State lawmakers and officials are working to prevent voters from risking their health to cast a ballot as statewide primaries and the general election approach in the coming months.
The seat up for election was held by former Ward 6 Council member Abdi Warsame, who resigned last month to lead the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.
On Tuesday, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel briefed state lawmakers on the financial impacts of COVID-19 on the University.
State lawmakers say that exclusion of college students from relief funds is unfair.
The $9 million for food shelves and food banks statewide comes as programs see an increase in demand.
A bill passed by the Legislature late last month includes provisions to ensure students continue receiving state financial aid.
Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday the extension of the stay-at-home executive order issued nearly two weeks ago until May 4 to further curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Though COVID-19 relief is the Legislature's top concern, lawmakers say the insulin access legislation remains a priority.
Local retailers are contending with increasing demand as state officials enforce Gov. Walz's executive order prohibiting price gouging.