Rep. Luke Frederick (DFL-Mankato) was elected by members of the House DFL caucus to serve as an Assistant Majority Leader for the 2023-24 legislative session. The Assistant Majority Leader works with the Majority Leader, Speaker, and other members to develop and implement the legislative agenda. The legislative session begins January 3, 2023.
Back by popular demand, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is pleased to once again invite the public to help name another round of eight snowplows – one for each MnDOT district in the state. Past winners include creative names like Betty Whiteout, Plowy McPlowFace, Ctrl Salt Delete, Snowbi Wan Kenobi and The Truck Formerly Known As Plow. MnDOT encourages Minnesotans to submit their most witty, unique and Minnesota- or winter-themed snowplow name ideas on the agency’s website. The submission form will be open through Friday, Dec. 16 and the link will also be shared across MnDOT’s social media accounts.
Starting at 9 a.m., Thursday, December 8, West Pleasant Street will be temporarily closed between Carroll and Record streets while a crane is placed on the street for work on 110 Fulton St. The road is expected to reopen by the end of the day (weather permitting).
A Minnesota cowboy remains hospitalized after suffering severe injuries following a bull riding accident. There is a GoFundMe seeing an outpouring of support for the family of Pemberton native, Reid Oftedahl, during this difficult time. Reid sustained several injuries while competing in the National Finals Rodeo last week. According to news reports, he was admitted to the ICU after suffering neck and head injuries. Colter Hensel, the fundraiser organizer and close friend of Reid, set up the GoFundMe to help the family during this time. So far, more than $43,000 has been raised. https://www.gofundme.com/f/reid-and-his-family-in-this-time-of-need?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=unknown&utm_campaign=comms_gfm+reid-and-his-family-in-this-time-of-need
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Gas prices are continuing to fall across Minnesota. Triple-A reports the average price for a gallon of regular is three-dollars and 22-cents today. That's below the national average of three-40. According to Gas Buddy, gas prices in the Twin Cities are more than 40-cents lower than a month ago.
(Faribault, MN) -- The Faribault school board is moving forward with a BIPOC-focused anti-drug grant. The board voted yesterday to accept the state grant that funds drug abuse prevention efforts among Black, Indigenous, and other students of color. The measure stalled at a previous meeting after several board members claimed accepting the money would amount to discrimination against white students. Board Member Richard Olson cast the only dissenting vote. About 60-percent of Faribault district students are children of color.
(Scott County, MN) -- Scott County officials are considering whether to pull a conditional use permit for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival after traffic and parking issues clogged roads leading into the Shakopee site. County officials say that Mid-America Festivals didn't inform them that there would be less parking for the 2022 event. County staff recently alleged there were other permit violations. The matter has been tabled by the Scott County Board until its meeting on January 17th.
(Bloomington, MN) -- A settlement is in place between the Mall of American and the family of a boy who was injured after being thrown off a balcony at the mall by a stranger. Representatives of the family say the mall will be working closely with the family on safety improvements at the center, but that the terms of the settlement are confidential. Five-year-old Landen suffered head trauma and multiple broken bones during the attack by Emmanuel Aranda, who is now serving a 19-year prison sentence. GoFundMe updates indicate that Landen is walking well and continues to have a long road [...]
(Prinsburg, MN) -- A Minnesota town is shelving a proposed ordinance that would have pushed the city into the spotlight in the fight over abortion. Prinsburg City Council voted unanimously over the weekend to abandon a proposed ordinance that would have allowed its residents to sue abortion providers. The measure was pushed by a local Republican legislator and echoed legislation passed in several Republican-led states. A statement on the city website says officials determined that the proposal was unconstitutional and out of the jurisdiction of the city. City officials say there are no plans to continue discussions on the proposed ordinance.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- The deadline for the Minnesota Nurses Association and several Twin Cities and Duluth hospitals to reach a contract agreement is fast approaching. As many as 15-thousand nurses could go on strike starting next Sunday. Last week, the nurses union authorized a second strike at Twin Cities, Twin Ports, and Two Harbors hospitals. Hospital staffing remains a sticking point. Hospital officials say any work stoppage could lead to closure of some mental health and critical care units.