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‘It’s devastating’: Harassment of COVID health workers is widespread, ‘unprecedented,’ officials say.

‘It’s devastating’: Harassment of COVID health workers is widespread, ‘unprecedented,’ officials say.

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressToward the end of their daily coronavirus briefing Friday, Minnesota health officials paused for a moment of silent reflection.They were marking two milestones:The state was on track to exceed 2,000 total deaths from COVID-19 this weekend, underscoring their work is far from finished.A portion of the public they strive to protect had turned on them.News broke Friday morning that the federal after some had been subjected to repeated harassment, including racist remarks and, in one case, intimidation...

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Sep 26
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‘Anonymous’ highlights Minnesota Senate computer hacking; passwords file accessed, web pages down

‘Anonymous’ highlights Minnesota Senate computer hacking; passwords file accessed, web pages down

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressThe Minnesota Senate’s servers were breached Tuesday morning, and hackers were able to access a file of passwords used by senators and staff, Senate officials said Tuesday evening.The breach prompted the Senate’s information services to quickly take down the Senate’s website and begin slowly rebuilding pages. As of 6 p.m., a number of Senate web pages were still down.In a , the hacking movement Anonymous highlighted the hack, which appears to have included a defacement of a Senate web page showing an...

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Curfew ordered for tonight and Saturday for St. Paul, Minneapolis, Dakota County, more

Curfew ordered for tonight and Saturday for St. Paul, Minneapolis, Dakota County, more

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressSt. Paul, Minneapolis, Edina and Dakota County residents will be under mandatory curfew starting at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Roseville, Bloomington and Anoka County also are instituting curfews.Gov. Tim Walz, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and other leaders announced the curfews Friday.The St. Paul, Minneapolis and curfews will extend from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.Carter encouraged residents to begin Friday night’s curfew with an hour of prayer in their chosen faith.“During the...

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May 29
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Coronavirus Thursday update: 23 more deaths as Minnesota crosses 500 threshold

Coronavirus Thursday update: 23 more deaths as Minnesota crosses 500 threshold

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressMinnesota health officials reported 23 new fatalities and 768 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus Thursday.That brings the total number of Minnesotans who have died to 508 and the total number of confirmed cases to date at 9,365.The 768 new confirmed cases is the highest single-day tally to date, although an upward trend has been expected since the state is testing more and because of the upward climb of the virus’ spread.Of the state’s COVID-19 fatalities to date, 80 percent have been among...

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May 7
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Poof! Minnesota’s $1.5 billion budget surplus is now a $2.4 billion deficit as tax revenues collapse.

Poof! Minnesota’s $1.5 billion budget surplus is now a $2.4 billion deficit as tax revenues collapse.

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressMinnesota is now projected to be in the red. Thank you, coronavirus pandemic.What had been a is now projected to be a $2.4 billion budget deficit in the state’s two-year budget cycle, state officials announced Tuesday. For context, the state’s total budget for this period is about $48.3 billion.The staggering reversal of several years of projected surpluses is, of course, the result of the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s response, which has been a near shutdown of large swaths of the state...

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May 5
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Walz: Give me 5,000 tests per day — then I’ll open things back up

Walz: Give me 5,000 tests per day — then I’ll open things back up

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer Press Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz threw down a gauntlet Monday on when the state can restart the economy he shut down last month to gird against the spreading coronavirus pandemic:5,000 tests per day.And a robust ability to trace infections and isolate those carrying the virus.It’s an ambitious standard — one he likened to the quest to put a human on the moon — and it’s not clear how soon it can be achieved.He refused to commit to a date, leaving those hoping for some sense of how to schedule their hopes...

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