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Minnesota banks, credit unions, offer COVID-19 mortgage help

By |2020-07-03T05:29:10-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(AP) — State officials say 31 Minnesota financial institutions have committed themselves to provide additional mortgage-relief options to homeowners facing financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic who don’t have federally backed mortgages. Under the framework announced Thursday, the four participating banks and 27 credit unions have agreed to offer 90-day forbearance periods. Qualifying families won’t have to make lump-sum payments at the end of that period for what they owe. Instead, the institutions will work with borrowers on repayment options. The institutions will freeze late fees for missed payments and won’t report late or missed payments to credit agencies.

Walz asks Trump for ‘major disaster’ aid following unrest

By |2020-07-03T05:27:15-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Gov. Tim Walz has requested federal money to help Minnesota rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death. Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” because of extensive damage to public infrastructure following the death of Floyd on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against the handcuffed Black man’s neck for nearly eight minutes. A preliminary assessment found more than $15 million of eligible damages directly related to the fires. Among the structures destroyed was a Minneapolis police station. Estimates of the total damage exceed $500 million.

Minnesota health officials back statewide mask mandate

By |2020-07-02T10:06:03-05:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Health experts are urging Gov. Tim Walz to require masks in public statewide amid concerns that the spike in coronavirus cases elsewhere could happen in Minnesota. Governors in several states that are seeing rising numbers have mandated mask use statewide. Medical groups in Minnesota and the state Health Department are backing a mandate. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm told reporters Wednesday the evidence is increasingly clear that masks are effective. While Minnesota has seen a slight uptick, driven partly by expanded testing, hospitalizations continue to fall and there’s still no sign of a spike. Walz says he’s reevaluating the situation daily.

Woman fatally shot during disturbance outside St. Paul bar

By |2020-07-01T09:52:59-05:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police are investigating a fatal shooting during a disturbance outside a bar. Officers were called to the disturbance about 1 a.m. Wednesday and learned shortly after that a woman with an apparent gunshot wound had been brought to Regions Hospital in a private vehicle and pronounced dead. Investigators say the woman was shot during the disturbance. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to positively identify the victim and determine her exact cause of death. The fatal shooting is the 17th homicide in Saint Paul this year.

Pharmaceutical industry sues to block Minnesota insulin law

By |2020-07-01T09:50:20-05:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The drug industry is suing to overturn a new Minnesota law that requires them to provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can’t afford them. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America filed a lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota late Tuesday, just hours before the law took effect. It's asking the court to declare the law unconstitutional and issue a permanent injunction against enforcement. The pharmaceutical industry raised the constitutionality issue during the Legislature’s long debate over the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, but supporters expressed confidence then that the law would survive [...]

University of Minnesota: 7 students test COVID-19 positive

By |2020-07-01T05:42:29-05:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota says seven athletes from “multiple sports” have tested positive for the coronavirus. The university said Tuesday the Gopher Athletics Department conducted 170 COVID-19 tests during June, and seven athletes tested positive. The school says students who test positive are entered into a protocol and asked to self-isolate. Those students will have access to all necessary resources and food and will be in daily communication with the university's athletic medical staff. Those students will have to undergo additional testing and screening before they can participate in team activities. A team physician also must clear the [...]

University, Edina, Rochester adopt face mask requirements

By |2020-06-30T07:03:34-05:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The University of Minnesota as well as the cities of Edina and Rochester have new requirements on wearing face masks in public places as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb in Minnesota. University officials sent an e-mail to students Monday announcing that beginning Wednesday, all faculty, students, and visitors to the campuses will be required to wear a face-covering in any enclosed indoor space. Exceptions include an assigned apartment or residence hall or when alone in an office or study area. In Edina and Rochester, the city councils voted Monday to require face masks in all city [...]

7-year-old drowns at Cascade Lake Park in Rochester

By |2020-06-30T06:03:56-05:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy has drowned in a lake in Rochester. The boy’s mother, Jasmin McBride tells KTTC-TV her son, Deon McBride, was in Rochester to visit his father for the summer. Rochester police and firefighters responded to a child missing in Cascade Lake Park about 7 p.m. Saturday. The child was recovered from the lake and taken to St. Marys Hospital. The boy’s family has created a GoFundMe page to return his body to Chicago for burial.

Health care workers forced to reuse masks due to shortage

By |2020-06-29T07:45:39-05:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 3M Co. says global demand for N95 masks continues to far exceed supply. The Maplewood-based conglomerate corporation says it has doubled the production of N95 masks this year. But, with too few N95 respirators to go around, nurses and other health care workers are being forced to reuse the masks even though the coronavirus can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours. The Star Tribune reports hospitals are taking steps to extend the use of a single mask, including using ultraviolet light to kill the virus or treating them with vaporized hydrogen peroxide.