Minnesota Realtors are giving back. CEO Chris Galler says their on-line "Re-building Community" campaign wraps up Tuesday: "New program that the realtors are doing statewide where the local and state association have put up some matching dollars to try and encourage their members and companies to contribute to the fund that will be used to try and re-build communities." Galler says 100-percent of the donations will go toward rebuilding and making our communities stronger.
Each fall, college students set out to spend money on building a new college life--but scammers may take advantage of students' inexperience and try and steal some of that money through schemes and scams. "According to BBB's Scam Tracker Risk Report back in 2018, 42-percent of students reported a loss when exposed to a scam as compared to just over 28-percent of non-students so that' a big number." The Minnesota Better Business Bureau's Bao Vang says many scams aimed at college students involve fake credit card offers, too-good-to-be-true apartments and scholarship offers. She's urging students to do their homework [...]
Since 2007 NAMI Walks Minnesota has brought thousands of people together each fall to raise awareness about mental illnesses, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtual. Sue Abderholden is executive director of Minnesota's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness: "NAMI walks which have been happening in Minnesota for over a decade is really an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health, mental illnesses and to get people talking about it." The NAMI virtual walk will be held this Saturday.
President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden both visited Minnesota Friday to try and bolster support and sway the undecided. Carleton College political expert Steven Schier says it's likely we'll see more of the candidates before the election. "You can expect Donald Trump to camp out in Greater Minnesota between now and the election day, that's where he thinks most of his votes can be found, I think the Biden campaign will be focusing much more on the urban areas in the hopes that that will carry him to victory." Vice President Mike Pence is set to be in Minneapolis on [...]
As we head into fall, health officials are watching what happens with COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. Minnesota Medical Association President Dr. Keith Stelter says there's potential for a so-called "twindemic" ... "So we have to work hard to keep both of the diseases under control and I'm really stressing the need this year to get a flu shot for all of my patients of nearly any age." Dr. Stelter says if hospitals fill up with flu patients it could have an impact on treating coronavirus patients and vice versa. He's urging everyone who can to get a flu shot and [...]
Senator Amy Klobuchar says it's up to her Republican colleagues to decide what to do with President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court: "The only one this close was when Abraham Lincoln was president and he made the wise decision to allow the election to occur and then decide who would nominate and who he would nominate." Klobuchar says Americans are already voting and Republican senators need to understand that.
Despite the state's adult obesity rate staying stable for the last couple years and the state Health Department's Kristine Igo says... "Not only does obesity and having obesity contribute to a lot of the chronic disease that we're already aware of and have been tracking for decades, we're also seeing that obesity has several notable impacts on the pandemic and its outcomes in individuals." Igo is encouraging Minnesotans to get outdoors and exercise, as well as make an effort to eat healthily.
The state's adult obesity rate stayed at 30.1-percent between 2018 and 2019. "Minnesota has remained stable for the last two years, we've only seen very slight increases over the last several years I would add that Minnesota remains below the national average, and below our neighboring states as well." That's the good news says the state Health Department's, Kristine Igo. The bad news is that nearly one-third of Minnesotans remain at higher risk for suffering more severe symptoms and death if they catch COVID-19 due to obesity. Igo says the national adult obesity rate was 31.4-percent last year.
President Trump visits Bemidji today, and Joe Biden will be in Duluth. State DFL Party Chair Ken Martin says... "Donald Trump will undoubtedly spew dangerous lies about the state of our country to distract from the reality of his failed administration." GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan counters... "Ken should reverse that statement and put it back on his party. America has seen unprecedented growth, lots of positivity." Recent polls show Biden with a slight lead over Trump in Minnesota, but Trump says he's confident he can win Minnesota in November. If he does it, it will be the first time Minnesota has [...]
Minnesota's unemployment rate fell slightly to 7.4 percent in August as a result of Minnesota employers adding 40,500 jobs. DEED Commissioner Steve Grove says people in lower-income occupations continue to be most impacted by job loss. Minnesota unemployment has dropped steadily since reaching a high of 9.9% in May, which was the month with the highest COVID-19 pandemic-related unemployment. In June, Minnesota’s unemployment rate was 8.6% and in July it was 7.6%. The national jobless rate sits at 8.4 percent.