Updated:
Original:

August 19 Live: Today's top Minnesota stories

Get the brief version of the biggest stories in Minnesota, all in one place.

Parents warned school buses may be late, not show up due to severe driver shortage in Minneapolis

The school bus driver shortage afflicting most of Minnesota is so bad in Minneapolis that parents are being warned that their children may face delayed services or buses not turning up when classes start next month.

Parents with kids in Minnesota's second-largest school district have received a series of phone messages from MPS in recent weeks informing them of the shortage.

In the most recent call, MPS highlighted a "serious shortage of bus drivers" ahead of the return to school, and "as a result, families and students may experience late buses or buses not showing up when expected."

Click here for the full story


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, August 19

Thursday's COVID-19 update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) includes 1,355 new cases and 8 newly reported deaths, all of them occurring in August.

The state's death toll is 7,750 since the start of the pandemic. Of the total deaths, 58.5% (4,534) were residents of long-term care.

Through August 18, the number of people with COVID-19 hospitalized in Minnesota was 473 (up from 461 reported Wednesday).

Of those hospitalized, 121 people were in intensive care and 352 were in general hospital care.

Click here for the full story.  


Republican House leaders call for an investigation into sexual harassment and assault claims under Jennifer Carnahan's leadership

Multiple Republican leaders within the state House are calling on the party’s executive committee to investigate allegations surrounding Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan.

The letter, dated on Wednesday, is signed off on by 11 state representatives, including House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, Deputy Minority Leader Anne Neu Brindley and Minority Whip Barb Haley.

In it, they call on the Republican Party of Minnesota’s State Executive Committee to launch an “immediate, comprehensive investigation” into claims of sexual assault and harassment that allegedly occurred under Carnahan’s leadership.

Click here for the full story


Minnesota State Fair could be COVID 'super-spreader event' without mask mandate, lawmakers argue

Five state legislators with health care backgrounds are urging the Minnesota State Fair to rethink its COVID-19 face mask recommendation and instead implement a mandate.

The two state representatives and three state senators, all with the DFL, wrote a letter to the Minnesota State Agricultural Society and State Fair Board of Managers Wednesday, hours after the fair announced it would "urge" — but not require — attendees to wear face coverings.

"The gold standard would be to require all attendees be vaccinated, but short of that, we ask that you set a clear and strong policy requiring masks for all attendees," the lawmakers' letter read.

Click here for the full story


One killed in Mounds View shooting

One person was killed in a shooting in Mounds View Wednesday afternoon, and now police are searching for the suspect.

Mounds View police at 4:27 p.m. responded to the 2500 block of County Road I on reports of multiple shots fired and a person possibly shot, a news release says.

Police were also told the victim was in a white vehicle that had left the scene and was reported to be at Mounds View Boulevard and Pleasant View Drive.

Click here for the full story


Coller: Do Vikings preseason games matter?

Mike Zimmer’s football teams have usually won during the preseason, so when the Minnesota Vikings lost 33-6 to the Denver Broncos at US Bank Stadium last Saturday, it was startling.

Mike Zimmer

Normally preseason results don’t get anyone all that riled up but Zimmer explained after the game that many of the players who struggled could be called upon during the season. Yes, they sat 31 players but the guys who were on the field like Dantzler, Stephen Weatherly, DJ Wonnum, Dakota Dozier, Hercules Mata’afa and a handful more have previous experience and are either fighting for jobs or are the direct backups to starters. Zimmer wanted them to show up.

From that perspective, his rage is justified. Last year the Vikings lost Danielle Hunter to injury and failed to even remotely replace his pass rush. They lost cornerbacks to injury and couldn’t cover anyone. Eric Wilson was a fine backup for Anthony Barr but the Vikings couldn’t hold down even a few weeks without Eric Kendricks.

Click here for the full story


St. Paul eliminates minimum parking requirements for real estate developments

The City of St. Paul is eliminating off-street parking minimums for real estate developments. The City Council voted Wednesday to eliminate parking minimums across the city, modernizing the Capital city's zoning codes.

"Our rapidly growing population demands forward-facing public policy,” Mayor Melvin Carter said in a statement. “This simple step will help add much-needed housing and jobs as we seek to maximize this period of historic economic expansion in St. Paul."

St. Paul is the latest to eliminate parking minimums. Minneapolis passed a similar ordinance back in May.

Click here for the full story


Next Up

sun country landline

Sun Country to offer luxury car service to MSP Airport

It's Sun Country's new Door-to-Door service, in partnership with Landline.

st. paul homicide - 30 block of Winnipeg Avenue West

St. Paul man arrested after calling police to report he killed his wife

The man was outside the police station when he called 911.

rabbit

Highly contagious rabbit disease detected for first time in MN

Two indoor rabbits "died suddenly and inexplicably" from the disease earlier this month.

Salted Nut Roll

New seasonal varieties of the Salted Nut Roll have arrived

There will never be enough pumpkin spice to satisfy the world.

covid-19, coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, September 28

The newest information provided by the Minnesota Department of Health.

police lights

Minnesota man charged after 3-hour standoff with police on I-94 in Wisconsin

Law enforcement used tear gas on him in an effort to get him out of the vehicle.

Pamela Espeland (1)

Beloved MinnPost writer who amplified MN arts scene dies suddenly

The arts community is remembering her impact and mourning her death.

Abbey Piner

Missing Aitkin County woman may be in St. Paul area

Law enforcement are asking for the public's help in finding her.

box elder bugs

The boxelder bug invasion has commenced in Minnesota

They love to cluster in sunny and warm locations.

chaska school fight

Fight breaks out over mask policy at Eastern Carver County School Board meeting

The district on Monday updated its mask policy to require them for all students.

Bemidji City Hall

Public's help sought after shooting kills father of five girls

The father of five girls was fatally shot in early September.

Related

State Fair crowd

August 18 Live: All of today's top Minnesota stories in 1 place

All of today's top Minnesota stories in one place.

Screen Shot 2021-08-20 at 8.25.00 AM

Aug. 20 Live: Today's top Minnesota stories

All of the top stories in Minnesota in one place.

Greenwood Fire, wildfire

Live: Wildfire intensifies, sister of ex-track star fatally run over, Carnahan update

Get the latest on all of the top Minnesota stories in one place.

coronavirus, doctor, nurse, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, August 28

Deaths fell after 13 on Thursday, with hospitalizations also down.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota ending mass vaccination clinics by August 7

Minnesota reached the goal of getting 70% of the population ages 18 and older at least one vaccine dose.

covid-19, coronavirus, ICU

10 stories about the escalating COVID-19 crisis in Minnesota

These stories are written by the people on the front lines.

coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Sunday, August 16

Minnesota is the 24th state to reach 1,700 deaths.