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The Daily Planet’s Minnesota coverage reports on events, news and other occurrences that takes place in the state and it’s surrounding regions.

Minnesota historic rehab tax credit worth $176.5 million in economic activity


Saint Paul — An annual report for the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) finds that a state tax credit for rehabbing historic structures will generate $176.5 million in economic activity within Minnesota from projects approved in fiscal year 2020, supporting 720 jobs statewide. The new jobs will provide an estimated $49.8 million in labor income, both in direct employment and in work provided by subcontractors and suppliers.


Minnesota tiger tests positive for COVID-19 virus


A Minnesota tiger is confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, based on results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories. The tiger lives at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Pine County, Minnesota.

Nation’s first known COVID-19 Brazilian variant discovered in Minnesota


The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced that its Public Health Laboratory has found the variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as the Brazil P.1 variant in a specimen from a Minnesota resident with recent travel history to Brazil. While this variant is thought to be more transmissible than the initial strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, it is not yet known whether the variant causes more severe illness.

Minnesota cold cases: Cindy Joy Elias


In 1977 Cindy Elias was found dead alongside a road near Aurora, Minnesota. Now, nearly 44 years later, Uncovering the Truth In Minnesota speaks with Lieutenant Nathan Skelton about the unsolved case.

SNAP increases food benefits to help hungry Minnesotans


All Minnesotans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other food assistance programs who are currently receiving the maximum amount will soon see a 15 percent increase in their monthly food benefits. They do not need to do anything additional to receive this increase.

COVID-19 variant found in Minnesota


The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced the new variant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first detected in the United Kingdom was identified by genomic sequencing in positive specimens from five residents of four different counties in the Twin Cities metro area. Four of the cases were identified through the MDH Public Health Laboratory, and one was identified through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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