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Minnesota health plans agree to cover more COVID-19 costs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Many Minnesotans won't need to pay out of pocket if they need treatment for COVID-19, and the state will start releasing the names of most senior living and other long-term care centers hit by outbreaks of the disease, officials said Thursday. Six major health plans have ...

Weather warning posted for parts of Dakotas, Minnesota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A powerful spring storm is generating winter-like weather conditions in the Dakotas and northwestern Minnesota with record snowfall and heavy winds. The Rapid City Regional Airport in South Dakota closed Thursday morning as crews worked to clear a runway. The ...

Minnesota’s 1st virus cases behind bars show prison risks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — COVID-19 has reached Minnesota's prison system, highlighting the health threat to vulnerable inmates and the efforts to reduce the risks via early releases of nonviolent offenders. The Minnesota Department of Corrections this week reported the first confirmed cases in ...

Students say University of Minnesota shortchanged refunds

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students, regents and some state lawmakers are criticizing the University of Minnesota for shortchanging students with a refund of only $1,200 for room and board after having to move off campus because of the coronavirus pandemic. A semester roughly costs a student more ...

Kids under threat: Virus hitting juvenile detention centers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the tens of thousands of kids locked up in juvenile detention centers and other correctional facilities across America, experts have issued a gloomy warning: The coronavirus is coming. Already this week, Louisiana confirmed that a staff member and three children in ...

Minnesota rushes to add new hospital beds for COVID-19 surge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials were scrambling Tuesday to set up 2,750 more hospital beds across Minnesota to handle the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks. It's part of Gov. Tim Walz's promise to Minnesotans not to waste the time he's trying to buy with his stay-at-home ...

Wounded Minnesota officer to continue recovery out of state

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A wounded southern Minnesota police officer will soon continue his recovery out of state. The sister-in-law of Officer Arik Matson posted an update on his CaringBridge page on Monday. She says Matson has faced a few bumps in his road to recovery, but he's "pushing ...

Minnesota’s distance learning experiment sees some glitches

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota students experienced some glitches as they began learning from home Monday, a new normal that may last the rest of the school year as the state tries to slow the spread of COVID-19. Minnesota had had 576 confirmed cases as of Monday, up 73 from Sunday. The ...

Arbitrator upholds firing of cop who stood by during assault

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An arbitrator has upheld the firing of a St. Paul police officer accused of standing by during an assault outside a bar. The arbitrator ruled that 13 of 16 alleged acts of misconduct by Officer Nathan Smith were sufficiently proven. The ruling means that Smith will not ...

Driver killed in UTV crash in northern Minnesota

BIWABIK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northern Minnesota say a driver was killed when a utility vehicle crashed near Biwabik. Benjamin Kaiser,37, of Gilbert was driving a utility side-by-side when the vehicle went off the road into a ditch and struck a tree, the St. Louis County sheriff's ...

Minnesotans worry as COVID-19 spreads to nursing homes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota residents are worried about their elderly loved ones as the coronavirus outbreak spreads to nursing homes. At least 17 people living in nine senior care facilities across the state have become infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the Star ...

Minnesota reports 4 new COVID-19 deaths; total now 9

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota reported four new deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state's death toll from the new coronavirus to nine. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said three of the new deaths were among people who lived in long-term care facilities in Hennepin County. ...

Advocates work to protect the homeless from the coronavirus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Advocates for the homeless in Minnesota are taking steps to protect the vulnerable population from contracting the coronavirus. But, they say it's not easy given the busy shelters were people often sleep and eat in close proximity and share restrooms. Minnesota ...

Minnesota hunkers down at home while COVID-19 deaths hit 4

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A stay-at-home order takes effect at midnight Friday as Minnesota tries to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic, which is expected to peak in the coming weeks, from overloading the state's health care system. Where things stand as Minnesota ...

Klobuchar’s husband back home after virus hospitalization

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's husband has been released from a hospital where he was being treated for low oxygen and pneumonia as a result of the coronavirus, the senator said Thursday. Klobuchar, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement that her ...

ACLU-MN alleges US citizen unlawfully detained

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is suing the federal government on behalf of a U.S. citizen who alleges he was unlawfully detained. The ACLU-MN filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Minnesota on behalf of Ali Abdalla. Abdalla came to the U.S. as a ...

Minnesota Legislature passes $330 million COVID-19 aid bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature passed a $330 million financial aid package Thursday to help soften the economic impact and help public agencies and the state's health system kick into high gear to fight the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened more than 300 people and killed ...

Walz orders Minnesota to stay home 2 weeks to slow COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday ordered Minnesota residents to stay at home for two weeks except for essential needs in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the coronavirus from overwhelming the state's health care system. The governor's "stay-at-home" order ...

Minnesota Supreme Court agrees to hear PolyMet permit appeal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to hear PolyMet Mining Inc.'s appeal of a ruling that canceled three permits needed for its proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. In January, the Minnesota Court of Appeals gave environmentalists a major victory ...

Minnesota public defender ‘gratified’ after reinstatement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of Minnesota's top public defenders was reinstated Wednesday, three months after being placed on paid leave pending an investigation into her performance. Mary Moriarty welcomed the decision, saying she will continue to be an outspoken advocate for racial justice and ...