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More than 10,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have been tested.
The benefit will help alleviate hunger among poor children in the summer months.
The state Department of Health found the homes placed their residents in "immediate jeopardy."
In Minnesota and nationally, the deadliest clusters of the coronavirus have tended to be in large, multistory nursing homes with people doubled up in rooms and separated by curtains.
Advocates have voiced alarms that restrictions are being taken too far.
The practice is drawing strong opposition that such transfers endanger residents of senior homes that are understaffed and ill-equipped to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
For the past two months, there has been little respite for workers.
Citing urgent public health concerns, Metro Transit authorities are moving to contain the spread of a large and growing homeless encampment near the light-rail line in south Minneapolis.
The death toll at the facility — the site of the state's deadliest outbreak since the pandemic began — has more than quadrupled in the past two weeks. State health officials identified multiple lapses of infection-control standards.
More than 40 residents at North Ridge Health and Rehab have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Senior living facilities have imposed unprecedented limits on visitors.
About 540 homeless adults with underlying health problems who have been moved out of shelters and into four Twin Cities-area hotels.
Families said they were kept in the dark about the deadly magnitude of the outbreak.
State health officials say their priority has shifted toward responding to COVID-19.
Catholic Eldercare reported the outbreak in a letter to family members and said it had begun to isolate residents infected with COVID-19 in a designated section of its 174-bed nursing home at 817 Main Street NE.
The crowd of about 80 people included many people with loved ones at St. Therese of New Hope, where at least 12 residents have died since early April.
The expanded food stamp benefits will provide relief to more than 250,000 Minnesotans.
At least 12 residents of a large senior care community in New Hope have died of the novel coronavirus, representing one of the state's deadliest outbreaks of the respiratory illness at a single site.
As the deadly coronavirus continues its rampage through Minnesota nursing homes, public health officials are facing a fresh dilemma.
Minutes into a conversation with her mother, Deana Walkowiak-Olson could not shake the sensation that something was terribly wrong at the large Duluth senior home…
A small shelter struggles with little support to contain a coronavirus outbreak.
As the novel coronavirus tightens its grip, such clusters of tents and sleeping bags are appearing in public spaces — in parks, under bridges and along transit lines — throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
The new safeguards include constant mask-wearing by staff; more aggressive segregation of infected residents and more rigorous screening of workers.
More than half of the 24 Minnesotans who have died from the disease lived in nursing homes or assisted-living centers.
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said her agency will begin publishing the names on its website as early as Friday or Saturday.
As deaths mount, pressure is building on the state to release more. The Minnesota Department of Health has cited concerns that releasing names would violate privacy laws.
In a letter sent to providers on Sunday, the agency said staffers providing adult day services are not considered "critical sector" workers.
Many fear the worst is yet to come, and their loved ones will die alone, with no one holding their hand.
The latest in a flurry of executive orders would provide emergency relief to older and disabled Minnesotans.
The potentially devastating consequences of COVID-19 on the nearly 570,000 Americans without a place to live are starting to raise alarms.
More than 3,500 adults with disabilities have been affected by the closures as providers seek emergency relief.
Legislative auditor's report notes progress but urges stronger oversight of state program.
Already, many of Minnesota's 300 food shelves are bracing for a decline in donations and a shortage of volunteers.
After years of underfunding, Minnesota's state subsidies that help more than 15,000 low-income families have fallen well short of federal standards.
A state Senate committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on a new bill that would impose escalating fines, starting at $158,000 a month.
Thousands do assembly in "sheltered workshops."
More than 47,000 Minnesotans have multiple accounts in the state Medicaid system.
Minnesota has long had among the most stringent foster care licensing standards in the nation. Advocates say the overly strict rules are hurting kids.
The once-lauded Connect 700 program has come under fire for being rolled out inconsistently across state agencies.
Another resident arrested in attack at state-run mental health facility in West St. Paul; others unharmed.
NONFICTION: A New York Times reporter takes a hard look at the problem of affordable housing.
Attorneys argue the far-reaching ordinance effectively bars sex offenders from living in the city.
The Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter has been cited nearly a dozen times for violating rules limiting the use of restraints on patients.
The forecast calls for 3 to 8 inches in the metro area, with heavier accumulations to the south.
The president of the SEIU Local 26 said "differences are still mighty."
Attorneys for the Alzheimer's patient's husband sued the facility, alleging the post revealed private information about the patient's health condition.
Gov. Walz launched effort to help the homeless.
The raise of $100 a month for 29,000 families is the first since 1986.
Fewer than 12% of hires still work in state jobs.
Woman pounded nails into her head that weren't detected for a month.
People with disabilities and their families say the $3 billion program is confusing and arbitrary.
An internal audit at the Minnesota Department of Human Services has found several violations of laws to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the division responsible for a recent series of improper payments.
The number of kids removed from homes because of abuse or neglect fell for first time in 9 years.
Cameras have become an important tool for families who suspect abuse in senior care facilities.
Hennepin Healthcare will be closing its Augustana and Parkside senior care clinics, both in Minneapolis, at the end of February.
Legislators from both parties want changes in the state's assistance program, plus more inclusion.
The group said it will continue to occupy public spaces until officials approve a culturally-specific shelter.
Sober homes can play a vital role, but critics say oftentimes they're just a bed and a trigger for relapse.
The controversial move shifted the balance of power away from insurers and government bureaucrats, and empowered individuals to make their own choices
An exterior inspection of the building determined that the eastern portion cannot be salvaged.
State appeals court rules 3 on staff have immunity.
Leaders aim to open about 150 new shelter beds immediately.
"We are out of crisis" but not finished with reforms, a top official says.
Indian activists end occupation of former Minneapolis homeless camp, vow to keep fighting for more shelter beds
They're negotiating with the city for more shelter beds.
For a second day, American Indian activists occupied the site of a once-sprawling homeless encampment, insisting they will not leave until local officials address their demands for more emergency shelter beds.
Despite city's efforts, more must be done to help the homeless, leaders say.
Rather than helping develop care plans that would allow disabled Minnesotans to live in their homes, counties continue to steer thousands into facilities that promote dependency and isolation.
The department is trying to collect $9 million from counties for mistakes it made.
They're the first major leadership appointments as Commissioner Jodi Harpstead rebuilds trust.
Jodi Harpstead pledged to strengthen internal controls and form an outside advisory council that will include Bill George, the former Medtronic CEO who was once Harpstead's boss.
Prosecutors sought a tough sentence because of the victim's prolonged suffering and vulnerability.
Unlike many anti-abuse campaigns, which reduce victims to impassive caricatures, "Treat People Like People" features people with disabilities as fully actualized humans, with voices and dreams of their own.
Both victims have significant intellectual and mental disabilities, according to a criminal complaint.
The operator's license has been suspended.
What was $48 million in improper payments to chemical dependency treatment providers has now grown into a more expensive problem as the Minnesota Department of Human Services revealed additional failures Monday.