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    MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from September 30, 2020: Sixteen more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday, for a total of 2,036. That death count represents the highest one-day toll in the state since August 19. The state has only twice reported more than 15 deaths in a single day after June 19. Of the people whose deaths were announced Wednesday, four were in their 90s, four were in their 80s, three were in their...
    The way this year is going … KARE’s Jennifer Austin reports: “Since the Fourth of July, [Dr. Richard Melvin]’s been taking samples every weekend from eight beaches along Lake Superior and testing them with his team for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Nothing. Then, after sampling the weekend of September 11, he found trace amounts of the virus in water along four Duluth beaches: Brighton Beach, the 42nd Avenue beach, the beach near Leif Erickson park, and the beach on Park Point near the Franklin Tot Lot.” Extensive Lois Reiss investigation. The Atavist Magazine’s John Rosengren reports: “Dave [Reiss] was supposed to have left for a fishing tournament in Illinois on Tuesday, March 20. He would have...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Fresh off their chaotic debate-stage clash, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden targeted voters across the Midwest on Wednesday, hitting hard at their contrasting messages as millions of voters cast early ballots. Biden headed out on his most aggressive day on the campaign trail all year, with eight stops planned for a train tour that began mid-morning in Cleveland and was scheduled to end Wednesday night in western Pennsylvania. Trump was to address voters and donors in Minnesota late in the day. Both men were active on social media, too, hoping to use the turbulent debate to score political points. “He lies to you,” Biden said of Trump at an outdoor event along https://apnews.com/hub/election-2020 side the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health has issued the latest update on the spread of COVID-19 in the state, and in the last 24 hours, the state has added 689 more cases to its total, along with another 16 deaths, all people above 60 years of age. The Minnesota Department of Health says that the total number of cases in the state since the start of the outbreak has reached 99,134. The death toll is at 2,036. Meanwhile, 89,392 people have recovered from the virus and no longer need to self-isolate. As of this point, 7,701 people have been hospitalized with the disease. Of those, 2,146 were admitted into intensive care. WCCO App: Click here to download...
    With all 201 seats in the Minnesota House and Senate on the ballot this year — and with upcoming redistricting making control of the Legislature even more important — the campaign to control the state Legislature should be dominating the 2020 election. It’s not, however, and for one reason: Donald Trump. As much as the parties would like the election to be about local candidates and local issues, many are drafting in the wake of the presidential election. When asked at the kickoff of the House DFL campaign how “Trumpy” she thought the races would be, House Speaker Melissa Hortman replied: “We are hoping 2020 is just as Trumpy an election as 2018 was for our team.” The reference was...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, WILL WEISSERT and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Fresh off their chaotic debate-stage clash, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden targeted voters across the Midwest on Wednesday, hitting hard at their contrasting messages as as millions of voters cast early ballots. Biden headed out on his most aggressive day on the campaign trail all year, with eight stops planned for a train tour that began mid-morning in Cleveland and was scheduled to end Wednesday night in western Pennsylvania. Trump was to address voters and donors in Minnesota late in the day. Both men were active on social media, too, hoping to use the turbulent debate to score political points. “He lies to you,” Biden...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota DNR is investigating how a cougar made its way into Bloomington before being struck by a vehicle. According to the DNR, the cougar was apparently hit and killed by a vehicle near Interstate 494 and I-35W in Bloomington Tuesday morning. Now, the 115-pound male cougar is at the DNR Wildlife Research office in Grand Rapids, where they will perform a necropsy to determine if the cougar is wild and where it may have originated, among other things. While cougars have been spotted and verified from time to time in Minnesota, the DNR says evidence suggests they are transient animals from Western Dakotas.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — President Donald Trump is slated to stop in the Twin Cities for a fundraiser Wednesday before holding a rally later in Duluth. According to his campaign, the president will be at a private fundraiser in the west metro. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem will be among the attendees. Later Wednesday, Trump is scheduled to speak to supporters at the Duluth International Airport. The president and his Democratic rival Joe Biden have been focusing on Minnesota in recent weeks, with the candidates and surrogates making stops across the state. RELATED: Why Minnesota Matters In The 2020 Presidential Election Although Minnesota hasn’t voted Republican in a presidential election since 1972, it’s become a battleground state, even as...
    ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A man suspected of a shooting and car-jacking in St. Paul has been killed by police in St. Cloud. Officers in St. Cloud were assisting St. Paul police and the federal authorities in locating the suspect who was accused of shooting at officer in St. Paul Monday evening. Police say the suspect was found in a vehicle in a parking lot in St. Cloud about 6 p.m. Tuesday. An armored vehicle was used to block the suspect's vehicle. He got out of the vehicle armed with a gun and was shot by officers, police said. The suspect died at the scene. A woman in the suspect's vehicle was injured and was taken to the hospital...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah was sworn in Wednesday as the ruling emir of the tiny oil-rich country, propelled to power by the death of his half-brother after a long career in the security services. At age 83, Sheikh Nawaf is not expected to deviate from the diplomatic path charted by his predecessor, the late Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. But his accession touched off speculation about who will become the next crown prince in the country known for its lively elected parliament and relative independence in the neighborhood of Gulf Arab monarchies. The late Sheikh Sabah was set to make his final journey to Kuwait later on Wednesday,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — President Donald Trump returns to the battleground state of Minnesota Wednesday. He is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. at the Duluth International Airport. Then on Thursday, his son Eric Trump will hold a rally in Becker before heading to central Wisconsin. On the same day, Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris will be online as the keynote speaker for the ninth-annual DFL Humphrey Mondale Dinner. Jill Biden, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, will return to the Twin Cities Saturday with a stop in Minneapolis. She visited Prior Lake earlier this month. Just a little more than a month remains until Election Day. Minnesotans can vote early any time between now and then....
