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While some states are toughening their rhetoric and enforcement in response to a pandemic surge, Minnesota leaders said they are optimistic that a heavy-handed approach won't be necessary.
Voters wearing masks streamed into the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the midst of the pandemic — unlike a record number of Minnesotans…
Mayo Clinic last week suspended nonessential procedures at its hospitals in and around Eau Claire and brought in nurses from Rochester to cover shifts.
In the small northern border town of Ranier, Minn., David Trompeter was among the last of the old-timers. The former high school English and industrial…
After two months in the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, the 11-year-old got the OK to return to home in Baltimore.
Twenty-nine COVID-19 deaths were reported by the Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday along with a new category of probable infections based on antigen diagnostic testing.
New restrictions are enacted after the state becomes a hot spot.
A heated presidential election and COVID-19 are driving people to vote from home.
The Trump administration wants to further slash admissions; Minnesota advocates for refugees say plan betrays U.S. values.
The new position reflects a push to diversify newsrooms.
The outbreaks raise concerns that virus will spread beyond prison walls.
They suspect that social gatherings over Labor Day and the start of school may have contributed to those numbers.
"He was prepared for both but resolved to live," a daughter said after listening to him recount his ordeal.
The free screening was one of dozens that have been held this summer as health officials partner with churches and community groups to make tests more accessible to racially diverse communities.
COVID-19 has hit elders in Minnesota's Somali community especially hard — and racial inequities have led to mistreatment and inadequate care, a local group says.
The 4 million masks sent out to chambers of commerce and other groups for distribution should make it easier for businesses around the state.
A group of local vets decided three years ago that Alexandria needed its own veterans memorial and wanted to do things differently.
It comes as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is debating whether to mandate mask-wearing in the state.
State health care and government officials hold their breath over how the summer festivities will affect the spread of the virus.
Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm urged Minnesotans to celebrate the holiday primarily with the people in their own households and to consider virtual visits with larger groups.
The 9,922 abortions in 2019 is the fourth time it has hit near record lows since 1980.
The thousands of colorful bouquets placed on the street where George Floyd died are shriveled and faded now, but no one dares to move them.…
IRRRB members cite Fond du Lac band's "anti-mining" stance in opposing aid request.
As the broadcast of the memorial ended, a street celebration began at 38th Street and S. Chicago Avenue, with calls for the crowd to be respectful.
For two days, state and local officials blamed "outside agitators" for the spasm of violence and property damage that erupted when a black man, George…
Mystic Lake welcomes guests, masks required.
Barbers, stylists and their clients must wear masks and services will be done by appointment only.
The aggressive biters are leaving bloody welts and driving some indoors.
Many business owners were as eager to reopen and stem financial losses as they were cautious about the virus' spread, expecting guidance and possibly restrictions from state and local officials.
In the courtroom, he was Judge Steven A. Anderson. On the street, he preferred to be called Steve.
Most students and graduates are disappointed that in-person graduations are nixed. But the decision also is sparking anger for some and relief for others.
Anglers headed north will find the opener a very different affair from previous years.
That means no overnight stays and traveling no farther than what can be done to and from on a single tank of gas or a single charge, officials said.
Parks officials warn restless visitors not to overcrowd public spaces.
Fido and friends may end up on a short leash now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that cats, dogs and…
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases soared to 69 in Nobles County on Sunday, including a cluster at the JBS Pork plant in Worthington. That's left many uneasy about what could come next.
Political leaders in Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota have stopped short of issuing stay-at-home orders, prompting concern over whether they are doing enough to check the virus.
The new CDC advice came with a strong plea to preserve the medical-grade masks for care providers, as well as to continue the social distancing and hand-washing.
Minnesotans only have to look across the St. Croix River to see what a state-mandated "stay-at-home" order looks like.
Seven-year-olds who beg for a play date now video chat. Gym rats work out to YouTube videos. Book clubs, yoga classes and church groups connect via videoconferencing apps. Commuter congestion is gone.
Governor's order to stay home is economic blow for many local businesses.
"It's a situation that no one has lived through in my lifetime," said Kris Howland from the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.
The specter of the virus outbreak has forced organizations to shut down events, including St. Patrick's Day parades. The Twin Cities archbishop issued a dispensation to are Catholics for going to Sunday mass.
The Chippewa Falls man will face the families of the victims in court this week.
It's the first step in choosing delegates to conventions.
Minnesota's top elected officials made it clear this week that they're siding with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in a long-standing and often emotional…
Homeowners scramble to buy insurance, but waiting too long can be risky, too
Because of a "technical error," applicants to the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.received acceptance letters Thursday afternoon when they shouldn't have.
The two males and a female went to the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, after they were discovered huddled without their mother under a homeowner's deck.
Henderson hopes raising roads can save its only school.
Tyler R. Janovsky, 37, is charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder and was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair.
"It's like a ghost town out there," said one bait shop owner on Leech Lake.
Price, who also served as pastor at Rochester Community Baptist Church, moved back to Mississippi after stepping down from the school board.
Waseca high school hockey players will honor a local police officer shot in the line of duty — a tribute that likely won't run afoul…
A Minnesota state senator pushed back Friday against the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) after it said Waseca high school hockey players couldn't wear…
The garment can be worn at practice, but not during actual games, league says.
But many unknowns remain in Arik Matson's recovery.
Despite strong debate performances, the Minnesota senator hasn't pushed her poll numbers up in pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination.
Hospital officials say improvements have already been made to stop such tragedies.
Education Minnesota says plan could open the door for state-funded vouchers for private schools.
Alan Page, a former Minnesota Supreme Court justice, and Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Fed, propose guaranteeing all Minnesota children the fundamental right to a quality public education.
Thousands of relatives and friends of soldiers anxiously await the next development, hoping hostilities ease and their loved ones stay safe.
Saturated soil, high rivers could spell trouble come spring.
Case files released Friday show Jake Patterson thought about "taking a girl" for two years.
These students eventually may become the volunteers Minnesota needs to respond to disasters.
The victims of the Black Hawk crash will be buried in the next few days.
Hundreds paid tribute Saturday to three Minnesota National Guard members who died when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed this week in a snowy Stearns County farm field.
Charlie Nord, 30, was piloting the UH-60 Black Hawk on a routine maintenance test flight when it fell into a field shortly after takeoff. He was killed along with two other Guard members aboard, who were named Saturday morning.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced the deaths of the crew members, which came during a maintenance test flight. The copter took off from St. Cloud and went down in a tree-lined farm field near Cold Spring. "My heart breaks for the families," Walz said.
Advocates for those who rely on the SNAP program say the change will push more people to food shelves.
Hospital officials called police after situation got "out of control."
Officials at Buffalo Community Middle School denied the allegations in the lawsuit.
A seemingly inconsequential encounter on a Metro Transit bus in Minneapolis led to violence and a loss for the loved ones of 75-year-old Shirwa Hasan Jibril.
The U.S. Attorney's Office charged four women with fraud in a case involving Catholic Charities.
Charges against the man accused in the attack were immediately amended from felony assault to second-degree murder.