(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota is expanding access to monoclonal antibody treatments. This as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket in the state. Governor Tim Walz announced today the state Department of Health will expand hours and capacity at its St. Paul clinic and has already requested help from FEMA for the central part of the state. He also says M Health Fairview is adding around 300 appointments for the antibody treatment at its Columbia Heights facility.
(St. Paul, MN) -- A St. Paul man will spend over seven decades in prison for killing a mother and her two children earlier this year. On Tuesday, 28-year-old TeKeith Jones was sentenced to 72-years and four months in St. Cloud Prison for the deaths of 30-year-old D'Zondria Wallace, and her two children 14-year-old La'Porsha Wallace and 11-year-old Ja'Corbie Wallace. According to reports, Jones shot and killed the Wallace family in late January after learning D'Zondria was dating someone new. Jones pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder in September.
A former Lakeville middle school principal is dead after he was found inside the Crow Wing County Jail. The County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Christopher Endicott was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday night and was later pronounced dead. The cause of death is unknown at this time. Endicott was convicted in Dakota County in 2019 of burglary, identity theft and stalking. He was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says they are investigating the incident.
(Becker, MN) -- A farmer from Becker is in legal trouble following loan fraud. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that 67-year-old Robert Waldon John Anderson pleaded guilty to selling bins of corn in 2018 that he was supposed to maintain as loan collateral. With the act, Anderson defrauded the USDA of over one-point-four-million-dollars. Anderson has been ordered to repay the funds in restitution and will serve three years probation, along with 150-hours of community service.
(Burnsville, MN) -- The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District is moving back to distance learning. District officials announced Monday night that they have decided to return to the distance learning model to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Distance learning will begin today and carry on through December 3rd.
The Minnesota Department of Health is providing an update on COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state. On Tuesday, health officials reported 11-thousand-455 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the state's total to over 887-thousand. Additionally, 37 more people have died due to complications from COVID-19. Minnesota's death toll currently stands at nine-thousand-229.
Second Harvest Heartland food bank C-E-O Allison O'Toole says 500 thousand Minnesotans are hungry right now, including 200 thousand children: "While I'd love to tell you the worst of times are behind us, for far too many people they're just not. Things aren't that different than they were a year ago." O'Toole says communities of color are twice as likely to experience food insecurity. She says local food shelves need volunteers and financial donations -- and suggests concerned citizens ask their foodshelf, what do you need?
A glimmer of hope has returned for a possible special session on COVID bonuses for front line workers, drought assistance and other issues. Senator Jim Abeler, a key Republican who has called for the removal of state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, signaled Monday he might reconsider -- if Governor Tim Walz will agree to prohibiting any COVID vaccination mandates by the state. Abeler says way back in August... "I told the governor, let's strike a bargain: You can keep your commissioner if you give the people back their conscience." A Walz administration spokesperson says they continue urging Senate Republicans to "put [...]
LeadingAge Minnesota is applauding Governor Tim Walz's announcement that he is activating the Minnesota National Guard to form skilled nursing "response teams" to provide support to long-term facilities experiencing staffing shortages. LeadingAge Minnesota's Kari Thurlow says it's a good first step, but... "We need to move forward and work with a bipartisan group of legislators to identify permanent solutions that can be put into place." Thurlow says there are currently about 23,000 open long-term caregiver positions across the state--and each month more employees are leaving than are being hired.
The American Cancer Society estimates that this year over 235,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed, and approximately 131,000 people will die from it, making it the leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Timothy Larson with Minnesota Oncology says: "The most important thing is to quit smoking if you smoke, that is without a doubt the biggest intervention, you can see benefits in reduced deaths as early as five years after quitting." And Dr. Larson says that while lung cancer is a very deadly disease, at-risk people [...]