    As Trump touts law and order, is crackdown on cities working? Amazon Prime Day Starts October 13—Heres Everything You Need to Know Astros win 4-1 in Game 1; Twins record losing streak at 17 © APWF Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez, right, and catcher Martin Maldonado celebrate as the Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 in Game 1 of an American League wild-card baseball series, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jose Altuve drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning for Houston after a two-out error by shortstop Jorge Polanco, and the Astros beat Minnesota 4-1 Tuesday to open their AL playoff series and stretch the Twins'...
    MINNEAPOLIS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Despite a disappointing regular season by Astros standards, the playoff-tested team took advantage of a late-game opportunity to win. Jose Altuve drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning for Houston after a two-out error by shortstop Jorge Polanco, and the Astros beat Minnesota 4-1 Tuesday to open their AL playoff series and stretch the Twins’ all-time record postseason losing streak to 17 games. Manager Dusty Baker’s Astros became the first team in major league history to win a game after reaching the postseason with a losing record. Game 2 in the best-of-three wild-card matchup is Wednesday at Target Field. Michael Brantley tacked on a two-run single in the ninth after...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig is seeking a court order requiring that the November election in her congressional race be held as scheduled instead of being delayed until February under a Minnesota law that was triggered when a third-party candidate died. Craig, who is seeking a second term in a competitive suburban and rural district south of the Twin Cities, said in a statement Monday that federal law requires the contest to be held as part of the November general election. And she warned that the district would go without congressional representation for several weeks if the election is delayed. “The people of Minnesota’s Second Congressional District deserve to have a voice fighting for them in Washington,”...
    TEA, S.D. (AP) — An inmate accused of attacking a Turner County deputy and stealing his sheriff's vehicle during a transport has previous charges of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. Tyson Wessels was being returned to the Minnehaha County Jail in Sioux Falls following a court appearance in Turner County Sept. 22. Authorities say he assaulted the deputy transporting him on Interstate 29 and escaped with the patrol vehicle. Wessels was believed to have abandoned the patrol vehicle and to have stolen two other vehicles while traveling in South Dakota and Minnesota. The second stolen vehicle was found in southwestern Minnesota. Authorities located the 42-year-old fugitive in Yankton Friday, three days after he escaped. He did not resist...
    (CNN)Five weeks from today -- or, hopefully, sometime shortly after that -- we will find out whether voters decided that President Donald Trump deserved a second term in office.But Trump's influence and legacy in politics won't end there. Not by a long shot. And while most people are focused on how Trump -- win or lose -- will impact the 2024 GOP presidential race, which could include a member of his family (Donald Trump Jr.) as well as two prominent members of his Cabinet (former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo). But there will actually be a chance to see how much Trump has changed the party (or not) before then: The 2022...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health updated COVID-19’s impact Tuesday as the state approaches 100,000 confirmed cases. According to MDH, there were 817 additional cases confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing the state’s total to 98,447. Of those cases, 88,380 people who contracted the virus no longer need to self-isolate. MORE: MDH’s COVID-19 Data MDH also reported five additional deaths, with two of them being patients in long-term care settings and three being in private residences. In total, 2,020 people have died from COVID-19; 1,449 of those patients were in long-term care. On Monday, no additional cases were admitted to intensive care units, but eight more people required hospitalization. In total, there have...
    The death last week of a Minnesota congressional candidate may propel the state into a pivotal role in the election of the president. The decedent is Adam Weeks, the long-shot nominee in the Second Congressional District of the Legalize Marijuana Now Party, which is deemed a “major” party because it accumulated 5% of the ballots in a recent election cycle. Because of his death, under an unusual Minnesota law, the seat, currently held by Democrat Angie Craig, becomes vacant at the end of her term on Jan. 3. It will remain idle until filled by a special election on Feb. 9, three weeks after Inauguration Day. That vacancy could be a major factor in the selection of the person who...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash early Tuesday morning involving a pedestrian in northern Minnesota. Troopers say the crash happened shortly before 2 a.m. on Highway 34, southwest of Detroit Lakes. A Honda Civic was traveling west on the highway when it struck a pedestrian. This is a developing story. Check back for more.
            by Debra Heine  U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) has been linked to a massive illegal vote-buying scheme in an elderly community in her heavily Somali district in Minneapolis. The illegal ballot harvesting operation is just the latest in a growing list of federal crimes the self-avowed democratic socialist is alleged to have committed in recent years, including marrying her brother to commit immigration fraud and student loan fraud. Project Veritas investigators traveled to Minneapolis to see what they could discover regarding the alleged Somali vote harvesting scheme. “U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar – also affectionately known as a member of ‘the Squad’ – and her campaign may be behind one of the biggest voter fraud schemes in...
    Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) filed a federal lawsuit to allow her district's House race to be held in November after a minor party candidate’s death pushed the election back to February.  Craig, who is running to keep her seat for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, filed a federal complaint to counter the state law that forces a February special election after Adam Weeks, the Legal Marijuana Now Party’s candidate, died suddenly last week.  Weeks died 40 days before Election Day, which activated a state law mandating the election be delayed. No cause of death was provided.  Under state law, Craig would be required to vacate her seat when the new Congress was sworn in and wait for the February special election....
    Police in Minneapolis announced on Monday evening that they were investigating reports of vote fraud, after video emerged appearing to show alleged supporters of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar collecting absentee ballots.  James O'Keefe of Project Veritas claimed that Omar's backers were illegally harvesting ballots.  According to O'Keefe, a Minneapolis resident, Liban Mohamed, illegally collected some 300 ballots from primarily Somali immigrants to help his brother, City Councilman Jamal Osman.  Mohamed in turn accused O'Keefe on Twitter of 'fake news'.  Omar Jamal, a Somali political operative, told Veritas that he believes ballot harvesters in the community are hired and take advantage of elderly community members and that Omar is connected to the alleged election fraud.  However neither he nor the videos provide...
    Investigative reporter David Steinberg joined the radio program Monday, to explain how a new video may provide enough evidence to begin a FBI investigation into alleged illegal practices by Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar's campaign. In the video, which was produced and released by Project Veritas, residents of Omar's community describe campaign teams that not only conduct illegal ballot harvesting practices but also pay people for their blank absentee ballots. Steinberg told Glenn that, if these charges prove to be true, the federal government could bypass Omar's friend and protector, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. Could 2020 be the beginning of the end for Omar's political career? Watch the video below to catch...
