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Minnesota libraries offer contactless curbside pickup to serve readers

Minnesota libraries offer contactless curbside pickup to serve readers

Libraries across Minnesota remain closed to the public, but some have started offering contactless curbside pickup for patrons looking for a fresh influx of reading material. Details vary by library — but generally, patrons are able to email or call in requests, or to place holds online, and then pick up library materials at the door or curb when items are ready.“Libraries are about access,” said Margaret Stone, director of . “Libraries are working really hard to continue to give that access. We just are needing to give that in a different way than we’ve done before. So we’re trying to be...

April 12, 2020
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Minnesota farmers to feel fallout from closure of major pork processing plant

Minnesota farmers to feel fallout from closure of major pork processing plant

The indefinite closure of a major pork processing plant in South Dakota will reverberate to farms across the Midwest — including Minnesota.Smithfield Foods announced Sunday that its plant in Sioux Falls will shut down amid an outbreak of COVID-19. Nearly 300 cases have been confirmed among the plant’s 3,700 employees. The company did not give a targeted date to reopen.For Minnesota, one of the biggest pork-producing states in the country, the plant plays a significant role in hog farms' sales.“It would be pure speculation as to what the price impact for farmers is going to be starting this...

April 13, 2020
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Data: 2019 another year of narrow margins for Minnesota farmers

Data: 2019 another year of narrow margins for Minnesota farmers

An annual look at Minnesota farm income paints a familiar but challenging picture for farmers around the state. The average Minnesota farmer saw slightly higher median net farm income in 2019 over the previous year. Farm profits remained at historically low levels.The data, collected by University of Minnesota Extension and the Agricultural Centers of Excellence, shows 28 percent of farms lost money last year; 46 percent did not earn enough to make debt payments; and 45 percent saw a decline in working capital. “I’d prefer if we had a farm at $75,000 or $80,000 net farm income,” said Keith...

April 2, 2020
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Photos: Pro-Trump protesters urge Gov. Walz to 'Liberate Minnesota'

Photos: Pro-Trump protesters urge Gov. Walz to 'Liberate Minnesota'

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the governor’s residence in St. Paul Friday afternoon, calling for Gov. Tim Walz to reopen the economy and lift the stay-at-home order. The rally came shortly after President Trump urged his supporters to defy Walz’s stay-at-home order, tweeting “Liberate Minnesota!”The protest caused a traffic jam outside as cars circled the block honking horns and revving engines. People on foot waved flags and signs while singing songs like “God Bless America.”The “Liberate Minnesota” rally was planned earlier this week and got a boost Friday morning by the...

April 18, 2020
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Gunman kills 16 in rampage, deadliest in Canadian history

Gunman kills 16 in rampage, deadliest in Canadian history

A gunman disguised as a police officer went on a rampage across the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, shooting people in their homes and setting fires, leaving 16 people dead Sunday, in the deadliest such attack in the country’s history. Officials said the suspected shooter was also dead.A police officer was among those killed. Several bodies were found inside and outside one home in the small, rural town of Portapique, about 60 miles north of Halifax — what police called the first scene. Bodies were also found at other locations.Overnight, police began advising residents of the town —...

April 19, 2020
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U of M says it can do widespread COVID-19 testing with homegrown tech

U of M says it can do widespread COVID-19 testing with homegrown tech

University of Minnesota experts said Thursday that with $20 million in state funding they could soon begin testing up to 10,000 people per day for the coronavirus and another 10,000 per day for the presence of antibodies that indicate they have recovered from COVID-19.That could provide a huge boost to Minnesota’s efforts to slowly reopen the economy. Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that Minnesota would need a drastic increase in COVID-19 testing in the next three weeks in order to begin safely restarting business sectors.Researchers , along with the legislative funding request.University...

April 16, 2020
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April 20 update on COVID-19 in MN: 143 dead; Walz cites good talk with Trump

April 20 update on COVID-19 in MN: 143 dead; Walz cites good talk with Trump

Fielding questions from virus testing to food safety to a weekend talk with President Trump, Gov. Tim Walz on Monday said the state was on the right track preparing for an expected COVID-19 surge but continued to caution that normalcy won’t return soon to many parts of daily life in Minnesota.The governor’s wide-ranging comments came hours after the state Health Department reported , up nine from Sunday, while the number of people in intensive care rose by 10 to 126. "Minnesota has started potentially up the climb that we thought would come,” Walz told reporters of the rising numbers of...

April 20, 2020
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Minneapolis bans new drive-thrus

Minneapolis bans new drive-thrus

New drive-thrus have been banned in the city of Minneapolis.The Minneapolis city council on Thursday passed an ordinance that no longer allows the building of drive-thrus for banks, restaurants and other businesses. Council president Lisa Bender says the city had already been limiting them."We've already restricted drive-throughs over the years in a number of ways, through pedestrian-oriented overlay districts and other tools. There's a map included in the materials allowed today and it's actually quite limited today, but this just says that we will not have any new drive-thrus in the...

August 9, 2019
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Minneapolis neighborhood will hear Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan

Minneapolis neighborhood will hear Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan

This story comes to you from a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to providing authentic news reporting about Minnesota's new immigrants and refugees. MPR News is a partner with Sahan Journal and will be sharing stories between and .The call to prayer, known as the adhan, is a special sound for many Muslims. It reminds the faithful, five times a day, that it’s time to pray. But unlike in Muslim-majority countries where the adhan is broadcast over an outdoor loudspeaker, many Muslims in the United States have to be inside a mosque to hear it. And with Minnesota’s stay-at-home order in place...

April 21, 2020
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April 12 update on COVID-19 in MN: Largest one-day increase in confirmed cases; death toll now 70

April 12 update on COVID-19 in MN: Largest one-day increase in confirmed cases; death toll now 70

The Minnesota Department of Health reported Sunday that the COVID-19 death toll in Minnesota has increased to 70, while the total number of confirmed cases saw its largest one-day increase so far in Minnesota. a new total of 1,621 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, an increase of 194 cases from Saturday — though the update comes with an asterisk. Officials said some cases that normally wouldn't have been made public until Monday made it in the report a day early — which could partially explain the particularly large increase.With those additional cases removed, the number of confirmed...

April 12, 2020
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