National
March 25

Minnesota Supreme Court agrees to hear PolyMet permit appeal

The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to hear PolyMet Mining Inc.'s appeal of a ruling that canceled three permits needed for its proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
Coronavirus
March 25
The Minnesota State system includes Normandale Community College.

Minnesota State students concerned about looming shift to online classes

The students spoke to Minnesota State officials during a video conference Wednesday.
Coronavirus
March 25

The emptiness of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

The scene looked drastically different than normal at MSP Airport as efforts to deal with the Coronavirus have taken their toll on air travel and the airline industry Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn.
Coronavirus
March 25

Confessions with social distancing

Pastor Lundgren would normally be holding a day of confessions for hundreds of Catholic school children and parishioners to celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation in his area, but because of Covid-19, he came up with confessions via drive-up in a car or on the sidewalk.
Coronavirus
March 25
'Front Porch Parade' reunites teachers with students

'Front Porch Parade' reunites teachers with students

Dozens of staff from Highland Elementary School in Apple Valley decorated their cars and drove along bus routes to say hello to students.
Coronavirus
March 25
Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley in a file photo.

Consumers warned not to borrow from unlicensed lenders

The Minnesota Department of Commerce says online lenders may charge illegal interest rates.
National
March 25

Walz orders Minnesota to stay home 2 weeks to slow COVID-19

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday ordered Minnesota residents to stay at home for two weeks except for essential needs in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the coronavirus from overwhelming the state's health care system.
Coronavirus
March 25
Read Gov. Tim Walz's COVID-19 'stay-at-home' order

Read Gov. Tim Walz's COVID-19 'stay-at-home' order

Gov. Tim Walz issued the following executive order March 25 asking Minnesotans to stay in their homes unless absolutely necessary for two weeks beginning…
National
March 25

City's lawsuit seeks to delay Wisconsin's April 7 election

Local officials' frustration with Gov. Tony Evers' refusal to order any changes to Wisconsin's presidential primary to protect people from the coronavirus reached new heights as the city of Green Bay sued to stop in-person voting and leaders in River Falls questioned how the election can proceed.
Local
March 25
A car was pulled from the Chippewa River midafternoon Tuesday in an effort that included fire, police and volunteer personnel, according to the Eau Cl

Body of UW-Eau Claire student recovered from car that went into Chippewa River

Car went into the river early Friday, but high water levels slowed the recovery process, police said.
National
March 25

Wisconsin Legislature not ready to come back for virus

Wisconsin's Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday they want to understand what's in the $2 trillion federal stimulus package before they take any action at the state level in reaction to the coronavirus, and that they're considering temporarily waiving the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits.
St. Paul
March 25
Archbishop John Nienstedt

Request to Vatican to investigate Archbishop Nienstedt in limbo

It's being called a test case of new Vatican rules to discipline bishops.
Variety
March 25

The Latest: No plans for Legislature to come back soon

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local):
Coronavirus
March 25
In this Monday, March 23, 2020, photo, Metro Transit busses travel with the hashtag #STAYHOMEMN during the coronavirus outbreak on Nicollet Mall in do

Minnesota gets an A in social distancing, tech company says

The data company Unacast has been tracking a decrease in movement since COVID-19 hit.
Coronavirus
March 25
The Victory illuminated its spotlight as it pushed the barge Maumee into the Duluth Harbor on Tuesday night as the Great Lakes shipping season begins.

Great Lakes shipping season begins in Duluth

Soo Locks open up Lake Superior for shipping on Wednesday.
National
March 25
FILE - In this Thursday Feb. 6, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a press conference in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he

Amid new death warning, Evers clamps down on businesses

Faced with an estimate that up to 1,500 Wisconsin residents could die from the coronavirus within two weeks and that hospitals could get overwhelmed, Gov. Tony Evers issued a sweeping order Tuesday closing nonessential businesses, banning gatherings of any size and imposing month-long travel restrictions.
Coronavirus
March 25
Social distancing wasn't much of an option Tuesday in the line for lunch at Sharing & Caring Hands in Minneapolis.

Minn. limits on crowds could last 'well beyond Easter,' Gov. Walz says

With the number of COVID-19 illnesses and the economic cost of measures both rising, Gov. Tim Walz plans to use data to evaluate whether the state's measures need to get tougher or loosen up.
Coronavirus
March 25
An envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident, in Glenside, Pa.

Virus throws 2020 census into 'uncharted territory'

Events as well as early counting delayed as leaders respond to growing pandemic restrictions.
Coronavirus
March 24
Michael Sauser, whose family has run Sauser's Hardware since 1909, says a run on chest freezers and household supplies has contributed to unseasonably

Social distancing doesn't come easy to small-town Minnesota

In towns across the state, where neighbors rely neighbors, social distancing doesn't come easy.
Coronavirus
March 24
CrystaLynn Valkyrie deals with depression and ADHD and as she watched coronavirus fears rise she decided to start Minnesota Mutual Support on Facebook

'Anxiety is through the roof': Crisis takes toll on Minnesota mental health providers, clients

The pandemic has upended the availability of treatment, activities, routines, and access to people that help Minnesota residents cope with mental illness.