    A Minnesota elementary school teacher has been accused of physically assaulting three black students in her second-grade class and segregating them from their white peers.   The alleged abuse by Geraldine Cook, a now-former teacher at Harambee Elementary School in Roseville, was outlined in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by parent Kristen Lindsey in the US District Court in St Paul last week.  Lindsey claims that Cook, who is white, choked her seven-year-old son, who is black and has learning disabilities, and left him so traumatized that he had to transfer out of the school district.  The mother further alleged that the principal of Harambee tried to hide the assault from her for weeks until the boy told her himself. ...
    Queens, New York City, voters have received mail-in ballots marked for military use even though recipients never served in the armed forces, according to a Monday report. Per the New York Post: In recent days, several borough residents — including two Post journalists — have received forms reading “Official Absentee Military Ballot,” creating concern about whether their votes would be properly tallied. […] Beyond Sunnyside, non-service members also reported receiving the ballots in neighborhoods including Richmond Hill, Forest Hills and Astoria. Van Bramer, a Democrat, said the issue only adds to the worries in an already topsy-turvy election cycle that has seen an inordinate number of voters look to mail-in voting with the coronavirus pandemic raging on. […] Van Bramer said he was...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Over the weekend, Minnesota’s COVID-19 death toll breached 2,000. On Monday, another seven deaths were added to the total, as 936 more cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed. The Minnesota Department of Health says that the total number of cases in the state since the start of the outbreak has reached 97,638. The death toll is at 2,015. Meanwhile, more than 87,000 people have recovered from the virus and no longer need to self-isolate. In the last 24 hours, 26 people have been hospitalized with the disease. Of those, 20 were admitted into intensive care. Since the start of the outbreak in March, nearly 1.4 million people in Minnesota have been tested...
    President Donald Trump called for the U.S. attorney in Minnesota to investigate a report claiming Rep. Ilhan Omar supporters were illegally ballot harvesting. The president called for the probe on Twitter after Project Veritas released a report Sunday alleging Omar’s supporters in Minneapolis were illegally obtaining ballots. "This is totally illegal. Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review??? If not, why not??? We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement. Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range!" Trump wrote. Project Veritas, which uses undercover journalists, highlighted a video of an operative bragging about collecting ballots on social media.  Ballot harvesting is when a third party collects ballots from voters...
    President Trump called on the U.S. attorney in Minnesota to investigate a report of alleged illegal ballot harvesting by supporters of Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minnesota. Project Veritas, an investigative reporting project that uses undercover journalists, released a report on Sunday night that claimed Omar's supporters in Minneapolis were illegally collecting blank ballots and bragging about it on social media. Trump condemned the actions depicted in the video in a tweet posted on Sunday night. "This is totally illegal. Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review??? If not, why not??? We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement. Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range!" Trump...
    For the Star Tribune, Torey Van Oot reports, “Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith holds a lead over Republican challenger Jason Lewis in her bid for a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll. With Election Day less than six weeks away, Minnesota voters said they prefer Smith by an eight-point margin, 49 to 41%. But 10% of voters remain undecided. Smith’s lead appears to be bolstered by strong support in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, where nearly seven in 10 voters back her bid. But she trails Lewis, a former congressman and radio personality, by 6 percentage points in the outer Twin Cities suburbs, home to politically decisive swing districts. She...
    DONALD Trump has called on the US attorney in Minnesota to investigate Rep. Ilhan Omar amid unverified claims of ballot harvesting in the state. The president was speaking after Snapchat footage appeared to show one activist with piles of absentee ballots on the dashboard of his car. 2Donald Trump has called for an investigation into unverified claims of ballot harvesting in MinnesotaCredit: AP:Associated Press 2Ilhan Omar is a Minnesota congresswoman and the frequent target of attacks by the presidentCredit: Getty Images - Getty Many US states have "ballot collection" systems in place that allow a nominated third party to collect and deliver a ballot on behalf of someone unable to deliver it themselves. Minnesota law allows a...
    President Trump took to Twitter just after midnight on Monday and demanded that the Justice Department investigate Democratic House Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota for alleged ‘ballot harvesting.’ ‘This is totally illegal,’ the president tweeted on Monday. ‘Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review??? ‘If not, why not??? ‘We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement. ‘Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range!’ President Trump (left) called on his own Justice Department to investigate House Rep. Ilhan Omar (right), a Democrat from Minnesota, over alleged voter fraud by her supporters ‘This is totally illegal,’ the president tweeted on Monday. ‘Hope that the U.S. Attorney in...
    Project Veritas has released the results of an investigation into alleged ballot harvesting by supporters of Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, a key swing state in the 2020 presidential election. Video footage captured by Project Veritas shows an operative, Liban Mohamed, bragging about collecting hundreds of ballots. “Numbers do not lie. Numbers do not lie. … You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots. Can’t you see? Look at all these; my car is full,” Mohamed can be heard saying in the video. The video also includes testimony from a whistleblower, Omar Jamal, who called Rep. Omar’s alleged ballot harvesting an “open secret” and also discussed an alleged cash-for-votes scheme organized by staffers...
    A ballot-harvesting racket in Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Minneapolis district — where paid workers illegally gather absentee ballots from elderly Somali immigrants — has been busted by undercover news organization Project Veritas. One alleged ballot harvester, Liban Mohamed, the brother of Minneapolis city council member Jamal Osman, is shown in a bombshell Snapchat video rifling through piles of ballots strewn across his dashboard. “Just today we got 300 for Jamal Osman,” says Mohamed, aka KingLiban1, in the video. “I have 300 ballots in my car right now . . . “Numbers don’t lie. You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots. . . . Look, all these are for Jamal Osman,” he says, displaying the...
