A coalition of groups is hosting a march, rally and voter fair Wednesday under the banner of "We Make Minnesota". JaNae Bates with Faith in Minnesota says the focus of the event is: "The importance of voting, how it's actually our people power, it's our voice and making sure that every singly Minnesotan who is able to be a voter, is actually able to partake in this multi-racial Democracy that we're building." Bates notes that social distancing and mask-wearing are required at the event, which begins with a Voter Fair at the Education Minnesota parking lot, followed by a march to [...]
The first day of fall is here, with that comes the changing color of the leaves. Alyssa Hayes with Explore Minnesota encourages you to take a break and enjoy the fall landscape: "Explore Minnesota and Minnesota State Parks and Trails, we're teaming up to offer trip planning tips and fall color resources to travelers to get out and enjoy those changing leaves this season." Hayes says you can find the fall color finder on the DNR's website and trip planning tips at explore-Minnesota-dot-com.
President Trump today said he has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to fill the seat held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to five people and vowed to announce his pick by Friday or Saturday. Hamline University Political Analyst David Schultz: "Republicans and conservatives have been wanting to flip the Supreme Court for nearly 50 years and they have an opportunity now to really cement a conservative judiciary being able to fill this now." Schultz doesn't think there is enough time to fill the vacant seat before the November 3rd election, citing all the processes and procedures that need [...]
A state House committee this afternoon (TUE 1 pm) holds its first hearing on Racial Justice. Committee Chair Representative Rena Moran of St. Paul says one goal is today is for lawmakers to learn more about the definition of racism. Moran says she's under no illusion it will be easy... "What we do know is this is a much-needed dialogue, and I think it's a much-needed dialogue with legislators in the state of Minnesota since in the state of Minnesota we have some of the worst disparities within all of our systems." The House committee was set up in the wake [...]
The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with local public health officials to give people a chance to get a COVID-19 test if they would like to get tested. Over the next several weeks there will be testing opportunities in multiple communities around the state, including in Waseca Wednesday and Thursday this week. Testing is free, available to anyone who feels they need to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and will not require insurance. The drive-through testing site will be set up at the Waseca County Fairgrounds. For more information on testing in other communities, you can visit [...]
Minnesota Realtors are giving back. CEO Chris Galler says their on-line "Re-building Community" campaign wraps up Tuesday: "New program that the realtors are doing statewide where the local and state association have put up some matching dollars to try and encourage their members and companies to contribute to the fund that will be used to try and re-build communities." Galler says 100-percent of the donations will go toward rebuilding and making our communities stronger.
Each fall, college students set out to spend money on building a new college life--but scammers may take advantage of students' inexperience and try and steal some of that money through schemes and scams. "According to BBB's Scam Tracker Risk Report back in 2018, 42-percent of students reported a loss when exposed to a scam as compared to just over 28-percent of non-students so that' a big number." The Minnesota Better Business Bureau's Bao Vang says many scams aimed at college students involve fake credit card offers, too-good-to-be-true apartments and scholarship offers. She's urging students to do their homework [...]
Since 2007 NAMI Walks Minnesota has brought thousands of people together each fall to raise awareness about mental illnesses, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtual. Sue Abderholden is executive director of Minnesota's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness: "NAMI walks which have been happening in Minnesota for over a decade is really an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health, mental illnesses and to get people talking about it." The NAMI virtual walk will be held this Saturday.
President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden both visited Minnesota Friday to try and bolster support and sway the undecided. Carleton College political expert Steven Schier says it's likely we'll see more of the candidates before the election. "You can expect Donald Trump to camp out in Greater Minnesota between now and the election day, that's where he thinks most of his votes can be found, I think the Biden campaign will be focusing much more on the urban areas in the hopes that that will carry him to victory." Vice President Mike Pence is set to be in Minneapolis on [...]
As we head into fall, health officials are watching what happens with COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. Minnesota Medical Association President Dr. Keith Stelter says there's potential for a so-called "twindemic" ... "So we have to work hard to keep both of the diseases under control and I'm really stressing the need this year to get a flu shot for all of my patients of nearly any age." Dr. Stelter says if hospitals fill up with flu patients it could have an impact on treating coronavirus patients and vice versa. He's urging everyone who can to get a flu shot and [...]