COVID Update (June 20)

By |2021-06-21T05:27:10-05:00June 21st, 2021|

More coronavirus cases have been reported in Minnesota.  Yesterday, health officials listed 127 new cases and nine additional deaths.  With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 604-thousand infections and about 75-hundred-45 deaths overall.  About three-million-24-thousand-803 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.

Mankato Fireworks Display Details Released

By |2021-06-21T04:46:10-05:00June 21st, 2021|

-On Sunday, July 4, community members are invited to view a fireworks display from the Veteran's Memorial Bridge or Riverfront Park, 309 W. Rock Street in Mankato. The bridge will close to traffic at 9 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m., and can be seen on both sides of the river. Choreographed music can be heard on FM stations 93.1 (KATO), 94.1 (KXLP), 96.7 (KDOG); and AM station 1420 (KTOE).

North Dakota Man Arrested In Bloomington Kidnapping

By |2021-06-18T06:27:17-05:00June 18th, 2021|

(Bloomington, MN)  --  A North Dakota man is arrested in connection with a kidnapping in Bloomington.  Police say the suspect held a woman hostage in the 13-hundred block of East 78th Street early Thursday morning, leading to an hours-long standoff.  Police eventually rescued the woman and arrested a 37-year-old North Dakota man.  He's facing several charges including kidnapping.

Woodbury Woman Charged With Murder After Child Dies

By |2021-06-18T06:26:22-05:00June 18th, 2021|

(Woodbury, MN)  --  A Woodbury woman is now charged with murder after one of her children she's accused of beating dies.  Police say the five-year-old died earlier this week.  Sadiyo Mohamed was arrested last month after the girl was found severely beaten in the middle of the street.  She was originally charged with attempted murder and is now charged with second-degree murder.

Body Parts Found Along Road In Minneapolis

By |2021-06-18T06:25:31-05:00June 18th, 2021|

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  A homicide investigation is underway after several body parts are found on the side of the road in northeast Minneapolis.  Police say the body parts were found near Northeast Main Street and 3rd Avenue Northeast Thursday morning and look to belong to a white man in his 30's.  Police aren't sure how the body parts got there.

More Minnesotans head back to work

By |2021-06-18T06:17:34-05:00June 18th, 2021|

For the 5th straight month, Minnesota gained jobs.  DEED (Department of Employment and Economic Development) Commissioner Steve Grove says the unemployment rate dropped from 4.1 percent to four percent in May: "We see from these numbers Minnesotans are getting back to work. Our unemployment rate is dropping for the right reasons. And there is a lot of opportunity in the Minnesota economy as we come out of this pandemic and move into the next chapter of our state's growth." Minnesota added 12,300 jobs in May the private sector added 14,800.

Health care “reinsurance” debate raging on MN House floor

By |2021-06-18T06:15:54-05:00June 18th, 2021|

Why is "reinsurance", to hold down health insurance premiums, *not* in a major commerce budget bill -- the question Republicans are asking during today's (Thurs) House floor debate.  Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says leaders emerged from "super-secret... back-room negotiations"... "And they emerge with a deal, and that deal doesn't include the most successful health insurance program in the last four years?" Democrats say reinsurance will cost Minnesotans 415 million dollars, and the state doesn't get that amount of return from the program.  Under reinsurance, the state picks up the cost of health care for the most seriously-ill Minnesotans, with the goal [...]

MMA applauds Supreme Court’s decision on ACA

By |2021-06-18T06:14:35-05:00June 18th, 2021|

The Supreme Court is again upholding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The decision was 7-2. It's a move that gets the support of the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA). "I think I can speak for pretty everybody, pretty much all of the physicians within the MMA that we applaud the Supreme Court's decision to dismiss this last challenge to the Affordable Care Act. " MMA President Marilyn Peitso (PATE-so) says the decision preserves life-saving healthcare coverage for thousands of Minnesotans and millions of Americans.

Juneteenth becomes new federal holiday

By |2021-06-18T05:41:35-05:00June 18th, 2021|

The United States has a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, Juneteenth, after President Biden signed the bill into law today at the White House.  Senator Tina Smith, among those there: "Juneteenth celebrates freedom and it celebrates the emancipation of people who were enslaved in our country." Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas about two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln in the Emancipation Proclamation declared slaves in the Southern states to be free.

House Republicans filibuster to delay votes on budget bills that they say they had no voice in

By |2021-06-18T05:39:28-05:00June 18th, 2021|

Parliamentary calisthenics on the Minnesota House floor last night (Thurs), as Republicans used filibusters to delay votes on the first round of state budget bills that they say they had no voice in.  Democratic Majority Leader Ryan Winkler broke in. But the filibuster continued when Republicans used another motion to regain the floor.  They say budget deals were made behind closed doors with no public input.  Democrats respond there's been ample opportunity during the regular session and in the weeks before the special session.

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