    NYPD officers charge at protesters, arresting people on sidewalk Chain restaurants in bad financial shape Reds beat Twins 5-3 in 10; Minnesota wins AL Central MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suárez had RBI singles a three-run 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 Sunday in a regular-season finale that determined postseason matchups. © Provided by Associated Press Minnesota Twins pitcher Jorge Alcala, right, tags out Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos as he tries to steal home on a wild pitch during the tenth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Reds won 5-3. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig) Cincinnati (31-29) became the National League's seventh seed and will play No. 2 Atlanta in...
    By Paul J. Weber | Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — When the coronavirus pandemic slammed the U.S. economy this spring, Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther became an overnight symbol of rebellion against lockdown measures, spending two days in a Texas jail for refusing to close her doors. Nearly $500,000 poured into a donation fund set up by conservative activists. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made a show of getting his hair cut at Luther’s salon. She flew to Michigan to rally with shutdown protesters and launched a run for the Texas Senate, hammering Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over virus restrictions. Her race in a deeply red and rural district is now a small test of what other Republican candidates nationwide are...
    By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic slammed the U.S. economy this spring, Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther became an overnight symbol of rebellion against lockdown measures, spending two days in a Texas jail for refusing to close her doors. Nearly $500,000 poured into a donation fund set up by conservative activists. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made a show of getting his hair cut at Luther’s salon. She flew to Michigan to rally with shutdown protesters and launched a run for the Texas Senate, hammering Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over virus restrictions. Her race in a deeply red and rural district is now a small test of what other Republican candidates nationwide are...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from September 27, 2020: Four more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Sunday, for a total of 2,008.  Article continues after advertisement Of the people whose deaths were announced Sunday, two were in their 80s, one was in their 70s and...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic slammed the U.S. economy this spring, Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther became an overnight symbol of rebellion against lockdown measures, spending two days in a Texas jail for refusing to close her doors. Nearly $500,000 poured into a donation fund set up by conservative activists. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made a show of getting his hair cut at Luther’s salon. She flew to Michigan to rally with shutdown protesters and launched a run for the Texas Senate, hammering Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over virus restrictions. Her race in a deeply red and rural district is now a small test of what other Republican candidates nationwide are counting on with just...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the last 24 hours, Minnesota added 1,077 more cases of COVID-19 to its tally of infections and four more deaths. The additional cases bring the state’s total positive cases to 96,734, with 86,252 no longer needing isolation. More than 7,493 people have needed hospitalization since the pandemic began. The state’s death toll is now 2,008. Of those who have died, 1,445 have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. MORE: Minnesota Health Dept.’s Situation Report On COVID-19 Testing is now at 1,981,100 overall in the state. More than 25,000 tests were completed in the last 24 hours. Health officials are monitoring the state’s positivity rate. According to the “Dial Back Dashboard,” Minnesota’s positivity rate has...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins MORE's lead over President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE in Minnesota is ticking up, according to a new poll.  Biden is leading Trump by 6 points, 48 percent to 42 percent, among likely voters, according to an MPR News/Star Tribune/KARE-11 Minnesota poll released Sunday. Biden’s lead ticked up 1 percentage point since a similar...
    MPR’s Mark Zdechlik writes: “A new MPR News/Star Tribune/KARE-11 Minnesota Poll of 800 registered voters shows former Democrat Joe Biden leads President Trump by 48-42 percent with 8 percent undecided. The 6 point lead is up 1 percentage point from the last Minnesota Poll in mid-May. The new poll shows Biden with a considerable lead among women and in the core Twin Cities, while Trump draws his strongest support from outside the metro area.” Also from MPR: “The mayor of a southern Minnesota city is pushing back on state health department claims that a COVID-19 survey team was threatened there earlier this month. ‘Personally, I think they owe the city of Eitzen and its citizens an apology,’ Mayor Jeff Adamson...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There was no excited reaction Saturday night after the Minnesota Twins guaranteed they’ll be at home when the postseason begins Tuesday. Instead, they took a casual postgame stroll out of the dugout toward the middle of the infield and congratulated each other as though it was a midseason win. Sunday could bring a much bigger celebration — as division champions. “I look at that 2019 banner a lot up there at the stadium, so it’d be nice to put another one up there,” reliever Taylor Rogers said. Luis Arraez matched career highs with four hits and three RBIs in his return to the lineup, and the Twins clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Luis Arraez matched career highs with four hits and three RBIs in his return to the lineup, and the Minnesota Twins clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs Saturday night with a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Minnesota maintained its one-game lead in the AL Central over the Chicago White Sox, who beat the crosstown Cubs 9-5. The Twins can wrap up their second consecutive division crown — and the No. 2 seed in the American League — with another win Sunday against Cincinnati or a White Sox loss at home to the Cubs. If the teams finish tied, Chicago wins the division because it holds the tiebreaker over the Twins. Arraez...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports 1,478 additional coronavirus cases and 10 more deaths Saturday, as the state’s death toll now surpassed 2,000. With the additional deaths, the state’s total is now 2,004. Of those deaths, 1,444 had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. There are now 95,659 positive cases confirmed since the pandemic began in the state in March. Health care workers account for slightly more than 10% of those cases, with 10,116 confirmed cases among their ranks. MORE: Situation Update For COVID-19 A total of 7,443 people have been hospitalized due to the virus, where 2,085 ended up in the ICU. Health officials are monitoring the state’s positivity rate as it has...
    By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota congresswoman whose race has been roiled by the death of a third-party candidate urged supporters Friday to vote for her and the rest of the Democratic ticket on the November ballot, even though votes in her race won't count under current circumstances. In a statement, Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig urged voters to mark their ballots in her race anyway, hinting that a legal challenge could be in the works. Minnesota began early voting and started mailing absentee ballots Sept. 18. Craig is running for reelection against Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in a district that includes suburban and rural areas south of the Twin Cities. Also on the ballot is...
    MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota congresswoman whose race has been roiled by the death of a third-party candidate urged supporters Friday to vote for her and the rest of the Democratic ticket on the November ballot, even though votes in her race won't count under current circumstances. In a statement, Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig urged voters to mark their ballots in her race anyway, hinting that a legal challenge could be in the works. Minnesota began early voting and started mailing absentee ballots Sept. 18. Craig is running for reelection against Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in a district that includes suburban and rural areas south of the Twin Cities. Also on the ballot is Adam Charles Weeks, of the...
