Latest Minnesota state government News

3rd federal team to assist Minnesota hospitals with COVID-19

Dec. 02, 2021 15:24 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A third federal medical team will arrive in Minnesota to support hospitals dealing with the high number of coronavirus patients, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday. A team of 14 doctors, nurses, and hospital staff from the federal Department of...

Minnesota not adding anxiety as condition for medical weed

Dec. 01, 2021 17:05 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday it's not approving anxiety disorders as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, unlike neighboring North Dakota and three other states. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said there's not...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Dec. 01, 2021 07:11 AM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. November 29, 2021. Editorial: Health care leaders must step up now Stronger COVID safeguards, both old and new, are needed to control viral spread in Minnesota. Michigan may have just replaced Minnesota...

Many give thanks to Minnesota for producing the most turkeys

Nov. 25, 2021 13:05 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Production numbers show there's a good chance that a Thanksgiving turkey came from Minnesota, especially if you live in the Midwest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Americans should eat about 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving. Minnesota...

Who's a hero? Some states, cities still debating hazard pay

Nov. 25, 2021 08:53 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When the U.S. government allowed so-called hero pay for frontline workers as a possible use of pandemic relief money, it suggested occupations that could be eligible from farm workers and childcare staff to janitors and truck drivers. State and...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Nov. 24, 2021 12:33 PM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. November 21, 2021. Editorial: Closing St. Paul schools is painful, necessary SPPS’ smallest-enrollment schools are not equitable or sustainable. It’s rarely easy to shutter a school and force...

Low pathogenic avian flu found in Minnesota turkey flock

Nov. 23, 2021 15:14 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Animal health officials said Tuesday that a strain of avian flu confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in southern Minnesota does not pose a risk to the public and there are no food safety concerns for consumers. The state Board of Animal Health...

Minnesota lawmakers report progress toward special session

Nov. 23, 2021 13:29 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The top Republican in the Minnesota Senate said Tuesday he's willing to postpone a debate over the confirmation of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm and other top advisers of Gov. Tim Walz in order to help break the stalemate over a special session on bonuses for...

Minnesota National Guard to reinforce nursing home staffs

Nov. 22, 2021 18:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota National Guard will deploy 400 members to reinforce nursing staffs at long-term care facilities that have been struggling with severe personnel shortages amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday. The governor also...

Prairie protectors find their thrill saving Blueberry Hill

Nov. 22, 2021 01:02 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Blueberry Hill prairie south of Bayport is secure — at least for the next five years. The St. Croix Valley chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts and the Minnesota Department of Transportation recently signed a “Highway Sponsorship”...