December marks the one-year anniversary of the Next Generation Nursing Assistant Initiative, a program to combat statewide staffing shortages at long-term care facilities and veterans’ homes. Senator Tina Smith says the program was made possible using federal funds she helped to secure with the passage of the American Rescue Plan "The combination of the state program and the American rescue plan money that I help secure has really gotten great results and helped to fill a big gap." The program quickly exceeded its original goal of recruiting and training 1,000 new nursing assistants and to date, it’s trained 1,370 Minnesotans. Because [...]
Hospitals group “shocked and disappointed” nurses union gave strike notice immediately after authorization vote
A spokesman says the Twin Cities Hospitals Group is "shocked and disappointed" the nurses union gave a ten-day strike notice for December 11th immediately after nurses voted to authorize it. Paul Omodt says: "We're still at the table trying to work as hard as we can. They are jumping ahead, as they did with their earlier strike, to go into strike mode." "Analysts say nurses union leaders are trying to turn up pressure for an agreement. ) Both sides acknowledge they could be within striking distance on wages, but the nurses union says short-staffing is the big issue. Modest Okorie , [...]
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is asking everyone to do their part and help protect our freshwater sources from excessive salt: The MPCA says salt is commonly over-applied, sending too much chloride into our lakes and streams. Chloride is toxic to fish and other aquatic wildlife. Officials estimate we scatter 445-thousand tons of salt across Minnesota each year, and once it is in a water ecosystem it stays there forever. Some tips for using less salt include shoveling and scraping more, sweeping up salt on dry surfaces, and don't salt when it is 15 degrees or colder because most salts stop [...]
(Minneapolis, MN) -- A federal judge is approving a settlement between the city of Minneapolis and a dozen protestors who were hurt during demonstrations that followed George Floyd's murder. Under the terms of the deal, the protestors will divide a 600-thousand dollar payment from the city. The order also calls for the city not to arrest, threaten to arrest or use force against anyone who lawfully protests or demonstrates. The agreement also dismisses two lawsuits filed against the city and Minneapolis police.
Nurses in the Twin Cities and Duluth are going on strike. Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association voted yesterday to authorize a walkout. If there is no new contract in the next ten days, a strike will take place on December 11th and last until December 31st. Nurses at St. Luke's hospitals in Duluth and Two Harbors opted for an open-ended walkout until a deal is reached. The union's sticking points are improving staffing and better pay.
A new study is revealing Minnesotans' favorite fast food restaurants. Price-tracking experts used Google data to identify the state's most popular fast-food joint. Dairy Queen, Chipotle, and Jimmy Johns came out on top.
Governor Tim Walz is extending a free training program to increase the number of certified nursing assistants in Minnesota. The cost-free program will now run through February, giving more people the opportunity to train for open positions across the state. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says CNAs are among the highest in-demand workers across the state.
Mankato-Starting at 6 a.m., Monday, December 5, Civic Center Plaza will be temporarily closed while a crane is in use for construction on the Mayo Clinc Health System Event Center. The road is expected to reopen Tuesday, December 6 (weather permitting). Entertainment Alley and the Civic Center parking ramp entrances will remain open.
The Minnesota Department of Health is adding two new qualifying conditions for the state's medical marijuana program. Irritable bowel syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder will join the list of qualifying conditions August 1st. Newly-qualified patients will be eligible to enroll in the program July 1st.