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NHL suspends season amid coronavirus concerns
NHL officials said they will “pause” the season starting with Thursday’s night’s games given the ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus, adding they hope to “resume play” when appropriate. The Minnesota Wild said it supported the move.
MN health: 9 COVID-19 cases now; no plans to close schools
New cases surfaced in Hennepin, Dakota and Stearns counties. State health officials say that at this point they are not recommending closing Minnesota K-12 schools, but they are bracing the public for more significant changes to daily life.
Walz proposes slim budget as coronavirus situation worsens
The DFL governor suggests leaving most of the state’s projected budget surplus unspent with the global economy shaken by COVID-19. He also urged lawmakers to finish their work soon.
MN health, elder care operations curb visitors in COVID-19 response
On Thursday, CentraCare, which operates eight hospitals and 11 senior housing facilities in central Minnesota, announced a ban on visitors to its facilities as it tries to protect its clients from the spread of coronavirus. Other Minnesota facilities also announced restrictions.
Cancellations rise in Minnesota as coronavirus spreads
Museums, city halls, the NBA season and myriad other events and facilities are being closed, postponed or canceled as the fight against the virus shifts to limiting public gatherings.
The private Catholic middle and high school for boys in Mendota Heights said it will be closed Thursday and Friday after a parent of a student was confirmed to have COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. The person had not been on campus.
Dow plunges 2,300 points: Stocks in meltdown as panic selling continues
The stock market has suffered a relentless, breathtaking drop — moving deeper into bear territory. Stocks fell so fast Thursday morning that it triggered a 15-minute halt in trading for the second time this week.