Latest Timothy Walz News

Walz proposes $10 million drought relief package for farmers

Sep. 24, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $10 million relief package Friday for farmers who suffered losses due to drought across most of Minnesota this summer — a plan that would require a special legislative session to approve. The Democratic governor’s proposal...

Minnesota Supreme Court says pardon votes must be unanimous

Sep. 16, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday that unanimous votes are required for the state Board of Pardons to grant clemency. Justices overruled a lower court that had declared the 124-year-old standard to be unconstitutional. The order by...

Latest: Alaska has new daily high in coronavirus infections

Sep. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of COVID-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported...

Minnesota judge rejects attempt to force school mask mandate

Sep. 15, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota judge has rejected a request by concerned parents to force a statewide mask mandate in all schools. Ramsey County District Judge Thomas Gilligan said the court was “gravely concerned” about the risks of COVID-19 for Minnesota...

Judge suspends Minnesota's tougher standards on deadly force

Sep. 14, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge has suspended Minnesota’s new stricter standards on when police can use deadly force, halting a change in state law that followed the death of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis police. The new standards, passed by the...

Minnesota Senate GOP picks Jeremy Miller of Winona as leader

Sep. 09, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans have chosen Sen. Jeremy Miller, of Winona, to be the chamber's new majority leader to replace Paul Gazelka, who stepped down from his leadership post to run for governor. The Republicans plus two independents elected...

Minnesota schools see slight bump in weekly virus cases

Sep. 09, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota schools are seeing increases in weekly coronavirus cases as students return to classrooms across the state. More than 100 facilities from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade reported infections last week, according to a weekly COVID-19...

Sen. Gazelka joins governor's race, attacks Walz on pandemic

Sep. 08, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Paul Gazelka joined the Minnesota governor's race Wednesday, accusing Democratic Gov. Tim Walz of failed leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest that followed the death of George Floyd last summer. “Tim...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Sep. 08, 2021 07:13 AM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. September 4, 2021. Editorial: Require vaccination for state’s K-12 teachers Thwarting an evolving virus requires evolving strategies. Shots for educators is one of them. It is ludicrous that upcoming...

Minneapolis scrambles to save November vote on policing

Sep. 07, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge struck down ballot language Tuesday that aimed to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new agency, which sent the City Council scrambling to approve new language that members hope will stand up. “The court finds that the current...