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May 23
Belgium's Queen Mathilde and King Philippe visited the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels. Museums are hesitantly starting to reopen as the coronav

The picture is bleak for the future of museums

Study warns that many won't survive pandemic.
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May 23
Kris Schiffler, owner of Shady's Hometown Tavern in Albany, Minn., told supporters this week that he wouldn't defy an order by Gov. Tim Walz limiting

Judge to rule soon on whether Minnesota bar can reopen

Shady's Tavern in Albany, Minn., is fighting governor's order barring drinking and dining on premises during COVID-19 pandemic.
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May 23
Jessica Aguilar and her daughter Aviana Castro, 3.

Andover DACA recipient fearfully awaits Supreme Court decision in a time of coronavirus

Jessica Aguilar awaits a ruling that could cause hundreds of thousands of immigrants like her to lose legal protections.
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May 23
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann and State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield.

Minn. health officials urge caution after news of ICU beds filling up

Hospitals were diverting patients, even sending young adults to Children's Minnesota, amid ICU bed pressures and COVID-19.
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May 22
Mad Capper co-owner Jeff Chilson, whose Stillwater eatery has no patio, may be able to offer service on state-owned roadways.

MnDOT might let bars, restaurants use state roads for outdoor dining

The agency has gained approval from the federal government.
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May 22
The Highland Park Aquatic Center, shown in 2012, will remain closed for the summer as the city explores other ways for St. Paul residents to “safely

St. Paul Parks and Rec pulls plug on pools, sports leagues for the summer

Como Regional Park Pool and Highland Park Aquatic Center will remain closed for the summer as the city explores other ways for St. Paul residents to "safely cool off," according to a statement.
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May 22
A North Memorial medical worker gave a thumbs up to a woman who was tested for COVID-19 at the hospital's drive-up testing site in Robbinsdale on May

Rush to do COVID testing leads to waste, harm, U center's report says

In the rush to deploy as many COVID-19 tests as possible, important nuances are being lost about which kinds of tests are not worth doing, causing waste and potential harm during a pandemic, according to a new report from a University of Minnesota policy center.
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May 22
BP 36 Lyn Refuel Station owner Lonnie McQuirter talked with a regular as he manned the register Friday morning.

Gas prices up for Memorial Day but still cheapest in 17 years

Averaging about $1.85 per gallon in the Twin Cities, it's the first time that gas has dipped below the $2 threshold for the holiday weekend since 2003.
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May 22
President Donald Trump.

Trump says he'll 'override' states to reopen places of worship

President Donald Trump labeled churches and other houses of worship as "essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend.
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May 22
Chuck and Loral I Delaney have owned and promoted Game Fair in Ramsey for 38 years, and have called off this year's event.

'The hunt is over for now.' Game Fair called off because of COVID-19

The event, which is held in Ramsey and brings together an assortment of outdoors businesses and enthusiasts, is taking a year off.
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May 22
Watertown giving households $60 economic stimulus checks

Watertown giving households $60 economic stimulus checks

"Chamber Checks" can be used at local businesses, to pay city bills or given to charity.
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May 22
The Wolves have a longstanding partnership with Mayo Clinic, including a $100,000 donation from star center Karl-Anthony Towns before his mother died

Wolves, NBA join Mayo Clinic on coronavirus study

Doctors hope to develop way to detect antibodies using just a pin prick.
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May 22
Beth Thomsen was suited up with full-body PPE by Noel Salo before going into an exam room to administer flu, COVID-19 and RSV tests to a 2-month-old c

Twin Cities ICU beds filling up as COVID-19 cases, deaths rise

The latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Health showed 534 COVID-19 cases in hospitals — a decline of 32 compared with Thursday — but a record 233 of those patients needing intensive care.The department also reported 33 more deaths and 813 more cases.
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May 22
Hydroxychloroquine tablets.

Big study casts more doubt on malaria drugs for coronavirus

Malaria drugs pushed by President Donald Trump as treatments for the coronavirus did not help and were tied to a greater risk of death and…
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May 22
Beth Lisak, left, a housekeeper in the apartments on the College of St. Scholastica’s campus, and Corey Bullheller, a senior, worked on deep cleanin

College of St. Scholastica to open campus for fall semester

Classes will start Sept. 8.
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May 22
This couple at the Lyndale Park Peace Garden has been among many who have turned to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation system for their wedding venue

Minneapolis parks ready to raise number of outdoor wedding attendees

Depending on change in state guidelines, new permit could soon allow up to 30 to be there for the magic moment, but no chairs allowed.
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May 22
The Cote family, all of whom work at Cub grocery stores, posed outside the Stillwater Cub store. From left is Melanie Cote, Cari Cote, Brianna Butler,

Read hundreds of 'thank yous' to Minnesota's grocery and retail workers, written by you

Hundreds of readers shared their gratitude for the courage and selflessness of Minnesota's grocery workers.
Coronavirus
May 22
If you can't ride an elevator alone, you should wear a face mask.

The ups and downs of elevator etiquette

Q: I live in a condominium and have to use an elevator on a daily basis. How can I use it safely during the pandemic?…
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May 22
The USA Cup in Blaine is among this summer’s soccer cancellations.

3 Minnesota summer soccer leagues canceled as new practice guidelines emerge

Three prominent summer youth soccer leagues and their affiliated state championships have been canceled because of safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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May 22
Catholic Archbishop Bernard Hebda said at a news conference Thursday in St. Paul that churches can be reopened safely.

Minnesota church groups divided on Gov. Walz's orders

Minnesota's Catholic archbishop says churches can be reopened safely while others stepped forward in support of refraining from moving too quickly.