The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is looking for proposals for two new Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) grants that aim to increase local purchasing in Farm to School programs. School districts across Minnesota could receive a total of $374,000 for purchasing Minnesota-grown and -raised foods used in school meal programs, through the MDA’s next round of AGRI Farm to School grants. School districts may apply for one of two grants: Farm to School Full Tray Grant: Grants are intended for school districts that have some Farm to School procurement experience. Farm to School First Bite Mini-Grant: Grants are intended [...]
October snow has led to a fall harvest halt. U of M Ag Educator Nathan Drewitz says at the start of the week over 60 percent of the acres had been harvested, and he says farmers were going hard over the past few days knowing the snow was coming in. He says they'll now have to wait for the snow to melt and for the ground to be solid again before they can get the combines and trucks back out in the fields: "Well I know from last year's experience and heading into this year's experience that if they get an [...]
A state Senate committee today met to discuss its recent report critical of the response to riots sparked by the death of George Floyd. Republicans say the situation escalated due to a lack of decisive action from leadership--including Governor Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. Senator Scott Newman, who co-authored the report today asks "where do we go from here?" "We have seen since the end of May an increase in violence in the state of Minnesota, particularly in the Twin Cities area, I have little or no doubt in my mind that Minnesota will experience riots in the future." No [...]
Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Jason Lewis says he's excited about things in agriculture. He credits the President for being tough on China. He says after seeing some push back, he says it is paying off in the long run.
Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Jason Lewis says he is adamantly against packing the Supreme Court. "We will turn from a constitutional republic to a Banana Republic." He says he also fears post-birth abortion becoming the law of the land if Democrats pack the court.
A truck driver who drove into a large crowd of protesters on a bridge in Minneapolis following the killing of George Floyd has been charged with two criminal counts. Prosecutors charged 35-year-old Bogdan Vechirko, of Otsego, on Thursday with making threats of violence and criminal vehicular operation. The Star Tribune reports the charges allege he sought to “scare” protesters out of his path. And they allege he could have seen the crowd ahead in plenty of time to stop. Vechirko drove onto the bridge as thousands of pedestrians protested. Nobody was seriously hurt. Vechirko says he didn't meant to drive into [...]
A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge against the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin remains. Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill's ruling was made public Thursday. Chauvin now faces two counts going forward: second-degree murder and manslaughter. Cahill denied defense requests to dismiss the aiding and abetting counts against three other former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao. Floyd, a Black man who was in handcuffs, died May 25 after Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd's neck as Floyd said he couldn't [...]
Daily Update: Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths. Total positive cases (cumulative) 128,152 Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative) 127,828 Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative) 324 Newly reported cases 1,574 Newly reported confirmed cases 1,574 Newly reported probable cases 0 Newly reported cases detail County Newly reported confirmed cases Newly reported probable cases Aitkin 2 0 Anoka 105 0 Becker 14 0 Beltrami 26 0 Benton 21 0 Big Stone 2 0 Blue Earth 21 0 [...]
The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood to ensure a strong blood supply for patients as the U.S. braces for flu season while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flu shot doesn’t affect blood donation eligibility Medical experts are urging people to get the flu shot to avoid a flu epidemic on top of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Because blood can only be given by those who are feeling well, a severe flu season could create additional challenges to maintaining a sufficient blood supply for hospital patients in need. Get the flu vaccine this [...]
The Mankato Symphony will launch its Music on the Hill series on Sunday, November 1st, 2:15pm as a virtual event. Watch the virtual Music on the Hill concert free of charge on the symphony’s website MankatoSymphony.org, on its YouTube channel, or on Mankato Symphony’s Facebook page. The concert, titled Big Sky, features the unbridled joy of classical works by Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn, along with contemporary chamber works by French composer Nadia Boulanger and American composer Joan Tower. The title for the program, Big Sky, is also the title of the piece by Joan Tower. According to Joan Tower, Big [...]