    (Reuters) - Three U.S. states reported record one-day increases in new COVID-19 cases on Friday as the nation surpassed the grim milestone of over 7 million total infections, according to a Reuters tally. Minnesota reported 1,177 new coronavirus cases and Oregon reported 449 new cases, breaking its previous record set in July. Utah reported 1,411 new cases, a record increase for the second day in a row. Montana and South Dakota also set one-day records for new cases on Thursday. COVID-19 infections in the United States are trending upwards and the average number of cases in the last seven days is up 10% from the prior week, according to a Reuters analysis. On average, the nation is reporting 44,000 new...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from Sept. 25, 2020: 94,189 confirmed cases; 1,994 deaths Statewide study stopped due to racial slurs, threats to surveyors More community testing sites Article continues after advertisement 94,189 confirmed cases; 1,994 deaths Six more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said...
    REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonPandemic of ignorance. The Star Tribune’s Jeremy Olson reports: “The CDC pulled its federal surveyors out of Minnesota this week following reports of verbal abuse and intimidation, including an incident in the Iowa border town of Eitzen, Minn., in which a survey team walking to a house was blocked by two cars and threatened by three men, including one who had a gun.” Related: “Minnesota downgraded to ‘uncontrolled’ COVID-19 spread” More gunshots, more police sirens. KARE 11’s Deevon Rahming reports: “Amid fear and frustration over the spike in crime, residents on the south side reached out to the city’s Public Safety Committee during a meeting Thursday with a proposal to help. ‘We were hoping that they would listen to us,’...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — COVID-19 survey teams have been pulled from Minnesota after teams reportedly encountered intimidation and racism. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC pulled federal surveyors out of the state this week after multiple incidents. WCCO previously reported on one incident where “armed individuals” confronted a survey team, but health officials did not say where the confrontation happened. According to the Star Tribune, in one incident a survey team in the southern Minnesota town of Eitzen was blocked by two cars, and confronted by three men. One of them was armed. According to the report, incidents have included shouts of racial and ethnic slurs, as well as intimidation. MDH says...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) updated COVID-19’s impact on the state Friday, reporting 1,191 additional positive cases and six more deaths. According to MDH’s positive case by date data, the additional cases is the largest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Notably, there were over 28,000 tests completed in the last 24 hours. MORE: MDH’s COVID-19 Data Over 94,100 cases have been confirmed so far, with 10,002 of those being health care workers. There are 84,256 people who have contracted the virus who no longer need to self-isolate. Meanwhile, the state’s death toll approaches 2,000 with 1,994 confirmed so far, with 1,438 of the deaths being among cases who reside...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in central Minnesota are asking the public’s help in finding a car involved in hit-and-run in St. Cloud earlier this week that left a cyclist dead. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office says that state troopers are looking for a dark-colored 1999-2005 Volkswagen Jetta. A car of that description is believed to have sustained a broken headlight in a crash early Wednesday morning on Highway 23, near the 31st Avenue Northeast intersection. The crash killed a cyclist, 50-year-old Dhanjal Singh, of St. Cloud. Authorities found part of the suspect Jetta’s headlight/turn signal at the scene. Surveillance video also captured the hit-and-run. Anyone with information on the hit-and-run is asked to call the Minnesota...
    Elizabeth Shockman reports for MPR: “Three weeks into the new academic year, COVID-19 cases are already causing some K-12 districts across Minnesota to close their school buildings and send teachers and students into quarantine. More than 350 of the more than 2,000 schools across the state have already had an instance of at least one student or staff member contract the virus. In some instances, there have been multiple cases at those schools.” Meanwhile, Josh Verges writes for the Pioneer Press: “Students in several large Minnesota school districts are heading back to class after starting the year learning from home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nine of the state’s 50 largest districts began the school year with every grade in...
    A competitive U.S. House race in Minnesota will be delayed until February after Adam Weeks, the nominee for the Legal Marijuana Now party, died Thursday, the Minnesota Secretary of State said. Under Minnesota state law, any election must be postponed if a major party candidate dies less than 79 days from the contest, and requires a special election to be held on the second Tuesday in February, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. As a result, the results of the Nov. 3 election will be automatically invalidated, and incumbent Democratic Rep. Angie Craig will have to leave office in January when the next session of Congress begins. The seat will remain vacant until after the February special election, when either Craig or...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from Sept. 24, 2020: 93,012 confirmed cases; 1,988 deaths Three more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday, for a total of 1,988.  Of the deaths announced Thursday two people in their 80s and one person in their 70s. Two of the...
    Isabella Condo is an acting student at the University of Minnesota. Courtesy of Isabella Condo College students across the world are returning to their classes in various ways, including in person, online, and though hybrid coursework. An international student at the University of Minnesota is returning to class virtually from her home in Costa Rica. Here's how Isabella Condo, a theater major, juggles a full course load and adapts her acting assignments to Zoom calls. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When she left Minnesota to spend spring break back home in Costa Rica, Isabella Condo, 20, didn't pack properly.  "I packed a half an hour before I went to the airport because I stayed up with...
    This story was previously published on Wednesday, Sept. 23 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For ninth grader Michael Barry, it was as simple as playing a video game with a friend this summer that lead to his positive COVID-19 results on Aug. 6. “A week after that I started getting a sore throat and some symptoms,” Barry said. “I got really tired, super tired during the day, little bit of a headache when I would get up and stuff.” His symptoms were fairly mild, and over in about a week. Despite Barry’s relegation to the basement, the rest of his family eventually got sick, albeit with minor symptoms. READ MORE: 3 Brainerd High Schools Reverting To Distance Learning After COVID Cases...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the last 24 hours, Minnesota added 995 more cases of COVID-19 to its tally of infections and three more deaths. The additional cases bring the state’s total positive cases to 93,012, with 83,862 no longer needing isolation. More than 7,335 have needed hospitalization since the pandemic began. The state’s death toll is now 1,988. Of those who have died, 1,435 have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. MORE: Minnesota Health Dept.’s Situation Report On COVID-19 Testing is now at 1,895,302 overall in the state. More than 21,000 tests were completed in the last 24 hours. Health officials are monitoring the state’s positivity rate. According to the “Dial Back Dashboard,” Minnesota’s positivity rate has hovered...
