ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) - Don't expect state lawmakers to try a fourth time to pass a bonding bill for state public works projects, when the legislature likely has another special session around the middle of this month. House Speaker, Democrat Melissa Hortman says because the state is selling previously-authorized bonds in August, that special session will be "a very quick in-and-out" with *no* action on a bonding bill. "If we were to disrupt the state's financial situation, that would make it more difficult to sell our bonds," said Hortman. "It might even violate S-E-C regulations." Hortman says the "do-or-die" time for [...]
MARSHALL (KMHL) – The Marshall School District took a big step forward in its work to reopen schools this fall. During a presentation to the school board, administrators outlined their plans for the 2020-21 school year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Marshall's "Return2Learn" plan has three components. A Face-to-Face re-opening of schools, a distance learning plan and a hybrid plan, which is a combination of the two. If the board approves the plan at their next meeting in mid-August, it would base the decision on how to re-open schools on data from the Department of Health on COVID-19 infections in Lyon [...]
UNDATED (LEARFIELD) - The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning about scams involving callers pretending to be government officials amid COVID-19. The BBB's Bao (bau) Vang says the scams are often very convincing. "Many times the caller i-d has displayed actual numbers and names of government agencies, so that it looks legitimate," said Vang. "Number two, the callers often have some personal information about you." Vang says many of the scams involve callers claiming to be tax officials, representatives from the Social Security Administration, officials from the Centers for Disease Control or COVID-19 contact tracers. A recent AARP survey found that [...]
MARSHALL (KMHL) – Returning to school will be a topic of conversation during the Marshall School District’s school board meeting this afternoon. The school board will hear a presentation on a Return 2 Learn plan this afternoon. Last week, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz directed local school districts to work with Department of Health and Education officials to determine the best way for the district to begin the school year. The district has been working on plans for weeks, since the Department of Education directed local districts to prepare plans for three different scenarios, in-person classes, distance learning, or a hybrid combination [...]
ST. PAUL (KMHL) – Gov. Tim Walz is turning the decisions on how to reopen schools over to local school district officials. Walz says the district’s will have guidance from health officials in the state. Districts can choose to operate in one of three models: in-person, distance learning or hybrid of the two. Department of Health and Education experts will partner with local districts to help determine the model which suits them best. As we approach the start of the school year, families are weighing questions about public health and education that simply have no easy answers. pic.twitter.com/qMIcOI5aLL — Governor Tim [...]
MARSHALL (KMHL) – No one was hurt in a fire that occurred at a home along Cheryl Avenue in Marshall Wednesday morning, but Marshall Fire Chief Quinten Brunsvold says there was smoke damage to the entire home. Brunsvold said the house did have people living in it, but they were not home when the fire started. He said crews were on the scene for about an hour and a half. Brunsvold said the fire was electrical and began in the bathroom, but there wasn’t a lot of structural damage throughout the house.
ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) -- Governor Tim Walz announces the fall learning plan this afternoon (Thursday 2 p-m) for Minnesota's public schools. Parents are wondering whether students will return to the classroom this fall, stay with distance-learning or a mix of the two. Denise Specht (SPECK) of the Education Minnesota teachers union says she believes some schools are ready to fully re-open because they have classrooms large enough to accommodate spacing, plus other resources. But she says there are some schools that are just not ready to open. Republican lawmakers have been pressuring the governor to leave the decision to local school [...]
UNDATED (LEARFIELD) - Seventh District Congressman Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) says statewide COVID restrictions imposed by fellow Democrat, Governor Tim Walz are harming the rural economy. Peterson says he's had a number of discussions with the governor about Minnesotans losing business because neighboring North Dakota and South Dakota have looser restrictions. "It's very hard to explain to them why they should be shut down when it's Minneapolis, St. Cloud are the areas that are really having the problem," said Peterson. There are no statewide mask mandates in either North Dakota or South Dakota. Peterson says he has had a number of [...]
ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) - The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice has dismissed the two allegations against State Senator and physician Scott Jensen (R-Chaska). The original complaint accused Jensen of spreading misinformation about the number of COVID-19-related deaths reported in Minnesota and providing reckless advice in comparing COVID-19 to the flu. "I'm gratified and I appreciate the fact that the board of medical practice was doing what they are charged to do," said Jensen. "But, still, it hangs over your head like a black cloud until the decision is rendered." Jensen still believes the complaint may have been politically motivated. "I think [...]
WABASSO (KMHL) – The Redwood County Sheriff’s office identified the 85 year old man who was killed over the weekend in a crash between an ATV and a Dodge Durango. Sheriff’s officials say Dennis Fennern, 85, of Wabasso, was the operator of the ATV who was killed in the crash that occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Authorities say the Polaris Ranger Fennern was driving overturned when his UTV was struck by the Durango. Authorities say the crash remains under investigation with the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.