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The Latest: Nurses at Children’s Minnesota vote on furloughs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota (all times local): 6:45 a.m. Minnesota's largest pediatric hospital has a plan to furlough the equivalent of 181 full-time nurses as it struggles financially with fewer patients due to COVID-19. Members of the Minnesota ...

Survey shows hope for recovery even as economic indices drop

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest survey of supply managers in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains shows that many are holding out hope for an economic rebound later this year, even though the coronavirus has knocked the region for a loop. The Mid-American Business Conditions index ...

Midwest Economy: April state-by-state glance

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same methodology as the national survey to consult supply ...

Healthy pigs being killed as meatpacking backlog hits farms

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After spending two decades raising pigs to send to slaughterhouses, Dean Meyer now faces the mentally draining, physically difficult task of killing them even before they leave his northwest Iowa farm. Meyer said he and other farmers ...

Minnesota sets 1-day highs for coronavirus tests, new cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota set new one-day highs for coronavirus testing and new cases, and tied a high for the most deaths in one day, health officials said Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 28 new deaths, equaling a high set Sunday, to raise the state's death toll to ...

Walz gives retailers more space while extending stay-at-home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday extended Minnesota's stay-at-home order for another two weeks, to May 18, while loosening some restrictions on retail businesses to allow them to reopen for curbside pickup and deliveries starting Monday. The change should allow up to 30,000 ...

72-year-old Coon Rapids man survives small plane crash

72-year-old Coon Rapids man survives small plane crash HAM LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A 72-year-old Coon Rapids man suffered only minor injuries when the small plane he was piloting crashed in the city of Ham Lake on Thursday. Anoka County sheriff's authorities say Paul Erwin Youngquist was headed ...

Minnesota nursing home reports 47 deaths from coronavirus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis nursing home said 47 residents have died from complications of COVID-19, the most at any long-term care facility in Minnesota. St. Therese of New Hope also said Wednesday that 130 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, while 65 staff ...

Suspected impaired driver arrested in fatal hit-and-run

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say a driver was apparently impaired when he struck and killed a pedestrian in St. Paul and left the scene. Officers responded to a report of a collision involving a pedestrian in the Midway area shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Officers found a man with seriously ...

St. Paul father accused of causing his newborn’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man is being held on $1 million bond in the death of his newborn child. Orancy Chea, 23, is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the April 23 death of the four-week-old baby. An autopsy showed the infant had a lacerated liver, lung contusion, ...

Former Liberian security forces commander deported from US

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of imprisoned former Liberian President Charles Taylor's security forces has been deported from the United States back to the West African country, immigration enforcement officials said. Alexander Mentol Zinnah, 56, had been living in Minnesota. Officers with ...

Meatpackers welcome Trump order; others question virus risks

By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Big meatpacking companies that have struggled to keep plants running during the coronavirus crisis said Wednesday that they welcomed President Donald Trump's executive order requiring them to stay open, but unions, some employees ...

Youth wrestling coach accused of sexually assaulting girl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a youth wrestling coach with sexually assaulting a young girl he coached in Eden Prairie. Mustafa Shabazz, 43, of Burnsville, was charged Tuesday in Hennepin County with one count of second-degree sexual assault. The Hennepin County Attorney's ...

Walz to give details Thursday on next phase of stay-at-home

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans will learn Thursday to what extent the state will loosen the stay-at-home restrictions that have kept the state's economy on ice for just over a month, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday. The governor's order is due to expire ...

Pence lauds Minnesota’s COVID-19 fight in Mayo Clinic visit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence visited the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday for a first-hand look at its research on COVID-19 and its plans to help Minnesota dramatically scale up its coronavirus testing as a critical step toward reviving the state's economy. Pence, who leads the White ...

Pence comes under fire for going maskless at Mayo Clinic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence chose not to wear a face mask Tuesday during a tour of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, an apparent violation of the world-renowned medical center's policy requiring them. Video feeds show that Pence did not wear a mask when he met with a ...

CN pays $1.25M to settle 2016 Minnesota wildfire damage

Canadian National Railway has paid $1.25 million to settle damage caused by a 2016 wildfire that burned national forest land in northeastern Minnesota, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The wildfire, known as the Skibo Fire, burned nearly 1,000 acres east of Hoyt Lakes in St. Louis County, ...

Minnesota producers euthanize livestock; food supply stable

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Producers are having to euthanize pigs and chickens because of decreased demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Minnesota's food supply remains stable, Minnesota's top agriculture official said Monday. However, state Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen said ...

Minnesota senior facility evacuated due to virus to close

WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis-area senior living facility that was evacuated earlier this month after an outbreak of COVID-19 announced Monday it won't reopen. The nonprofit organization Transforming Age said it has made "the difficult decision" not to reopen Meridian Manor in Wayzata ...

Pence to visit Mayo Clinic to learn about testing ‘moonshot’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has an appointment Tuesday at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic to learn about a new coronavirus testing "moonshot" that has the famed clinic partnering with the state and its flagship university to quickly boost the state's capacity to 20,000 tests a ...