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Experts explain why Minnesota has the nation's lowest per capita COVID-19 infection rate

Experts explain why Minnesota has the nation's lowest per capita COVID-19 infection rate

Minnesota currently has the lowest per capita infection rate in the nation. Health experts say Minnesota is being used as a model nationwide of how to social distance well and stay at home. They say Minnesota's success could be due to winter weather that sticks around well into the spring, the state's rural landscape or the many park systems that allow for social distancing.  Experts explain why Minnesota has a lower per capita COVID-19 infection rate compared to other states.“I think Minnesotans have adhered,” said Gov. Tim Walz in a press conference Monday. “We have some of the flattest...

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Christina Palladino
Apr 14, 2020
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Minnesota joins Midwestern pact on when to reopen the regional economy

Minnesota joins Midwestern pact on when to reopen the regional economy

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has joined a pact with six other Midwestern governors, pledging to work in "close coordination" on how to reopen the regional economy. The other states in the agreement are: Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. The governors did not set a target date for restarting the economy but said any collective action would prioritize workers' health. All seven states have different restrictions currently in place, and the restrictions end on different dates.  Minnesota's stay-home order runs until May 4."This doesn’t mean our economy will reopen all at...

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Theo Keith
Apr 16, 2020
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Children’s MN announces pay cuts that go until Christmas

Children’s MN announces pay cuts that go until Christmas

Children’s Minnesota is joining a growing list of Minnesota healthcare companies making cuts to ease financial hits from the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospital group will begin pay-rate reductions across the board on May 2, and they will continue until Christmas. Most employees will see a cut of 10 percent; top executives’ compensation will be reduced 30 to 55 percent. Short-term furloughs will be implemented, affecting about 225 employees.They will be eligible for unemployment benefits and will continue to receive paid medical, dental and life benefits. Children’s Minnesota sent a statement...

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Apr 18, 2020
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Wisconsin dairy co-op to donate cheese to Midwest food banks

Wisconsin dairy co-op to donate cheese to Midwest food banks

Burnett Dairy Cooperative, a Wisconsin-based cheese manufacturer located about 75 miles northeast of Minneapolis, is giving back in a time of need. “Although we cannot control the pandemic or what’s going on today we certainly can try to do our part in contributing to make a difference and that’s what we’re doing,” said Dan Dowling, Burnett Dairy Cooperative CEO and president. Burnett Dairy Cooperative, a Wisconsin-based cheese manufacturer located about 75 miles northeast of Minneapolis, is giving back in a time of need.The facility is converting milk into cheese that will be donated to...

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Apr 13, 2020
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Minneapolis mosque publicly broadcasts historic call to prayer during Ramadan

Minneapolis mosque publicly broadcasts historic call to prayer during Ramadan

Adhan—the call to prayer—is being played over a loudspeaker in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood five times per day for the duration of Ramadan so residents can prayer together while social distancing. Thursday night marked the first publicly broadcast call to prayer, or "Adhan," in Minnesota. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey for Dar Ul Hijra Mosque in Minneapolis to play the call to prayer publicly five times a day during the month of Ramadan, which began Thursday at sunset. "Tonight’s historic call to prayer in Minneapolis will bring comfort and remind the faithful and the neighborhood that as...

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High school student makes clear face masks to help deaf and hard of hearing communicate

High school student makes clear face masks to help deaf and hard of hearing communicate

Face mask usage is more of a norm and less of a niche during the COVID-19 pandemic, with cities and states recommending that individuals don protective facial coverings before heading outside.  But amid the new measures to protect public health, the deaf and hard of hearing have encountered some difficulties. Members of the community often rely on lip-reading to communicate, making it difficult to share thoughts, messages and ideas while wearing an opaque mask.RELATED: The CDC offers steps on how to make your own cloth face covering, regardless of whether or not you know how to sew.Eric Kim...

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Minneapolis Mayor Frey asking for Minnesota National Guard assistance with protest response

Minneapolis Mayor Frey asking for Minnesota National Guard assistance with protest response

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is asking the governor to deploy the Minnesota National Guard to help with the response to the George Floyd protests, according to an official with the mayor's office. A spokesperson with the governor's office told FOX 9 the state so far has deployed 50 to 60 state troopers to assist Minneapolis police. The protests began in response to the , who died following an arrest by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day. Four officers have been fired in connection to the incident. Protests started on Tuesday night and started again on Wednesday, when they took a more...

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May 28
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'Signs of Support' raise money for local businesses and spread positivity in New Prague, Minn.

'Signs of Support' raise money for local businesses and spread positivity in New Prague, Minn.

Over the past few weeks, homemade signs have popped up all over New Prague. They offer support amidst the COVID-19 crisis but the real purpose hopes to help keep local businesses afloat. "We started doing this but it grew to so many more people, the crew is probably 30 families or so," said Sarah Kallal. Over the past few weeks, homemade signs have popped up all over New PragueThe project began with just her own four kids but has now grown to so many others."I think we’ve sold, the last time I counted, was 282 signs," Kallal added. It started with a simple idea in late April called "Signs...

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May 8
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Oakland pastor recovers from COVID-19, urges churches not to reopen until it's safe

Oakland pastor recovers from COVID-19, urges churches not to reopen until it's safe

An East Bay church leader is urging faith leaders not to open their houses of worship against the advice of public health officials. He says it's a matter of life and death and is recovering from COVID-19 himself. An East Bay church leader is urging other faith leaders not to reopen houses of worship against the advice of public health officials. Reverend Johnnie Clark with Word Assembly Church in East Oakland said it's a matter of life and death. He knows because he's recovering from COVID-19.The pastor said fighting the coronavirus is one of the most difficult experiences of his...

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