(St. Paul, MN) -- Felons would be able to vote again after they finish their jail or prison time, under a bill the Minnesota House passed last night (Thursday). Saint Paul Democrat Athena Hollins told members, "Denying individuals the right to vote is downright un-American.... They've served their time. They've been deemed safe enough to return to our communities." Republicans say felons' voting rights should not be restored until they've completed parole and paid all fines and restitution. Democrats are moving a companion bill forward in the Minnesota Senate.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Legislation passed by the Senate late Thursday night requires that 100-percent of Minnesota's electricity will have to be carbon-free by 2040. Pine City Republican Jason Rarick warned Minnesota utilities will have no negotiating leverage, if they have to buy renewable energy credits from other states to meet the goal and "that's gonna drive prices through the roof." Electric utilities will have to stop using coal and natural gas a decade earlier than Xcel Energy and Minnesota Power planned -- but North Mankato Democrat Nick Frentz says it's necessary to address the climate crisis. There are exceptions for [...]
(St. Paul, MN) -- Governor Tim Walz is authorizing emergency disaster assistance for eight Minnesota counties affected by heavy snowstorms and high winds in mid-December. Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca, Lincoln, Pine, and St. Louis counties experienced significant damage December 13th through 16th. The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management estimated total damage at four-and-a-half million dollars. State disaster assistance provides reimbursement for 75 percent of the costs for clearing roadways, clean up and repair costs.
(Washington, DC) -- Minnesota Congressman Brad Finstad will serve as chair of the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, Foreign Agriculture, and Horticulture. The 1st District Republican says, “as one of very few active farmers currently serving in Congress, I am humbled and honored to be appointed chairman of the Subcommittee." Finstad says he looks forward to conducting thorough oversight of critical programs like SNAP, and ensuring we expand markets and level the playing field for American farmers, growers, and producers. He was elected to the seat held by the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn.
The flu season appears to be waning in Minnesota. The latest update from the State Department of Health shows 19 people were hospitalized with influenza last week, down from 32 the previous week. Seven Minnesota schools and one long-term care facility reported flu outbreaks. There were four more flu-related deaths for a total of 142 since October. State health officials were hoping for an early peak in this year's flu season.
(Chanhassen, MN) -- Carver County authorities say an 18-year-old woman is under arrest in connection with the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy in Chanhassen. Deputies were called to Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina early Thursday for a report of a shooting death. They learned that Eden Prairie police had chased the vehicle transporting the victim to the hospital. Detectives say that the female suspect from the east metro shot the boy in Chanhassen and she was later taken into custody.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Governor Walz is expected to sign the newly passed bill requiring Minnesota's electricity to be carbon-free by 2040. The Senate narrowly passed the requirement yesterday on a party line vote, sending it to the governor's desk. The requirement will push up plans by a decade by the state's two largest retail utilities to dump carbon-creating energy. Electric companies will have the right to appeal if the move is deemed too expensive or if alternative power sources aren't reliable enough to maintain service.
(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota House is advancing a bill aimed at restoring voting rights to formerly imprisoned individuals. The bill would return voting rights to people convicted of a felony once they are released from prison. The current law restores voting rights after felons have completed their sentence, including probation. Opponents say the bill wouldn't stop someone who committed felony voter fraud from voting again.
The Mankato Family YMCA shares five tips to become heart healthy Mankato – February is American Heart Month, and with recently published research indicating blood pressure control has worsened in both men an woman since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to use this month to get a blood pressure screening and focus on becoming heart healthy. Below are tips for everyone become heart healthy this February. Get Moving: Being physically active every day is not only fun, it can also improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for active play; for example, include a brisk [...]
Celebrate Mardi Gras Fun And Help Advance Literacy In Our Community Join the Good Counsel Learning Center to celebrate an evening of Mardi Gras merriment at Shrimpin' - Mardi Gras Style on Friday, February 17 at the Kato Ballroom. The doors open at 5:30pm with an authentic cajun shrimp boiled dinner served at 6:00pm (chicken also available). Dance to live jazz music with Sarah and the Houligans. Enjoy French Quarter gambling and casino games while sipping beverages from the cash bar. Be there as the jester appoints the Mardi Gras King and Queen to lead the Big Parade.