David H. Montgomery, MPR News

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by David:

What you need to know about Minnesota redistricting

A panel of Minnesota judges will roll out new political maps, likely this coming Tuesday, that will shape Minnesota elections for the next decade. → Read More

Twin Cities are getting extra tool to track COVID — and it all comes down to poop

Wastewater analysis closely matches other ways to track the virus like case counts — except wastewater can actually flag spikes faster than traditional testing. → Read More

Minnesota’s second year of COVID, by the numbers

This arms race between a more virulent virus and expanding population immunity made 2021 a somewhat different experience than the first year of the pandemic — the differences leap out from the COVID-19 statistics. → Read More

What does the phrase 'The Twin Cities' refer to?

In a conversation Wednesday on Twitter, many respondents emphasized the role of distance in shaping this terminology. → Read More

COVID-19 in MN: Hospital needs hit 2021 highs as surge worsens

Two central Minnesota hospital systems said Friday they’re struggling to find beds for critically ill patients. Separately, new data shows dramatic differences in COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates between vaccinated and unvaccinated Minnesotans. → Read More

How Jacob Frey won reelection

Jacob Frey’s opponents identified their strategy to defeat the incumbent mayor: don’t rank him. But thousands of voters didn’t listen. Not only did Frey collect the most first-choice votes — 43 percent — but another 9 percent of voters ranked him as their second choice, and 7.5 percent as their third choice. The result: another term for Frey. → Read More

Census: Major changes for state demographics, politics

New U.S. census data shows the bulk of Minnesota’s population growth over the past decade took place in the Twin Cities metro, paralleled by an increase of Minnesotans of color. → Read More

Census to reveal whether Minnesota will lose House seat

Census numbers set to be posted after 2 p.m. Monday will determine whether Minnesota keeps its eight U.S. House seats or loses one as the nation’s demographics shift. Federal officials are speaking now. → Read More

By the numbers: Minnesota’s early voting surge continues

The continued surge in early voting comes as a court ruling has thrown into question Minnesota’s plan to count mail-in ballots after Election Day — as long as they were postmarked by Election Day. Secretary of State Steve Simon now says voters should bring their ballots to a dropbox or vote in person, rather than gambling that their mailed-in ballot will arrive by Tuesday. → Read More

Federal jury trials set to resume in Minnesota

After months of closed federal courtrooms in Minnesota due to COVID-19, federal jury trials are set to resume on Monday. → Read More

Latest on COVID-19 in MN: School guidance map shifts with new data

Fresh county-level numbers from the Health Department are intended as a starting point for school leaders deciding whether to teach kids in-person, online or in some combination based on local COVID-19 conditions. → Read More

Latest MN modeling: Major effect of quarantine is delaying COVID-19 peak, not preventing it

A scenario that mirrors Walz’s Wednesday announcement projects that by the end of May, an estimated 1,441 people will have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota. By next March, that model predicts that just over 29,000 people will have died from the disease in the state. → Read More

Pandemic brings fewer drivers, more speeding to Minnesota highways

The rush in speeding shows up in multiple ways in an MPR News analysis of speeding tickets issued by the Minnesota State Patrol, which enforces traffic laws on Minnesota highways. → Read More

New COVID-19 modeling: Social distancing is working in MN — but only if we keep it up

A new data analysis of the coronavirus outbreak by the University of Texas suggests that Minnesota’s social distancing efforts might be paying off in its response to COVID-19 — but it also implies that even bigger outbreaks might lie ahead if those social distancing practices were to end. → Read More

A look at the data that’s helping Minnesota plan its COVID-19 response

The model predicts the demand for ICU beds and the number of people who might die from the disease. With so much unknown about COVID-19, it uses estimates about how quickly it might spread and how deadly it is to make their predictions. → Read More

Update: Comparing COVID-19 in Minnesota and its neighbors in the Upper Midwest

How does the COVID-19 outbreak in Minnesota compare to its neighboring states in the Upper Midwest? Because of how COVID-19 is being tracked, this isn’t an easy question to answer. → Read More

DFL moves to online party conventions

After initially delaying regional conventions because of COVID-19, the state DFL Party has decided to use online balloting instead of in-person gatherings. → Read More

Biden wins Minnesota presidential primary, in wake of Klobuchar endorsement

Former Vice President Joe Biden won Minnesota’s presidential primary Tuesday, propelled by the endorsement of Sen. Amy Klobuchar to an unexpected victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. → Read More

Buying Lottery Tickets Just Got More Convenient. Maybe Too Convenient.

Selling lottery tickets in the checkout aisle could dramatically boost revenue. → Read More

What Happens When a City Tries to End Traffic Deaths

Several years into a ten-year “Vision Zero” target, some cities that took on a radical safety challenge are seeing traffic fatalities go up. → Read More