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Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

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A new online effort being led by a Minneapolis nonprofit aims to connect people feeling a lack of human connection during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS - Not everyone can huddle up safely in their homes during the pandemic. Many Minnesotans are on the front lines or lack community support - but a new initiative aims to give them a voice. Virtual chats called "Weather Together" are being spearheaded by Marnita Schroedl - CEO of Marnita

In states like Minnesota, there is need for health care professionals to help fight COVID-19, but hospitals are losing out on other forms of revenue, which has led to staffing cuts. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Some hospital systems in Minnesota have issued layoffs and furloughs, citing revenue losses in the pandemic. Nurses are among those cut, and a key union says some of its members are limited in seeking other positions. Over the weekend, Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order ope

Minnesota's nearly 900,000 K-12 students have gotten their schooling mostly online since late March. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For the rest of the school year, Minnesota students will have to learn remotely from their homes, as Gov. Tim Walz has extended school closures in response to the pandemic. Calling it a "heartbreaking" decision, Walz -- a former teacher -- says classrooms will not reopen at any

Racial gaps in states such as Minnesota have been getting more attention in recent years, and some experts say those gaps contribute to higher infection rates for COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Data from health departments in various parts of the country show that black people are disproportionately affected by the new coronavirus. Some of those numbers are reflected in Minnesota, and experts say long standing equity issues are at play here and elsewhere. University

State education officials say the number of special education students in Minnesota gradually has increased over the years. The number now stands at roughly 150,000. (Adobe Stock)

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Teachers across Minnesota, including special education teachers, are overcoming obstacles to carry out distance learning during the global health crisis. But longstanding federal funding shortages present challenges for the current situation, as well as the future, educators

According to a recent study, there was a 38% reduction in emergency room procedures for heart attacks during the last week of March. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesotans have largely been following stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic. But health officials say a troubling trend appears to be emerging for those dealing with health emergencies not related to the public health crisis. The Minnesota Health Department say

At least a dozen people incarcerated at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and there are dozens more suspected cases. (mn.gov)

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. - The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has taken legal action against the state following a COVID-19 outbreak at the Moose Lake prison. The group fears that similar outbreaks will happen at other prisons if the Department of Corrections doesn't act soon enough. ACLU of

Supporters of an insulin affordability program for Minnesotans say some people who use the life-saving drug have had to ration it because of skyrocketing prices. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In a plan that took several months to finalize, the Minnesota Legislature has sent the governor a bill aimed at helping people who are diabetic deal with the skyrocketing cost of insulin. The proposal was agreed to last week and cleared both the House and Senate on Tuesday. The t

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