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A year after omicron began its assault on humanity, the ever-morphing coronavirus mutant drove COVID-19 case counts higher in many places just as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving. It was a prelude to a wave that experts expect to soon wash over the U.S. Phoenix-area emergency physician Dr. Nicholas Vasquez said his hospital admitted a growing number of chronically ill people...
“I always tried to run away from music, but it always called me back.” Carolyne Naomi, singer-songwriter, born and raised in Lagos Nigeria, now based in Minneapolis, described the magnetizing draw music had on her even as she pursued an undergraduate degree in English and a Masters in Communication in Nigeria. The guitar she first picked up at age nine finally...
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats ushered in a new generation of leaders on Wednesday with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries elected to be the first Black American to head a major political party in Congress at a pivotal time as long-serving Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team step aside next year. Showing rare party unity after their midterm election losses, the House...
NEW YORK (AP) — Tess Gunty’s “The Rabbit Hutch,” a sweeping debut novel set in a low-income housing community in Indiana, has won the National Book Award for fiction. The 30-year-old Gunty was among three writers nominated for their first published books. The nonfiction prize went to Imani Perry’s “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the...
In advance of the holidays, Gov. Walz on Tuesday announced a new round of free COVID-19 at-home tests for Minnesotans as state officials urges everyone to get tested before large holiday gatherings. “Each of us can do our part to protect the health of our loved ones this Thanksgiving – taking a COVID test is one of the best ways...
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Sen. Bobby Joe Champion of North Minneapolis was on Thursday named as the new Senate president, becoming the first Black person to do so. The Senate president presides over Senate business and ensures members follow parliamentary procedures. The move came two days after the state elected Black women for the first time to the state Senate and Democrats won back...
House Speaker Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) has been chosen to again take the gavel when the 93rd legislative session begins Jan. 3. House DFL caucus members elected Hortman during a Thursday evening meeting, their first since Election Day when they retained control of the House by the same 70-64 margin they’ve held for the last two years. “I am honored to...
Two women in their 20s with recent ties to Africa jointly made history on Nov. 8 by becoming the first Black women ever elected to Minnesota’s state senate, breaching a fortress that has been in place since the midwestern state joined the United States. As flag bearers for the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), as the Democratic Party is known in...
Brooklyn Park elected its first Black mayor on Tuesday, handing over the reins of Minnesota’s sixth largest city to a businessman who shared a vision of unity, civic engagement and who pledged to support law enforcement to make the city safer and more attractive. Hollies Winston won the Brooklyn Park mayor’s race Tuesday, defeating Councilmember Wynfred Russell in a contest...
Voting is now underway in Minnesota. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. for voters to decide on who the next governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and congressional delegation will be. All seats in the Minnesota legislature are also being decided on today, both the state Senate and House. There is also an important race for...
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