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National Guard to help with Long-Term Care Facilities

2021-11-29T15:40:46-06:00November 29th, 2021|Categories: News|

The Minnesota National Guard is gearing up to help long-term care facilities.  Governor Tim Walz announced Monday that he has deployed four-hundred National Guard members to provide support to facilities that are experiencing staff shortages.  Governor Walz says the members, who will train as certified nursing assistants and temporary nursing aides will be sent out over the next seven days.

Salmonella Infected Onions Reach MN

2021-10-22T14:40:49-05:00October 22nd, 2021|Categories: News|

A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg infections announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes 23 Minnesota residents, state health officials said today. The Minnesota cases, who range in age from 7 to 77 years, fell ill between Aug. 8 and Sept. 18, four were hospitalized and none have died. Contaminated onions from a specific distributor and growing region in Mexico have been identified as the likely source for the outbreak.

Governor Walz Announces Bid For Re-Election

2021-10-22T14:34:24-05:00October 22nd, 2021|Categories: News|

Governor Tim Walz is running for office again.  On Tuesday, Governor Walz announced his bid for re-election and made his response to COVID-19 the centerpiece of his campaign.  In his video announcement, Walz noted his pandemic record, suggesting that he is a leader who can make "tough calls."  He also spoke on his administration's efforts on the economy, education, and police reform.  The 2022 governor election will be held Tuesday, November 8th.

Minnesota Experiencing Spike In Road Deaths

2021-10-22T14:31:44-05:00October 22nd, 2021|Categories: News|

Traffic-related deaths are on the rise in Minnesota.  The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported Monday that there have been 384 traffic deaths in the Gopher State since the start of the year.  According to reports, that number is a 23% increase from this time last year when traffic fatalities totaled 313.  MDPS says speed was reported as the biggest cause of road deaths this year.  If the numbers continue to rise, Minnesota will have the deadliest year on state roads since 2007.

Governor Walz Announces New Vaccination Incentives For Kids

2021-10-22T14:24:46-05:00October 22nd, 2021|Categories: News|

Governor Tim Walz is ramping up vaccination efforts among children in Minnesota.  On Monday, Governor Walz announced that children who complete their vaccine series before the end of November will receive a 200-dollar Visa gift card and entered in one of five drawings to win a 100-thousand-dollar college scholarship.  According to reports, children ages 12-to-17 are eligible to receive the incentives.  Children have until November 30th to complete their vaccine series for the incentive program.

Holiday Shopping Advice from MN Truckers Association

2021-10-18T15:10:15-05:00October 18th, 2021|Categories: News|

The holiday season is maybe two months away, but experts are advising shoppers to start making their lists now, due to transportation supply chain issues.  John Hauslauden with the Minnesota Truckers Association says they continue reeling with a shortage of drivers. He says it's important to remember "if you got it, a truck brought it": "Everything that we count on for our quality of life and our very survival spends some time on a truck. Whether it's coming to or from a distribution center, or retail store, delivery to your home, coming from a port. It all spends time on a [...]

‘Hatchet’ Author, Gary Paulsen, Dies At 82

2021-10-18T15:01:57-05:00October 18th, 2021|Categories: News|

The author behind 'Hatchet,' and Minnesota native, Gary Paulsen, is dead.  Publisher Pan Macmillan Children's announced Thursday that Paulsen died suddenly on Wednesday at the age of 82.  Paulsen was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Thief River Falls High School before attending Bemidji State.  He is survived by his wife and son.

MnDOT to host Open House sharing Layout for Highway 60 Lake Crystal Reconstruction

2021-10-13T12:29:05-05:00October 13th, 2021|Categories: News|

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is hosting an open house to share the layout for the Highway 60 Lake Crystal reconstruction project. The open house will take place on Wednesday, October 20 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Crystal City Hall (100 East Robinson Street, Lake Crystal). For those unable to attend, the Highway 60 layout can be viewed online at mndot.gov/d7/projects/hwy60lakecrystal/ Staff will be available to answer questions and share overall updates on the project, which is planned for 2025 construction. No formal presentation is planned, and attendees are welcome to arrive anytime. The open house format will [...]

Olivia Tractor Accident

2021-10-13T12:23:33-05:00October 13th, 2021|Categories: News|

First-arriving Renville County Sheriff’s Office personnel discovered a male, Nickolas Kubesh, age 25 of Olivia, MN, seated inside a tractor, which was off of the roadway and in a field of standing corn.  Further investigation revealed that the tractor, a 4-wheel drive John Deere pulling an empty grain cart, had been northbound on 330th Street.  At some point, Kubesh lost control of the tractor and cart, which eventually entered the west ditch and came to rest in the field.  As the tractor left the road, traveled through the ditch and entered the field, the unbelted Kubesh was thrown about inside the tractor [...]

MN School Staff Member Dies From COVID

2021-10-08T11:37:07-05:00October 8th, 2021|Categories: News|

A third school staff member in Minnesota has died from COVID-19 this year.  Yesterday, Education Minnesota announced the case, saying it's the 11th staff member to die from the coronavirus since the pandemic began.  Few other details have been released, but those from the education group say all schools should be following COVID-19 measures to limit the possibility of infections and deaths.  One unidentified student has also died from the virus in 2021.

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