    Jake Cave hit a pair of home runs, Kenta Maeda finished off his regular season with another strong start and the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Wednesday night to take over sole possession of the AL Central lead for the first time since late August. MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – SEPTEMBER 23: Jorge Polanco #11 of the Minnesota Twins congratulates teammate Jake Cave #60 on a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the sixth inning of the game at Target Field on September 23, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 7-6. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Eddie Rosario added a two-run homer for Minnesota (35-22), which has won four straight. The Twins moved a...
    COVID-19 robbed us of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota’s June 14 concert with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, along with its fall 2020 season. Instead, “in the wake of the loss of George Floyd and much unrest in our beloved Twin Cities,” the esteemed CMSM has created a special presentation that will premiere this weekend. On Sunday (Sept. 27) at 4 p.m., the time when its resident artists and guests would normally perform live in Hamline’s Sundin Hall, CMSM will present a new multimedia work for solo violin and spoken word called “How Many Breaths? In Memory of George Floyd and Countless Others.” Created by CMSM’s co-artistic director and violinist Ariana Kim, Penumbra’s Lou Bellamy and Sarah Bellamy and...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Stormy weather in Texas means some lucky dogs will be finding new homes in Minnesota. On Wednesday, a trailer carrying 30 dogs, including eight puppies, arrived at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley. The dogs were from shelters around Houston that needed to make room for more strays in the wake of Tropical Storm Beta. “We have relationships with shelters down all across the south,” said Molly Morgan, an Animal Humane Society spokesperson. “Minnesota is a great place to find new homes for those animals.” The dogs will get full evaluations, vaccines and any medications they might need. After that, the dogs will be put up for adoption. Expect to see the...
    A home belonging to supporters of President Donald Trump in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, was attacked in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to a Facebook post. A news release from the Brooklyn Center Police Department noted that the home’s occupants had a “fairly large ‘Trump 2020’ sign that was destroyed.” Deana Molla, who claims to be one of the owners of the vandalized home, shared photos of the arson and vandalism via Facebook. According to police, the attackers spray-painted, “Biden 2020,” “BLM,” and a capital letter “A” with a circle around it, a symbol for the left-wing group Antifa. Local police and firefighters rescued three dogs in kennels and four puppies located in a garage, which was burned down...
    Black Lives Matter protesters walked onto I-94 in St. Paul, Minnesota, to obstruct highway traffic on Wednesday evening. A local Fox affiliate reported that authorities “blocked off traffic in the area” where the protesting crowd entered the interstate. “About 400 people were marching to protest the lack of more serious charges against officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death,” according to the Star Tribune, which also reported that police and state patrol “made no move to stop or arrest protesters.” The protests are part of a broader campaign of demonstrations in large cities across the country following a Kentucky grand jury’s decision to not bring charges against Louisville police officers related to the killing of Breonna Taylor. The protesters chanted and carried signs depicting...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from Sept. 23: 92,100 confirmed cases; 1,985 deaths 25 Minnesota cases of multi-inflammatory syndrome Cases tied to Martin County funeral CDC releases Halloween guidelines Article continues after advertisement 92,100 confirmed cases; 1,985 deaths Six more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health...
    As a gift from third baseman Josh Donaldson, each of the Minnesota Twins now have dark blue jersey-style bathrobes with their name across the back. MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – SEPTEMBER 22: Max Kepler #26 of the Minnesota Twins wears a bathrobe belonging to teammate Nelson Cruz #23 as he celebrates a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers in the dugout during the eighth inning of the game at Target Field on September 22, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 5-4 in ten innings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Nelson Cruz even started draping his over the shoulders of each teammate who hit a homer. With the division race as tight as ever and a first-round home series...
    Did pandemic lockdowns increase domestic violence in Minnesota? In the Star Tribune’s Salma Loum, looks at the numbers: “When Minnesota’s stay-at-home period started at the end of March, domestic violence advocates feared victims would be in greater danger, but may not seek help. … Data on police reports, requests for shelter and crisis hotline calls during the lockdown period and the weeks that followed paint a mixed picture, according to a Star Tribune analysis.” St. Paul schools losing students. The Pioneer Press’ Josh Verges reports: “The coronavirus pandemic appears to be accelerating a long-running decline in enrollment for St. Paul Public Schools. … A preliminary count of 34,179 students through Tuesday is nearly 1,000 fewer than the district was projecting...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota health officials reported 690 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and six additional deaths, bringing the state’s death toll up to 1,985. The Minnesota Department of Health says the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is at 92,100. Of them, about 83,500 no longer require isolation. A total of 303 people are currently in Minnesota hospitals, a number which has increased by seven compared to the day before. Of those, 148 are in the ICU. Hospitalization figures appear to be on the rise, based on the last week’s worth of figures. Among those included in the state’s death toll, 1,433 of them involved cases in long-term care (LTC) facilities, which have been particularly hard hit by...
