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CEO of MPR’s parent company to step down following blowback on racial and gender equity issues

CEO of MPR’s parent company to step down following blowback on racial and gender equity issues

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressAmerican Public Media Group CEO Jon McTaggart announced Tuesday he will step down from his position following pressure from employees and listeners who are asking the company to step up its racial and gender equity.Earlier in the day, a group of unnamed employees of Minnesota Public Radio and its parent company, APM, launched a website, , where they shared a list of demands “to improve our company culture and our news coverage.”McTaggart, who is one of the highest-paid public media CEOs in the...

September 23, 2020
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‘The front line is failing us’: Regions ICU handles severe COVID cases

‘The front line is failing us’: Regions ICU handles severe COVID cases

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Pioneer PressShow Caption ofIn an ideal world, the nurses in Sara Yernberg’s overflow “surge” intensive care unit would be assigned one to a room, each caring for a single patient.“Here, we’re so stretched, we have nurses with two patients, and some have three,” said Yernberg, a 33-year-old nursing manager at Regions Hospital in downtown St. Paul, standing in front of patient rooms containing some of the sickest COVID-19 sufferers in the state.Yernberg and her colleagues have been bracing for a grim milestone,...

November 29, 2020
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Here’s every Minnesota health club that had a known COVID outbreak

Here’s every Minnesota health club that had a known COVID outbreak

The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday released a list of every health and fitness club and gym that has met its threshold for a coronavirus outbreak.They stretch from an outbreak of at least 23 known cases in the Rochester Athletic Club to one of at least 12 known cases at a Life Time in White Bear Lake.The state’s threshold for an “outbreak” is at least seven cases from different households that reported visiting or using that facility within the last month prior to symptoms or testing positive.Health officials use one month because it’s roughly two incubation periods for the virus....

December 12, 2020
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Letters: Wisconsin wolf hunt was a travesty. Take heed, Minnesotans.

Letters: Wisconsin wolf hunt was a travesty. Take heed, Minnesotans.

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The was a travesty. Over 216 wolves were killed in a three-day period in a vicious slaughter that was facilitated by use of hounds, traps, snares, night hunting, baiting and light technology. Eighty-six percent of the wolves killed were taken by hounds; 54% male, 46% female. During breeding season. The allowed quota was 119.Wisconsin is the only state in the country that allows wolf hunting with hounds. Hounding is popular in Wisconsin and explains the 365-days-a-year coyote hunting and coyote killing contests at...

March 31, 2021
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Minnesota has a Confederate symbol — and it is going to keep it

Minnesota has a Confederate symbol — and it is going to keep it

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | Pioneer PressMinnesota has a Confederate symbol in its possession. It has long caused controversy. And Minnesota is not moving it.The Confederate icon — a scarred Virginia battle flag — was captured by the First Minnesota Pvt. Marshall Sherman at the bloody and brutal Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Many of the First Minnesota Regiment, a volunteer force, died in the Union battle against the South, and Sherman was awarded the Medal of Honor for his role.“We just rushed in like wild beasts. Men swore and cursed and...

August 20, 2017
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Viking cruise line unveils plans for new ship that will stop in St. Paul along Mississippi voyage

Viking cruise line unveils plans for new ship that will stop in St. Paul along Mississippi voyage

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XShow Caption of By | | Pioneer PressRiver cruise line Viking will launch a new vessel August 2022 that will sail the Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Paul.“At a time where many of us are at home, looking for inspiration to travel in the future, I am pleased to introduce a new, modern way to explore this great river,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking, in a statement.The vessel, christened the , is the company’s first custom vessel. Bookings to the general public open Wednesday.Hosting 386 guests in...

April 12, 2020
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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...

April 14, 2020
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After Minneapolis closed beaches, Minnesota GOP chair accuses Democrats of ‘extreme communist control’

After Minneapolis closed beaches, Minnesota GOP chair accuses Democrats of ‘extreme communist control’

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | Forum News ServiceIn a Friday post on her Twitter account, the chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party accused Democrats of using the coronavirus pandemic as an “excuse for extreme communist control.”Jennifer Carnahan tweeted in response to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Thursday announcement that it won’t open city beaches, wading pools and water parks this summer because of the contagion.Carnahan questioned if the board’s decision was necessary yet, with summer weeks away.“Was it necessary for...

April 3, 2020
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Friday protest outside MN Governor’s Residence seeks end of ‘Stay at Home’ order over coronavirus

Friday protest outside MN Governor’s Residence seeks end of ‘Stay at Home’ order over coronavirus

A group calling itself “Liberate Minnesota” is using Facebook to organize a protest in front of the Governor’s Residence on Friday to demand that Gov. Tim Walz end the stay-at-home order he issued in mid-March to slow the spread of the coronavirus.“Now is the time to demand Governor Walz and our state legislators end this lock down!” the group wrote in its Facebook post. “Minnesota’s economy must be opened for business or destroying the livelihoods of thousands of Minnesota citizens and their families may result if we don’t act quickly.”It accuses Walz of using the COVID-19 crisis not to...

April 17, 2020
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Mexico closes Minneapolis company’s plant for refusal to sell ventilators

Mexico closes Minneapolis company’s plant for refusal to sell ventilators

Relatives of the sick await news from their relatives in front of the Geral Regionas N 72 Hospital of the IMSS of Mexico City in Mexico City, Saturday, April 11, 2020. In this hospital there are 48 people infected with COVID-19. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)TIJUANA, Mexico — The northern Mexico border state of Baja California closed a plant run by Smiths Medical on Friday for allegedly refusing to sell ventilators to Mexican hospitals.Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is owned by U.K.-based Smiths Group PLC.Baja California Gov. Jaime Bonilla said the firm refused to sell Mexico some of...

April 11, 2020
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