The back and forth continues after top Republican state lawmakers pledged this week to safely re-open schools, loosen restrictions on business and allow houses of worship to re-open if elected to majorities in next month’s election. Governor Tim Walz…

“But the idea that there’s some magical thinking that says we get rid of wearing masks, we get rid of capacities in businesses, we get rid of testing like this, because this is what we’ve done and we just simply hope it goes away, it’s not a plan.”

Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka acknowledges the virus is serious, but he says we “cannot shut everything down in Minnesota.”