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Greater MN cities to Democratic lawmakers: Don’t forget us

By |2022-11-25T05:13:22-06:00November 25th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

City leaders from Greater Minnesota meeting in Alexandria recently did not fail to notice that the incoming Democratic majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate will not have very many non-metro lawmakers.   Thief River Falls Mayor Brian Holmer, president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities says: "Now's the time to step up on the One Minnesota.  Everybody in the state when they drive out of the metro area, even into the rural areas, they expect to have clean water and good infrastructure with roads and bridges and everything else." Holmer says officials in Greater Minnesota cities will lobby lawmakers for [...]

Mental health resources, rural broadband among MN Farm Bureau’s top priorities for 2023 session

By |2022-11-25T05:04:50-06:00November 25th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

More affordable health insurance and health care -- among top priorities for the fast-approaching 2023 legislative session that Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation set at its recent annual meeting.  President Dan Glessing says that includes mental health resources: "You don't have to look too far.  I would say over half our board had first-hand knowledge of someone who took their own life, or some situation of mental health." Glessing says they'll also ask lawmakers to expand the beginning farmer tax credit -- something talked about last session that didn't get done.

Free Park Day at All 75 State Parks and Trails in Minnesota

By |2022-11-25T04:59:02-06:00November 25th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

There's free entrance to all 75 state parks and trails on Black Friday (Friday) in Minnesota.  Fort Snelling State Park naturalist Kao Thao says the weather is ideal for 'free park day': "It's a great time of the year to come out and hike here... especially with no mosquitoes and no  100-degree temperatures." Thao says it also gives people an opportunity to exercise and walk off their Thanksgiving dinner.

U of M Med School Officials Promote Healthy Holidays

By |2022-11-24T05:07:43-06:00November 24th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Officials at the University of Minnesota Medical School are encouraging people to take precautions to remain healthy over the holidays. Doctor Jill Foster says the flu and COVID-19 vaccines will provide protection this winter: "As the weather gets colder and people move inside and the holidays and gatherings associated with them occur. It just becomes simple math. We will have people who are sick with a variety of respiratory illnesses mixed with people who don’t have sufficient immunity to them and people are going to get sick." Doctor Foster recommends wearing a mask at large gatherings. She says many Minnesota hospitals [...]

Salvation Army serving Thanksgiving meals

By |2022-11-24T04:59:23-06:00November 24th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

A number of Salvation Army locations in Minnesota are serving Thanksgiving meals today (Thurs) to those who are struggling financially or just want some company for the holiday.  Dan Furry at Northern Division headquarters says demand for all types of assistance was starting to ease coming out of the pandemic, but then inflation set in: "We're back in the thick of things.  We're seeing very high levels of demand for food assistance, rent assistance, utility assistance.  And so we're seeing a lot of people coming in to our service centers." Furry says the Salvation Army needs volunteer bellringers, holiday toy donations, [...]

Wildfire danger in late November? Yes, in some parts of Minnesota

By |2022-11-24T04:49:40-06:00November 24th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

It might be hard to believe at the end of November, but wildfire danger persists in areas of Minnesota with little or no snow, and where mild temps will melt it over this Thanksgiving weekend.  Leanne Langeberg with the Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids says if you're thinking about doing any debris burning... "The recommendation is, we'd like to see that there's at least three to six inches of continuous snow-pack cover." Burning permits are required across much of the state right now.  Langeberg says, use extra caution even with recreational fires -- and don't burn at all, if you [...]

Influential Democrat at MN Legislature hoping for Republican help to pass anti-gun-violence measures

By |2022-11-24T04:43:35-06:00November 24th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The mass shooting in Virginia -- the second in four days in the U-S -- has renewed some Democrats' push at the Minnesota Legislature for universal background checks, a "red flag" law and other anti-gun-violence measures.  Shoreview Representative Kelly Moller, incoming chair of the House Public Safety Committee, notes Florida passed a red flag law after Parkland: "I really hope that we can kind of facilitate some conversations with some of those states that have passed those bills, and perhaps even bring some of the Republican colleagues on board." But Rob Doar with the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus says Democrats have [...]

Minnesota’s Firearms Deer Harvest Down About 9 Percent

By |2022-11-24T04:24:25-06:00November 24th, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The preliminary numbers for Minnesota's firearms deer hunting season are down slightly this year.  Barb Keller is big game program leader for the D-N-R: "For our firearms A season which just ended this Sunday we estimated that we harvested 119-thousand-715 deer. And that's a little bit lower than in the past.  It's nine percent lower than last year and relative to our five-year mean of deer harvest it's 17 percent less." Keller says a severe winter,  fewer deer in northern Minnesota and  rainy weather on opening weekend contributed to the decline.  The firearms B season continues through this weekend in southeastern [...]

Turkey Growers Association donating $10K in products to foodshelves

By |2022-11-23T05:48:23-06:00November 23rd, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

A Thanksgiving tradition continued Tuesday afternoon at the State Capitol, with Governor Tim Walz welcoming the official 2022 Minnesota state turkey, and then a donation from the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.  President and Stearns County turkey farmer Jes Westbrock: "Again this year we are donating ten thousand dollars' worth of turkey products to Hunger Solutions Minnesota, who will distribute the donation to our foodshelves and food banks across the state." Hunger Solutions' Colleen Moriarty says: "Right now more than a thousand -- in fact a thousand-40 -- turkeys  are on their way to foodshelves around the state of Minnesota because of [...]

Most people are hitting the road this Thanksgiving

By |2022-11-23T05:40:32-06:00November 23rd, 2022|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Plan ahead and pack your patience, whether you’re driving or flying over Thanksgiving.  Meredith Mitts is with Triple-A Minnesota: "We are predicting about 54 point 6 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more from home this is the third busiest thanksgiving for travel since we started tracking in 2000 the two Thanksgivings that are ahead of this would be in 2005 and then 2019 just pre-pandemic." Despite higher gas prices, 89 percent of all Thanksgiving travelers will hit the road to their destination this year.

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