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Hospitals group “shocked and disappointed” nurses union gave strike notice immediately after authorization vote

By |2022-12-01T20:33:13-06:00December 1st, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

A spokesman says the Twin Cities Hospitals Group is "shocked and disappointed" the nurses union gave a ten-day strike notice for December 11th immediately after nurses voted to authorize it.  Paul Omodt says: "We're still at the table trying to work as hard as we can.  They are jumping ahead, as they did with their earlier strike, to go into strike mode." "Analysts say nurses union leaders are trying to turn up pressure for an agreement. ) Both sides acknowledge they could be within striking distance on wages, but the nurses union says short-staffing is the big issue.  Modest Okorie , [...]

MPCA: Don’t Over Use Salt

By |2022-12-01T20:24:40-06:00December 1st, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is asking everyone to do their part and help protect our freshwater sources from excessive salt: The MPCA says salt is commonly over-applied, sending too much chloride into our lakes and streams.  Chloride is toxic to fish and other aquatic wildlife. Officials estimate we scatter 445-thousand tons of salt across Minnesota each year, and once it is in a water ecosystem it stays there forever.  Some tips for using less salt include shoveling and scraping more, sweeping up salt on dry surfaces, and don't salt when it is 15 degrees or colder because most salts stop [...]

Minnesota Farm Bureau Looks Forward to 2023 Legislative Session

By |2022-12-01T05:26:56-06:00December 1st, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Farm groups in many states are preparing to engage with newly elected lawmakers. Minnesota Farm Bureau Vice President Carolyn Olson says there will be nearly 70 new faces when the state legislature convenes next month: "This is where our Farm Bureau members are important (because) if they have a new legislator in the House or the Senate, to meet them, build relationships, and share their stories on some of the issues that we’ve been fighting for in Farm Bureau.” Olson also encourages Farm Bureau members to look beyond party lines and work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

MnDOT Urges Public To Use Caution at Traffic Signals

By |2022-11-30T05:49:48-06:00November 30th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges the public to use extra caution when approaching traffic signals following a heavy snowfall event. Motorists and pedestrians should be prepared to stop at intersections with traffic signals, as snow-covered traffic indications can be challenging to see.   For reasons of energy efficiency and longer service life, the state’s traffic signals have switched from using incandescent bulbs to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs produce less than half the heat as incandescent bulbs, and do not emit enough heat to melt off snow and ice that may accumulate on them.   “Following a snow event, our top [...]

Give Plow Operators Room

By |2022-11-30T05:48:11-06:00November 30th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Snowplow operators are out in full force across southern Minnesota cleaning and treating snow-packed roads.  MnDOT's Anne Meyer says to be sure to give plow operators plenty of room to work: "When you're slowed down in traffic so are snowplows. So it takes longer for our crews to get to every lane of traffic and really clear away that snow."

DEED Launches New Program to put more Robots on Manufacturing Floors

By |2022-11-30T05:41:16-06:00November 30th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

A new program from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will help put more robots on manufacturing floors. The Automation Loan Participation Program offers loans to help cover the costs of machinery, equipment, and software needed to increase productivity. DEED Commissioner Steve Grove says small businesses statewide need the extra help: "We know the workforce shortage is big. We have to be able to hire more workers in more places than we ever have before. But at the end of the day you can't create a workforce out of thin air you have to be able to automate a [...]

Now that winter storm’s work is done, here comes a weather rollercoaster

By |2022-11-30T05:31:35-06:00November 30th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Now that the first significant winter storm of the season for central and southern Minnesota has done its work, get ready for a bit of a weather rollercoaster:  colder today,  then warming up quite a bit by Friday, but much colder Saturday, then warmer again Sunday.  Meteorologist Brent Hewett at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen takes a well-seasoned view of it: "We are going down the hill, but there is some smaller bumps in-between, before we bottom out here.   So we'll enjoy the warmer weather days that are in between the cold ones, I guess." By Friday, highs are expected [...]

Winter storm takes aim at southern and central MN

By |2022-11-29T05:38:04-06:00November 29th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Joe Calderone with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen says: "The snowfall is likely gonna be ongoing through most of the day, and that's likely when the heaviest amounts are gonna occur, is during the daylight hours.  So there could even be some impacts that do press into the evening commute as well." Calderone says drivers should allow extra time and space between vehicles.

Minnesota has avoided a fall COVID surge, but the flu and RSV remain

By |2022-11-29T05:31:54-06:00November 29th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

As we head into December many of us will be gathering for holiday parties.  Dr. Abe Jacob with M Health Fairview says with this comes the risk of spreading illness.  He says if you are feeling sick: "Please don't give that gift to other people. Stay away from family gatherings or large gatherings so you can protect others around you. And if you are going out you know wear a mask so you're not spreading those droplets you know to other people. And even if you're feeling great, you may want to consider even just wearing a mask to protect yourself." [...]

Put down the cell phones

By |2022-11-28T05:43:16-06:00November 28th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

A motivational speaker is urging teachers, administrators, and students to separate from their smartphones and connect with the humans around them.  Joe Beckman, a consultant based in Minneapolis: "How do we say yes to the benefits of tech, but not lose the one thing that got us here in the first place, which is human connection?... We know tech's not going anywhere anytime soon. "It's not the bad guy in the room. If we use it in a way that makes our world and our lives better if we use it as a tool rather than a companion." Beckman says smartphones [...]

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