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A woman wears a face mask as she walks around Normandale Lake with a dog Monday, April 6, 2020 in Bloomington, Minn. as the use of masks to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus continues. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota count of confirmed COVID-19 cases tops 1,000

Apr. 7, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's count of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen above 1,000. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 83 new cases Tuesday to raise the state's total to 1,069. The number of deaths attributed to the new coronavirus rose by four to 34. The department says 120 patients were...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz prepares to deliver his delayed State of the State address over YouTube from his residence in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, April 5, 2020. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Walz expects to extend stay-at-home through end of April

Apr. 6, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country but the state must not get complacent, Gov. Walz said Monday, as he prepared to extend a stay-at-home order that he imposed nearly two weeks ago. “Minnesota is 17 per 100,000 right now," Walz told reporters of...

The Latest: U of Minnesota summer classes to be online only

Apr. 6, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The University of Minnesota has announced that summer classes will be online only because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. University President Joan Gabel made the announcement in a system-wide...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials

Apr. 6, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 3 Despite some temporary shortages, COVID-19 panic consumption will end Despite some temporary issues, panic consumption should soon end. People who live in New York City need never carry an umbrella. At the first sign of a cloud burst, nearly every corner has a ramshackle...

Xcel selling Mankato plant to Southwest Generation

Apr. 6, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy said Monday it will sell its natural gas-fired power plant in southern Minnesota to Southwest Generation for $680 million and use the funds, in part, to support the coronavirus recovery efforts. Southwest is based in Denver, Colorado. The 760-megawatt Mankato Energy Center...

Walz implores Minnesotans to keep fighting against COVID-19

Apr. 6, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz, delivering his second State of the State address via the internet, implored Minnesotans to work together to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Walz livestreamed his address from the governor's residence in St. Paul Sunday. COVID-19 has disrupted...

In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020, photo, Cadence Nunn sings lead vocals, with brothers Bennett, left, and Wisdom as their band NunnAbove records in a Minneapolis studio. The family band has landed a spot on

Woodbury's got talent: Family band NunnAbove perfects sound

Apr. 6, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mattie Nunn winces, as if someone just stepped on her toe. She yanks her hands off the two keyboards, and all activity in the studio immediately halts. “I’m going to say no,” said Mattie, into the microphone. She heard something wrong in the fifth attempt to play the...

Mural artist Guido van Helten resumes work on the Arden Mills silos Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  (Jackson Forderer/The Free Press via AP)

Australian artist resumes work on Mankato silos mural

Apr. 6, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Australian artist Guido van Helten is back up in a boom lift and adding to his massive mural on Ardent Mills’ 122-foot silos. He began the mural last October and worked into early winter before packing up his paint for the rest of the winter. Noelle Lawton, executive director...

Inmate collapses, dies at Moose Lake prison

Apr. 5, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — An inmate has collapsed and died while showering at the Moose Lake prison, Minnesota corrections officials said Sunday. Officials responded immediately after the 48-year-old man collapsed around 9:45 a.m. Sunday and found him in full arrest. Despite life-saving efforts, the man was...

Minnesota's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases approaches 1K

Apr. 5, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota is approaching 1,000, state health officials said Sunday. The Minnesota Department of Health reported the state has 935 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, up 70 from the day before. The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in...