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."
Democratic lawmakers are outraged at a video showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed African-American man and ignoring his protests that he couldn't breathe. George Floyd later died, and State Representative Rena Moran says it was like watching Philando Castile take his last breath: "To see George Floyd take his last breaths and asking for mercy. I don't know how you legislate humanity. I don't know how you do that." Moran says Democrats brought forward recommendations but could not get agreement from the Senate. Republican leaders declined to comment.
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.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker when Minnesota Democrats hold a virtual state convention under the theme “Minnesota Together” this weekend. Biden will address the delegates online Sunday, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who’s considered a potential running mate. Their speeches can viewed live on the state party’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Speeches by Gov. Tim Walz and other Democratic leaders will also be livestreamed Sunday. Saturday's sessions are for delegates only. Minnesota Republicans tried to hold their convention online May 16 but had to interrupt it due to “potentially malicious interference” with its voting technology.
Spring Drop-Off The City of North Mankato and West Central Sanitation have arranged a spring drop-off at 610 Webster Avenue to take place Wednesday, May 27th - Sunday, May 31st between 7:00am- 5:00pm each day. The change is to protect residents and City staff from the COVID-19 virus by practicing social distancing: A gate attendant will monitor the number of entrants into the site, please be prepared to show proof of North Mankato residency. The gate attendant and posted signage will direct citizens where to dump respective items. Residents are asked to unload their own items and exit to allow for [...]
There were at least eight fatalities on Minnesota roads over the weekend, the deadliest Memorial Day holiday in 10 years. Mike Hanson, director of the state Traffic Safety Office says: "While overall crash numbers are down, the severity rate is up, and what's driving that severity rate up is speed. The speeds that the officers, troopers and deputies are seeing out there are really horrific." At the same time, D-W-I arrests over the Memorial Day weekend were 25 percent less than last year -- Hanson says probably because bars and restaurants remain closed until June 1st under the governor's COVID [...]
Hundreds took to the streets of south Minneapolis Tuesday night to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Demonstrators carried signs that read "I can't breathe," "Black Lives Matter" and "KKKops" as they marched to the Minneapolis P-D's Third Precinct. Protesters were mostly peaceful before a police vehicle was spray painted, a squad car had a window broken and rocks were thrown at a building. Police deployed chemical irritants at them at the Third Precinct. Video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd's neck until he appears to lose consciousness went viral Monday night. He died [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Firings came swiftly for four Minneapolis police officers after bystander video captured the death of a black man in custody. The video showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after the man stopped moving. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the firings were the “right call.” Monday's death of George Floyd is under investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities in a process likely to take months. The case drew immediate comparisons to that of Eric Garner, an unarmed [...]