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Minnesota Republican candidate for governor removed from TikTok

Minnesota Republican candidate for governor removed from TikTok

Scott Jensen. Photo: Minnesota Legislature A Republican running for Minnesota governor was removed from TikTok following complaints that he violated the platform’s misinformation policies in his viral posts about the pandemic.The backdrop: Scott Jensen, a former state senator whose criticisms of the government's COVID-19 response attracted national attention, had amassed more than 280,000 followers since joining the platform last month. He said his posts were viewed hundreds of thousands of times a day. What he's saying: In a late Thursday, Jensen said posts a controversial "60 minutes"...

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A "remarkable move": Minneapolis police chief expected to testify against Derek Chauvin

A "remarkable move": Minneapolis police chief expected to testify against Derek Chauvin

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo is expected to take the stand as soon as today, as testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial continues for a second week. Why it matters: The city's top cop will tell jurors that Chauvin's "conduct was not consistent" with MPD training and policies, per special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell's opening statement. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free "He will not mince any words. He’s very clear. He will be very decisive, that this was excessive force." Flashback: Arradondo, who fired all...

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Twins will keep Minneapolis cops at Target Field

Twins will keep Minneapolis cops at Target Field

Photo: Hannah Foslien/Getty ImagesEight months after announcing plans to with the Minneapolis Police Department, the Minnesota Twins intend to bring off-duty officers back to Target Field this summer.What they're saying: "The Minnesota Twins remain supportive of Chief Arradondo and Mayor Frey, and, with a belief in their continued efforts to create meaningful change that advances racial justice and equity, we are continuing our relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department for the 2021 season," a spokesman told Torey.The backdrop: The Twins, like many professional sports teams,...

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Gov. Tim Walz, lawmakers aim for pandemic relief for businesses

Gov. Tim Walz, lawmakers aim for pandemic relief for businesses

More from the HomepageLoading...Special legislative session hinges on whether Walz, Republican lawmakers can agree on approach. By Star TribunemoreDirect state assistance to businesses impacted by the pandemic, as well as temporary breaks in state taxes and fees are all on the table as Gov. Tim Walz and state lawmakers try to reach quick accord on relief package as COVID cases rise and restrictions newly intensify.Both Walz and a group of House Republicans spelled out their plans on Tuesday. Walz, a Democrat, said he hopes to call legislators back into special session as early as next...

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Walz calls for early bar closures, reduced group gatherings to curb COVID-19 spread

Walz calls for early bar closures, reduced group gatherings to curb COVID-19 spread

More from the HomepageLoading...Restaurants, bars to bear brunt of state's changes with earlier closing times. ByandStar TribunemoreResponding Tuesday to the surging COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tim Walz announced dial-back measures that close bars and restaurants at 10 p.m. and restrict the sizes of wedding and funeral receptions, as well as indoor and outdoor gatherings.“We turned our dials [forward]; we are going to have to turn them back a bit today,” Walz said during an afternoon news conference.The move comes as the growing pandemic is putting pressure on hospital bed capacity, with only...

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Walz calls for early bar closures, reduced group gatherings to curb COVID-19 spread

Walz calls for early bar closures, reduced group gatherings to curb COVID-19 spread

More from the HomepageLoading...Restaurants, bars to bear brunt of state's changes with earlier closing times. ByandStar TribunemoreResponding Tuesday to the surging COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tim Walz announced dial-back measures that close bars and restaurants at 10 p.m. and restrict the sizes of wedding and funeral receptions, as well as indoor and outdoor gatherings.“We turned our dials [forward]; we are going to have to turn them back a bit today,” Walz said during an afternoon news conference.The move comes as the growing pandemic is putting pressure on hospital bed capacity, with only...

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Minnesota Senate Republicans announce oversight hearings into unrest in Twin Cities

Minnesota Senate Republicans announce oversight hearings into unrest in Twin Cities

More from the HomepageState Senate GOP's inquiry comes amid rising partisan tensions. By Star TribunemoreMinnesota Senate Republicans on Thursday announced plans to hold oversight hearings on the state and local response to unrest and rioting that rocked the Twin Cities in the days following George Floyd’s death.Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said the hearings, set to begin July 1, will focus on the looting and fires that damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 structures across the Twin Cities, including Minneapolis’ Third Police Precinct.The events leading up to the on the State Capitol...

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Cheers: Minnesota lawmakers strike deal on takeout beer-and-wine sales during coronavirus closures

Cheers: Minnesota lawmakers strike deal on takeout beer-and-wine sales during coronavirus closures

More from the HomepageLoading...The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday, and the House is expected to follow on Friday. ByandStar TribunemoreMinnesota restaurants will be able to sell beer and wine with to-go orders during the coronavirus closures under an agreement expected to get final approval in the Legislature on Friday.The Senate overwhelmingly approved Thursday that allows restaurants with liquor licenses to sell up to one bottle of wine or the equivalent of a six pack of beer, cider or hard seltzer with food orders. Cocktails and mixed drinks will remain off the menu.The...

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Minnesota House GOP to block bonding bill until Gov. Walz's emergency powers end

Minnesota House GOP to block bonding bill until Gov. Walz's emergency powers end

More from the HomepageLoading...Gov. Tim Walz and leaders in both parties have said they want to pass a borrowing package this year. By Star TribunemoreThe top Minnesota House Republican said Saturday his caucus will block passage of a public infrastructure borrowing package until the peacetime state of emergency Gov. Tim Walz has used to enact the stay-at-home order and other coronavirus response measures comes to an end.House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said his position on the bonding bill reflects a belief that “it’s important that the Legislature be involved in the...

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz loosens pandemic stay-at-home restrictions

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz loosens pandemic stay-at-home restrictions

More from the HomepageLoading...It's a significant step, but it's not a wholesale reopening: People can get out more, and many more businesses can reopen. ByandStar TribunemoreGov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that he will allow stores to reopen and let Minnesotans leave the house more, while leaving in place for now restrictions for bars, restaurants, theaters, hair salons and other businesses with in-person services.The announcement, delivered in a livestreamed address to Minnesotans Wednesday evening, means many small businesses and retailers can open their doors to customers on Monday, as...

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