In Mayo’s hometown, DFLers look to put science, and Trump’s response to COVID-19, on the ballot

For Republicans in key state Senate races across Greater Minnesota, running alongside Donald Trump could be an asset given the president’s strength outside of the Twin Cities metro area. So much so that Democrats in places like Moorhead, Bemidji and St. Cloud haven’t put the president front and center in their races.

Rochester is different.

In Senate District 26, which includes much of Med City and a more rural slice of Olmsted County, Democrat and retired Mayo Clinic doctor Aleta Borrud hopes to tie three-term Republican Sen. Carla Nelson to Trump — and particularly to the president’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a bet that the district, home to Mayo and a legion of medical professionals, opposes Trump and the GOP’s response to the coronavirus enough that they will oust Nelson in the Nov. 3 election.

“Somebody who is supporting and allying with somebody who is anti-science really speaks

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LVMH’s Arnault Gives $5.9 Million For Hometown Covid-19 Research

The Institut Pasteur laboratories in Lille, France.

Photographer: Adrienne Surprenant/Bloomberg

Luxury billionaire Bernard Arnault donated 5 million euros ($5.9 million) to researchers from his hometown of Lille, France, who are in the early stages of developing a treatment for Covid-19.

The researchers have identified a molecule that appears to be effective against the virus in laboratory experiments and are preparing to test it in people, according to a statement Friday from the Institut Pasteur in Lille. Arnault, the chairman and chief executive officer of luxury giant LVMH, is originally from the Lille metropolitan area.

Hundreds of laboratories around the world are searching for ways to fight the pandemic that has upended society and smothered economies. A few experimental vaccines have reached the final stages of human testing, and some therapies, such as Gilead Sciences Inc.’s remdesivir, have been authorized for emergency use against the virus.

“The scientific

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