Pandemic

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Don't want to talk to a contact tracer? MN debuts online option after positive test

The department says the survey will allow its staff to keep track of more cases at a faster pace

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Education Minnesota worried 'dial back' could hinder school reopenings

While the state is loosening restrictions for social activities, the MDH continues to stress that "each and every Minnesotan" needs to help contain the spread as schools reopen.

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Minneapolis keeps bar seating restrictions as state eases up on rules

Patrons still won't be able to sit at bars due to COVID-19.

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IRS: Please stop calling us about stimulus checks

Flooded by phone calls, the IRS is asking Americans to check the status of their payment online instead

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Restaurant group to temporarily close locations, one might not reopen

Ally Restaurants says it's re-evaluating its Plymouth location and plans to reopen its other two spots in the spring.

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Walz OKs reopening of pools with some restrictions

The latest executive order approves the reopening of pools for organized swimming Jan. 4.

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'This is a marketing ploy': Lakeville lawmaker slams Alibi for reopening

Sen. Matt Little is calling for support of local businesses that follow the rules.

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National, local artists join compilation album series to benefit First Avenue

Artists including Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Dessa have donated songs to a new compilation project to benefit First Avenue

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With federal relief expiring, Hennepin Co. workers push for expanded leave policy

AFSCME is pushing for the County Board to include funding for caregiving leave in its 2021 budget

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Delta eliminates international change fees for most flights

The change doesn't apply to basic economy or flights booked from outside North America

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Houlihan's in Richfield has permanently closed

Houlihan's in Chanhassen and Eagan are still open.

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Ellen features nurses from Regions Hospital, gets city wrong

On the bright side, the nurses all got free gifts.

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Three simple ways to boost your immune health heading into winter

Eating right is one thing, but there are other ways to stay healthy as the days shorten.

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At Wiscoy Township's sole precinct, election judges ditched masks

Voter and Wiscoy resident Kaitlyn O'Connor took a photo of the judges after asking them to wear masks, she said

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U.S. Bank closes 8 Minnesota branches permanently

The bank announced last month it would be accelerating its branch closures.

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Target announces blowout 3rd quarter results

The retailer has seen business surge during the pandemic.

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Minnesota gets $106M federal dollars for winter heating assistance

Minnesotans can apply based on need for the Energy Assistance Program

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As coronavirus cases surge, more districts shift back to distance learning

Hastings is among the latest school districts to switch back

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Augsburg University ditches tests for admission

Work began in 2018 to begin phasing out test requirements.