Coronavirus
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.
Minneapolis
May 22
Flag-presentation ceremony at HCMC honors fallen Hennepin EMS personnel

Flag-presentation ceremony at HCMC honors fallen Hennepin EMS personnel

Col. James Cleet, commander for the 133rd Airlift Wing, presented Hennepin Healthcare with a flag that was carried in one of the aircraft involved in the May 6 flyover over the hospital.
Variety
May 22

Wisconsin inmates fear overcrowded prisons during pandemic

Mia White, an inmate at the Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center, has numerous health problems including an enlarged heart, which makes it hard to breathe.
Local
May 22
People mourned the loss of shooting victim Kevin Beasley in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

Bail set at $1M for suspect in killing of activist's grandson at Mpls. party

Bail was set at $1 million Friday for a 23-year-old man charged in the fatal shooting of the grandson of a prominent Minneapolis civil rights activist.
National
May 22

Minnesota National Guard offers free testing at 6 armories

The Minnesota National Guard is offering free coronavirus testing at six armories across the state this holiday weekend.
National
May 22

2020 Minnesota State Fair canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Officials canceled the Minnesota State Fair on Friday after its leader said the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for the show to go on.
Coronavirus
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.
Coronavirus
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.
Local
May 22

Report: La Crosse County Jail inmate died of natural causes

An investigation found that a La Crosse County Jail inmate who was found dead in his cell in February died of natural causes, authorities said Friday.
Local
May 22

Officials: Counterfeit oxycodone caused 3 overdoses, 1 fatal

Officials say one man has died and two others are recovering from an overdose of counterfeit oxycodone pills in Mankato.
National
May 22
Tara Reade poses April 4 for a photo during an interview with the Associated Press in Nevada City, Calif.

Biden accuser Tara Reade's life marred by abuse and financial hardship

One thing is clear in the complicated, sometimes contradictory and often chaotic story of Tara Reade: Her life has not been easy.
Variety
May 22

DNR board to vote on tighter elk harvest limits

Hunters would be allowed to kill only six bull elk in 2020 under a proposal the state Department of Natural Resources board is set to consider next week.
Coronavirus
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.
Coronavirus
May 22
Kyle Hale finished his shopping at Linden Hills Coop. Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, shoppers in Minneapolis will be required to wear masks.

Mpls. Mayor Frey orders people to wear masks in stores, schools

Jacob Frey signed an order that will require people over the age of 2 to wear a covering over their nose and mouth while at "indoor spaces of public accommodation."
Coronavirus
May 22
Archbishop Bernard Hebda delivered the Easter benediction as a livestream on the steps of the Basilica of St. Mary. Hebda announced that Catholic chur

Brooks: Not attending church won't kill anyone, but rushing to reopen might

Minnesota's Catholic conference and the conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are promising every precaution. That might not be enough.
Local
May 22

Court preserves damage award for 2 inmates assaulted in jail

The full U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a decision by three of its judges last year that said Polk County was not responsible for the repeated sexual assault of two female jail inmates by a guard.
Coronavirus
May 22
State Rep. Dave Baker, right, teamed up with Michael Asp, owner of La Grolla restaurant to talk Thursday about the hardships that eateries face by fol

COVID-19 pandemic, complaints grow in state

Criticism of Gov. Tim Walz's remaining lockdown restrictions intensified Thursday as the state's COVID-19 case count continued to rise.
Coronavirus
May 22
A sign of encouragement stood at the main entrance to the State Fairgrounds on Thursday. The Minnesota State Fair board is set to meet on Friday, with

Decision looms on whether to hold State Fair as board meets today

Fair officials declined to comment, while vendors remain nervous about their chances.
Duluth
May 21
Two months after abandoning plans for a Duluth store, Costco is taking bids for the same site.

Costco reconsidering same Duluth site for a new store

The membership-only retailer abandoned plans for a project at the same location two months ago.
Coronavirus
May 21
Essentia Health is the largest healthcare center in Duluth, MN. ] ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startribune.com Features around Essentia Health in Dul

Essentia Health permanently laying off 900 employees

The cuts are in addition to 850 employees still on leave.