Legislators pass COVID-19 relief

The Minnesota Legislature appears to have struck a deal on providing COVID-19 relief.

The DFL-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate have agreed on a $216 million package that provides relief to businesses impacted by the latest COVID shutdowns as well as a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits for affected workers.

Speaker of the House Melissa Hortmann.

The Senate passed it yesterday afternoon and the House passed it last night.

This is the seventh special session of the year, and Gov. Tim Walz extended the peacetime emergency by another 30 days, despite the Senate’s attempt to end the executive powers.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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