Politics
February 1
President-elect Joe Biden's national security adviser nominee Jake Sullivan speaks at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (

Jake Sullivan's aim is to present U.S. strength, but be polite

Jake Sullivan doesn't see politeness as a diplomatic strategy for the United States. But that doesn't mean this Southwest High School grad won't bring a…
Politics
February 1

State senator launches bid to lead Minnesota Republican Party

The 2020 dust has barely settled, but the campaign to lead the Minnesota Republican Party into the next election is already picking up.State Sen. Mark…
Agriculture
February 1
File photo by Elizabeth Flores   Last November (2019), Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, her daughter, Siobhan; Gov. Tim Walz and Paul Kvistad, president of th

COVID-19 canceled governor's turkey meet-and-greet

Annual meet-and-greet with governor a victim of virus precautions.
Local
February 1
Minnesota Rep. Mohamud Noor (DFL) spoke to the media in front of the building at 630 Cedar Avenue where an early morning fire killed five people Wedne

Minnesota lawmakers hope to revive stalled push for sprinklers in old high-rises

Spurred by a fatal fire in Minneapolis, bill became stalled during pandemic.
Nation
February 1

Biden pick for agriculture secretary to influence farm, hunger policy

Some lobby for expanding the role beyond the farm.
Politics
February 1
Gov Tim Walz, in a public appearance Tuesday, proposed a relief package aimed at helping business and residents impacted by the latest pandemic shutdo

Gov. Tim Walz signals that bipartisan COVID relief deal could come next week

Soaring hunger rates amid pandemic puts state in 'fight of our lives.'
Business
February 1
Medtronic operational headquarters in Fridley, Minn. (Minneapolis Star Tribune file photo) ORG XMIT: MIN2006181346061657

Medtronic CEO says hospitals able to handle elective surgeries even with COVID-19 surge

Its net income was down 64% but sales have been rebounding this quarter.
Local
February 1
Gov. Tim Walz spoke to Minnesotans last week about next steps in the state's COVID fight. On Tuesday, Walz unveiled a new package of relief measures f

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

Special legislative session hinges on whether Walz, Republican lawmakers can agree on approach.
Local
February 1
Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler spoke with members of the states emergency response community including firefighters, police officers, nu

Two Republicans join Minnesota House Democrats in urging coronavirus caution

About one-fifth of legislators vow to take safety steps, urge residents to do the same.
Local
February 1

Elections dealt setback to Minnesota gun control advocates

When Minnesota First Lady Gwen Walz warned last year that "we are coming" after state lawmakers who don't support DFL-backed gun measures, Sen. Warren Limmer…
Local
February 1

Minnesota GOP lawmakers silent on Trump efforts to subvert election

Republicans serving in Minnesota's congressional delegation remained silent Friday as President Donald Trump forged ahead on a last-ditch effort to nullify the outcome of the…
Local
February 1

Minnesota GOP claims election 'abnormalities' without evidence

No evidence of fraud, interference has surfaced in election marked by high turnout.
Politics
February 1
Governor Tim Walz speaks during a press conference Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with MMB Commissioner Myron Frans to discuss the State of Minnesota's budget p

Minnesota's next budget forecast coming Dec. 3

Updated numbers will show Walz, legislators the size of the task ahead.
Local
February 1
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka spoke at an Oct. 19 news conference where Republican state leaders announced a "Contract to Open Up Minnesota." On

Gazelka says he could've handled COVID outbreak differently

Senate majority leader says he "personally will apply lessons from this episode to inform future decisions" while DFL leader says Republicans didn't take situation "seriously."
Local
December 15, 2020
The poll of 800 Minnesotans came a few months after the police shooting of Jamar Clark in north Minneapolis and weeks of public demonstrations outside

Minnesotans' views on police force divided along racial lines

Despite the divide in the latest Minnesota Poll, most Minnesotans — 86 percent — described relations between white and black residents as fair or good.
National
December 8, 2020

San Francisco nixes cigarette smoking ban in apartments

An ordinance to ban cigarette smoking in San Francisco apartments failed to get a second vote from supervisors Tuesday, meaning the proposal is dead for now.
National
December 8, 2020

Publisher handcuffed while objecting to lack of court access

A North Carolina newspaper publisher was handcuffed and ordered out of a courtroom Tuesday as he objected to a decision to block reporters from attending a plea hearing for a white woman accused of driving her pickup truck at two 12-year-old Black girls.
National
December 8, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden.

Biden vows to reopen most schools after 1st 100 days on job

Joe Biden pledged Tuesday to bring the coronavirus pandemic under enough control to open most of the nation's schools during his first 100 days as president — going much further on the issue than he has in the past, even while warning that the U.S. is facing a "dark winter."
National
December 8, 2020

Source of money behind GOP's new Georgia super PAC a mystery

A new Republican super political action committee, Peachtree PAC, is starting a $43 million TV ad campaign in Georgia on Wednesday, adding to the surge of money being poured into two Senate runoff elections that will determine control of the chamber and the trajectory of President-elect Joe Biden's agenda.