Mark Zdechlik, MPR News

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Past articles by Mark:

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

As Democrats scramble for caucus support, many Iowa farmers say they’ll stick with Trump

Many farmers at a big equipment show in Des Moines say they’re still behind President Trump, and they’re hoping his trade policies will pay off. → Read More

Democrats worry Trump has a 2020 head start in Minnesota

While the president’s reelection campaign focuses on Minnesota, Democrats have not settled on a nominee and are worried Trump could be the first Republican to win the state’s electoral votes since 1972. → Read More

Vice President Pence joins Trump in Minnesota Thursday

Vice President Mike Pence will join President Trump for a rally in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday. Pence is arriving earlier in the day to promote Trump's domestic and international agendas in a district Republicans lost in 2018. → Read More

Minnesota's obesity rate is on the increase

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota's obesity rate climbed from 28.4 percent in 2017 to 30.1 percent in 2018. → Read More