(St. Paul, MN)  --  Governor Tim Walz says he's open to a request from Minnesota's hospitality industry for state assistance after another COVID closure of bars and restaurants.  The governor said, "we need to do something. It won't be enough, but we need to do something in the very short run here to provide a bit of a lifeline to get these folks through."  Walz indicates it's too early to commit on specifics but he's talking to top lawmakers. Hospitality industry leaders are asking for 200-million dollars in emergency grants, no-interest loans, sales tax forgiveness, property tax reductions, and a freeze on evictions of commercial hospitality tenants.