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Minnesota Has Highest COVID-19 Death Rate, and Highest Unemployment Rate, Out of Any Neighboring State

Nearly 625,000 Minnesotans have filed for unemployment since mid-March, and every day seems to bring new headlines of small businesses that will not survive the Coronavirus shutdown. Minnesota now has the highest unemployment rate of any of our neighboring states, according to the Tax Foundation. Despite the highest rate of unemployment in our area, Minnesota also has the distinction of having the highest COVID-19 death rate among these states, as well. In other words, it appears Minnesota has the worst of both worlds. Unemployment Rates The graph below was created by the Tax Foundation. It shows unemployment compensation claims as a percentage of...

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State Fun Police Shut Down Creative Drive-in-Movie Night At Birch’s On the Lake

The War on Fun continues in Minnesota, as state health officials nixed a plan that would have allowed families to enjoy a drive-in-movie and a meal at Birch's On the Lake, a popular eatery in Long Lake, Minnesota, from the safety of their cars. The restaurant came up with the innovative idea because their revenues were down by 70 percent while doing only take out orders during Governor Walz's Stay at Home order, according to WCCO. Stir-crazy Minnesotans jumped at the chance to get out of the house and enjoy a movie. “It sold out in a day,” said Burton Joseph, the...

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Lakefield City Council Won’t Enforce Governor Walz’s Stay At Home Order

A small town in Southwestern Minnesota has decided enough is enough. Last night, the Lakefield City Council voted to take a stand against Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order and temporary closure of bars, restaurants and other places of public accommodation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council pledged to not direct any city resources to enforcing the orders, according to the Lakefield Standard. The council passed a resolution affirming the city as a “constitutional and business-friendly community” on a 3-2 vote following a lengthy and sometimes heated discussion. To my knowledge, this vote represents the first city in the state...

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7,500+ Minnesotans tell Walz: Let us work!

For the past couple of weeks, American Experiment staffers' inboxes have been flooded with Minnesotans telling us how Governor Walz's stay-home order has destroyed their finances, hurt their mental health, delayed important medical procedures, closed their businesses, torn apart families, and more. Many of these folks were willing to give state leaders the benefit of the doubt and get on board with the administration's goal to "flatten the curve." But when weeks turned into months, the individual toll on their livelihoods and families became too much to bear. We couldn't stand by without giving these Minnesotans a platform to speak. Here are...

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