COVID Cases Rise by 1,640 in MN (Jan. 15)

By |2021-01-15T11:02:33-06:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

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) 443,562 Total confirmed cases (PCR positive) (cumulative) 425,985 Total probable cases (Antigen positive) (cumulative) 17,577 Newly reported cases 1,640 Newly reported confirmed cases 1,413 Newly reported probable cases 227 Newly reported cases detail County Newly reported confirmed cases Newly reported probable cases Aitkin 3 0 Anoka 77 21 Becker 11 1 Beltrami 14 3 Benton 11 1 Big Stone 1 0 Blue Earth 23 2 [...]

“Extra” COVID vaccine in some areas of MN could go to those age 65+

By |2021-01-15T05:49:20-06:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

State health officials say small amounts of COVID vaccine are sitting unused in some parts of Minnesota, because the highest-priority people in the area have already been vaccinated -- and they're urging providers to make unused doses available to broader groups, including those age 65 and older. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm: "Today's (Thurs) announcement and guidance to vaccine partners are simply to make sure that they nothing hold them back from immediately using any and all vaccine they have available." But Malcolm stresses there are still far more Minnesotans eligible for the first round of vaccinations than doses available from the [...]

First winter storm of new year hitting Minnesota

By |2021-01-15T05:47:28-06:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Snowplow operators are out in full force across the state trying to stay ahead of the latest winter storm packed with a potpourri of precipitation: "With this latest storm, we've seen some challenges. One we're going to see some heavy snow rates in some areas and some heavy snowfall. That's going to take some time to really clear off, especially as it's still falling. In many places, this storm started off as rain and so that creates a wet base for the snow that's falling." Meyer says the goal is to keep the roads as clear as possible to help prevent [...]

State officials say no data yet on how many MN health care workers are refusing COVID vaccine

By |2021-01-15T05:36:40-06:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

State officials say they don't have data yet on how many Minnesota health care workers are refusing to be vaccinated against COVID. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says what she's hearing from health systems... "For those that aren't taking it, it's not a refusal to ever take it. It's a desire to take it later, either because they perceive that they're at low risk and want to make it available to others first, or because they want to see how it goes in the first weeks of vaccination." And Malcolm says small amounts of COVID vaccine are sitting unused in some parts [...]

Walz to discuss security at MN Capitol for run-up to Biden inauguration

By |2021-01-15T05:30:30-06:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Safety and security in Minnesota in the days up to the presidential inauguration -- the topic later today (noon) when Governor Tim Walz addresses Minnesotans. Yesterday (Thurs) at the Korean War Memorial in Duluth, the governor said about last week's violence in Washington DC: "To watch our Capitol be broken, to watch members of Congress and the vice president of the United States feel threatened, this is our generation's call to figure out how we're gonna make this better." The governor said "there has to be accountability" but cautioned President Trump's opponents against feeling joy or vengeance over his impeachment.   [...]

DPS urges caution around State Capitol building in the days ahead

By |2021-01-15T05:28:36-06:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the State Patrol is preparing for possible protest activity around the State Capitol over the next several days, ahead of the presidential inauguration in Washington, D-C. "While the Capitol remains a safe place, officials are asking Minnesotans who do not have any planned activity or business at the Capitol to consider visiting at another time." Bruce Gordon with the DPS is urging anyone who sees something suspicious near the Capitol--or elsewhere--to report it to the local authorities.

DNR unveils new critical habitat license plate

By |2021-01-15T05:22:46-06:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen today unveiled the design of Minnesota’s newest critical habitat license plate, featuring native pollinators including a bee and butterflies.: "We're very excited about this new pollinator critical habitat license plate. It's the first new critical habitat license plate since 2015, and it's a very lovely plate that helps our pollinators which is really important to Minnesota." Strommen says there is no need to wait for current license plate tabs to expire, as the license fee is prorated when a critical habitat license plate is purchased.

Officer Arik Matson at MN Capitol, bill introduced increasing penalties for attempted murder of officer

By |2021-01-15T05:19:39-06:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson at the State Capitol, just over a year after he was shot in the head by a suspect. Lawmakers have introduced a bill requiring a minimum 30-year-prison sentence for the attempted first-degree murder of an officer, judge, prosecutor, or corrections officer: "Thank you for acknowledging how our jobs as police officers are never normal, and that we have a number of circumstances that can go wrong and be very tragic." Megan Matson assisted her husband from the podium, saying "we are turning a tragic event that happened to our family into something purposeful." Waseca County Attorney [...]

Governor Walz Directs $67.3 Million to Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Closures

By |2021-01-14T11:32:35-06:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

 Governor Tim Walz today announced the Minnesota Department of Revenue has issued $67.3 million in COVID-19 Business Relief Payments to 3,891 eligible businesses in Minnesota. The relief payments were part of bipartisan legislation passed by lawmakers and signed into law by Governor Tim Walz in December to help restaurants, bars, gyms, and bowling centers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation also provides relief options to movie theaters and convention centers, as well as direct funding to all of Minnesota’s 87 counties to set up local grant relief programs.   “This relief comes at a crucial time for our businesses who [...]

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