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Mayo Clinic ends COVID-19 pay cuts as business bounces back

By |2020-06-26T05:30:23-05:00June 26th, 2020|

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Mayo Clinic is ending pay cuts that the Rochester-based health system imposed to deal with a patient downturn caused by the coronavirus. The Star Tribune reports Mayo plans to restore pay and return furloughed workers this summer. In April, Mayo announced plans to cut pay to more than 20,000 people and seek furloughs when elective surgeries were halted in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients. The clinic was projecting a possible $3 billion loss in 2020. But Mayo says patient volumes reached 80 to 90% of normal by mid-June, which was a quicker-than-expected recovery. Mayo Clinic’s [...]

88 Amazon workers in Shakopee test positive for coronavirus

By |2020-06-23T06:55:31-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — State health officials say the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee has one of the larger coronavirus outbreaks in a warehouse or distribution plant setting. At least 88 of its approximately 1,000 workers have tested positive for the disease caused by the virus. Another 99 workers at other Amazon sites in the Twin Cities have also tested positive since COVID-19 arrived in Minnesota. Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease for the Minnesota Health Department, said state officials are reaching out to employers when clusters at workplaces begin to emerge and are providing guidance to mitigate the spread of [...]

17-year-old hit by gunfire, dumped from vehicle

By |2020-06-22T10:43:37-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old boy has died in a shooting in north Minneapolis. Officers responded to reports of shots fired about 8 p.m. Sunday and found the victim without a pulse. First responders were able to revive the teen, but he died after being taken to North Memorial Hospital. KARE-TV reports police spokesman John Elder says there was a group of people driving around when the vehicle was hit by gunfire and the victim was struck. Elder says the others in the car dumped the victim from the vehicle and drove away. Investigators are still working to determine [...]

Wrong-way crash on Twin Cities interstate kills 4, injures 1

By |2020-06-22T09:24:54-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A wrong-way crash on a Twin Cities interstate late Saturday killed four people, including two from South Dakota, and injured one, authorities said Sunday. The head-on collision between a Nissan Murano and GMC Terrain occurred about 9:55 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 35W at 66th Street in Richfield, the State Patrol said. The Star Tribune reports that the wrong-way driver in the Murano, 21-year—old Alfredo Torres, of St. Paul, was killed. Dead in the Terrain was the driver, 25-year-old Briana Vazquez, of Watertown, South Dakota; along with 28-year-old Hassan Abdulmalik, of Bloomington, and 27-year-old Tyler Fried, of Vermillion, South [...]

Minority officers allege discrimination over Chauvin booking

By |2020-06-22T08:02:10-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

Eight minority corrections officers who work at the jail holding a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd say they were barred from guarding the officer because of their race. The Minneapolis Star Tribune obtained a copy of discrimination charges filed by the corrections officers with the state Department of Human Rights. The charges are expected to trigger an automatic state investigation. Floyd died on May 25 after Derek Chauvin used his knee to pin down the handcuffed Black man’s neck. The white former officer is being held at the Ramsey County Jail.

1 man dead, 11 people wounded in Minneapolis shooting

By |2020-06-22T07:00:35-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say one man is dead and 11 people are wounded following a shooting in a trendy nightlife area in Minneapolis. A nearby restaurant manager said the shooting broke out shortly after midnight and included “a lot of shots” and what appeared to be groups of people shooting at each other. And he described people fleeing inside the restaurant for safety. The neighborhood is about three miles west of the neighborhood hit hardest by violent protest following George Floyd's death, and had been touched earlier by some of that damage. Police said they had no one in custody [...]

13 Minnesotans sickened by illness linked to bagged salads

By |2020-06-22T06:44:15-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

The Minnesota Department of Health says 13 people in Minnesota have gotten sick with an intestinal illness linked to bagged salads. The Health Department said Saturday the Minnesotans ranged in age from 24 to 79 and fell ill between June 1 and 9. Two lived in the metro area while the rest were from Greater Minnesota. None of the sick had to be hospitalized. State health officials are warning consumers not to eat ALDI Little Salad Bar brand Garden Salad or Hy-Vee brand Garden Salad. The Star Tribune reports the warning applies only to the store-brand salads labeled as “garden salads” [...]

Minnesota lawmakers fail to reach deal on revamping policing

By |2020-06-22T06:39:41-05:00June 22nd, 2020|

Minnesota legislative leaders traded barbs Saturday after a special session collapsed Saturday with no deal on revamping policing following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Republican-controlled Senate adjourned just after 6 a.m. Saturday. GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka repeatedly had said that Friday was his deadline for adjournment. Gazelka blamed “behind the scenes arm-twisting” from Democratic Gov. Tim Walz for ending “any hope of working together right now.” Walz says his administration is planning its next steps, and for Senate Republicans “to take your ball and go home in the middle of this” is “an embarrassment for Minnesota.”

Twins remove ex-owner Griffith statue over racist remarks

By |2020-06-19T10:45:07-05:00June 19th, 2020|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have removed a statue of former owner Calvin Griffith at Target Field, citing racist remarks he made in 1978. Griffith’s statue was one of several installed when the team opened its ballpark in 2010. Griffith moved the Washington Senators to Minnesota for the 1961 season, and the team was renamed the Twins. During a 1978 speech to a Waseca Lions club, Griffith said he decided to do make the move “when I found out you only had 15,000 blacks here." The team says it “cannot remain silent and continue ignoring the racist comments he made [...]

Klobuchar urges Biden to pick nonwhite woman as running mate

By |2020-06-19T06:03:09-05:00June 19th, 2020|

Amy Klobuchar is dropping out of vice presidential contention and urging Democrat Joe Biden to select a woman of color instead. The Minnesota senator said Thursday night on MSNBC that she called the presumptive presidential nominee Wednesday night and made the suggestion. She says it would be a step Biden could take to help “heal this nation.” It comes as the senator's home state has been roiled by the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer. Klobuchar herself came under fire for her handling of a murder case when she was a prosecutor that sent a black teen [...]