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 [...]
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.
Schools across Minnesota are getting more time to apply for grants that will help fund COVID-19 testing programs for students and staff. Education Commissioner Heather Mueller says schools now have until October 15th to apply for the grants. To find more information about the program, the grants and how to apply, visit the Minnesota Department of Education's website.
Governor Tim Walz and four other governors in the Midwest are teaming up to build a new electric vehicle charging network in the Midwest. According to a news release, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin are creating REV Midwest which aims to "collectively accelerate vehicle electrification" in the region. The governors believe REV Midwest will help reduce toxic emissions and ultimately benefit public health due to cleaner air. Officials hope to launch the EV (Electric Vehicle) charging infrastructure by 2030.
A new report says domestic violence homicides in Minnesota are at a five-year high. According to Violence Free Minnesota, at least 30 residents died from intimate partner violence in 2020. The statewide coalition, which compiled data from public records, also found that at least 20 underage children were left without a parent due to this violence. Experts say quarantines and economic instability from the COVID-19 pandemic were factors in the increase.
Minnesota's Republican Party has elected a new chair following the ouster of Jennifer Carnahan. On Saturday, party members voted for former state Senate Minority Leader David Hann. Hann, who served in the Senate for 14 years, was elected over several other candidates. According to reports, his main goals will be rehabilitating the party image, attracting new voters, and investigating the 2020 election. Former GOP Chair Carnahan stepped down following various scandals related to sexual trafficking, assault and harassment by former associates and staffers.
Fall harvest is ramping up across Minnesota. Because of this, MnDOT's Anne Meyer quotes: "We want all motorists to be aware that this activity is going on that we've got some large, slow-moving farm equipment on the roadways and just to pay attention for that activity." Meyer says most farm equipment crashes and fatalities are distraction-related.
CentraCare is reviving visitor restrictions amid the COVID-19 surge. Starting Tuesday, CentraCare and Carris Health hospitals will only allow one (1) healthy adult visitor per patient in hospital settings. That number is increased to two for minor patients. The hospital system, which operates facilities mostly around Central Minnesota, says it must take health measures due to positive cases in our communities. All visitors must wear a mask. Also, long-term care facilities will have their own policies.
More than 400 COVID-19 infections are reported among Pre-K through 12th-grade students and staff in Minnesota. The State Department of Health reported yesterday that the figures were tabulated in the week ending September 4. The total of 410 more than doubles the 152 from the previous week.