Betsy Helfand, Pioneer Press

Betsy Helfand

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Recent articles by Betsy:

Twin Cities athletes, coaches, teams weigh in on George Floyd’s death, aftermath – Twin Cities

Community leaders, activists and friends of George Floyd gathered Friday afternoon at Minneapolis City Hall to pay tribute and demand justice after Floyd died in police custody earlier this week in… → Read More

Twins will pay minor leaguers through August with no roster cuts

The Twins have committed to paying their minor league players through the end of August — which is right around the time their seasons would be ending — a source confirmed Friday. Players will cont… → Read More

Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar looking ahead to next State Fair: ‘Boy will we be ready’

Logically, Martha Rossini Olson knew in April that it was unlikely the Minnesota State Fair could begin in August as planned. But the head and the heart aren’t always on the same page. “In my heart… → Read More

MLB, MLBPA still far apart, but Twins president remains optimistic about deal

If Major League Baseball is going to begin a 2020 season in early July, as it hopes, the clock is quickly running down to come to an agreement with the MLB Players Association. But count Twins pres… → Read More

Gov. Tim Walz on pro sports in Minnesota: “I think there’s a potential there”

The Wild want to host the NHL postseason in St. Paul. The Twins want to play games this summer in Target Field. Gov. Tim Walz thinks that’s possible — with the right plan in place. → Read More

Americans playing baseball overseas in Asia thankful for its return

At the time, it seemed like a stroke of misfortune. The NC Dinos had been training in Tucson, Ariz., and near the end of their stay — around March 7 — the novel coronavirus had been spreading quick… → Read More

Minnesota DMV offices, exam stations reopening

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Driver and Vehicle Services will reopen offices on Tuesday after Gov. Tim Walz announced earlier this week that the state’s stay-at-home orde… → Read More

If Target Field remains closed, Twins have a ‘home field’ in Florida

The governors of Arizona and Florida have given Major League Baseball a backup plan if they’re unable to start a shortened season in any of the league’s other 15 states. → Read More

Twins preparing for ‘unique’ MLB draft

The Twins are preparing for a remote MLB draft with five rounds instead of the usual 40. They've been preparing without in-person scouting since March 12. → Read More

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to reopen for day use

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will reopen on Tuesday for day use, allowing Minnesotans another outdoor recreation option. Overnight use still is off-limits through May 17, in accordance… → Read More

MN makes plans for in-person instruction, home visits despite school-closure order

Minnesota education leaders are looking to strengthen their approach to distance learning, four weeks into an experiment that has exposed unequal access to technology and threatens to leave struggl… → Read More

Gov. Tim Walz on the State Fair: ‘I think it would be very difficult’ – Twin Cities

More than two million attendees walked the state Fairgrounds last summer, crowding in — at times elbow to elbow — as they sampled foods, took in concerts, played games and engaged in ot… → Read More

Ramadan takes on different look in Minnesota in age of coronavirus

For Kassim Busuri, the month of Ramadan typically features him and his siblings taking turns hosting dinners at their homes as they break their fasts after the sun sets. But like so many other thin… → Read More

As coronavirus infections climb in MN prison, protest demands release of ‘Sherburne 62’ – Twin Cities

Hoisting signs marked “Free Them All,” Pastor Daniel Romero joined 10 fellow advocates outside the Warren E. Burger Federal Courthouse in St. Paul to demand the release of the “Sh… → Read More

Start of St. Paul Saints’ season postponed – Twin Cities

The St. Paul Saints’ title defense will have to wait a little bit longer after its independent league, the American Association, announced the postponement of the start of the season Tuesday … → Read More

Twins to keep paying employees through May 31

The Minnesota Twins have committed to paying full-time employees their full salaries and benefits through at least May 31, a source confirmed on Monday. The move comes after news that Commissioner … → Read More

JBS pork plant in Worthington to shut down after coronavirus outbreak

Pork processor JBS announced the indefinite closure of its Worthington plant on Monday following a coronavirus outbreak at the facility in southwestern Minnesota. Nobles County, where the meatpacki… → Read More

Memorial fund created for Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother, Jacqueline, victim of COVID-19 – Twin Cities

A memorial fund has been created through the Mayo Clinic to honor the late Jacqueline Towns, the mother of Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, who passed away due to complications from the novel … → Read More

Golf and other outdoor activities allowed under new Walz executive order

In addition to golfing, Minnesotans will be able to go boating, fishing, hunting and hiking as long as they follow proper social distancing guidelines and stay away from crowded places. → Read More

Minnesota Historical Society to keep museums, sites closed through June 30

All Minnesota Historical Society sites and museums will remain closed through the end of June amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the MNHS announced on Thursday. All in-person events and field t… → Read More