Recent content from Jessie Van Berkel
Groups are gathering donations and planning cleanup events.
Gov. Tim Walz said legislators should extend special session work on police reform "until we get it done."
Gov. Walz urges state bonding to help Lake Street, epicenter of the destruction.
It came as they announced the state Human Rights Department will look at Minneapolis police policies and procedures over the past 10 years to determine if police engaged in discriminatory practices. The city's chief acknowledged there is work to be done.
State authorities said Monday that the driver of a tanker truck did not intend to hit anyone when he drove onto the Interstate 35W Bridge…
Gov. Tim Walz talked of pulling back a portion of more than 7,000 National Guard members that had been called in to help quell violence in the metro area. Hours were reduced on a Twin Cities curfew, and officials planned to leave freeways open.
Reduced curfews to continue two more nights as violence subsides.
Her presidential bid was marked by an inability to gain inroads with black primary voters while facing criticism by civil rights activists.
Mayors are mobilizing to lobby Congress, though some doubt their sway.
Regardless of whether respondents were sorted by ideological preference, geographic area or age group, majorities said they'd donned a mask.
More than two-thirds of Minnesotans say they won't return to normal rhythms of daily life, and many believe the worst is yet to come, according to a new Minnesota Poll.
The Legislature ended its work Sunday without a decision on how to distribute $667 million in federal aid for counties, cities and towns — leaving cash-strapped communities in limbo as coronavirus costs pile up.
Lawmakers left behind reams of partisan priorities, but they expect to come back in June
Minnesota lawmakers failed to reach agreement on a major construction package, tax relief and spending on economic aid during the COVID-19 pandemic as an end-of-session deadline passed Sunday night.
The House will vote on a $2 billion bonding bill Saturday. GOP members have said they would block it.
Local government aid is one piece of the federal funding debate.
More candidates focus on jobs, economy, public health rather than partisan projects.
Budget officials seek extension and an additional $200 million or more.
The state's budget outlook crumbled from a $1.5 billion surplus to a projected $2.4 billion deficit in just two months, as the COVID-19 pandemic eats up tax revenue and Minnesota leaders accelerate spending to respond.
GOP leader wants oversight on virus relief, but Legislature's time is running short.
They will face off with Democratic U.S. Reps. Angie Craig and Collin Peterson.
Legislators have three weeks to wrap up a borrowing bill, and its scope remains unclear.
He tweeted Monday that he authorized a letter of interest to be sent.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation estimates it will take in $440 million less than anticipated over this year and next.
DFL housing aid plan would provide $100 million, the GOP's $30 million.
Minnesota is joining six other Midwestern states to collaborate as they reopen their economies and scale back from stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday, and the House is expected to follow on Friday.
State agency heads, along with members of the business community, talked last week about letting more businesses open and operate safely.
A Minnesotan's death due to insulin rationing spurred years of advocacy.
Local government groups and some legislators raised cost concerns.
Advocates look to a special session or 2021 for nonrelated measures.
Over the past three weeks, nearly 39,000 more women than men have applied for unemployment in Minnesota.
A month ago, Minnesota leaders were debating how to use an anticipated $1.5 billion surplus. On Monday, they were facing a radically different picture of…
"Long hours of darkness are ahead," Gov. Tim Walz warned. But he added that Minnesotans are already uniting by staying at home to prevent the spread, supporting health care workers and being there for one another while staying apart.
The event was originally scheduled to be held in the House chamber.
Details of the new aid package did not come to light until shortly before the House and Senate votes, following days of private talks.
Legislators are reviewing Gov. Tim Walz's funding requests for food shelves and other emergency services.
Gov. Tim Walz said Monday that he is not showing any symptoms but will be self-quarantined at home for the next two weeks after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
He was the second person to die from the virus in Tennessee.
Here are some of the takeaways from annual lobbying expenditure reports
The governor is getting closer to a decision on a "shelter-in-place" order that could further restrict Minnesotans' travel. He also issued orders expanding an agency's authority plus targeting scams and price-gouging.
Emergency order waives waiting period to help workers affected by spreading coronavirus.
Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, the primary sponsor of a House bill, said he does not want the readings to happen in public spaces with taxpayers subsidizing them.
Scaled-back supplemental budget leaves nearly $1.2 billion unspent as governor warns that state dollars should be used to expand the state's reserves and for emergency response and preparation as the coronavirus spreads.
A conference committee will next try to reconcile the two cost-control bills.
Minnesota workers would be eligible for up to 12 weeks of extended paid leave after giving birth or if they need to care for a…
Nearly three times as many people participated in the state's presidential primary than past caucuses.
Turnout in the GOP presidential primary lagged Democrats.
The Vermont senator urged supporters of Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who ended their campaigns over the past two days, to join his cause.
Minnesotans head to the polls Tuesday for the state's first presidential primary in nearly three decades, one of 14 contests shaping up as a "Super…
The updated budget forecast will energize debates at the State Capitol over spending, tax cuts and borrowing for public construction projects. Gov. Tim Walz and legislators on both sides of the aisle have signaled competing priorities for a budget surplus.
The Republican-led Senate and Democratic-controlled House must merge their versions.
Legislators aim to increase awareness of bus stop signals.
The Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota poll comes as DFL Gov. Tim Walz and legislators are considering following 11 other states and the District of Columbia that have allowed recreational marijuana.
Fifty-six percent of those surveyed gave Gov. Tim Walz a favorable review, while a quarter disapproved of his performance. His marks are on par with former Gov. Mark Dayton's average during his eight years in office.
Funds dwindling, though Klobuchar and Warren get boosts; Sanders is flush.
State officials are calling for fast action ahead of possible spring flooding.
DFL lawmakers offer $500 million plan for grants, loans and child care assistance.
Her plan addresses human rights, migration and youth aid.
Victories at the Capitol might take a back seat to election-year organizing.
In an election year, partisan differences will lead to disparate priorities on issues like spending, guns, and drug prices.
House Democrats want to spend more on pre-K education and child care.
The delayed results showed Klobuchar within striking distance of Joe Biden, a national poll leader who showed worrying signs of weakness.
Supporters and surrogates are making their last pitches to voters who will head to the Iowa caucuses at 7 p.m., with door knocking and call bank events scheduled throughout the day.
The rules have changed — and that could matter.
Someone caught riding without a ticket now faces a $180 misdemeanor penalty, though few such cases are prosecuted. The bill would reduce that to a $25 petty misdemeanor fine.
Legislators' offers over past two weeks reveal a persistent partisan divide.
Some legislators worry it could heighten the disparities between cities with and without much retail revenue.
The state's top election official and the Minnesota DFL Party are seeking to further limit access to information about which political party voters sided with in the upcoming March primary — a move the state Republican Party condemned as "scare tactics" Thursday.
Many growers around Minnesota facing an uncertain farm economy are having their faith in President Trump tested this time around.
Gov. Tim Walz opted not to draw extensively on borrowing to pay for state highways as part of a $2 billion public infrastructure bonding package he presented last week.
Tuesday's primary will likely determine who lands at the Capitol.
The plan includes $212 million for local roads and bridges, as well as more local projects than past borrowing proposals.
The governor and higher ed leaders said the investment will help build the state's workforce.
Gov. Tim Walz unveiled the first part of his 2020 state bonding proposal, recommending to the Legislature that Minnesota borrow $276 million to pay for affordable housing projects across the state. Some of the money could be used to add sprinklers to public housing buildings.