Minnesota mayors sign letter to state urging relief

Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht was one of several Minnesota mayors that signed a letter to the state’s leaders, urging a relief package for businesses affected by Executive Order 20-99,

This order included the four-week pause on in-person dining at restaurants and bars, as well as a pause on fitness centers and youth sports.

Over the weekend, legislators were working on a deal, but as of Saturday, were stuck on whether unemployment benefits should be extended for hospitality workers.

Governor Tim Walz indicated he understands why state lawmakers are waiting for Congress.

Walz said, “I don’t blame them for this. I think legislators were looking at this and saying, well, it’s really the federal government’s responsibility to do that, which it is.”

“We need the governor to call legislators into session and legislative leaders to put aside their partisan differences and unite around what is best for all Minnesotans,” the letter said.

View the full letter here.


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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