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Violent crime jumps in MN, Republicans blame Walz failed leadership

By |2022-08-15T05:39:26-05:00August 15th, 2022|

Republicans say just-released figures prove violent crime has skyrocketed under the failed leadership of Governor Tim Walz and Democrats, and says they're prepared to fix it with major investments in public safety and stronger penalties for criminals.  Governor Walz says Minnesotans have every right to be angry and upset: "As we know, the last few years are the record highs that we've ever seen in crime.  They should expect to see this year that stop, and starting to come down -- and these folks are doing it, but they can't do it alone." ...Walz is talking about law enforcement.  He announced [...]

Sec of State: primary turnout not a good predictor of general election numbers

By |2022-08-15T05:36:55-05:00August 15th, 2022|

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon says voter turnout was good for Tuesday's primary election. Roughly 18-percent of eligible Minnesota voters turned. We asked Simon if that could be an indicator of turnout for the general election in November... "I say no because there are examples just in the last 10 years where turnout was really really low in the primary election in August but in the general election we were number one in the country so they're really disconnected they're really two totally different kinds of creatures." The general election this year is on November 8th.  

Top analyst: Special election win in 1st Congressional District likely gives Finstad advantage in November

By |2022-08-11T05:48:18-05:00August 11th, 2022|

Republican Brad Finstad defeated Democrat Jeff Ettinger in a special election in Minnesota's First Congressional District and will serve out the remaining months in the term of the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn.  Hamline University political analyst David Schultz says Finstad probably has an advantage going into the November election against Ettinger: "It was a district of course that was already leaning Republican.  The redistricting, of which the November election will now kick in for, is even a little bit more Republican that the one for the special election." Schultz says it's questionable whether Finstad will gain much of an "incumbency" advantage [...]

MN Sec of State: Primary voting turnout “good” this year

By |2022-08-11T05:46:48-05:00August 11th, 2022|

Roughly 18-percent of eligible Minnesota voters turned out and voted in Tuesday's primary election. Which isn't too bad, says Secretary of State Steve Simon... "So much of the turnout is focused year after year after year on whether or not and to what extent there are contests that are close contests that are interesting that are getting a lot of attention when there are a lot of those turnout tends to be high when they're not so many turnout tends to be low." Simon says 18-percent may seem like a low number, but typically but primary voter turnout is "much, much [...]

Finstad Reacts to Winning Primary, Special Election

By |2022-08-10T06:49:06-05:00August 10th, 2022|

Republican Brad Finstad soundly defeated (by a three-to-one margin) G-O-P challenger Jeremy Munson in Tuesday's primary election for U-S House in southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District -- meaning he'll be on the ballot this fall against Democrat Jeff Ettinger.  And Finstad also is the apparent winner against Ettinger in a special election and will serve the rest of the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn's term.  He says it gives him momentum for the November election... "It's I think a sign or a signal that... common-sense southern Minnesota conservative values that I've displayed my entire life and career are what voters are asking [...]

MN Attorney General Race Set

By |2022-08-10T06:46:46-05:00August 10th, 2022|

Republican-endorsed candidate Jim Schultz will be on the ballot this fall against Democratic Attorney General Keith Ellison, after beating G-O-P challenger Doug Wardlow by more than 15 points in Tuesday's primary election.  Schultz says people responded to his message: "Minnesotans deserve a safer state -- a state in which they can live and raise their families in safety, where they can go to our major cities and be confident they'll be safe, where they can live in our major cities and be confident that they'll be safe -- and we haven't had that for the past few years." Wardlow highlighted differences [...]

Pandemic fatigues impacting mental health

By |2022-08-10T06:39:40-05:00August 10th, 2022|

Though cases of COVID are down, relatively speaking, the cumulative psychological impact of two-and-a-half years of dealing with the pandemic is taking a toll. So says Dr. Kaz Nelson with the University of Minnesota... "There's tremendous fatigue from people taking steps to mitigate and manage living in a pandemic and a very strong urge to adopt the previous patterns and behaviors that we had prior to when the pandemic took place." Dr. Nelson says it's important for our health--both physical and mental--that we continue to follow the advice of public health officials and infectious disease experts when it comes to being [...]

Save those back to school receipts

By |2022-08-09T05:14:25-05:00August 9th, 2022|

As back-to-school purchases head into high gear, the state Revenue Department is reminding you to save those shopping receipts. Spokesman Ryan Brown says there are two valuable K-12 tax benefits: "K-12 educational credit does have income limitations but subtraction does not and most parents will qualify for that subtraction if they don't qualify for the credit." Brown says last year, more than 19,000 families received the K-12 Education Credit and saved an average of $261. Nearly 130,000 families received the K-12 Education Subtraction with an average subtraction of $1,207.

Sen Klobuchar touts bipartisan burn pit relief bill

By |2022-08-08T06:53:05-05:00August 8th, 2022|

A bill that just passed in the Senate would provide comprehensive relief to all generations of toxic-exposed veterans for the first time in U-S history. U-S Senator Amy Klobuchar says it's been a bipartisan effort to get the bill passed and... "We've done some really good things in here to make sure that they get treated for conditions related to toxic exposures and before this that was not the case." Klobuchar says with the bill "we're telling our nation's heroes that they are not going to be our generations Agent Orange...we're not going to wait that long."

Federal Funds Coming to Four Minnesota Airports

By |2022-07-08T06:33:43-05:00July 8th, 2022|

A handful of airports across Minnesota have received nearly $25 million dollars in federal funding to upgrade their terminals as part of a broader $1 billion effort by the federal government to improve airports nationwide. MNN's Tasha Redel says "Airports in Glencoe, Preston, Bemidji, and Minneapolis-St Paul International will receive funding under President Biden's bipartisan infrastructure law. The purpose of the program is to expand capacity at airports, increase energy efficiency, promote competition and provide greater accessibility for individuals with disabilities. The biggest chunk of money coming to Minnesota - $ 21.3 million - going to MSP to upgrade its main [...]

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