At Issue: May 24 — Churches, restaurants reopening in Minnesota; HHS Secretary Azar talks about federal COVID-19 plan

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For the first time since 1946, the Minnesota State Fair has been canceled. It’s just one of many aspects of Minnesota life being impacted by COVID-19. Among others: Houses of worship and dining out.

On “At Issue” this week, we explain what Gov. Tim Walz’s phased approach to reopening Minnesota’s economy means for faith and food. Church leaders said they would defy the governor’s order to remain closed in limited capacity — and restaurant owners say they felt blindsided by Walz’s approach.

Tom talked with U.S. Department of Human and Health Services Secretary Alex Azar about how Minnesota fits into the federal government’s plan — and what the Trump administration is saying on the journey for a COVID vaccine.

We also have a somber look at Officer Jim Sackett, who was killed 50 years ago in the line of duty. His death forever changed the St. Paul Police Department, his community and, of course, his family.