The Minnesota House will vote tomorrow on a bill to legalize marijuana for adult use in the state. That bill, which has passed through nearly a dozen committees, could face tough opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate if approved. The legislation would allow Minnesotans 21 and over to buy and possess certain amounts of cannabis while also expunging the criminal records of those convicted for non-violent crimes involving marijuana. Cannabis use is legal in 16 states and Washington, D.C.
Structures at one Maplewood park have suffered extensive damage following what could be arson last week. Police say flames were put out on the playground at Gethsemane Park on Friday after two juveniles were seen running from the area. No injuries were reported. Investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze. City officials are working with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust to replace the playground.
Waite Park Police are looking for three suspects in connection to a robbery and assault on Sunday night. Officers responded to the 1400-block of 7th Street South that evening to find a female victim. She told police that three men confronted her while she was exiting her vehicle, demanded her money, and hit her in the face with a gun when she screamed. They fled on foot when a nearby resident asked if she needed help. Police say the three are described as Black men in their 20s, and ask that any tips be called into the Waite Park Police Department.
More coronavirus cases and related deaths have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed 583 new cases and nine additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 589-thousand infections and about 72-hundred-40 deaths overall. About two-million-667-thousand-770 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.
Just over 60-percent of Minnesotans 16 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Tomorrow the CDC is expected to announce the all-clear in allowing kids 12 and older to be eligible for the Pfizer vaccination. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says this would mean an additional 300-thousand Minnesotans can roll up their sleeves for the shot: "It's going to take a lot of additional community-based strategies that we've talked about in the past couple of weeks. Mobile vaccination, we're looking forward to partnering with some of our great community events over the summer." Malcolm expects Minnesota [...]
The Gopher State is getting more help from the federal government than previously expected. Officials announced Monday that Minnesota will receive almost 200-million-dollars more under President Biden's coronavirus relief package. Governor Tim Walz expressed hope, noting that the aid may help speed up negotiations over the state's next budget. Governor Walz added that he knows how Minnesota can and can't spend its federal relief but did not share any further details.
Governor Tim Walz is pressing lawmakers to increase funding for childcare providers. On Monday, Governor Walz asked state officials to grant nearly 48-million dollars to help boost what the Gopher State pays providers. During his plea, Walz noted that Minnesota ranks near the bottom when it comes to how much providers are reimbursed for their services. Governor Walz says the state must act now or risk seeing its federal childcare aid go to other states instead.
Throughout the month of May, the Blue Earth County Library System (BECLS) is dedicating the display cases at the Mankato branch to work by members of the Mankato Makerspace. This display is part of an ongoing partnership between the BECLS and the Makerspace, which has involved Makerspace instructors teaching virtual classes on paint dipping, jewelry making, and more for the library’s popular “Maker Monday” event series. Through this partnership, the BECLS hopes to increase awareness of the incredible wealth of artistic talent in the region and encourage visitors of every age and skill level to develop their own creative habits and [...]
The Kiwanis Thunder of Drums show has been canceled for this year due to the impact of the COVID pandemic. Group officials say this is the second year the show was canceled. It would have been the 30th year the show was held in Mankato.
Early recognition can be the key difference between life or death when it comes to suffering from a stroke. Strokes are a leading cause of serious and long-term disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Leah Roering a stroke specialist with CentraCare says there are several factors that can play into someone having a stroke. Roering says treatment may be available if you get to the emergency room at the first signs of stroke such as balance loss, face or arm weakness, and speech. May is Stroke Awareness Month.