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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Past articles by Mark:

Minnesota congressional candidate Paula Overby dies

The Legal Marijuana Now candidate was 68 and suffered a heart problem over the past few weeks, according to her son. → Read More

Inflation still a top issue as campaign moves to final week

As the 2022 campaign enters its final week, the top issue — the economy and inflation —seems to favor Republicans. Frustration over rising prices tends to focus on the party that holds the White House, even though a president has little control over rising prices. → Read More

Minnesota poll: 52 percent of voters oppose overturning Roe v. Wade

Minnesotans are divided about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier this summer to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 50-year-old case that ensured federal protection for access to abortion, according to a new MPR News/Star Tribune/KARE 11 poll. → Read More

Andover residents under boil advisory for tap water

About 12,000 Andover households are being asked to boil their tap water before they consume it. → Read More

Celebration and concern as South Dakota trigger law severely restricts abortion

South Dakota health care providers now face imprisonment for conducting an abortion for any reason other than to save the life of the mother. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday that abortion is not a constitutionally protected right triggered the measure. Over the weekend, South Dakotans offered a range of reactions to the monumental law change. → Read More

DFL endorses Walz for second term

At the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester Friday night, Walz said Democrats have a winning message this fall despite Republican rhetoric. → Read More

Klobuchar recounts 'heartbreaking' scenes of Ukrainian refugees fleeing war

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is meeting with officials in Poland, as the situation across the border in Ukraine worsens. → Read More

New Minnesota COVID-19 testing sites start opening Friday

Minnesota’s newest COVID-19 community testing site will open at the National Guard Armory in Anoka on Friday. The Guard will also help raise the capacity of a similar site in downtown St. Paul. The state is boosting testing capacity amid the spike in omicron variant cases. → Read More

No blanket face mask requirement for the State Fair

Organizers are strongly encouraging people to wear face masks and will require them in some cases. “Mandating masks fairgrounds-wide would be extremely difficult for our organization to enforce, so we are urging you to pitch in and do what’s right,” says health guidance from the fair. → Read More

Minnesotans urged to take care of themselves and others during extreme heat

With high heat and humidity expected over the next couple of days and an excessive heat watch in effect for the southern half of the state, experts advise Minnesotans to stay cool, hydrate, and watch out for others. → Read More

Businesses work on indoor air quality for returning workers

Building ventilation systems bring in lots of outdoor air, but they aren’t designed to rely exclusively on fresh air. Instead, it’s a balancing act: filtering and conditioning inside ai… → Read More

Businesses seek improved indoor air quality for returning workers

Many businesses preparing to bring back workers post-pandemic are looking at ways to improve inside air quality. Pulling in as much fresh air as possible and robustly filtering it can help prevent the spread of disease, including COVID-19. → Read More

Walz: Students can return to middle, high school buildings Monday

The decision follows new federal protocols on how schools should operate during the pandemic. The governor is expected to detail his plans at noon. “It’s time for students to be back in the classroom,” he said in a statement. → Read More

Minnesota Poll: Biden holds on to lead over Trump

A new poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden holding on to a lead over President Donald Trump in Minnesota with less than six weeks to go until the November election. The MPR News/Star Tribune/KARE-11 Minnesota Poll shows Democrat Biden with a 6 point lead over the Republican president. → Read More

Challenge to Minnesota Rep. Omar tops 5 races to watch Tuesday

The first-term progressive has a well-funded challenger. Also Tuesday there are two runoffs in Georgia with controversial conservative candidates. → Read More

Minnesota's August primary: A closer look at the 5th, 7th District races

Aug. 11 is primary Election Day in Minnesota, but early voting began late last month. This year’s contests feature two interesting intraparty congressional battles — one Republican primary in rural Minnesota, the other a Democratic primary in the heart of Minneapolis. → Read More

Restaurants, other businesses cautiously ready to let customers in

Restaurants and other businesses can open up to indoor service Wednesday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the economy in March. Some say they’re keeping expectations modest, knowing many customers will be cautious about going out. → Read More

It may be a while before your table’s ready

The people who staffed shuttered restaurants admit that it’s hard to imagine getting back to normal. → Read More

Klobuchar hopes for 'Klomentum' as New Hampshire votes

Thanks to a strong debate performance and infusion of cash, Amy Klobuchar’s campaign says she’s gaining momentum in New Hampshire, where people are voting on Tuesday in the nation’s first presidential primary. → Read More

Early Iowa numbers suggest a tough road ahead for Klobuchar

If the numbers hold true once everything's counted, Amy Klobuchar does not move on to New Hampshire in the top tier of candidates. → Read More