betty White, center — whose “Golden Girls” character hailed from “St. Olaf, Minn.” — visited St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in May

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