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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Past articles by Peter:

Nursing home robots dance, sing and watch for signs of trouble

The robots can remember faces and names, they can even sense facial cues to react in ways that could help those who become agitated or confused. → Read More

Minnesota's high winds this spring spark a jump in green energy production

With a windier spring than usual, utility companies say wind turbines contributed more renewable energy. → Read More

Minnesota man recounts imprisonment during escape from Ukraine

Tyler Jacob, a Minnesota man who was detained by Russian forces as he tried to leave embattled Ukraine, recounted his ordeal Tuesday as he met with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who helped secure his release. → Read More

Edina students caught in racist video, principal says it 'caused harm'

Edina High School Principal Andy Beaton said the school has taken action after a video surfaces showing a student giving a Nazi salute and others speaking in fake and derogatory accents. → Read More

Omicron bearing down, Minnesotans seek rapid tests and shots

With travel expected to be near pre-pandemic levels, the demand for COVID tests, as well as vaccinations, are up across the board. The fast-spreading omicron variant adds urgency. → Read More

Hennepin County Sheriff Hutchinson sentenced to 2 years probation for DWI

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson was sentenced to two years probation on Monday for driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent. → Read More

Fans welcome Olympic gymnasts Lee and McCallum home

A parade is planned Sunday for Lee on St. Paul’s east side, followed by a program at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. → Read More

Metro Transit adds police officers, security measures as it looks to increase ridership

Metro Transit is making some changes to make riding the light rail and buses safer including more officers and upgraded security cameras. → Read More

'A historic moment for our community': Hmong Minnesotans revel in Sunisa Lee's Olympic journey

The St. Paul gymnast is the first Hmong American Olympian, and will compete for gold in Tokyo later this month. Tremendous support is flowing to Sunisa Lee from the Hmong community in Minnesota and across the United States. → Read More

Five years after his death, Philando Castile's mother criticizes lack of progress in police accountability

As protests of police shootings of Black men continue in Minnesota and beyond, Valerie Castile marked five years since her son Philando’s death. A St. Anthony police officer shot and killed the St. Paul man during a traffic stop. → Read More

Drought conditions worsen across Minnesota

Small pockets are in severe drought, mostly along the border with Iowa, as well as some areas on the northwestern edge of the state, the U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows. → Read More

Not Zoom weary? Older Minnesotans build on new tech savvy

Many people used various forms of video chatting through the pandemic to stay in touch with family. Just because they now can see loved ones in person doesn’t mean they’re able to do that all the time. So they’re now connecting in new ways with relatives and friends than before. → Read More

Nursing home staff lag in COVID-19 vaccinations, but role models help

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 57 percent of staff in skilled nursing homes statewide have their shots, and a somewhat smaller percentage — 48 percent — of workers in assisted living facilities are vaccinated. → Read More

Civil rights leaders set to eulogize Daunte Wright in Minneapolis

Daunte Wright's family celebrates the man's life during a funeral at a north Minneapolis church Thursday. National civil rights leaders are expected to speak at the service for the 20-year-old who was shot and killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer a week and a half ago during a traffic stop. → Read More

Walz eases COVID-19 restrictions: Larger social gatherings, Twins fans at ballpark OK'd

The governor’s latest pullback will allow people to gather in larger groups indoors and outdoors, while bars and restaurants will be able to serve at 75 percent capacity. He’s expected to speak at 11 a.m. → Read More

Number of handgun permits to carry nearly doubles in Minnesota

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says there were 96,554 permits to carry issued in 2020. That's the highest amount of permits issued since Minnesota’s Personal Protection Act was enacted in 2003. → Read More

Minnesota playing catch-up to get seniors of color vaccinated

Minnesota is trying to bridge two issues at once — getting as many older people vaccinated as quickly as possible, while also making sure racial and ethnic communities hardest hit by the virus have access to vaccines. → Read More

St. Paul families to receive $500 a month in pilot program this year

St. Paul plans to give 150 families a monthly $500 stipend at a time when many can’t work because of COVID-19. → Read More

Higher COVID-19 rates seen in Black and Hispanic children in Minn.

Children’s Minnesota has treated around 300 pediatric COVID-19 cases as of mid-July. Thirty-one percent of those patients were Black or African American; 24 percent Hispanic; 16 percent white; and 11 percent Asian. → Read More

Want to visit loved ones in nursing homes? Here's what you need to know

For the first time in months, many Minnesotans in nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be able to see visitors face to face — at least with masks on. → Read More