Dave Orrick, Pioneer Press

Dave Orrick

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Dave:

COVID dilemma: Can we be social and safe on Memorial Day weekend?

Health experts say there are countless scenarios one can envision doing safely this weekend — and countless ways they could become unsafe or irresponsible. Here are some helpful principles. → Read More

Walz and MN church leaders were close to a reopening deal. Then Trump spoke.

President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon threw a wrench into talks between Gov. Tim Walz and some Minnesota church leaders as they were close to an understanding of how churches might safely hold… → Read More

Minnesota, get ready for mandatory masks in some places, and the politics thereof

Mandatory coronavirus face coverings, such as cloth masks, are likely coming to a locale near you. → Read More

Walz inches forward on reopening more June 1, leaving many unsatisfied

Minnesota’s emergence from shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic inched forward Wednesday, as Gov. Tim Walz announced limited openings of a number of sectors of society and the economy, but … → Read More

Catholic, Missouri Synod Lutheran leaders say they will resume services next week, defying Walz orders

Services will resume in Catholic and some Lutheran churches in Minnesota next week, despite Gov. Tim Walz’s announcement Wednesday continuing to prohibit religious gatherings of more than 10 … → Read More

Minnesota DMVs opened Tuesday. The lines went on forever. (And yes, some software crashed.)

From Arden Hills to Rochester, Minnesotans lined up in the wee hours of Tuesday morning at state-run driver’s license facilities, which reopened two months of coronavirus closure. And they li… → Read More

Minnesota coronavirus reopening: Here are 5 things that have NOT changed

Monday marked a significant day for Minnesota’s re-emerging from lockdown as Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order expired. But Minnesota health officials Monday cautioned that numerous ke… → Read More

Minnesota Legislature scrambles, Zooms and sputters toward lackluster end of session

In a scene that was both unprecedented and all too familiar, Minnesota lawmakers Sunday evening struggled under the constraints of the coronavirus pandemic to finish their work as a midnight deadli… → Read More

Oops. MN Senate plans — then cancels — all-member outdoors session – Twin Cities

Buoyed by the hope of pleasant weather, Minnesota Senate Republican leaders on Sunday made plans to hold its final day of session outdoors Monday, on the South Lawn of the Capitol. And then a few h… → Read More

Fishing opener in a pandemic is still fishing — the good, and the cruel – Twin Cities

Fishing can be a panacea for a pandemic. But it isn’t always. But it can be. → Read More

MN health commissioner: If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested

Minnesota’s hospitals, labs and clinics have the ability to test over 10,000 people a day, but last week fewer than 4,000 sought a test on the average day. → Read More

Coronavirus Friday update: 26 more Minnesota deaths, 723 more confirmed cases

Minnesota health officials reported 26 new coronavirus fatalities and 723 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus Friday. All of the new deaths reported were in people older than 60, with seven i… → Read More

Coronavirus Thursday update: 23 more deaths as Minnesota crosses 500 threshold

Minnesota health officials reported 23 new fatalities and 768 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus Thursday. That brings the total number of Minnesotans who have died to 508 and the total numb… → Read More

Wednesday coronavirus update: 30 deaths, with 2 tied to meat processing

Minnesota health officials reported 30 new COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, including two connected to meat processing facilities that have experienced outbreaks. The total official coronavirus death cou… → Read More

Poof! Minnesota’s $1.5 billion budget surplus is now a $2.4 billion deficit. – Twin Cities

Minnesota is now projected to be in the red. Thank you, coronavirus pandemic. What had been a projected $1.5 billion state budget surplus in late February is now projected to be a $2.4 billion budg… → Read More

Pressure mounts for Walz to allow restaurants and others to reopen. ‘I get it,’ Walz says, but no timeline yet. – Twin Cities

“My hope was in these two weeks you’d start to see some changes in things, and I am very interested in looking at other states and other models,” Walz said. → Read More

Small stores prepare to reopen for curbside service: ‘It’s kind of daunting’

Come Monday morning untold numbers of small shop owners across Minnesota will unlock their doors, walk inside, and promptly lock the doors behind them. But they’ll flip that “closed&#82… → Read More

Five weeks of stay-at-home: What it accomplished — and what it didn’t

It seems like just yesterday, and it seems like forever ago. In fact, it was Saturday morning, March 28, when Minnesotans were officially “ordered to stay at home” by decree of Gov. Tim… → Read More

Five weeks of stay-at-home: What it accomplished — and what it didn’t

Sunday, May 3, marks the 36th day of Minnesota under the closest thing we’ve experienced to a “lockdown.” → Read More

Saturday coronavirus update: 24 more Minnesota deaths

The coronavirus continues its deadly spread across Minnesota as 24 additional people were killed by the highly contagious disease, state officials reported Saturday. The state’s death toll ha… → Read More