Minnesota urges college students to stay home, avoid bars

A group of Minnesota State University, Mankato students sit at The 507 in Mankato, Minn., Wednesday, July 8, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. Clockwise from left are Josh Hamond, 21, Jake West, 22, Bailey Higgins, 23, Kara Winters, 21, AJ Wilson, 21, and Elva Colman, 22. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)

MINNEAPOLIS — As students prepare to return to Minnesota’s colleges and universities, health officials made a plea Friday for them to stay home and avoid crowded bars, house parties and road trips during what’s left of their summer vacation so that they don’t bring the coronavirus to campus.