In a wildfire-status virtual meeting Friday that included governors from six other states, Governor Tim Walz told President Biden: "Our Canadian neighbors are fighting wildfires, keeping them out of Minnesota, that threaten one of the last pristine places on the planet, the Boundary Waters -- and without them and without international cooperation, we would not get this done." The president responded: "I have been in contact with (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau in Canada, worrying about this from both sides of the border, and so we are coordinating as best we can." The governor also told the president about the drought situation [...]
Agreement reached on ethics complaint against Rep Thompson; apology set to take place on House floor
A State House committee dismissed a complaint against Representative John Thompson after an agreement was reached between Thompson and Representative Eric Lucero. Thompson called Lucero a "racist" on the House floor in June... "Representative John Thompson has agreed to voluntarily apologize to Representative Eric Lucero and to the body on the floor, for comments made on the House floor during the video clips presented by Representative Lucero this will happen when the House of Representatives next reconvenes." Committee Chair Representative Jim Davnie. Thompson remains under scrutiny after several high-profile Democrats, including Governor Tim Walz called for his resignation as a result [...]
Mark Lindquist of Moorhead is well-known as a motivational speaker who performs the National Anthem at major sporting events nationwide. Earlier this month, he announced his plan to seek the Democratic nomination for Congress in Minnesota's 7th District. Thursday afternoon, in a video he posted to Facebook, Lindquist opened up about his struggle with mental health issues. Lindquist said he checked himself into the Fargo Veterans Administration Mental Health Clinic last week and he was admitted to the VA Hospital for two days. He said he's getting enrolled in therapy and mental health specialists are helping him work on a mental [...]
The federal COVID moratorium on evictions ended but state officials say it does *not* affect Minnesotans because of the "off-ramp" the legislature approved. Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho says "a lot" of federal assistance money is available for those who haven't been keeping up on their rent: "If you are behind on your rent, you should find out if you're eligible and, if you're eligible, you should apply. If you refuse to apply, you can be evicted." ...starting September 12th. Anyone who has applied and is eligible for rental assistance cannot be evicted while their application is being processed. Commissioner Ho [...]
It appears the Senate is moving ahead with a bipartisan infrastructure plan. Earlier this week, senators voted 67-to-32 to advance the bill, with 17 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats. U-S Senator Tina Smith says a broad infrastructure plan is overdue... "Finally under the leadership of President Biden and Democrats and Republicans in the Senate we're going to move this forward, and I'm optimistic we'll get this done in the coming weeks. We're going to stay here in Washington until it's done in the Senate." The $1 trillion bill would invest in road, bridge, water and broadband improvements throughout the country.
The 2021 Minnesota State Fair is set to kick off in just under a month. The fair was called off last year because of the pandemic, and it may look a bit different this year as well. The fair's Danielle Dullinger says for the latest updates... "Well everything can always be found at our website mnstatefair.org that is going to be home base to learn about everything this year happening at the fair." Advance discount tickets are also available through the website. The first day of the fair is set for August 26th.
As COVID cases again increase in Minnesota, a group of House Republicans say they're ready to resume legal action if Governor Tim Walz reinstates his emergency powers. The Minnesota Supreme Court late last month refused to hear a case brought by a group of small business owners, but Republican Representative Jeremy Munson from Lake Crystal says: "If there is another emergency declaration issued and the governor starts writing law unilaterally again, we are prepared to file another lawsuit against the governor, but instead of it taking 16 or 18 months to reach the (Minnesota) Supreme Court, we will again ask the [...]
As parents prepare for back-to-school shopping, the Better Business Bureau (BBB)of Minnesota has a few helpful tips to keep in mind. The BBB's Bao Vang recommends shoppers research big-ticket items... "Before purchasing any expensive laptops, tablets or other computer accessories check to see if the school has any available for free or to rent." Vang also recommends comparing prices between different retail stores, saving coupons, signing up for email alerts and redeeming any cash-back or rebate offers. And she says it doesn't hurt to ask if a store has any student or other discounts.
U-S Senator Tina Smith says that all Americans should be outraged by Major League Baseball (MLB) and San Diego Padres owner Peter Seidler’s involvement in the closure of a major employer in rural Caledonia, Minnesota. "To me this is just completely wrong MLB is not only America's favorite pastime, but it's the beneficiary of billions in taxpayer dollars to support new stadiums and in other ways that major league baseball is supported by Americans." The closure is expected to eliminate approximately 80 jobs in the community, with many of them moving offshore to China.
Smoke from wildfires in Ontario and Manitoba that pushed air quality into the "unhealthy" range over much of Minnesota yesterday (Thurs) is expected to gradually clear out today. But relief will be short-lived because a cold front will send another shot of smoke into Minnesota on Saturday lingering into Sunday. Officials advise limiting outdoor activity, but Nick Witcraft with the state Pollution Control Agency says if you have to be outside... "The good thing with COVID -- if you could call it good -- is that a lot of people have N-95 masks, and N-95 masks would work for filtering the [...]