Update: Public Safety releases the names and requested charges of the three suspects involved in yesterday's incident: Devin Dion Tillman, age 19, Mankato Requested charges: Motor vehicle theft, firearms violations, flee in motor vehicle, theft of motor vehicle, flee on foot, possession of stolen property, aggravated assault and threats. Pilee Kong Gatwach, age 22, Mankato Requested charges: Motor vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, and fleeing on foot. Walter DeAngelo Thomas Green, age 21, Mankato Requested charges: Fleeing on foot. Tillman and Gatwach are being held in the local jail. Green has been cited and released. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Mankato-Public Safety responded to [...]
The CDC has released a report revealing how the first cases of the Brazilian COVID variant came to Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the first case of the SARS-CoV-2 variant on January 25th after a person became symptomatic in early January. After further investigation, health officials learned that the patient had traveled to southeastern Brazil within the 14 days before symptoms started, and their travel partner, who lives in the same household, also tested positive after returning. The CDC says the hospitalized patient interacted with four health care facilities while he had the virus but there were no high-risk [...]
(Minneapolis, MN) -- A new study says Minnesota is handling the coronavirus pandemic better than most other states. WalletHub released a report Thursday revealing that the Gopher State is the sixth safest in America during the pandemic. According to the personal finance website, the ranking was based on rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations, deaths, and the share of the eligible population getting vaccinated. Alaska was ranked the safest state in the U.S. during the pandemic, with Hawaii, North Dakota, New Mexico and South Dakota rounding out the top five. The least safe states, according to the WalletHub [...]
This "Problem Gambling Awareness Month", the state Department of Human Services is working to spread the word that hope and help are available. In Minnesota... "About 56,000 are impacted directly meaning these are the people who have been identified as having a gambling problem." Assistant Department of Human Services Commissioner Gertrude Matemba-Mutasa says the number of people statewide indirectly impacted by gambling--such as family members--nearly doubles the number. She says confidential help is available by calling 800-333-HOPE.
A bill effectively banning private prisons in Minnesota, including the Appleton facility that's been closed for 10 years, is among controversial proposals up for debate in committees today (Fri) at the State Capitol: There's also a hearing on a bill that would ease COVID restrictions on bars and restaurants in Greater Minnesota, and on May 1st drop the early closing requirement, unless the state Health Department can demonstrate that the earlier loosening caused an increase in COVID cases. A committee gets an update on security preparations at the State Capitol Complex for the trial of ex-officer Derek Chauvin. Jury selection begins [...]
Safety preparations continue in Minneapolis ahead of the upcoming trial of former MPD officer Derek Chauvin. Mayor Jacob Frey says he anticipates more "outside" influences will attempt to create confusion during protests, just like they did last summer in the wake of George Floyd's death. "Those outside instigators that were certainly present in late May and early June, they seek to cause destruction and chaos in the city by using peaceful protestors as cover, by using them as a shield." A coordinated law enforcement effort has been in the planning stages for months and Frey says MPD has held de-escalation training [...]
A Minnesota lawmaker is proposing a bill that would ban students from kindergarten through third grade from being suspended or expelled. State Representative Ruth Richardson of Mendota Heights, who is the sponsor of the measure, says action against the youngsters could only be used if there is a safety risk. The DFLer added that the bill is needed because there has been a pattern of discrimination with who is suspended or expelled, and this inequity needs to be brought to an end.
It looks like snow days are a thing of the past in the St. Paul Public Schools. The school board agreed this week that students can shift to distance learning on days when school closes due to inclement weather. The district hopes teachers will have recorded lessons or other plans on standby. Instructors would not be expected to teach live from home for an entire day.
Despite the pandemic, the Rochester-based Mayo Clinic finished 2020 with 727-million dollars in profits. The health care company's financial report showed nearly 14-billion dollars in total revenue, which is one-point-five-percent higher than in 2019. The Mayo Clinic made furloughs and pay cuts in the early months of the pandemic, but cited investments, philanthropic gifts and alternative revenue sources for their surprising growth. At one point, the clinic projected a loss of three-billion dollars when elective surgeries were shut down.
More coronavirus cases and related deaths have been reported in Minnesota. On Thursday, health officials listed 940 new cases and 14 additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 487-thousand infections and more than 65-hundred deaths overall. About 948-thousand-127 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.