St. Paul (LEARFIELD) -- State officials plan to release the February budget and economic forecast this afternoon. The November forecast showed Minnesota with a surprising 641-million-dollar budget surplus during the COVID pandemic. Minnesota Management and Budget also predicted a one-point-three-billion-dollar deficit for the 2022-23 biennium. But tax revenues were up 296-million dollars more than projected in January and three-and-a-half percent more than anticipated for fiscal year 2021. Lawmakers will use today's numbers to craft the next two-year state budget.
Avera has announced that Bobbi Jo Vandendriessche, DNP, has been named Vice President of Avera Medical Group for the Avera Marshall region. Vandendriessche has been serving in this position on an interim basis since December and has been with Avera Marshall since 2018. In her new role, she will have leadership responsibilities over Avera Medical Group clinic operations across the Marshall region, including Marshall, Granite Falls, Tyler, Lake Benton, Tracy, Springfield and Redwood Falls. In addition, she will maintain executive leadership over emergency and urgent care services to support collaboration between these clinical teams. “I’m excited for the opportunity this new [...]
Marshall (KMHL) - Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center is now allowing people in the area who are ages 85 and over to call and get their name on a list to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “We are committed to vaccinating our most vulnerable populations,” said Debbie Streier, Regional President and CEO, Avera Marshall. “We prioritized calling our most elderly patients for vaccine appointments first. We haven’t been able to reach all of them – some people’s phone numbers have changed; some may not have been able to answer when we called. So we are asking people age 85 and over to [...]
St Paul (KMHL) - On Wednesday Governor Tim Walz announced that starting on Monday, all middle and high school students can return to classrooms for hybrid or in-person learning. The governor says he expects all schools in the state to offer some form of in-person learning by March 8. “It’s time for students to be back in the classroom,” Walz said in a statement. “We aren’t out of the woods, but our relentless progress with vaccines and Minnesotans’ vigilance has put us closer than ever to the end of this pandemic. Our progress means we can get more students safely back [...]
St. Paul (LEARFIELD) -- Governor Tim Walz will outline his plan today at noon to bring more Minnesota middle- and high-school students back on campus. Walz says "we're further along in in-person learning than most places, and I think this is just the way to make sure that we don't end up with an outbreak." House Deputy Republican Leader Anne Neu Brindley says data show all Minnesota students can be back in the classroom right now and that if the governor's plan is anything like the Biden administration's, it will be a step backward. The governor notes 85 percent of K-through-eight classes [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (KMHL) — On Friday Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced further loosening of restrictions on businesses that include increased indoor capacity limits. Restaurants will also be able to stay open until 11 p.m. It is expected to be approved and will take effect Saturday at noon. “Our small businesses have made enormous sacrifices for the health of their employees and communities,” Walz said. “Today, we can make these cautious, common sense adjustments to support them because of the progress we have made controlling the spread of COVID-19 and getting the most at-risk Minnesotans vaccinated.” The adjustment to COVID-19 mitigation measures include: [...]
Cottonwood (KMHL) - Lakeview School District voters passed both parts of a two-question referendum. The 10.8-million-dollar two-part referendum focuses on updates for the 2002 part of the Lakeview School building, which would consist of replacing the roof and HVAC system, and the school athletic fields which includes resurfacing the track, providing new turf on the football field and also converting one of the softball fields to a youth baseball field. “We’re really thankful for the community’s support,” said Lakeview Superintendent Chris Fenske. Next step for the school district will be to start planning with construction documents and bids.
Buffalo (WCCO) - The Wright County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect in this morning's shooting at a Buffalo health clinic as 67-year-old Gregory Ulrich. Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke says the suspect was known to local law enforcement. Officials believe he acted alone and are not looking for additional suspects. They do not believe it to be related to domestic terrorism. “The history that we have as a department with this individual makes it most likely that this incident was targeted at this facility or someone within that facility,” Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke said. “He has lived in this [...]
Marshall (KMHL) - United Community Action Partnership has announced their new 24/7 crisis line for people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness has become an issue during the COVID-19 pandemic from job loss and a shortage of affordable housing options. Real-life examples of homelessness UCAP has observed include: people “couch hopping”, living in a vehicle, sleeping in storage units, locking themselves in their place of work, warming up in 24-hour businesses, or multiple families living in one single-family apartment. “We are excited to be able to offer this as a resource throughout our service area,” said Angela Larson, Family Services Director at UCAP. “We [...]
Marshall (KMHL) - Avera Marshall is beginning to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to patients. The organization is reaching out to patients who meet the state’s current priority criteria to schedule them for appointments. “Patients don’t need to call us. We will call them when we have a vaccine appointment available for them. We are not developing a waiting list at this point,” said Debbie Streier, Regional President and CEO, Avera Marshall. "We will reach out to our patients over age 65, beginning with the oldest individuals.” Avera Marshall plans to hold vaccine clinics at its Carlson Street campus on Friday, Feb. 5 [...]