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Minnesota Christmas tree growers carve out unique place in industry

By |2021-11-29T05:40:47-06:00November 29th, 2021|

It is officially the busiest time of the year for Minnesota Christmas Tree farmers. Mark Hansen runs Hansen's Tree Farm in Ramsey and says he is the proud of the approach Minnesota growers take to their industry. "It is much a craft as a production. You're growing something the customer wants and appreciates." Hansen says Minnesota growers are also innovative. "There's been a lot of work done bringing in some of the firs from Europe and Asia. Korean fir, Turkish fir. We're beginning to grow those, or cross breed them with our native species." Hansen says an uptick in customers last [...]

BBB: buyers beware this Cyber Monday

By |2021-11-29T05:37:20-06:00November 29th, 2021|

It's Cyber Monday and many of us will be looking for deals online. The Better Business Bureau's Bao Vang says scams are on the rise this time of year and she recommends: "If someone is splashing 'sale', 'limited-time deals' just think twice about whether this is luring you instead of actually being a legitimate sale." Vang is also urging shoppers to watch out for fake websites that steal photos, images and products from other places

Biden in MN tomorrow to tout $1T infrastructure package

By |2021-11-29T05:28:47-06:00November 29th, 2021|

President Biden is in Minnesota tomorrow (Tues) to tout the trillion-dollar infrastructure package he pushed through Congress, but that might not be the only topic that comes up: Hamline University political analyst David Schultz says with Minnesota a COVID hot-spot and a new variant emerging, opponents will likely bring up the president's handling of the pandemic and his push for a worker vaccination mandate.  And why visit Minnesota on his infrastructure tour?  Schultz says one possibility is because this is where the 35-W bridge collapsed during a Republican administration.  But he says more likely is that Biden wants a place where [...]

Jury selection begins Tues in trial of ex-officer Potter, charged in death of Daunte Wright

By |2021-11-29T05:27:43-06:00November 29th, 2021|

Jury selection begins tomorrow (Tues) in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright.  The defense contends Potter mistakenly drew her gun instead of her Taser during a traffic stop -- but Hamline University legal analyst David Schultz says whether Potter made a "honest mistake" doesn't really have legal bearing: "For example, I take out a gun that I think is empty... and shoot you, thinking it's supposed to be empty but it has a bullet in it, and I still kill you and I say, it was [...]

Farmers waiting for drought relief package as Walz, Republicans try to agree on special session

By |2021-11-29T05:26:41-06:00November 29th, 2021|

Some Minnesota farmers are anxiously awaiting a drought relief package from the Minnesota Legislature, as Republican lawmakers and the governor continue trying to reach agreement for a special session amid a tangle of COVID politics.  Dan Glessing, newly-elected president of Minnesota Farm Bureau, says assistance is important for producers who fed their winter supply of forage to their livestock last summer because pastures were dried up: "When your winter supply is gone and you're just coming into winter, that certainly is a problem." Glessing says some producers are faced with having to liquidate their herds and he'd like state lawmakers to [...]

MSP gearing up for more travelers this Thanksgiving

By |2021-11-24T05:25:39-06:00November 24th, 2021|

Minneapolis-St. Paul International is gearing up for a busy Thanksgiving holiday.  Airport spokesman Jeff Lea: "The big takeaway this year at MSP is we're going to see double the volume of passengers than we did in 2020 which was severely impacted by the pandemic... but it's still about 30-percent from what we normally see pre-pandemic 2019 or years before that." Lea encourages travelers to arrive at the airport plenty early and check with their airline ahead of time for any schedule changes.

Woman who lost sister in drunk driving crash 15 years ago Thanksgiving talks about long-lasting impact

By |2021-11-24T05:24:33-06:00November 24th, 2021|

There will be extra law enforcement looking for impaired drivers on the state's road from now through the end of the year. At a press conference, Amanda Albrecht recounted how her family's life has changed since Thanksgiving 2006 when her sister Breana was killed after getting behind the wheel while under the influence... "Breana made one mistake that cost her her life a couple of months ago, for the first time in 15 years, I was mad at her for the ongoing pain my family goes through." Breana was weeks shy of her 20th birthday when she was killed in a [...]

Gov Walz addresses hospital bed, space shortages as COVID surges

By |2021-11-24T05:22:12-06:00November 24th, 2021|

Governor Tim Walz is urging Minnesotans to get vaccinated. As COVID cases continue to surge in Minnesota, Walz, speaking at HCMC Tuesday said healthcare workers are being pushed to the limit... "Listening to the folks upstairs I asked point-blank "you've been at this 20 months, how does it feel now?" and without a doubt, every one of them said it's worse now than it's been, it's harder on us now that it's been, the people who are here are sicker than they've been, and the pressure and the wear and tear on the staff is as bad as it's been." Walz [...]

Extra law enforcement looking for impaired drivers statewide

By |2021-11-24T05:21:08-06:00November 24th, 2021|

There will be extra law enforcement looking for impaired drivers on the state's road from now through the end of the year. "Oftentimes when we hear the term DWI, we think about alcohol, but alcohol DWI the amount of people being arrested for this is going down, drug-impaired driving arrests are increasing at a substantial rate and we are focused on this right now." State Patrol Sergeant Tyler Milless says from 2018 to 2020, 58-percent of impaired drivers showed that they had two or more substances in their system at the time they were arrested.

Have a fire extinguisher nearby, know how to use it to prevent cooking fires

By |2021-11-24T05:16:38-06:00November 24th, 2021|

Thanksgiving is the peak day of the year for home cooking fires. Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Amanda Swenson says you should know how to use a fire extinguisher before you need to use one in an emergency... "That's a scary situation, and that's not the time to learn how to use an extinguisher, so be familiar with how to pull out the pin, how to unhook a nozzle if there's a hose with the nozzle attached." Swenson says you should have a lid close by when cooking on the stove. So in case of fire, you can slide the lid [...]

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