    This article was originally published by Agate magazine. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many weaknesses in our food system. In the spring, with the sudden closure of restaurants, schools, and hotels, farmers were forced to plow under their vegetables, dump their milk, and cull animals even as some supermarket shelves were bare. Although Americans were eating at home more, big farms found it too expensive and time-consuming to switch to packaging products for retail sale. As we watched the supply chains break down and avoided restaurants, many of us scrambled to join a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) farm or to find locally produced meat. We found ourselves wondering, “Why don’t we automatically get carrots grown locally or milk from the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Early voting in Minnesota started on September 18 and that’s brought in many Good Questions. 1.) If you applied for an absentee ballot, can you still vote in person? Yes, if a voter didn’t return the ballot, they can go to the polls or early voting locations and vote. “We will ‘spoil’ their mailed ballot and issue them a ballot to vote in person instead,” said Ginny Gelms, Hennepin County Elections Director. 2.) What happens if a voter only fills in the ballot for one or two races, but leaves some blank? All the votes that are filled in will be counted. “Whatever you send to us, we count,” said Jeff Narabrook, Election Administrator for the City...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ranking states by happiness seems like a strange thing to do in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the country’s politics are divisive as ever, and millions are without work. But WalletHub did it anyway. According to the credit score website, Minnesota is the third happiest state in the nation, earning high marks for “emotional and physical well-being” and “work environment.” The Land of 10,000 Lakes is also among the top states for the “Community and Environment” category. States ahead of Minnesota on the list were Hawaii (No. 1) and Utah. Rounding out the top five were New Jersey and Maryland. Wisconsin came in at No. 18. WalletHub says its listmakers looked at...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from September 22, 2020: Ten more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday, for a total of 1,979. Of the people whose deaths were announced Tuesday, four were in their 90s, three were in their 80s, two were in their 70s and...
    A group of armed black men who took over Minneapolis streets in the aftermath of George Floyd’s police-custody death is now being applauded by city officials for their efforts. “It’s important to have men from the community step up for the community,” the city’s director of the Office of Violence Prevention, Sasha Cotton, told the Los Angeles Times of the group, which calls themselves the Minnesota Freedom Fighters. “It’s their right to be out on the streets and it’s commendable. There are black residents who in the early days of the unrest felt vulnerable … and still do.” The Minnesota Freedom Fighters started patrolling small businesses in Minneapolis in late May and early June after the city’s NAACP chapter called...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As the fall season begins, Minnesota health officials are reporting 10 more COVID-19 deaths and 513 additional cases Tuesday. With the additional deaths, the state’s total now stands at 1,979 deaths. Of those deaths, 1,430 have been patients in long-term care facilities. Half of the newly reported deaths were patients in long-term care. There are now 91,422 positive cases confirmed since the pandemic began in the state in March. Health care workers account for slightly more than 10% of those cases, with 9,776 confirmed cases among their ranks. RELATED: MSHSL Votes To Reinstate Fall Volleyball, Football Seasons More than 82,000 of those who contracted the virus no longer need to quarantine. In the...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Now isn’t the time for the Yankees to take their foot off the gas pedal. After reeling off a 10-game winning streak that featured 85 runs and 29 home runs, the Yankees backed into a playoff spot on Sunday following a loss to the Boston Red Sox before dropping Monday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. With it, they entered Tuesday as the No. 5 seed of the American League with six games remaining. Should the Yankees not be able to catch the No. 4 Minnesota Twins over the final stretch, they’ll be playing the Wild Card round — a...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Searchers have found the body of a man who’s been missing in northern Minnesota for more than a week. The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office says crews found Timothy Alan Dasovich’s body on Sunday in a wooded area in Nashwauk, near Hawkins Pit. Relatives had reported the 39-year-old missing on Sept. 15. No other details on Dasovich’s death were released.
    Rep. Ilhan Omar is being criticized by a fellow Minnesota Democrat who says she “doesn’t belong in our party.” “I don’t defend her. She doesn’t belong in our party,” 16-term Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, who represents Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District, said when asked about Omar, who represents Minnesota’s 5th District. “She doesn’t belong in our party,” Peterson, who is running for reelection in rural western Minnesota, repeated when asked to clarify before walking away without further comment. Peterson’s comments appear to represent a change of heart since April, when he attempted to defend Omar’s controversial interpretation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something.” “I think she was trying to say that some people in her community...
    The very same white voters who gave Donald Trump the modest margins he needed to narrowly secure the presidency in 2016 have begun to turn on him in 2020 in numbers potentially too big for him to make up. In a roundup of some of the latest political polling, Politico singles out some of the most recent devastating numbers in battleground states. Minnesota: A CBS/YouGov poll show Biden winning white voters by 2 points after Trump won them by 7 points in 2018, according to exit polling. The state still went for Hillary Clinton by 1.5 points. Wisconsin: An ABC/Washington Post poll found Trump losing non-college white women to Biden by 9 points after he took them...
    For the Star Tribune, Patrick Condon writes: The heated politics of the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy are spilling into Minnesota’s Senate race, with U.S. Sen. Tina Smith and Republican challenger Jason Lewis pressing opposite views on an issue that could reframe the presidential election. Smith, in an interview Monday, lamented the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week and echoed Democrats across the nation … who believe the Senate should not vote on a successor picked by President Donald Trump before the election. … Lewis, a former one-term congressman and one-time radio personality, said the Senate should vote on Trump’s nominee as swiftly as possible.” At MPR Tim Nelson and the AP report, “Minnesota high school football and volleyball...
    Getty Vikings fans have called for full-tank mode for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The “Tank for Trevor” bandwagon is running red hot in Minnesota. NFL fans across the league have been thirsting Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the Heismann trophy front-runner and a consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft. The 6-foot-6 prospect won a national championship with the Tigers in his freshman year and led them to an unbeaten season into the title game against LSU last season. ESPN gathered reactions around the league and Vikings fans may have made the most noise with Vikings fans after watching the worst performance of Kirk Cousins’ career took to Twitter to unleash the call to enter full-tank mode...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota’s state forests offer scenic drives and 4.2 million acres showcasing one of the biggest nature shows each year – the fall color display. Here is a list of five forest drives taking place this fall: Mid-late September Smoky Hills State Forest in the northwest. Bear Island State Forest in the northeast. Early October Rum River State Forest in central Minnesota. St. Croix State Forest and Nemadji State Forest loop in central Minnesota. Mid-October Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest in the south. To learn more click here.
