Minnesota lawmakers will head back to St. Paul Monday for another special legislative session. State representative Jeff Brand of St. Peter is hoping for accomplishments and not partisanship. "People deserve better," said Brand. "What happened during the last special session, we should be ashamed that we got nothing accomplished." Brand says important issues are still unresolved "We still need to talk section 179 of the tax code, we need to talk bonding and police reform is also a necessary conversation," said Brand. Brand says while he understands the concern over the Governor's peacetime emergency order continuing, the partisanship lawmakers showed in [...]
Will this special session result in a public works bill being passed by the Minnesota Legislature? State Representative Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal has his doubts. "Democrats in the senate are holding it hostage for police reform," said Munson. "Republicans are holding it hostage to end the Governor's peacetime emergency, so I don't know if the bonding bill is going to pass." The special session is scheduled to begin on Monday
The state of Minnesota's reached a COVID-19 testing milestone this week. "This week we passed the milestone of seven hundred thousand tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic," said Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcom. Malcom says there were 19,213 COVID-19 laboratory tests processed Thursday, a single-day high
The Minnesota Department of Health has released new guidelines regarding visitors to long-term care settings. "Those designated as essential caregivers, through a process, and by the resident, will have expanded access to make sure the residents' full-range of emotional, physical, and social needs are met," said MDH Commissioner Jan Malcom. Malcolm said the new guidance reflects an awareness that even during a global pandemic, preventing disease transmission is only part of what goes into providing quality care in a long-term care setting.
Three people were injured, including one seriously, in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 60 Thursday evening. The Minnesota State Patrol says 42-year-old Shilo Linscheid of Butterfield was transported to Mayo Clinic Rochester with life-threatening injuries. Authorities say shortly before seven, Linschied's vehicle left the roadway, crossed the median collided with a vehicle driven by 67-year-old Paul Harris of St. James. Harris and a passenger, 63-year-old Susan Harris of St. James were taken to Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Mankato with non-life-threatening injuries.
A Henderson man was injured in a Friday morning accident in Sibley County. The Minnesota State Patrol says around quarter after eight, 74-year-old James Goblish lost control of his truck at the intersection of Highway 93 and 169, entered the ditch, crossed both lanes of traffic and collided with the cable median barrier. Authorities say Goblish was taken to the Le Sueur Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
State Representative Jack Considine of Mankato says he will support the extension of Governor's Walz peacetime emergency powers because he feels has no other choice. "I have two choices," said Considine. "One, end the peacetime emergency and have nobody at the helm, or two, back the Governor. There has to be someone who's willing to do the work and be there on a daily basis." Considine says if senate republicans agreed to finish their work, he'd have no problem stopping Walz's peacetime resolution. "If the Republicans would agree to negotiate and stick around, I would support the end to the emergency [...]
Draheim: Governor Will Keep His Emergency Powers “To Keep Us Jumping Through Hoops To Live Our Lives”
Minnesota lawmakers will be heading back to St.Paul for another special session next week. Governor Walz's emergency powers related to COVID-19 expire Monday, and State Senator Rich Draheim of Madison Lake fully expects them to be extended. "I think Governor Walz wants to extend his powers as long as possible," said Draheim. "One way to do that is to keep the fear going. They'll keep changing the goalposts to keep us jumping through hoops to live our lives." The house and senate would need to vote to stop the emergency powers. Last month, the republican-controlled Senate voted to do so but [...]
One of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is asking to have his case dismissed. An attorney for Thomas Lane said in court papers that the case against his client should be dismissed for lack of probable cause. As part of his court filing, attorney Earl Gray filed transcripts from body camera footage recorded by Lane's camera and the camera of his partner. He also filed a transcript of Lane's interview with state investigators. Gray says Lane asked twice if the officers should turn Floyd on his side, and the officer who used his knee [...]
Well-child checks are very important, even in the middle of a pandemic. Galen Hilgendorf with the Daniels Health Center in St.Peter says it's important for children to keep up on their checkups. "Especially if they're due to vaccinations," said Hilgendorf. "We have a lot of different safety protocols in place." The Minnesota Department of Health has raised concerns over a drop in childhood vaccinations since the start of COVID-19.