Minnesota health officials are encouraging eligible Minnesotans who've gotten the COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine to now get the booster shot. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm: "Minnesotans who've gotten the Pfizer vaccine can receive the booster shot at least six months after their initial series." If you received the Moderna or J&J vaccine hold tight: "We expect there will be enough data on those vaccines for the FDA and the CDC to make decisions for boosters on Moderna or for Johnson and Johnson within a matter of weeks." For more information on the Pfizer booster, eligibility requirements head to health.state.mn.us According to [...]
Governor Tim Walz is hoping state lawmakers will pass a new $10 million drought relief proposal to support Minnesota farmers and livestock producers impacted by severe drought conditions during the 2021 growing season. "Our hope is to be able to move this package maybe in conjunction with our essential workers as we talk about a special session this fall to move that money as quickly as possible." The Governor’s relief package, introduced today, includes $5 million in rapid response grants to provide drought relief for livestock producers and specialty crop producers. The funding proposal also includes $5 million for the Rural [...]
Minnesota's duck opener is today. The DNR's Steve Cordts says keep safety in mind: "We always have issues at some point during the season with overloaded boats, no life vests...things like that." Cordts says also keep in mind access to lakes and rivers could be difficult around the state due to the drought.
Fall harvest is ramping up across Minnesota. MnDOT's Anne Meyer: "We want all motorists to be aware that this activity is going on that we've got some large, slow-moving farm equipment on the roadways and just to pay attention for that activity." Meyer says most farm equipment crashes and fatalities are distraction-related.
COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the state. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm: "Everyone of Minnesota's 87 counties is listed by the CDC as having high rates of transmission of COVID-19. All of these metrics speak to the serious ongoing threat posed by COVID. And specifically and by the highly contagious delta variant." Much of the new case growth is happening outside of the Twin Cities.
State lawmakers are touring the state as they consider how to allocate infrastructure funding. A Senate committee spent last week in northeast Minnesota, while a House committee visited northwest Minnesota. Representative Fue Lee says: "This is a great opportunity for our House members to get out here and hear from some local residents on what are the needs, and really learn about the different projects because we all come from different walks of life and just seeing and hearing from the local community first-hand is really important." Most recently, lawmakers allocated $1.8 billion for various projects around the state--and there was [...]
Opioid prescriptions are down for the tenth consecutive year according to a new report from the American Medical Association. Minnesota Medical Association president-elect Randy Rice says due in part to a concerted effort on the part of doctors and... "Minnesota along with a lot of other states has put in the drug monitoring programs that allow us, when we're prescribing opiate medicines for patients, we can check to see who else is prescribing those that helps identify quite a bit of patients who are trying to use these inappropriately." Rice says Minnesota’s opioid prescription rate went down 6.5 percent from 2019 [...]
Education Minnesota is repeating its call for educators and other adults in schools to keep themselves and their students safe after the Minnesota Department of Health recently reported the first two COVID-19 deaths of school staff members in the current school year. "The numbers seemingly going up and up as the weeks go on since the start of the school year, we absolutely need to continue to adhere to the recommendations that we're hearing from pediatricians, the CDC and the Department of Health." Education Minnesota President Denice Specht. Since the pandemic began in 2020, 10 school staff members and one student [...]
A man from Boyd was shot in a private hunting preserve near Montevideo Wednesday afternoon. The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says 74-year-old James Roth is currently hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center with serious, life-threatening wounds. Deputies say at 3:48 p.m. yesterday they got a 911 call that a person was being transported by a private party to the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital emergency room with a gunshot wound. Roth had reportedly been shot while at a private game preserve in the 12000 Block of West 1st Street near Montevideo. Roth was airlifted to the Twin Cities. The sheriff's department was [...]
Democratic state lawmakers from both the House and Senate today (noon) are announcing the creation of the "Reproductive Freedom Caucus". The newly formed caucus will be the first in the Minnesota Legislature specifically organized around support for abortion rights and reproductive health care. Earlier this week Democratic Senate Minority Leader Melisa Lopez Franzen warned that... "Minnesota Republicans have made it clear that reproductive rights are on the ballot here next year right here in our state." Democrats have targeted Republican Senator and candidate for governor Paul Gazelka in particular for his voting record with regard to reproductive rights. Gazelka says he's [...]