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August 1
A view of the crowd at the North Star Stampede Rodeo on July 25.

Minnesota seeks to punish rodeo organizers who bucked governor's safety order

North Star Stampede in Effie was warned to limit spectators but didn't comply, complaint says. Also one spectator tested positive for COVID-19.
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August 1
The “Medora Musical,” shown in 2017, is the marquee event at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora, N.D. This year, capacity is limited to arou

Despite the pandemic, the show goes on in Medora, N.D.

A North Dakota road trip leads to relatively healthy Medora, where the summer performance season is still going strong.
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August 1
A North Memorial health care worker grabbed a fresh COVID-19 test kit this week at a drive-up site in Robbinsdale.

COVID cases from large events could change Minn. school plans

An outbreak in southwest Minnesota after a campground concert is an example of how the COVID-19 ripple effect becomes a community problem.
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July 31
The U.S. Capitol in Washington on Friday. White House officials and Democrats blamed each other for the looming expiration by day’s end of a $600 we

Checks aside, D.C. finds little to agree on for new stimulus plan

Minnesota delegation disagrees on size and scope of new aid, showing the scope of partisan fight taking place nationally.
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July 31
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans said in a new planning estimate Friday that the pandemic has made economic conditions “extr

Minnesota now facing a $4.7 billion shortfall in future budget

Minnesota lawmakers are facing a potential $4.7 billion deficit in the next two-year budget as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to gobble up more resources than the state gets in revenue.
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July 31
COVID-19 testing kits in a plastic bin at North Memorial Health’s drive-up testing facility in Robbinsdale on Wednesday.

779 new COVID-19 cases in Minnesota

County infection rates will be closely watched given their influence over individual school reopening plans this fall.
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July 31
The Discovery Club summer childcare program is in session at Randolph Heights Elementary in St. Paul, where a game of jacks had kids active on Thursda

Minn. plan to reopen schools needs officials to pivot quickly

Gov. Tim Walz's "Safe Learning Plan" also outlines a need for schools to maintain strict cleaning procedures, make accommodations for physical distancing and enforce near-universal mask wearing.
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July 31
Scandinavian-flavored Tallinn, in Estonia, has its own art scene and is more affordable than Helsinki.

Getting a refund from an Estonian hotel gets complicated with an online travel agency and a global pandemic

Q: I booked a trip to Tallinn, Estonia, earlier this year through Otel.com. I prepaid $919 for a refundable room at the Three Sisters Hotel.…
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July 31
A lush tropical landscape envelops the Hanalei Bay Resort, next to the half-moon-shaped Hanalei Bay on Kauai's North Shore, on March 1, 2014.

New U.S. passports are for 'life-or-death' situations only

New passports are ‘life-or-death’ only The U.S. State Department, which largely shut down its passport processing in March, says it is chipping away at a…
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July 30
Tenley VerStrate, 6, played Thursday in one of the new featured areas that are separated by tape during a “test run” at the Minnesota Children’s

Minnesota museums reopening as they struggle to survive during COVID-19

Some museums won't outlast the crisis, a new national study predicts.
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July 30
A mostly deserted University of Minnesota campus shown in April. Students who are taking most of their classes online this fall may still have to pay

U students taking online classes won't be exempt from fee for campus services

Some argued that students who are not on campus this fall should pay a reduced fee.
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July 30
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan spoke Thursday after Gov. Tim Walz, left, announced the learning plan for Minnesota schools for the upcoming 2020-21

Minnesota parents still left hanging after Walz order on schools

School districts are expected to announce in the coming weeks one of three learning models they will use based on the formula laid out Thursday.
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July 30
Tiffany Dittrich, a longtime high school teacher at White Bear Lake Area High School, spoke last week at an Education Minnesota news conference in St.

745 new COVID-19 cases as Minnesota surpasses 1 million tests

Five additional deaths were reported.
Coronavirus
July 30
An MPD spokesman confirmed that the department has had 24 coronavirus cases, as of Wednesday, and that a “vast majority” have since recovered and

3 senior Mpls. police officials test positive for COVID-19 as cases rise

Another positive case was a senior civilian staffer who was hospitalized, sources say.
Coronavirus
July 30
Kai Mayer of the Minnesota Freedom Fund posted bail for a client in Hennepin County in March 2020.

Bail-paying nonprofit halts services at Ramsey County jail, citing virus concerns

It says Ramsey County has not taken sufficient coronavirus precautions.
Coronavirus
July 30
A UC Berkeley student provided saliva for an experimental COVID-19 coronavirus test for asymptomatic people.

Scientists grasp for clues as seemingly healthy people spread COVID-19

Researchers have exposed the frightening likelihood of silent spread of the virus by asymptomatic and presymptomatic carriers.
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July 30
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard, seen in 2018.

St. Paul schools likely to begin year with distance learning

School board will take up superintendent's recommendation next week.
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July 30
Xcel's Sherco plant in Becker.

Xcel posts profit increase despite effects of COVID-19 on electricity demand

The Q2 results, thanks to hot weather and cutting costs, beat Wall Street expectations.
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July 30
The Calhoun Beach Athletic Club, which will close its doors to the public effective Sept. 30.

Calhoun Beach Athletic Club to close to public Sept. 30

Club owner Aimco cited COVID-19 economic woes as reason.
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July 30
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz takes part in a news conference Thursday in St. Paul to announce the learning plan for Minnesota schools for the upcoming acad

What you need to know about school reopening plans in Minnesota

Q: Will there be in-classroom instruction for children starting this fall? A: The state’s policy is to encourage learning in the classroom because, apart from…