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Coronavirus
April 21, 2020
A COVID-19 outbreak at Sauer Health Care in Winona has killed eight residents and infected nearly a dozen others.

Amid mounting death toll, Minnesota officials scramble to find safe places for seniors

As the deadly coronavirus continues its rampage through Minnesota nursing homes, public health officials are facing a fresh dilemma.
Coronavirus
April 20, 2020
"Because having in-person meetings would have been detrimental to the public health, we thought it was critical to cancel those meetings,” Brooklyn

Many local governments turning to remote meetings during the pandemic

For many, teleconferencing is new territory, but most are meeting via phone or video.
Coronavirus
April 18, 2020
Rose Crist waved down to her daughter, Deana Walkowiak-Olson, from her fourth floor window at St. Ann's Residence in Duluth, MN on Thursday.

At Duluth senior facility, deadly outbreak quickly took over

Minutes into a conversation with her mother, Deana Walkowiak-Olson could not shake the sensation that something was terribly wrong at the large Duluth senior home…
State + Local
April 18, 2020
Democrat Dan Feehan, left, is challenging GOP Rep. Jim Hagedorn for Minnesota's First Congressional District seat.

Minnesota money race: Cash flows in state, federal campaigns

Campaign cash continued to flow in Minnesota in the opening three months of the 2020 election year. Fundraising reports for federal candidates were due April…
Coronavirus
April 17, 2020
Hope Avenue program director Monica Nilsson, left, sat with Andre Jarrett while he was interviewed by Dr. Julia Joseph-Di Caprio, chief medical office

With coronavirus case, anxiety spreads through homeless shelter in northeast Minneapolis

A small shelter struggles with little support to contain a coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus
April 16, 2020
Gov. Tim Walz Credit: Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune

Minnesota receives $1B in virus relief from feds

More than $1 billion in federal relief money has arrived for Minnesota state government to use toward its response to the coronavirus outbreak.The money was…
Coronavirus
April 13, 2020
Jennifer Hernandez peeks out of her tent at "Camp Quarantine" as it has become informally known.

Coronavirus fears push more Twin Cities homeless to live in tents

As the novel coronavirus tightens its grip, such clusters of tents and sleeping bags are appearing in public spaces — in parks, under bridges and along transit lines — throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
Coronavirus
April 8, 2020
A woman walked past The Glenn Minnetonka, one of four dozen facilities statewide reporting outbreaks of the Coronavirus.

Nursing homes launch aggressive safety measures to control virus

The new safeguards include constant mask-wearing by staff; more aggressive segregation of infected residents and more rigorous screening of workers.
Coronavirus
April 3, 2020
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the state would begin releasing the names of long-term care facilities with residents or staff who have

In reversal, Minnesota will release names of senior care facilities with coronavirus

Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said her agency will begin publishing the names on its website as early as Friday or Saturday.
State + Local
April 2, 2020
Judge Jennifer L. Frisch

Ramsey County judge, former U lawyer is appointed to appeals court

Jennifer Frisch was appointed to replace Chief Judge Edward Cleary, who is retiring at the end of April.
Coronavirus
April 2, 2020
The entrance to Johanna Shores, a senior living community in Arden Hills where two residents have been infected with the novel coronavirus. Residents

Names of care facilities with virus withheld

As deaths mount, pressure is building on the state to release more. The Minnesota Department of Health has cited concerns that releasing names would violate privacy laws.
Coronavirus
March 20, 2020
Last week, Governor Tim Walz, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and announced community mitigation strategies for Minnesotans in response to t

Walz orders aim to protect safety net for vulnerable Minnesotans

The latest in a flurry of executive orders would provide emergency relief to older and disabled Minnesotans.
Coronavirus
March 17, 2020
Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka: “If these regulatory barriers are not removed, someone will very likely die, and not because of COVID-19, but because of p

Minnesota disability service providers shut adult day centers, leaving thousands in the lurch

More than 3,500 adults with disabilities have been affected by the closures as providers seek emergency relief.
State + Local
March 16, 2020
Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead talked with Sen. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, Chairman of the Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee be

Watchdog calls for stronger oversight of $1B Minn. home health program

Legislative auditor's report notes progress but urges stronger oversight of state program.
State + Local
March 6, 2020
New Horizon Academy has kept its north Minneapolis center afloat by spreading costs among the 80 centers in its network.

Minnesota faces sanctions for low child-care subsidies, state officials warn

After years of underfunding, Minnesota's state subsidies that help more than 15,000 low-income families have fallen well short of federal standards.
State + Local
March 5, 2020
Minnesotans voted in the presidential primary Tuesday.

How Minnesota voted in the 2020 Democratic primary, precinct by precinct

Explore a detailed map of each precinct's result showing where Joe Biden bested his rivals across Minnesota.
State + Local
March 1, 2020
Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, speaks at the Blue NC celebration at the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte,

Klobuchar says she's staying in for Super Tuesday despite distant S.C. finish

Welcome to a special edition of Hot Dish, the Star Tribune’s weekday newsletter on all things Minnesota politics. We're publishing special editions through the weekend…
State + Local
February 27, 2020
Disability advocates descended the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon after testifying in support of legislation that would

Minnesota advocates seek to abolish subminimum wages for people with disabilities

Thousands do assembly in "sheltered workshops."
State + Local
February 24, 2020
More than half of registered voters in Minnesota approve of the job Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is doing after his first full year in office, a new poll

Minnesota Poll finds Gov. Tim Walz's job approval at 56%

Fifty-six percent of those surveyed gave Gov. Tim Walz a favorable review, while a quarter disapproved of his performance. His marks are on par with former Gov. Mark Dayton's average during his eight years in office.
State + Local
February 23, 2020
President Donald Trump arrived for a campaign rally at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Doug Mills/The

Minnesota Poll: Voters split on Trump heading into election

A slim majority of Minnesota voters hold a negative view of President Donald Trump with eight months to go until the general election, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll.