Allina asking for donations of medical masks, even homemade; Hennepin County also collecting

Wondering what you can do to help during the COVID-19 crisis? Allina Health has two ideas for you. First, they could use more masks. The health care system will be setting up collection sites at many of its facilities to receive donations of factory-made N95 and ear loop masks, as well as hand-sewn ear loop masks. …

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Body in Mississippi River identified as 50-year-old St. Paul man

Police pulled the body of a man from the Mississippi River Friday. According to the Ramsey County sheriff’s office, about 3:30 p.m. the St. Paul police and Ramsey County sheriff’s water patrol were dispatched to the river in an area near the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood. …

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Ramsey County to close government buildings for six days, retool for coronavirus

From park buildings and libraries to government offices, Ramsey County is suspending all of its non-emergency walk-up services for six days, after which they will reopen with significant changes. From Tuesday to Monday, March 23, public entrances will be closed at park buildings, Ramsey County’s suburban libraries, the Government Center East building on Kellogg Boulevard, …

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St. Paul school district details plans for helping families through school closures

The St. Paul school district Monday reassured families that it will not leave them to fend for themselves while schools remain closed due to the spreading coronavirus. In an email sent to parents, it laid out plans underway to ensure students are equipped for distance-learning should closures stretch beyond spring break, and committed to providing …

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Minneapolis and St. Paul declare states of emergency over COVID-19

Leaders of St. Paul and Minneapolis have declared local states of emergencies to prevent the spread of COVID-19, announcements that will force more Twin Cities employers to close and residents to stay home. The decisions by St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey come as the state’s number of COVID-19 cases grow …

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