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COVID Cases Rise by 13 in BEC, 556 in MN (August 7)

By |2020-08-07T11:01:31-05:00August 7th, 2020|

Daily Update: Because all data is preliminary, the change in number of cumulative positive cases and deaths from one day to the next may not equal the newly reported cases or deaths. 59,185 Total positive cases (cumulative) 556 Newly reported cases 4 Newly reported deaths Newly reported cases detail County Number of newly reported cases Aitkin 4 Anoka 36 Beltrami 2 Benton 1 Blue Earth 13 Brown 2 Carlton 1 Carver 10 Chisago 2 Clay 2 Cook 1 Cottonwood 1 Crow Wing 3 Dakota 61 Douglas 2 Faribault 2 Fillmore 2 Goodhue 5 Grant 1 Hennepin 133 Hubbard 2 Isanti 5 [...]

Walz highlighting state assistance programs as $600 federal unemployment benefit ends

By |2020-08-07T06:36:15-05:00August 7th, 2020|

Governor Tim Walz is highlighting state benefits and assistance that are still available to Minnesotans even though the extra 600-dollar federal weekly unemployment benefit is ending: "There's housing, there's needs on food, there's needs on electricity, there's needs on job placement. All of those things are one-stop shopping." The governor says Minnesotans who need help with food, child care or employment resources, or connections for health care or housing assistance should visit ApplyMN.   If you need emergency assistance, contact the county human services office or tribal agency where you live.   Walz's emergency COVID orders put a freeze on evictions. [...]

MN Democrats hoping for prominent role in nat’l convention

By |2020-08-07T06:34:13-05:00August 7th, 2020|

Minnesota Democrats are hoping the state figures prominently in their party's national convention which opens in ten days in Milwaukee. D-F-L Party Chairman Ken Martin notes with convention programming only two hours nightly because of COVID, speaking spots will be "premium opportunities and few and far between." "Certainly hope that Amy Klobuchar has a prominent role, given the fact that she was a candidate for president and how well she did and how deep she into the cycle she made it, I would expect she has a role." But Martin says he's hasn't heard yet, and doesn't believe Klobuchar has either. [...]

Walz tells parents he wishes fall school plans were more certain

By |2020-08-07T06:32:43-05:00August 7th, 2020|

COVID case numbers are going different directions in different parts of Minnesota, playing havoc with school districts' plans for in-person classes this fall or to continue distance-learning or a combination -- all the while observing guidelines in the governor's latest order.   Walz tells parents he wishes there was more certainty, but the virus is not allowing that: "The virus doesn't care that this is bad timing, that we're going up right before school starts. That is just it." Administration officials have been cautioning school districts that they could start the new school year using one learning method and have to [...]

Home Sales Changing during COVID-19

By |2020-08-07T06:31:36-05:00August 7th, 2020|

A new trend survey of realtors statewide shows the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the demand in what home buyers are looking for. Chris Galler president of the Minnesota Realtors: "People wanting more outdoor living space, more living space within the home. Especially so that they can work from home, and have appropriate space if they have children to teach them from home." Galler says there is also a high demand for people looking for a second property, such as a cabin -- to serve as a getaway home.

Have you responded to the 2020 Census?

By |2020-08-07T06:29:40-05:00August 7th, 2020|

If you haven't already responded to the 2020 census you may be getting an in-person visit in the next few weeks.   Spokeswoman Maureen Schreiner says census takers will be taking COVID-19 safety precautions: "So they will be wearing masks. They'll be practicing social distancing. The interviews will only take place in open-air outdoor areas. So if they go up to a household and knock on the door, the interview would be held while they are standing outside." The deadline to respond to the 2020 census is October 31st.

Increase in motorcycles means need for increased driver vigilance

By |2020-08-07T06:26:48-05:00August 7th, 2020|

Keep your eyes peeled for motorcycle riders. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says that is even more crucial as they expect more riders on Minnesota roads headed to the annual Sturgis rally in South Dakota starting Friday. "I-90 is a huge funnel point for all the states north and east of us. They head this way they get on I-90. So I-90 is going to see huge volumes of riders." Motorcycle Safety Program Coordinator Bill Shaffer says drivers always need to be extra vigilant to avoid crashes with motorcycles. "Failing to yield the right of way by other motorists, remains [...]

Republican lawmakers want Walz to apologize over National Guard Comment

By |2020-08-07T06:37:37-05:00August 7th, 2020|

Republican lawmakers say Governor Tim Walz insulted the Minnesota National Guard when he told Mayor Jacob Frey, who was requesting soldiers to control riots in Minneapolis, that instead of trained troops he'd be getting "19-year-olds who are cooks." Senator Andrew Lang, a National Guard major from Olivia, says "to be talked down to like that is unimaginable": "The Governor and I can have our disagreements on political items. We can have disagreements on how we see the future of the state progressing but this was too far, this was across the line. This was disparaging, I would say to the nth [...]

Klobuchar, Smith Announce SBA Disaster Assistance for Small Businesses in Minnesota

By |2020-08-07T06:03:59-05:00August 7th, 2020|

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering disaster assistance to businesses and residents affected by the civil unrest from May 27 through June 8, 2020. Businesses and residents can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. More information is available here. “This federal funding will help provide resources that businesses and residents need to rebuild. I’ve met with many of the affected small business owners, and I will continue to work to secure needed support,” Klobuchar said. “It's critical for the federal government to step forward and [...]

Establishments now in Compliance After Violating Executive Order

By |2020-08-07T06:02:06-05:00August 7th, 2020|

Investigators with the Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (DPS-AGED) recently followed up with the bars and restaurants that received warning letters for violations of Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-74. All 14 establishments are now in compliance.   DPS-AGED agents, along with law enforcement partners around the state spent two weeks (July 4-13) surveilling 919 restaurants and bars throughout the state looking for violations. Investigators were specifically looking for employees violating mask requirements, adherence to social distancing with tables less than six feet apart and establishments serving to more than 50 percent capacity. AGED sent 10 warning letters to [...]

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