State Senate G-O-P Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says Governor Tim Walz “must immediately lift all mandates and restrictions” and “the pandemic fear must end”:

“Our kids are not at risk and their parents are not generally over 70. They have got to get back to normal.”

Governor Walz responds:

“If the senator wants to go and ask all the hospital C-E-Os, they would counsel against this move and I had to take that into consideration — and I have to take the responsibility and the risk.”

Walz says the state will have to operate indefinitely with COVID in a sustainable mode.   Gazelka responds, open up the schools and let summer sports happen.