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Dave Orrick

Pioneer Press

Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent:
  • Pioneer Press
  • Brainerd Dispatch
Past:
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • L.A. Daily News
  • Boston Herald
  • The Lowell Sun
  • Times-Standard
  • ChicoER
  • Daily Bulletin

Recent articles by Dave:

Free COVID rapid tests now available across Minnesota

The tests, which offer results in one to three hours, began being offered at some in-person testing sites Wednesday, and more locations will offer the tests next week. → Read More

Tim Walz, Peggy Flanagan announce they’ll seek re-election in 2022

In a campaign video released Tuesday morning, the Democrats leaned heavily into the most historic element of their first term: the state’s coronavirus response. → Read More

Why are so many innocent bystanders getting shot in Twin Cities?

The victims aren’t targeted by a shooter intent on causing mass casualties; they’re collateral damage in personal disputes that erupt in gunfire in crowded places. → Read More

Why so many shootouts? Pretty simple answer, experts say.

Innocent bystanders are getting shot in troubling numbers in the Twin Cities. → Read More

After 25 years in MN Senate, Chuck Wiger won’t seek re-election – Twin Cities

After 25 years in the Minnesota Senate and 50 years in public office, Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, won’t seek re-election next year, he announced Wednesday. “It’s truly been an honor repr… → Read More

Free Minnesota testing program Door Dashes COVID spit test to homes

The rapid antigen tests work best for people with symptoms in the early stages of infection. → Read More

Free COVID saliva tests, Door Dashed to your home. What’s not to like? – Twin Cities

All you need is an email address and some sort of computer device with Zoom video capabilities. → Read More

COVID rapid tests are here, free for schools. Walz: Please ask for them.

Only about 30% of schools have asked for them. Has yours? → Read More

Who should get COVID bonus pay? Minnesota Dems, Republicans can’t agree

More money for fewer, or less money for more? → Read More

Minnesota home health care workers get Oct. 1 raise

Personal care assistants in Minnesota will start to see a two-year, 15 percent increase in their minimum wage, according to a provision in a recently approved labor contract that took effect Friday… → Read More

Who should get COVID bonus pay? Minnesota Dems, Republicans can’t agree. – Twin Cities

More money for fewer, or less money for more? → Read More

Yes, U.S. 52 north at Lafayette Bridge is always a mess. MnDOT has a plan.

When MnDOT compared crash data from the old bridge to the current one, it was eye-popping. → Read More

Minnesota House Democrats expel Rep. John Thompson from caucus

Minnesota House Democrats voted to expel Rep. John Thompson from their caucus Tuesday night, citing “credible reports of abuse and misconduct” and Thompson’s “failure to tak… → Read More

Melisa Lopez Franzen chosen first person of color to lead Minnesota Senate Democrats

The post became open when Sen. Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, announced she was stepping down. → Read More

Court blocks Minnesota’s new use-of-force law. Old law remains for now. – Twin Cities

The new law raised the burden for police use of deadly force. → Read More

Rep. John Thompson’s driver’s license could be suspended — again

The court case for a July 4 traffic stop shows a second penalty entered against Thompson for failing to pay the fine and court fees. → Read More

Lawsuit seeks to force Gov. Walz to mandate masks in schools statewide

It’s unclear if such a reach from one branch of government into another is legal for an emergency declaration. → Read More

St. Paul school board requires COVID vaccines for all staff, or weekly test

All St. Paul public schools employees will be required to get a coronavirus vaccine or submit to weekly testing, under a policy unanimously approved Friday morning by the school board. → Read More

Lawsuit seeks to force Gov. Walz to mandate masks in schools statewide

The suit seeks to have a judge compel Walz to declare a new state of emergency to issue the mandate. → Read More

St. Paul school board requires COVID vaccines for all staff, or weekly test

All St. Paul public schools employees will be required to get a coronavirus vaccine or submit to weekly testing, under a policy unanimously approved Friday morning by the school board. → Read More