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Kris Ehresmann, a key architect of the state's response to the COVID pandemic, will retire in February after more than 30 years at the state's health agency.
Twin City Gardens was placed under state receivership in October because of patient care lapses and financial difficulties.
Kris Ehresmann is no stranger to health crises, and her experience at the Department of Health runs deep.
The plan includes more testing and health screening, using state stockpiles of personal protective equipment and greater coordination with local health care systems.
Testing continues to ramp up, with 4,189 tests performed, which is an increase but so far state and private labs have not passed the 5,000 mark.
While the debate about stay-at-home continues, Minnesota on Friday reported some of the largest one-day increases in confirmed cases and deaths.
Seventeen more Minnesotans have died — a new daily high — and another 159 people tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Health Department.
As a result of deficiencies in the METS system, county caseworkers were required to manually review 37% of 624,000 cases over a 15-month period.
Infections have likely spread beyond the 21 Minnesota counties that have confirmed cases, increasingly through community transmission.
Twelve more cases of COVID-19 were announced Thursday, bringing the total in the state to 89.
The program appears geared toward the 14 states that have not taken advantage of the ACA option to expand Medicaid to single adults.
Minnesota's biggest state agency continues to firm up its executive ranks.
HealthPartners study to see if community workers affect heart outcomes.
Centers that ignore rules can act as unwitting incubators for the measles virus.
Once a leader in preventing Medicaid theft, Minnesota now lags in prosecuting fraudulent home-care workers.
Nearly 450,000 voters — about a quarter of the electorate — chose one party's candidate for a state House seat, but then switched to pick a different party's candidate for U.S. Senate or governor.
In record numbers for a midterm election, Minnesotans are using absentee ballot and mail voting to cement their choices well before most polls open.
Both candidates have drawn major sums from far beyond Minnesota.
Johnson equals Dayton's $2M haul this year; totals mount for House races.
The U.S. Senate race between DFL incumbent Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden has drawn donations from across the country. Altogether, Franken has raised $18.4 million and McFadden has pulled in $6.5 million. The maps below show the states and Minnesota zip codes of people who gave more than $200 to either campaign.
Group at Moose Lake center aims to elect up to eight offenders to city and county positions.
Analysis also shows more early votes from Democratic areas.
So far, only about one-third of absentee ballots have come from areas that lean heavily Republican.
Minnesota students showed little overall improvement in reading, math or science, according to the latest batch of results from statewide, standardized tests taken by nearly 500,000 elementary and high school students this spring.
Gubernatorial and House races so far haven't been affected by national financiers like in the past.
GOP leader acknowledges underfunding, but says it will energize his party.
The race between Democrat Will Morgan of Burnsville and Republican Roz Peterson of Lakeville is one of a cluster of seats that will bear the brunt of an epic multimillion-dollar fight to determine control of the House.
The Hennepin County commissioner successfully broadened his campaign for governor well beyond his home district, placing first or second in 63 of 87 counties.
Control of the Minnesota House has changed parties three times in the past five elections and could alter again this year.
The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of premiums on patient care.
Lack of early votes from GOP bastions could presage a low turnout for Tuesday's Minnesota gubernatorial primary.