    The very same white voters who gave Donald Trump the modest margins he needed to narrowly secure the presidency in 2016 have begun to turn on him in 2020 in numbers potentially too big for him to make up. In a roundup of some of the latest political polling, Politico singles out some of the most recent devastating numbers in battleground states. Minnesota: A CBS/YouGov poll show Biden winning white voters by 2 points after Trump won them by 7 points in 2018, according to exit polling. The state still went for Hillary Clinton by 1.5 points. Wisconsin: An ABC/Washington Post poll found Trump losing non-college white women to Biden by 9 points after he took them...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Article continues after advertisement Here are the latest updates from September 21, 2020: 90,942 confirmed cases; 1,969 deaths State to open free saliva testing site in Duluth The state high school league approved football and volleyball, but MDH says such gatherings are risky 90,942 confirmed cases; 1,969 deaths Four more...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health announced it’s opening the state’s first COVID-19 saliva testing site in Duluth this Wednesday. Free saliva tests will be offered at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) to any Minnesotan who believes they need to be tested – including those not showing symptoms. “Our battle against COVID-19 is far from over,” said Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. “The high number of new cases we’ve seen in recent days shows the outbreak could quickly spread out of control, so it’s important to stay a step or two ahead. Minnesota plans to open up to nine more sites across the state. The pilot opening will give state and local health officials a better understanding...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota health officials reported 937 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and four additional deaths. The Minnesota Department of Health says the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is at 90,942. Of them, nearly 82,174 no longer require isolation. A total of 255 people are currently in Minnesota hospitals, a number which has increased by seven compared to the day before. Of those, 128 are in the ICU. The state’s death toll is now 1,969 with 1,425 of those deaths involving cases in long-term care (LTC) facilities. MORE: MDH’s Situation Update For COVID-19 Health officials say approximately 1,312,937 Minnesotans have been tested for the virus so far. Nearly 17,000 were completed in the last 24 hours. Health...
    Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll GOP set to release controversial Biden report Can Donald Trump maintain new momentum until this November? MORE’s presidential campaign is expanding its advertising offensive in Georgia and Iowa as the former vice president looks to broaden his path to the White House ahead of November. The new advertising push in Georgia is geared toward Black voters. One spot focuses on the Democrats’ criminal justice reform proposals, including plans to abolish private prisons and end cash bail, while another spot highlights Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSocial Security and Medicare are on the ballot this November Harris honors Ginsburg, visits Supreme Court The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Last week was a difficult week for the campaign of Lacy Johnson, the Republican who is trying to unseat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. A 17-year-old volunteer was shot and killed in north Minneapolis. A second volunteer was wounded and a suspect is in custody. Both police and the campaign said the shooting had nothing to do with the election. According to federal records, Johnson has raised a stunning $4 million in his long-shot effort to beat Omar. Minnesota’s fifth Congressional district is the most Democratic Congressional District in the state,  with the nonpartisan Cook report ranking it as a plus 26 — meaning there are 26% more Democrats than Republicans. The district encompasses all of Minneapolis and parts...
    “Donald Trump is just an outright racist.” That is the assessment of the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen — delivered in brutal fashion on MSNBC Sunday. Appearing on PoliticsNation with the Rev. Al Sharpton, Cohen thoroughly condemned the president on the subject of race — citing an exchange Tuesday night at a town hall in Pennsylvania during which Trump cut off a Black woman who questioned him about health care, then delivered a response which did not address her specific question. “The fact is, as much as he has a disdain for Black people, he truly despises Black women because he doesn’t know how to handle them,” Cohen said. “He doesn’t know what to do.” Sharpton set up a...
    In a Sunday analysis for CNN, Harry Enten speculated that the forthcoming election in November could see Donald Trump lose to Joe Biden in a “blowout” Democratic Party victory. The columnist pointed to three recent polls that showed Biden with a significant lead over Trump in Minnesota — a state that the president lost by 1.5 points in 2016. But Trump has reportedly been pumping money into pushing the state red, and Enten suggested that the polling points to his efforts falling on deaf ears. “They are part of a larger sign suggesting that Trump still has a ways to go to win not just in Minnesota but over the electoral map at-large. If his campaign was truly competitive at...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Maynor Figueroa’s scored his first goal of the season in the 69th minute and the Houston Dynamo overcame a two-goal deficit to tie Minnesota United 2-2 on Saturday night. Figueroa connected on a header from the left of the goalmouth off a rebound. Darwin Quintero — on his birthday against his former club — got Houston (3-3-6) on the board in the 58th minute. Kevin Molino opened the scoring for Minnesota (5-4-3) in the 11th minute, and Robin Lod made it 2-0 in first-half extra time. (© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported that the state has topped more than 90,000 positive COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began. The state confirmed 1,318 new cases in the last day, lifting the total to 90,017, and two new deaths due to complications from the coronavirus. The state's death toll stands at 1,965. Of those, 1,423 have occurred in long-term care of assisted living facilities. A total of 248 people are currently hospitalized. There are 123 patients in intensive care, down nearly a dozen since Saturday. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the last 24 hours, Minnesota added 1,318 more cases of COVID-19 to its tally of infections and two more deaths. The additional cases bring the state’s total positive cases to 90,017, with 81,336 no longer needing isolation. In hospitals, 248 people currently need treatment, with nearly a dozen fewer ICU hospitalizations since Saturday. More than 7,163 have needed hospitalization since the pandemic began. The state’s death toll is now 1,965. Of those who have died, 1,423 have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. MORE: Minnesota Health Dept.’s Situation Report On COVID-19 Testing is now at 1,838,392 overall in the state. More than 22,000 tests were completed in the last 24 hours. Health officials are...
    It’s a uniquely Trumpian problem: the president of the United States, locked in a bitter campaign with Democratic rival former Vice President Joe Biden, is trying to flip Minnesota, a state he narrowly lost in 2016. But Donald Trump, at a campaign rally in the North Star State on Friday, appeared to forget his Civil War history lessons (or never absorbed them in the first place) when he heaped praise on Confederate General Robert E. Lee — despite the state playing a decisive role for the Union at Gettysburg. As the Star Tribune reports, Trump on Friday extolled the virtues of Robert E. Lee’s leadership: “It was supposed to end immediately because the North was too powerful for the South....