In March, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, held a 3M N95 mask as she visited 3M headquarters in Maplewood with Vi

Trump order mandates that 3M sell N95 masks to FEMA

The order to help meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency's needs comes under the Defense Production Act, which the president invoked a week ago.

Target will provide workers masks, gloves, monitor number of shoppers in stores

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Target will start giving workers masks and gloves and monitor the number of people shopping in a given store at one time.
The Minneapolis-based retailer is strongly encouraging workers to wear the protective gear.

Just when Minnesotans are cleaning house, there's hardly anywhere to take stuff

April 2
John Greer unloaded items from his car Wednesday to the Salvation Army donation center in Minneapolis' North Loop.
People who are moving or spring cleaning are piling stuff up or hiring junk haulers amid a shortage of centers.
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April 2
Allina Health System has placed about 1,500 of its 29,000 employees on "low need" status, with pay, to compensate for declining business.

COVID-19 plans shrink health care work for Minn. clinics, hospitals

While preparing for a surge at hospitals, outpatient care centers go dark and workers are told to stay home.
Coronavirus
April 2
AAR Corp., which in Duluth employees about 400 peole and performs routine maintenance and repairs for commercial airlines, could have its rent payment

Duluth wants to forgive rent for major airport employer

The move could save AAR Corp. more than $111,000 through June.
Coronavirus
April 2
Workers at the Minnetronix Medical manufacturing facility in St. Paul. Minnetronix, a St. Paul-based company that manufactures medical devices under c

Companies study Medtronic plans in race to bolster ventilator production

Engineers are studying a variety of designs in the effort to bolster production of the potentially lifesaving devices.
Coronavirus
April 2
A Michael's craft store in Albany, N.Y. on March 24, 2020.

Michaels, Jo-Ann open despite state saying arts, crafts stores included in stay-at-home order

Michaels says it is essential because it provides fabric for homemade masks and supplies for children who are at home.
Coronavirus
April 2
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, shown in a photo taken at a briefing last month, is helping prepare the state's hospitals for the surge of

Schafer: Here's why Minnesota doesn't have enough hospital beds

One update from state officials this week on the COVID-19 epidemic included details on facilities to house more hospital beds. So far five usable sites…
Coronavirus
April 1
Jose Pedro Sanchez,a seamstress at Blue Delta Jeans, sews together a face guard at the jeans manufacturing company's site in Shannon, Miss.

Minnesota, Midwest factory conditions plunge because of coronavirus

Manufacturers confidence levels hit record lows; supply chain issues complicate matters.
Coronavirus
April 1
Medical equipment makers like Medtronic rely on parts from suppliers in many countries and are worried that a U.S. wartime production law may invite r

Medtronic, other med-tech firms fear parts shortage if Trump invokes wartime production law

Trump is under pressure to force companies to make ventilators for the U.S., but it's not so simple.
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April 1
A rig drilling new wells in North Dakota. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune)

Major player in North Dakota oil industry files for bankruptcy

Whiting Petroleum, which was troubled before the economic consequences of the coronavirus, filed for Chapter 11.
Coronavirus
April 1
Gevo’s ethanol plant in Luverne, Minn.

Biofuel maker Gevo idles its Luverne, Minn., plant, terminates 30 employees

Markets for its products, especially ethanol, have fallen because of the coronavirus.
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British author J.K. Rowling.

J.K. Rowling starts Harry Potter At Home for housebound families

J.K. Rowling is hoping a dash of Harry Potter will help families confined to their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus
April 1
President Donald Trump opens a box containing a 5-minute test for COVID-19 from Abbott Laboratories as Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the U.S. Food and

Abbott's 5-minute test among products with Minnesota ties on front lines of virus fight

Developments include a five-minute coronavirus test and a device that removes fluids from patients.
Coronavirus
April 1
Service Manager Keith Wilson tests a TV100 ventilator at medical equipment manufacturer Bio-Med Devices in Guilford, Conn. on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Minnesota faces chaotic global battle for more ventilators

Minnesota is scrambling against worldwide competition to line up the ventilators it needs to limit the death toll from a coming surge of patients critically ill with COVID-19.
Coronavirus
March 31
Jessica Mills posted updated social distancing guidelines in the lobby of CommonBond's West Broadway Crescent property.

For thousands in Minnesota out of work, rent and house payments are coming due

Housing advocates and nonprofits in the Twin Cities say delays in assistance have left many in limbo.
Coronavirus
March 31
Bruce DeArmon, of Estes Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis, vacuumed and disinfected a chapel between memorial services.

Funeral services, family grief disrupted by COVID-19 in Minnesota

The global COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically reshaping the age-old ritual of honoring the dead, while adding thousands more to the toll.
Coronavirus
March 31
In announcing layoffs of 248 Minnesotans, student loan collection agency National Recoveries Inc. cited an executive order that postpones all federal

Student loan collection agency lays off 248 from three Twin Cities offices

National Recoveries Inc. cites a student loan deferment order issued last week for layoffs.
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Coronavirus
March 31
Polaris is restarting some production but is taking numerous cost-cutting steps to survive the downturn resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.

Polaris resumes some work but initiates pay cuts and furloughs

Some Polaris workers will be furloughed for two weeks while others have their pay cut 20% through June.
Coronavirus
March 31
Best Buy says it will pay store workers through April 18, adding two more weeks as it handles a surge of online orders for office equipment and applia

Best Buy to pay employees for two more weeks while stores remain closed

The electronics retailer is busy filling online orders for home office equipment and appliances.
Coronavirus
March 31
Sun Country is down to 40% of its flight capacity and has parked much of its fleet on the west side of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

As lull in air travel grows, Sun Country retakes control of ground work at MSP

The airline ended an 18-month relationship with Delta Global Services.
Coronavirus
March 31
Fairview Southdale hospital in Edina is part of the M Health Fairview system.

COVID-19 plans weaken Minnesota hospitals' revenue

The shutdown of elective procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic is cutting the volume of patients.
Business
March 31
A Walmart store in Mountain View, Calif.

Walmart will start checking worker temps, providing masks and gloves

Retailer is hiring roughly 5,000 employees a day to meet heightened demand.