Minnesota Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen says farmers have plenty to feel stressed about right now: "Prices and inputs right now, and the weather." Peterson says parts of Minnesota are teetering on drought: "Kind of like last year, not as bad. But if we get those nice shots of rains the crop can finish off and everything. But it’s starting to really dry out quite a bit, especially here in the central part of the state." Petersen says farmers are wondering about the price and availability of fall fertilizer. "What’s the price of diesel going to be like this fall? People are [...]
Today (Mon) is the deadline for Minnesotans to file for 2020 (not 2021!) property tax refunds and renter's credits. Ryan Brown with the state Revenue Department says: "The average refund for a homeowner right now is about a thousand dollars and for renters it's around 700, so it's a sizeable chunk of change for a lot of people. We want to make sure that they file those returns before the deadline." Taxpayers have another year, until August 15th, 2023, to file for their *2021* property tax refund and/or renter's credit. And if someone has already filed, how soon can they expect [...]
(Oak Park Heights, MN) -- Minnesota prisons are offering ten-thousand-dollars to new guards. The state's Department of Corrections started offering sign-in bonuses back in December, but recently doubled those bonuses because they weren't getting enough applications. There's more information about becoming a prison guard on the state's website
A Ramsey County judge is blocking the Minnesota Department of Corrections from re-incarcerating people released from prison due to medical risk during the pandemic. The judge issued a temporary restraining order in response to a lawsuit filed against the department. This comes after the department notified those released under the "COVID-19 Conditional Medical Release" that they must surrender and complete their sentences.
(Lewiston, MN) -- The investigation into a Rush Creek fish kill is continuing. State pollutions inspectors are talking to landowners in the surrounding area to determine whether toxic runoff cause the massive die-off of brown trout last month near Lewiston. The incident was the area's third major fish kill in recent years. Investigators say finding an exact cause is difficult because pollution flows quickly downstream. More than 25-hundred fish were found dead July 25th, and investigators believe the die-off was most likely caused by contaminated runoff after heavy rains.
The suspect in a murder that happened nearly 30 years ago is set to go on trial this week. Jerry Westrom is accused of killing Jeanne Ann "Jeanie" Childs, who was found dead in June 1993 with dozens of stab wounds in a Minneapolis apartment police say she used for prostitution. Prosecutors say DNA evidence collected from a hot dog napkin Westrom threw out at a hockey game in 2019 matched evidence from the crime scene. Westrom was arrested in February 2019 after the match was confirmed and is charged with second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty and jury selection [...]
(Minneapolis, MN) -- One person is dead and another is injured after a shooting near George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. The shooting happened yesterday afternoon near the intersection of 38th and Chicago on the city's south side. Police found two men in their 20s at the scene with "potentially life-threatening" gunshot wounds. Both men were taken to the hospital, where one died. The other victim's current condition hasn't been released. Authorities say possible evidence may have been removed from the scene before first responders arrived.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Senator Amy Klobuchar says the FBI investigation of former President Trump "goes beyond politics." Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, the Minnesota Democrat said "everyone has to follow the laws," including a former President. She also warned that recent threats against the FBI following the agency's involvement in carrying out a search warrant on Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence were especially concerning. Last Thursday, an armed man was shot and killed by police outside an FBI building in Cincinnati, Ohio. Klobuchar said those are the "kind of things that result when you've got a president that attacks law enforcement and [...]
Cottage Grove, MN – On Wednesday evening, August 10, Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen, Julia Schumacher, won the first night of preliminary competition “On-Stage Question – Red Carpet Evening Gown Award” at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Dallas, Texas. She will receive a $1000 educational scholarship for her preliminary win. Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen, Morgan Greco, won the preliminary talent award. Julia will compete in preliminary talent Thursday evening August 11, at the national competition. The winner of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2023 will receive a $30,000 educational scholarship and will be crowned on Friday, August 12. Minnesota has never had [...]
Excessive drinking cost Minnesotans nearly $8 billion in 2019, according to a new study from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The study found the greatest financial cost fell on those who drink excessively and their families--as well as government and health insurance providers "A lot of these costs are associated with binge drinking and so that is four or more drinks on an occasion for women or five or more on an occasion for men and binge drinking we found accounted for about 73% of the costs almost three-quarters of the cost." The MDH's Kari Gloppen says most of the [...]