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Gracie Stockton

Gracie Stockton

Gracie Stockton is a senior at the University of Minnesota. She was awarded the 2021 Kaufman scholarship from the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication and joined the Reformer as an intern. Gracie also studies theatre and Russian, and is an artist in her free time.

Republican lawmaker introduces bill to cap Minneapolis City Council salaries

By: - February 23, 2021

Rep. Patrick Garofalo, R-Farmington, is proposing to cap Minneapolis City Council salaries at $71,306, the state median household income. Minneapolis City Council members currently earn $106,101 per year. “Salaries for the Minneapolis City Council are completely out of touch when compared to other large cities statewide,” Garofalo said in a press release. “It is unacceptable […]

Minnesota surpasses 1 million COVID-19 vaccinations

By: - February 19, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz announced today that Minnesota has administered more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccinations across the state, Roughly 12.9% — 728,081 people — have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 5% of the state — 286,543 people — is fully vaccinated, according to Minnesota Department of Health data. That’s the capacity of […]

Minnesota rolls out new online COVID-19 vaccine registry

By: - February 18, 2021

Minnesota is rolling out an online registry that will notify residents when they are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Tim Walz announced on Thursday.  Minnesotans who have not yet been vaccinated are encouraged to sign up for the registry. Dubbed the COVID-19 Connector, the portal will alert Minnesotans when they are eligible for vaccination, […]

Q&A: Rep. Kaohly Vang Her says her refugee status, career in finance help her represent

By: - February 18, 2021

Rep. Kaohly Vang Her, DFL-St. Paul, came to the U.S. as a refugee and grew up in poverty. After getting her degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin, Her spent 15 years in the private sector, earning an M.B.A. from Northeastern University along the way. Her is serving her second term in the Minnesota […]

“Poorly Drawn Pet Portraits” raising money for Pet Haven

By: - February 12, 2021

A Paw-sitive news break. Pet Haven, Minnesota’s oldest foster-based animal rescue nonprofit organization, is raising money with “Poorly Drawn Pet Fundraiser”. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  Via the Pet Haven Facebook page, people can donate $15 and post a photo of their pet. Then, a Pet Haven volunteer draws the pet “to […]

Walz appoints seven new members to the Police Officer Standards and Training Board

By: - February 11, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz announced seven new appointees to the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board today, a once-obscure panel thrust into the spotlight since the police killing of George Floyd.  “After the death of George Floyd, we engaged Minnesotans across the state in conversations around criminal justice reform,” Walz said in a statement. “These […]

Q&A: Rep. Anne Neu Brindley, a rising player in the GOP caucus

By: - February 10, 2021

Rep. Anne Neu Brindley, R-North Branch, is serving her third term in the Minnesota House and has quickly risen the ranks into leadership. Neu Brindley had been a prominent Republican operative who managed the congressional campaign of former Rep. Chip Cravaack in 2010, helping him upset longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. Neu Brindley’s late husband, […]

Mass shooting and a bomb detonates at a health clinic in Wright County

By: and - February 9, 2021

A shooting and bomb detonation at an Allina Health clinic in Buffalo on Tuesday morning left five people critically wounded, according to police dispatch audio. The shooting occurred just before 11 a.m., and a bomb went off in the family medicine and urgent care clinic about 30 min later, according to dispatch audio. Police have […]

Walz announces new permanent vaccine site and pharmacy vaccination opportunities

By: - February 9, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz announced a third permanent vaccination site in Rochester this week. The new site, which joins Minneapolis and Duluth locations launched in early February, is a part of the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program and aims to help vaccinate Minnesotans 65 and older.  As of this week, teachers and childcare providers will gain access […]

Campaign finance report raises doubts about Freeman running again

By: - February 8, 2021

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman seems increasingly likely to retire at the end of his term in 2022, evidenced by recently released campaign finance records that show he’s all but stopped raising money.   His balance for 2020 was $1,625.10, and he raised just $89.80 in contributions in 2020. By contrast, in 2016, two years before […]

1 million Minnesotans are using the state’s COVID-19 exposure app

By: - February 2, 2021

More than 1 million Minnesotans have opted in to the state COVID-19 exposure notification system, according to a press release from Gov. Tim Walz. The program COVIDaware MN notifies users within 12-24 hours if another user they’ve had contact with tests positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you’ll be contacted by the Minnesota Department […]

Frontline workers to join lawmakers in call for COVID-19 emergency paid leave

By: - January 28, 2021

Frontline essential workers are joining with the House Labor Committee in a bill calling for broader COVID-19 emergency paid leave. House lawmakers are proposing to close loopholes in a federal law that provides paid leave to frontline workers who contract COVID-19 or have to care for family members who fall ill with the coronavirus. State […]