Coronavirus
May 21
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced new guidelines Wednesday for restaurants, bars, salons and barber shops during the coronavirus pandemic.

Walz's latest changes get pushback

Starting June 1, bars and restaurants can open for outdoor service. Hair salons and campgrounds also can reopen, with limits. But the state's restrictions are more than what Iowa, the Dakotas and Wisconsin have.
Minneapolis
May 21
Ace Fox, who worked as a cook at Gigi's Cafe, protested Wednesday outside of Barbette.

Kim Bartmann repays employees' back wages, but organizing continues

Employees delivered a list of demands to Barbette restaurant on Wednesday.
Coronavirus
May 21
Friends Jon Feustel, left, and Mark Siebenaller, from the North Loop, drank beer and ate pizza from the Freehouse in the courtyard outside the brewpub

Minnesota restaurant owners feel blindsided by state's order only allowing patio dining

Owners had been planning for inside dining with restrictions come June 1 and aren't sure limiting to outside will work.
Coronavirus
May 20
Perkins + Will senior project architect Doug Pierce.

LEED, other building certification systems, look to adjust to COVID-19 era

Building standards such as LEED, RELi and WELL are piloting tweaks to respond to the coronavirus spread.
Business
May 20
Izzy's Ice Cream is selling its production facility and Minneapolis ice cream shop.Image courtesy Colliers International

Izzy's Ice Cream selling HQ, but co-founder vows to save the business

The listing of the building near Gold Medal Park follows the permanent closure of the Izzy's outlet in St. Paul.
Coronavirus
May 20
Scott Bodin administered a drive-through COVID-19 test at the Min No Aya Win clinic on the Fond du Lac Reservation on May 6.

Fond du Lac Band shelves instant COVID-19 test amid accuracy concerns

The FDA says the Abbott ID NOW test can return false negatives, but Abbott says it is accurate in its studies.
Coronavirus
May 20
Tom Ford, owner of the Madison & Co Salon in the Canadian Pacific building, donned one of the protective face shields he’d ordered to wear while cut

Minnesotans can finally return to salons, barbershops

Barbers, stylists and their clients must wear masks and services will be done by appointment only.
Business
May 20
Parasole's Burger Jones, which opened near Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis in 2009, will be close after the company's landlord decided to pursue a differe

Burger Jones won't reopen near Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis

But Parasole plans to open its other restaurants for takeout and curbside pickup next week.
Business
May 20
Shoppers visit the downtown Target Store in Minneapolis.

Target sees biggest sales jump in 15 years, but profits take a big hit

Essential items drove the sales gain, but buying habits shifted.
Coronavirus
May 20
FILE -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, on Feb. 28, 2020.

UnitedHealth, HealthPartners offer employer guides to get employees back to workplaces

One an app, the other a bundled group of services, they are based on CDC guidelines.
Coronavirus
May 20
Pictured is a file photo of Viracon's Owatonna plant from 2019.

COVID-19 hits 81 at Viracon glass factory in Owatonna

A COVID-19 outbreak among 81 workers at Viracon’s architectural glass factory caused the Owatonna plant to close down for deep-cleaning for two days last week,…
Coronavirus
May 19
UCare is cutting premiums for some Medicare customers, joining an industry trend.

UCare discounts Medicare premiums with COVID-19

Insurer is latest to trim charges as people seek less health care.
Business
May 19
(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Delta will increase some flights at MSP next month

Resumption a step forward in international service from Mpls.
Business
May 19

St. Cloud college gets $2.5M grant to build manufacturing training lab

The lab will train workers for skilled-manufacturing jobs and will be matched by local funds.
Coronavirus
May 19
Shoppers made their way through Rosedale Center in Roseville on Monday as some of the stores opened for business.

Minnesota retail shops are open again, but foot traffic is light

The state is allowing all stores to open as long as they file safety plans and limit capacity to 50%.
Coronavirus
May 19

Minnesota, other states sue EPA for 'blanket waiver' as nation fights pandemic

Minnesota joins eight others in suit accusing agency of overstepping.
Minneapolis
May 18
Landlord Stephen Frenz at a 2019 trial where he was convicted of perjury. Low-income tenants in south Minneapolis will gain control of five apartment

Embattled landlord sells last of his Minneapolis buildings, giving control to tenants

They'll buy five buildings after a yearslong battle with a derelict landlord.
Business
May 18
In this March 16, 2020, photo, a pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential

Tiny coronavirus vaccine trial offers dose of hope

The preliminary findings in the first eight people must now be repeated in far larger tests to find out if the vaccine can work in the real world.
Business
May 18
An Uber worker carries a bouquet of flowers to be delivered during mothers’ day in Mexico City, Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Uber lays off 3,000 more staffers, shutters dozens of offices

SAN FRANCISCO – Uber announced thousands more layoffs on Monday, the latest round of cuts for a business that has been devastated by the novel…
Coronavirus
May 18
Target is extending a $2-an-hour pay bump and other benefits for store and distribution center workers. Shown is a store in Danvers, Mass.

Target extends $2-an-hour coronavirus pay bump through July 4

$2-an-hour boost for frontline workers comes as other retail companies' deals are set to end.