It's been a busy year for butcher shops and meat markets. The pandemic has created a backlog of orders and has turned what was considered a slow time of year into the busy season, and things are about to get busier. It's expected that more people will be hunting this year, which means more deer will need to be processed. Kelly Gall-Washa owns Grand Champion Meats in Foley and says they still plan to set aside two weeks just for processing deer: "We will still be doing our deer processing as normal. Again we will just have to monitor, there's a [...]
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota are back at peak levels. Governor Tim Walz says Doctor Deborah Birx, White House top adviser on coronavirus warned there is no geography safe from COVID-19 and is asking Minnesotans to be more vigilant on preventive measures: "The infection rates in the Upper Midwest and, as she stated specifically, on our eastern and western borders are the highest infection rates on the planet." Latest figures show 614 hospital beds in Minnesota being used for coronavirus patients -- including 149 in I-C-U. About two-thirds of the state's immediately available I-C-U capacity is being used for patients with COVID [...]
Minnesota Republicans are celebrating while Democrats predict dire consequences, after the U-S Senate on a party-line vote last night (Mon) confirmed President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett: Democratic Senator Tina Smith warns it's to fulfill the president's repeated promise to appoint justices who would dismantle the Affordable Care Act and overturn Roe -v- Wade, both of which she says the American people overwhelmingly oppose. Smith says instead of dealing with COVID and economic hardship, Senate Republicans rammed through the nomination to help advance an agenda that threatens Americans' rights and freedoms. A spokeswoman for Smith's Republican challenger, Jason [...]
Vice President Mike Pence pledged renewed strength for Minnesota's Iron Range during a campaign stop in Hibbing Monday, eight days before the election. Pence told cheering supporters, compared to career politician Joe Biden, President Trump is a proven job-creator... ..."who will keep cutting taxes, rolling back regulation and put American jobs and American workers first! That's why we need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House!" Minnesota D-F-L Party Chairman Ken Martin responds: "It's Trump's ineptitude that caused us to shut down the economy. His mismanagement of COVID-19 has exacerbated this administration's failures on the Range and [...]
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today (TUE) is hosting a virtual event spotlighting businesses that have demonstrated unique disability inclusion efforts. "It really just celebrates the collaboration between employers hiring people with disabilities. we partner as a vocational relocation program with employers and it just really showcases how great this partnership is of hiring people with disabilities." State Services for the Blind Director Natasha Jerde says the virtual event will run from 1-2:30 pm. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
The November 3rd election is one week from today. Foreign interference continues to be a concern and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon says he's been working closely with federal intelligence authorities... "They have their eyes on it in ways that no one did in 2016 so I'm feeling very good about it. Our systems are strengthened and hardened even more so now and more than they were in 2016." Simon says Russia tried to hack Minnesota's election system in 2016 but did not breach the system.
Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Hibbing, Minnesota Monday. State GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan says: "We always knew Minnesota was a top target for this election cycle to flip in terms of the electoral map to re-elect President Trump to four more years so we're certainly encouraged that the vice president is coming back." Carnahan says she's seeing momentum for Trump in Minnesota like she's "never seen before." State DFL Chair Ken Martin says "Minnesotans see through Trump and Pence’s failed leadership and are heading to the polls in mass to defeat Trump and elect Joe Biden and DFLers [...]
An expected increase in mail volume is sparking a hiring push at the post office ahead of the holiday season. "Our top three positions that we're hiring for our mail handler assistants, tractor-trailer operators, and then we're also looking for holiday clerk assistants." Spokesperson Nicole Hill says only the tractor-trailer operator positions require any prior experience. Hill says applicants must be at least 18, or 16 with a G-E-D or high school diploma. More information is available at usps.com/careers.
Legislation introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar aims to help businesses impacted by a decrease in travel due to the coronavirus. The bill would launch a comprehensive study into the effects of the COVID pandemic on the travel and tourism industry. The results will be used to come up with policy recommendations that provide relief to those affected businesses. Klobuchar said, “from Lake Superior to the Mall of America, Minnesota is home to exceptional tourist destinations-but as travel has been limited during the coronavirus pandemic, the tourism industry has been hit particularly hard. Klobuchar co-chairs the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus with [...]
Flu season is officially underway in Minnesota. The state Department of Health released its first weekly influenza activity report. Two people have been hospitalized with the flu so far this season. There is one flu outbreak in Minnesota schools and zero in the state's nursing homes. No influenza deaths have been reported. State Health officials say influenza B is the most common strain. The latest numbers show a 42-percent in the number of Minnesotans get a flu shot this fall compared to this time last season.