A police training expert says all sides must be considered, but adds that after seeing the video of a Minneapolis Police Officer killing George Floyd... "When a person is calling out that they can't breathe, and then now all of a sudden they're not resisting, they're not fighting, and now they're not calling out I can't breathe, there should be an alarm or a red flag showing up." Mylan Masson worked as a police officer for 20 years and ran police training at Hennepin Technical College until 2016. She says police are trained that it's best to get a suspect on [...]
Starting May 26, the Nicollet County Government Center reopened to the public. A limited number of people will be allowed in the building at one time. While in the building social distancing guidelines must be followed. The Government Center has been closed to the public since March 19 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. County Administrator Ryan Krosch stated, “We have made several modifications to the public spaces in the Government Center to assure we can safely provide services to County residents. Residents are asked to be patient as there will likely be waiting lines for some services provided.” Guidelines for driver’s [...]
Minnesota News Connection May 27, 2020 Economic Recovery Could Take Cue from Depression-Era Program Mike Moen ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jobless rates have soared in Minnesota and across the country as a result of the pandemic, and conservation groups say bringing back a public works program from the Great Depression might ease some of the economic pain in 2020 and beyond. The National Wildlife Federation says Congress should create a new Civilian Conservation Corps to address overdue maintenance issues at public parks and on public lands. Brad Gausman, executive director of the Minnesota Conservation Federation, said opportunities are endless to pay younger adults to [...]
After Floyd died at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, the lawmakers urge independent oversight at all levels MINNEAPOLIS -- After George Floyd died at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department on the night of May 25, 2020, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) along with Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) and Betty McCollum (D-MN-04) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman calling for accountability for George Floyd’s death. Specifically, they are demanding thorough investigations at all levels -- including local, state, and federal -- into the events that led to [...]
Mankato-As organizations prepare to reopen on June 1 as allowed under Minnesota's executive orders, it's recommended to refresh water systems as a result of temporary closures and decreased water usage. Freshwater should be drawn into a building's water systems and stagnant water flushed out following guidelines from the American Water Works Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Doing so can help prevent stagnant water, which can result in discolored water, lower chlorine levels, and higher concentrations of lead/copper and possible development of Legionella. "We encourage businesses to review guidelines and prepare their water systems prior to opening their doors for safety and to [...]
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, today introduced legislation titled the “Livestock Producer Assistance for COVID-19 Damages Act." Hagedorn’s bill expands the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm Raised Catfish Program (ELAP) to provide indemnity payments for farmers and producers who were not able to market livestock due to packing plant closures or reduced operations beginning on April 19, 2020. The bill also provides appropriations and specific guidance as to how the funds will be used. "The ongoing pandemic and disruption to livestock markets has quickly [...]
The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume non-urgent and elective procedures, increasing the demand for blood products. Blood donors are urgently needed to make donation appointments to prevent another shortage like the one that occurred at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The Red Cross is thanking those who step up to help: Now through May 31: Those who come to give will receive a free We’re All in This Together Red Cross T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last. June 1-30: Those who come to give will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift [...]
The Business on Belgrade Board today is announcing the cancellation of Blues on Belgrade 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety and health of our community, volunteers, and all who are involved with making this a successful event are our top priority. We are taking into consideration the uncertainty of this pandemic and the social distancing guidelines, and feel it is best to cancel Blues on Belgrade 2020. We will monitor the pandemic and reassess the status of our community late summer to determine if Bier on Belgrade will safely be able to happen this year. Blues on Belgrade is [...]
Political tongues are wagging amid reports that Senator Amy Klobuchar is being vetted as a potential vice-presidential running mate for Democrat Joe Biden. Hamline University analyst David Schultz says if Minnesota is still in play in the race for president, there may be a need for Biden to consider Klobuchar: "If he doesn't carry Minnesota's 10 electoral votes, the Democrats are gonna have to pick up another state that they have traditionally not won, 'cause Minnesota's been so reliable." But Schultz adds, if Democrats think Klobuchar is the key to winning the Midwest, that "may not be an accurate assessment."
State health officials say Minneapolis ranks among the top metro areas as measured by the percentage of positive coronavirus tests because the state has prioritized residents of long-term care facilities and food processing plant workers for testing. Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House coronavirus task force, said Friday that Minneapolis ranked fourth in “positivity” among major U.S. metro areas, with about a 13% positive rate. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Tuesday that's because Minnesota has been aggressively testing long-term care residents and employees, and food plant workers, and only recently broadened its testing to include the general public.