The excitement is building for the Minnesota State Fair with less than a month to go. For Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation director Ruth Meirick says that excitement includes a chance to come together with farmers who know first hand how difficult the last year and a half has been. "For people to get together and be able to talk about something that’s completely different than what might be impacting them at a given moment on their farms is a great opportunity." Meirick says Minnesota farm families are resilient and optimistic, well suited to tackle whatever challenges are thrown their way.
President Biden will reportedly meet with top Democrats today to try and hammer out a voting rights bill. The New York Times quotes congressional aides who say Biden will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer to discuss a voting rights proposal that would pass with GOP senators. The White House has declined to comment on the report. On Thursday, Senator Amy Klobuchar confirmed that a small group of Democratic senators have been working on a scaled-back version of the bill.
(Bloomington, MN) -- Bloomington will be the host city in the United States' bid to host the 2027 World Expo. President Biden authorized Bloomington as the U.S. host city Thursday. A final vote on the 2027 host city is expected in November of 2022. The U.S. is hoping to host the World Expo for the first time since 1984 when it was in New Orleans.
(St. Paul, MN) -- A Saint Paul teenager is facing charges in connection with several shootings in Saint Cloud. Police say the 18-year-old was arrested with a stolen gun in Saint Cloud Thursday. The suspect hasn't been charged and is being held in the Stearns County Jail.
(Shakopee, MN) -- A man's arrested in connection with a headless body found along a road on the southwest side of the Twin Cities. Police say America Thayer was found stabbed to death near 4th Avenue and Spencer Street in Shakopee Wednesday afternoon. Police say Alexis Saborit was arrested just after the body was found on suspicion of second-degree murder. Police don't believe the crime was a random act.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Happy Sunisa Lee Day. Governor Tim Walz declared July 30th Sunisa Lee Day after the Saint Paul native won the gold medal in the women's individual all-around gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics. Lee is the first Hmong [[ MUNG ]] American to compete in the Olympics and the fifth-straight American to bring home gold in the women's all-around.
Minnesota is looking to vaccinate as many students over the age of 12 as possible before school starts in September. Yesterday, Governor Walz announced the "Vax to School" campaign. He says the campaign will highlight the voices of experts and professionals on the need to get young people vaccinated against COVID-19. This comes after the state Departments of Health and Education have advised that everyone in K-12 schools should wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
(Caledonia, MN) -- Minnesota officials are trying to convince the MLB and Rawling Sports to keep jobs at a plant in Caledonia. It was recently announced that the Miken Sports plant, which has produced sports gear since 1999, would be phased out in the next two years. The Rawlings Group says that production will move to Missouri and China, leaving at least 80 people without jobs. Several local officials, including Mayor DeWayne Schroeder, met with senators and representatives to try to find a way to keep the plant open. The Rawlings company has said they would save at least four-million dollars [...]
Minnesotans who get vaccinated between now and August 15th will receive a 100-dollar Visa gift card. The governor's office announced the incentive yesterday, saying federal funding would be made available for at least 25-thousand recipients. It follows earlier incentives which included free fishing licenses and tickets to the State Fair. Those who wish to take part can verify their vaccination and claim their reward at mn.gov/covid19.
(Oakdale, MN) -- A man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for attacking a postal worker in Oakdale last summer. The U.S. Attorney's office says James Jackson Jr. repeatedly punched a worker who would not give him a package because his credentials did not match the needed information. That person needed surgery for their hand while also suffering several scrapes, cuts, and bruises. Investigators say they later found marijuana in the package. Jackson, who was convicted of assault and attempted robbery, will also have to serve three years of supervised release.