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July 12
Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead

Minnesota reopens adult day centers for people with disabilities

Many programs have struggled financially during pandemic.
July 10
Victoria Conrad got to spend an hour with her 99-year old father, Howard Seitzer, at Oak Meadows Senior Living in Oakdale on June 18, when outdoor vis

Minnesota will let some family members inside senior homes

For the first time in four months, families will be allowed to visit their loved ones inside senior care homes, as Minnesota health authorities cautiously lift lockdown restrictions meant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus among vulnerable older adults.
July 6
Sen. Scott Jensen, R-Chaska, seen at a news conference in April, said in a video released Sunday, July 5, that he is under investigation by the Minnes

GOP legislator under scrutiny over COVID-19 comments

In a video released Sunday, Sen. Scott Jensen, R-Chaska, said the state Medical Practice Board is focused on two allegations: spreading misinformation about the death toll and providing "reckless advice" by comparing COVID-19 with the flu.
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June 25
“Our entire disabilities services sector is on the verge of collapse,” warned Sen. Jim Abeler, chairman of the Human Services Reform Finance and P

Virus leaves disability service providers on brink of collapse

Dozens of centers have been forced to close temporarily since March, and after months of layoffs and furloughs, there are growing fears that this often-overlooked piece of the social safety net may collapse.
June 19
Victoria Conrad greeted her 99-year old father, Howard Seitzer, as they had their first face-to-face visit since the COVID-19 pandemic closed off Oak

For first time in months, nursing home residents able to visit with loved ones

State health officials are seeking to balance the risk of infection with ills caused by prolonged isolation.
June 9
A North Memorial transport worker held a bottle of disinfectant outside North Ridge Health and Rehabilitation, which has seen 57 COVID-19 deaths.

Stark data shows impact of COVID on state's nursing homes

Residents and staff of Minnesota's nursing homes are the most vulnerable to COVID-19, accounting for two-thirds of all deaths in long-term care.
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June 6
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., endorses Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally Monday, March 2, 2020 in D

Amy Klobuchar's vice presidential hopes plummet

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics, a leading political handicapper, says Klobuchar has fallen out of the Top 10.
June 5
Jeff Johnson and his mother, Kathy Johnson, during a recent visit with his father, Michael Johnson, at the North Ridge Health and Rehab nursing home i

Feds: More than half of Minnesota nursing homes have COVID-19 cases

Six of the state's nursing homes have lost more than 50 residents to the coronavirus.
May 28
Staff and volunteers at Second Harvest Heartland, the state's largest food bank, filled emergency food kits in response to the coronavirus at its ware

Extra food assistance extended to 350,000 poor Minnesota children

The benefit will help alleviate hunger among poor children in the summer months.
May 21
Lauren Thompson, who has cerebral palsy, moved home because of a shortage of caregivers. “I feel less safe,” she said.

Minnesota seniors, disabled still battling isolation, despite loosening of restrictions

Advocates have voiced alarms that restrictions are being taken too far.
May 20
Jeff Johnson and his mother, Kathy Johnson, are visiting their father, Michael Johnson, who is 71, at the North Ridge Health and Rehab nursing home in

Despite toll, nursing homes are still taking in infected patients

The practice is drawing strong opposition that such transfers endanger residents of senior homes that are understaffed and ill-equipped to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
May 18
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown walked out of the House Chamber not wearing a mask. All the DFL legislators choose to wear a mask on the Hou

'Flurry of negotiations' but no deal on final day of session

Minnesota lawmakers failed to reach agreement on a major construction package, tax relief and spending on economic aid during the COVID-19 pandemic as an end-of-session deadline passed Sunday night.
May 9
A small camp of about a dozen tents along Hiawatha Avenue has swelled to more than 100 homeless men and women. Crews wearing protective Tyvek suits cl

Officials seek to contain growing Camp Quarantine in south Mpls.

Citing urgent public health concerns, Metro Transit authorities are moving to contain the spread of a large and growing homeless encampment near the light-rail line in south Minneapolis.
May 8
Left to right, Ross Heier, executive chef at Redstone American Grill; Kristin Kroeger, Redstone Grill regional manager; and Sarah Sheeley of Horizonta

Death toll climbs to 55 at New Hope nursing home hit by virus

The death toll at the facility — the site of the state's deadliest outbreak since the pandemic began — has more than quadrupled in the past two weeks. State health officials identified multiple lapses of infection-control standards.
May 5
Volunteer Kimberly Lawrence of Rosemount packed loaves of bread at Second Harvest in Brooklyn Park in May.

Minnesotans soon will be able to use food stamps to buy groceries online

Nearly 380,000 low-income Minnesotans will be able to buy groceries online.
May 5
After moving out of the Higher Ground homeless shelter in Minneapolis, Douglas Pyle, 49, reacts to seeing his hotel room for the first time Friday.

Hundreds of homeless move to Twin Cities hotels to prevent virus in shelters

About 540 homeless adults with underlying health problems who have been moved out of shelters and into four Twin Cities-area hotels.
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May 2
Former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach faced a drawn-out competition before securing her party’s support. She will be up against Democratic U.S. Rep. Co

Minnesota Republicans endorse Michelle Fischbach, Tyler Kistner in bids for Congress

They will face off with Democratic U.S. Reps. Angie Craig and Collin Peterson.
May 1
An employee left the grounds during a shift change at St. Therese of New Hope on Thursday.

'Death is everywhere': New Hope nursing home hit hard

Families said they were kept in the dark about the deadly magnitude of the outbreak.
April 28
At least 13 residents of this Catholic Eldercare nursing home in northeast Minneaplis have died of COVID-19, and eight other residents have contracted

13 dead from COVID-19 at Catholic nursing home in Mpls.

Catholic Eldercare reported the outbreak in a letter to family members and said it had begun to isolate residents infected with COVID-19 in a designated section of its 174-bed nursing home at 817 Main Street NE.
April 23
Kimberly Lawrence of Rosemount, a volunteer, packs loaves of bread at Second Harvest. Staff and volunteers at Second Harvest Heartland, the state’s

Emergency food aid to help Minnesotans struggling with hunger during pandemic

The expanded food stamp benefits will provide relief to more than 250,000 Minnesotans.