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Wildfire smoke will clear out today, but back again tomorrow

By |2021-07-30T06:18:12-05:00July 30th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

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 [...]

Drought-response main topic during Walz visit to Douglas County farm

By |2021-07-30T06:17:17-05:00July 30th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Giving farmers more access to Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land for forage -- a possible move to help ease drought pressure that came up again as Governor Tim Walz visited a farm in Douglas County in west-central Minnesota: "When we talk about CRP, which I'm a *huge* fan of -- our RIM (Reinvest in Minnesota) programs and all of that -- I also am a realist at times when we need to move some of that and to be able to help." Walz contends groups like the Nature Conservancy and Pheasants Forever "get it too" because it's "neighbor helping neighbor at [...]

State Rep. Her celebrates family friend Suni Lee’s historic Gold Medal win

By |2021-07-30T06:13:43-05:00July 30th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

Suni Lee of St. Paul is a gold medal winner. Lee took the top spot in the women's gymnastics all-around at the Tokyo Olympics. State Representative Kaohly Vang Her has known Suni's family for years and she was at the Lee family and friends viewing party in Oakdale when Lee won the Gold... "But when she stuck that landing in bars, we knew, you could tell in that space, we knew that something great was going to happen and we still kind of held back a bit and when that floor routine came up was electric we could not contain ourselves." [...]

Sen. Smith praises agreement on major infrastructure bill

By |2021-07-30T06:12:33-05:00July 30th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The Senate is moving forward with a bipartisan infrastructure plan. U-S Senator Tina Smith says "This going to be about improving our roads and bridges, it's about transit, and making a huge investment in cleaning up drinking water and improving wastewater infrastructure and also broadband." Senators voted 67-to-32 to advance the bill Wednesday, with 17 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats. The vote sends the measure to a formal debate.

Ethics hearing on State Rep Thompson set for today (1pm)

By |2021-07-30T06:11:11-05:00July 30th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The State House Ethics Committee meets today (1pm) for a hearing stemming from Representative John Thompson calling Representative Eric Lucero a "racist" in a June floor debate. The meeting was delayed a week, but Lucero said last week... "John Thompson's slanderous and malicious comments served to impune my character and reputation. Such direct attempts by one member to intimidate another on the Minnesota House floor and level baseless attacks cannot be tolerated." Thompson last week asked for and received a continuance while he sought counsel to represent him in the hearing. Several high-profile Democrats, including Governor Tim Walz have called for [...]

Minnesota farm families looking forward to reconnecting at State Fair

By |2021-07-30T06:02:53-05:00July 30th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

The excitement is building for the Minnesota State Fair with less than a month to go. For Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation director Ruth Meirick says that excitement includes a chance to come together with farmers who know first hand how difficult the last year and a half has been. "For people to get together and be able to talk about something that’s completely different than what might be impacting them at a given moment on their farms is a great opportunity." Meirick says  Minnesota farm families are resilient and optimistic, well suited to tackle whatever challenges are thrown their way.

Biden will meet with top Democrats today hammer out voting rights bill

By |2021-07-30T06:01:55-05:00July 30th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

President Biden will reportedly meet with top Democrats today to try and hammer out a voting rights bill.  The New York Times quotes congressional aides who say Biden will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer to discuss a voting rights proposal that would pass with GOP senators.  The White House has declined to comment on the report.  On Thursday, Senator Amy Klobuchar confirmed that a small group of Democratic senators have been working on a scaled-back version of the bill.

Bloomington Named Host City For US. Bid To Host 2027 World Expo

By |2021-07-30T06:00:43-05:00July 30th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(Bloomington, MN)  --  Bloomington will be the host city in the United States' bid to host the 2027 World Expo.  President Biden authorized Bloomington as the U.S. host city Thursday.  A final vote on the 2027 host city is expected in November of 2022.  The U.S. is hoping to host the World Expo for the first time since 1984 when it was in New Orleans.

Man Arrested After Headless Body Found In Shakopee

By |2021-07-30T05:56:56-05:00July 30th, 2021|Categories: Covid-19 City Updates, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News|

(Shakopee, MN)  --  A man's arrested in connection with a headless body found along a road on the southwest side of the Twin Cities.  Police say America Thayer was found stabbed to death near 4th Avenue and Spencer Street in Shakopee Wednesday afternoon.  Police say Alexis Saborit was arrested just after the body was found on suspicion of second-degree murder.  Police don't believe the crime was a random act.

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