Four Democrats and two independents voted with Republicans as the Minnesota Senate passed a bill canceling Governor Tim Walz’s COVID emergency powers to close schools — but the measure faces stiff opposition in the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House. D-F-L Senator Nick Frentz from North Mankato voted “no,” said death rates from COVID are significantly lower in Minnesota than surrounding states:

“That starts to make it look like it does matter when we restrict those activities, and that it may matter when we take action through an executive order on schools.”

But Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says:

“We cannot allow our kids not to have that opportunity to be in the classroom five days a week. They’re absolutely essential, and those teachers in front of them is essential — every bit as essential (as) for nurses to be in hospitals.”