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Top analyst: Democrats need a win after voting rights failure

By |2022-01-21T05:15:21-06:00January 21st, 2022|

Democrats are looking for a win after voting rights legislation failed in a U-S Senate vote Wednesday. Carleton College Political Science professor Steven Schier says it looks to be an uphill battle for the party... "The economy's in bad shape in terms of inflation, it's something that everybody feels, on the other hand, government is not able to affect inflation in the short term very quickly and as long as that hangs around throughout the year and as long as covid hangs out throughout the year, Democrats are in trouble." Schier says divisions within the Democratic party have been an obstacle, [...]

House DFLers lay out priorities for upcoming legislative session

By |2022-01-21T05:14:15-06:00January 21st, 2022|

House DFLers today laid out their plan to help Minnesota families achieve financial security amid the pandemic. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler says... "People are struggling because our economy is geared towards those at the top instead of the average worker and that needs to change." Winkler says we need the state more secure for workers, families and small businesses. The plan looks to allocate bonus pay for a broad list of frontline workers, and it aims to deliver paid family and medical leave as well as earned sick and safe time for all Minnesotans, and invest in statewide broadband.

State unemployment rate hits lowest level since 2019

By |2022-01-21T05:12:06-06:00January 21st, 2022|

The state unemployment rate ticked down to 3.1 percent in December, the lowest level since 2019.  DEED Commissioner Steve Grove says the good news is the state's labor force continues to grow: "We are bringing more people back into our workforce certainly not the rate employers need right now so that remains a major priority of ours but we are seeing growth there that is important to highlight." The state lost two-thousand jobs last month, but the November numbers were revised upward by five-thousand jobs.

Gov Walz unveils budget proposal, Republicans offer criticism

By |2022-01-21T04:58:56-06:00January 21st, 2022|

Governor Tim Walz wants to put checks in Minnesotans' hands amid the state's $7.7 billion dollar surplus. Walz said Thursday he wants to get checks--up to $350--out as quickly as possible to help out the state's working-class... "And then we're proposing long-term tax cuts for those working Minnesotans, especially around childcare and childcare costs to make sure that is more affordable." Republican Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller of Winona calls Walz's checks "an election-year gimmick" and says the checks will barely cover the inflationary costs of everyday necessities.

A focus on strength training can have significant impact on overall health

By |2022-01-21T04:52:22-06:00January 21st, 2022|

Not sure how to jump start your path to fitness in the new year? As MNN's series examining keys to health success in the new year continues, Steve Hintz, an exercise physiologist and founder of "Fitness First M-N" says if you want to boil it down to one area of focus, strength training can have a huge impact on overall fitness. "We don’t' have a problem in society with too much fat, we have a problem with too little muscle and all the adverse effects that happen as a result of the muscle decline." Hintz says it is the muscle that [...]

DNR seeking public input on deer population goals

By |2022-01-20T07:27:21-06:00January 20th, 2022|

Starting on Monday (January 24th) the DNR is asking for public input on deer population goals in 28 of 130 deer permit areas. "These goals are very important because they guide the annual decision-making process with regards to deer regulations and bag limits in each deer permit area." The DNR's Barbara Keller says online feedback opens Monday and concludes on Sunday, February 13th. Participants will be asked to complete an online questionnaire and indicate whether the deer population in a particular area should increase, decrease, or stay the same-and provide their rationale.

Early cancer detection screening shows promise

By |2022-01-20T07:26:17-06:00January 20th, 2022|

There is potentially some good news emerging about the new Galleri (gallery) Early Detection Cancer Test.  Dr. Ed Greeno is with M Health Fairview: "This is a blood test that's designed to detect many different kinds of cancers.  It's a new kind of screening test that looks for the genetic signature of cancer in the blood." Dr. Greeno says people over 50-years old and those with known cancer risks are the best candidates for the blood test.  He says the downside - for now - is most insurers have yet to agree to cover the cost of the screening.

Minnesota Ag Expo Underway

By |2022-01-20T05:14:38-06:00January 20th, 2022|

Resiliency is the theme of the 2022 MN Ag Expo underway in Mankato.  Sara Hewitt with Minnesota Soybean says one of the keynote speakers is Jack Zimmerman, a Minnesota military veteran wounded in combat in 2010: "When we can learn from other perspectives and viewpoints and implement on our own farms and in agriculture, there are key pieces we can take and utilize too even though it happened in a totally different scenario." The MN Ag Expo runs through January 20 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato.

House DFLers propose billion-dollar climate plan

By |2022-01-20T05:12:05-06:00January 20th, 2022|

House DFLers are proposing a one-billion-dollar investment this session to help take action on the impacts of climate change in Minnesota. Representative Patty Acomb of Minnetonka chairs the Climate Action Caucus... "In the last year alone in Minnesota, we have seen our changing climate play out in severe droughts that impacted our entire state, a record heatwave, a summer of smoke that came from wildfires, and we witnessed tornadoes in December that have never happened in our state before." The billion-dollar investment is divided into five sectors: energy, transportation, the built environment, lands and adaptation and resilience.

Former U-S attorney for MN previews federal civil rights trial of 3 former Mpls officers

By |2022-01-20T05:03:31-06:00January 20th, 2022|

The federal trial begins today (THU) for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with civil rights violations in George Floyd's death. Tou Thao, J. Kueng and Thomas Lane are on trial about nine months after Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Former U-S Attorney for Minnesota Tom Heffelfinger says... "I'm going to be looking to see to what degree does the prosecution alter the evidence they present against these three officers when compared with the evidence that was offered against Chauvin in the state case." Thao, Kueng and Lane are charged with using the "color of [...]

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