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Variety
May 14
Pandemic unleashes a tsunami of weddings in  Minnesota

Pandemic unleashes a tsunami of weddings in Minnesota

There are too many ceremonies and not enough venues.
Coronavirus
May 13
Health officials urge more COVID-19 testing to quickly identify infections and qualify people for antiviral and monoclonal antibody treatments that ca

Hospitalizations, COVID wastewater levels creeping up in Minnesota

COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising along with infection numbers, but some involve patients with mild or asymptomatic cases.
Stage & Arts
May 13
Sasha Andreev, center, plays Olof Öhman in the new musical “Runestone!” at History Theatre.

'Runestone!' cancels week of performances because of COVID cases

The world premiere musical's weekend shows won't go on.
Nation
May 12
President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to O’Connor Farms, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Kankakee, Ill. Biden visited the farm to discuss food suppl

Biden marks COVID 'tragic milestone' in US at global summit

President Joe Biden appealed to world leaders at a COVID-19 summit Thursday to reenergize a lagging international commitment to attacking the virus as he led the U.S. in marking the "tragic milestone" of 1 million deaths in America. He ordered flags lowered to half-staff and warned against complacency around the globe.
Stage & Arts
May 12
China Brickey gets help from her brother, Time Brickey, to rehearse lines from “Raisin in the Sun” with one another Wednesday, May 11, 2022 outsid

Twin Cities understudies prove 'heroes of the moment' in times of COVID-19

Understudies play key roles in keeping shows going when COVID-19 affects performing arts companies.
Local
May 11
Anne Saxton, left, of the Metropolitan Airports Commission answered questions of people at an MSP job fair in 2020.

MSP Airport looking to hire 700 workers in anticipation of jump in summer travelers

Job fair hopes to help hire 700 employees to meet the surge.
Politics
May 11
House Speaker Melissa Hortman tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and said she would work remotely.

Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman tests positive for COVID

The legislative leader said she will continue to participate in end-of-session negotiations remotely.
Coronavirus
May 10
The number of COVID-19 patients in Minnesota requiring intensive care rose to 36 on Monday. The state is seeing more hospitalizations as coronavirus s

368 COVID-19 hospitalizations reported in state as cases rise

Increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations comes amid substantial growth in coronavirus infections in Minnesota.
Business
May 10
FILE - In this photo provided by Pfizer, a lab technician visually inspects COVID-19 Paxlovid tablet samples in Freiburg, Germany on December 2021. Th

WHO calls on Pfizer to make its COVID pill more available

The head of the World Health Organization called on Pfizer to make its COVID-19 treatment more widely available in poorer countries, saying Tuesday that the pharmaceutical company's deal allowing generic producers to make the drug was insufficient.
Coronavirus
May 9
FILE - In this photo provided by Pfizer, a lab technician visually inspects COVID-19 Paxlovid tablet samples in Freiburg, Germany in December 2021. As

Rare cases of COVID returning pose questions for Pfizer pill

As more doctors prescribe Pfizer's powerful COVID-19 pill, new questions are emerging about its performance, including why a small number of patients appear to relapse after taking the drug.
Local
May 7
Brothers Doug, left, and Rick Borchardt of Fairmont used to have weekly happy hours with their dad, Gene, who died at 88 of COVID. Now they regularly

In rural Minnesota town, COVID quickly was the devil they knew

Minnesota's first rural COVID hotspot reflects on how its early outbreak shaped its views, changed its pandemic narrative.
Local
May 7
Jennifer Ho was named commissioner of the Housing Finance Agency by Governor-elect Tim Walz at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on December 18, 2

Minnesota eviction filings soared in April

Court filings last month were not only higher than March, but far above pre-pandemic levels.
Business
May 7
Elizabeth Schmidt, left, and her parents, Don Anderson and Linda Anderson, opened Fat Pants Brewing in Eden Prairie in November 2019.

For many Minnesota businesses, PPP loans were saving grace

Through PPP, more than 228,000 loans were distributed to Minnesota-based companies, totaling more than $16.6 billion in financial relief.
St. Cloud
May 7
Spencer Stepan of St. Cloud Public Works installs a concrete barrier on Fifth Avenue in downtown St. Cloud. Enclosed in the barrier will be additional

St. Cloud expands outdoor dining areas to lure patrons back downtown

It's the third year the city has installed concrete barricades to help restaurants hurt by the pandemic.
Minneapolis
May 7
Avivo’s indoor tiny home village in the North Loop of Minneapolis.

Hennepin Co., Mpls. shelters facing $13-million-a-year fiscal cliff

As federal pandemic relief funds run out, local governments must find another source of income to sustain improvements.
Coronavirus
May 7
Patients including lined up, with many waiting for over two hours, to get tested for Covid-19 at the People’s Center Clinics & Services in Minneapol

Need for COVID-19 testing in Minnesota has shifted with pandemic

Anybody that wants a test can get a test for COVID-19 these days, but the purpose and value is different after two years of the pandemic.
Coronavirus
May 6
John Hoeschen, owner of the St. Paul Corner Drug, prepared second COVID-19 booster doses for Gov. Tim Walz and Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm in St.

21 Minnesota counties listed as moderate, high COVID-19 risks

Olmsted and Wabasha counties dropped out of the high-risk range after one week, but Pennington is now at the level that carries a mask recommendation.
Coronavirus
May 4
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, left, and Gov. Tim Walz received their second COVID-19 booster doses at St. Paul Corner Drug in St. Paul on

Gov. Walz, Malcolm receive second COVID-19 boosters

The governor and health commissioner promoted the shot for vulnerable populations as variants persist.
Nation
May 4
A medical staffer prepared a shot of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, at a vaccination center in Ramsgate, England, in December 2021.

The vanishing COVID-19 variants: Lessons from gamma, iota and mu

"This virus has no incentive to stop adapting and evolving."
Coronavirus
May 3
COVID-19 hospitalizations are increasing in Minnesota, but only 7% of the infected patients on Monday needed intensive care — the lowest rate in the

COVID-19 hospitalizations above 300 in Minnesota, but severity lower

Share of admitted patients requiring intensive care is at the lowest in the pandemic in Minnesota.