Four former Minneapolis police officers are charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights. Floyd is the unarmed Black man who died while in police custody last year after video showed Derek Chauvin [[ SHO-vin ]] with his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes. Chauvin was found guilty last month of killing Floyd. A grand jury indictment accuses Chauvin of "willfully" depriving Floyd of his right "to be free from an unreasonable seizure." Prosecutors say that includes Floyd's right to not have unreasonable force used against him. Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng are also charged as they're accused of knowing [...]
"We're going to have a great summer." So says Governor Tim Walz today as he announced his three-step plan for ending COVID-related restrictions in the state. "We're going to ramp up, step up and put our foot down on the gas on the vaccinations, we end the covid statewide restrictions by May 28th, and we'll drop the state mask mandate by July 1st, or if we can hit 70% vaccinations." "So far, more than two million Minnesotans have received the full series of COVID shots. State Republicans are still calling on Walz to end his COVID-related emergency powers." As the governor [...]
In the wake of Governor Walz's timeline for ending COVID restrictions by May 28th, President of Hospitality Minnesota Liz Rammer says "brighter days are ahead"... "As everybody contemplates the opportunity to welcome more guests to their facilities and for those again who have been waiting for this day to be able to go back to their favorite restaurant or bar, or overnight accommodation, you know, whatever it might be, this is it." Rammer says over the past 60 weeks hospitality operators and workers have done "everything that’s been asked of them and sacrificed much to keep their fellow Minnesotans safe." She [...]
This year’s South Central College (SCC) graduation celebration on May 12 and 13 will include a drive-up procession and virtual commencement ceremony for the class of 2021. Graduates will have the opportunity to participate in a drive-up procession, which includes stopping individually at a designated location to receive their diploma and program, have their photograph taken, and be congratulated by the president, their dean, faculty and staff from a safe distance.
Consolidated Communications Community Fund has granted the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota a $10,000 grant to develop a prototype for our new exhibit experience. This unique exhibit will educate young visitors about the internet, how this technology works, and the ways we use it in our daily life.
Minnesota State Mankato Celebrating Graduate with Personal Photo Opportunities, May 8 Virtual Ceremony
Minnesota State University, Mankato is celebrating its 2021 spring semester student commencement by providing graduates “commencement-in-a-box” packages and personalized photo opportunities this week on a graduation stage while holding a virtual ceremony and launching a special website beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 8. The three traditional commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday were cancelled in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, graduates were invited to take part in a “graduate walk,” an in-person professional photo opportunity on campus this week (May 3-5), in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom to celebrate with their guests.
The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting a slight rise in coronavirus cases across the state on Thursday. In the new update, officials found one-thousand-661 cases, which is almost 400 more cases than reported on Wednesday. St. Louis County reported the largest amount of new cases on Thursday with 64, followed by Itasca County with 32 and Crow Wing County with 23. The new report also found 13 more deaths from the virus.
Governor Tim Walz is unveiling a three-step timeline to end COVID-19 restrictions across Minnesota. At a press conference on Thursday, Walz said the goal is to end most of the restrictions by May 28th. The statewide mask mandate will end if 70-percent of Minnesota residents ages 16 years and older can get vaccinated by July 1st. Starting today, the mandatory closing time for restaurants and bars is ending, and masks are no longer required outdoors unless it is at an event with more than 500 people.
Police say a man who took hostages inside a bank in St. Cloud is now in custody. Officials say the gunman surrendered around 10:30 p.m. last night after a nearly eight-hour-long standoff. According to reports, the suspect entered the Wells Fargo Bank on 33rd Avenue South and was able to take five hostages as police arrived. Authorities say the suspect released the hostages unharmed shortly before giving himself up.
County Road 27 (Agency Street) between Thomas Drive and County Road 55 (Le Ray Avenue) in Eagle Lake will be closed for reconstruction beginning May 17, 2021. Drivers should expect this portion of County Road 27 (Agency Street) to be closed until early October 2021