Minnesota Legislature Moving To Restore Voting Rights For Felons Upon Release

By |2023-02-07T05:47:26-06:00February 7th, 2023|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Several Minnesota legislators are considering taking action to restore voting rights for felons immediately after they're released from custody.  The DFL majorities in the House and Senate support a bill that eliminates a two-year wait for those convicted of a crime to vote after they are released from behind bars.  The House passed the bill 71-to-59 last week.  Its companion bill in the Minnesota Senate is expected to pass soon.  Governor Tim Walz supports the move.

MN Homeowners Should Be Wary Of Fake Warranty Offers

By |2023-02-07T05:46:06-06:00February 7th, 2023|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Homeowners in Minnesota should be wary of bogus warranty letters.  The Department of Commerce says fake warnings with names like "Home Warranty Direct" or "Home Warranty Solutions" can look legit, but these are just extortion attempts, usually from criminals living outside of the U.S.  State officials recommend anyone who receives an unsolicited warranty offer or notice should do their research and never give out their bank account information.

MN Seeing Uptick In Sextortion Schemes Targeting Teen Boys

By |2023-02-07T05:44:48-06:00February 7th, 2023|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Minnesota is seeing an uptick in sextortion schemes targeting teenage boys.  That's according to the State's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.  Thieves typically target boys age ten to 17 on social media or gaming sites, posing as young girls to get explicit images of the victims.  Then, they threaten to post the photos unless the victims pay a ransom.  Officials called it "straight up blackmail" and urged parents to talk to their kids about online stranger danger.

Three Men Injured Following Home Explosion

By |2023-02-07T05:42:57-06:00February 7th, 2023|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(East Bethel, MN)  --  Three men are injured following a home explosion in East Bethel, about 30 miles north of the Twin Cities.  The blast happened around 8:30 this morning at a house that was under construction.  Emergency crews pulled the three victims from the wreckage.  There's no word on their conditions or the cause of the explosion.

North Mankato police respond to report of threat with knife

By |2023-02-07T05:40:58-06:00February 7th, 2023|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

On February 5th, 2023, at 5:25 p.m. officers from the North Mankato Police Department responded to a home on the 800 Blk of Range St for a report of a female party who had threatened a male with a knife.  Jaclyn R. Baker, age 38, was arrested and is currently being held awaiting charges. Several knives were recovered from the scene. The male party sustained minor injuries from an assault that occurred earlier in the day that did not involve the knife.  North Mankato Police were assisted by the Nicollet County Sheriff's Office.

Sen. Frentz to Host Discussion On Carbon Free Bill

By |2023-02-07T05:39:14-06:00February 7th, 2023|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Save the date: Friday, February 10 — 9 to 10:15 am — by Zoom only A discussion of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 with Sen. Nick Frentz Sen. Nick Frentz, co-author of the bill to require 100% carbon-free energy by 2040 in Minnesota, will be addressing the forum, answering questions about the bill and where Minnesota plans to go from here. Register in advance for this meeting: https://socrates.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpfuqrqjotGtGf4T7YWR-4kO5Nmt2Wugsk All Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council events are free and open to the public.

VINE Receives Grants

By |2023-02-07T05:35:34-06:00February 7th, 2023|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (MNRAAA) has awarded VINE Faith in Action three grants, totaling $285,287. The awards are funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act (OAA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). “The MNRAAA grants help make it possible for VINE to serve caregivers, those experiencing depression, and refugee and immigrant elders,” said VINE’s Program Director, Adam Massmann.  “We very much appreciate these grants. Without them, VINE wouldn’t be able to provide these services to the community.” OAA funds are administered by MNRAAA, the state-designated Area Agency on Aging in the 27 counties of southwest Minnesota. [...]

Blue Earth County Library Welcomes Bestselling Author Allen Eskens

By |2023-02-07T05:18:29-06:00February 7th, 2023|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The Blue Earth County Library System (BECLS) is thrilled to welcome beloved Minnesota author Allen Eskens back to the Blue Earth County Library auditorium on Saturday, February 11 at 10:30am. Allen will discuss his path to becoming a bestselling author, as well as his approach to writing novels that are compelling and thought-provoking with a strong emotional core. His presentation includes a question and answer portion, covering any questions the audience may have, and a book signing.

Vice President Kamala Harris Visiting St. Cloud This Week

By |2023-02-07T05:14:03-06:00February 7th, 2023|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(St. Cloud, MN)  -  Vice President Kamala Harris is visiting St. Cloud this week.  Harris will be in the area Thursday, February 9th.  She is expected to highlight electric vehicle usage in the city which hosted the Recharge St. Cloud Electric Vehicle Expo last summer.  The Vice President's visit will come just two days after President Biden's State of the Union address.

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