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Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a former data reporter for the Minnesota Reformer. Rilyn was born and raised in Minnesota and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.

Minnesota reports 2,178 new COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths

By: - October 27, 2020

Minnesota reported 2,178 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, marking more than two weeks of daily case counts above 1,000. The state also recorded 15 deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,368, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Officials in recent weeks have implored Minnesotans to stay vigilant against COVID-19 as case counts spike and […]

Minnesota Supreme Court race pits Thissen against troubled lawyer Michelle MacDonald

By: - October 27, 2020

Minnesota Supreme Court elections typically don’t attract much attention, but this year’s race between an incumbent justice and a controversial perennial challenger may be an exception. Supreme Court Justice Paul Thissen is facing Michelle MacDonald, a family lawyer whose career includes three other Supreme Court bids and multiple disciplinary incidents. In court documents published last […]

Minnesota reports 1,578 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths

By: - October 26, 2020

Minnesota reported 1,578 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, marking more than two weeks of daily case counts above 1,000. The state also recorded four deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,353, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Officials in recent weeks have implored Minnesotans to stay vigilant against COVID-19 as case counts spike and […]

Boogaloo Boi charged with shooting into Minneapolis Third Precinct during riots

By: - October 23, 2020

A 26-year-old man from San Antonio, Texas has been charged with rioting for allegedly shooting into the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct during the unrest following the police killing of George Floyd.  U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald on Friday announced the federal charge against Ivan Harrison Hunter, who was arrested in Texas on Wednesday.  Hunter is […]

Judge rules Derek Chauvin will face two charges in George Floyd’s death, drops one charge

By: - October 22, 2020

A Hennepin County district judge on Thursday ruled former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin will stand trial for second-degree murder and manslaughter for kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Judge Peter Cahill also denied motions to dismiss charges against three other ex-officers in connection with Floyd’s death. The third-degree murder charge against […]

Open seat in north suburbs spurs contest between Republican Donald Raleigh and DFLer Kris Fredrick

By: - October 22, 2020

The northern suburbs of Circle Pines, Lino Lakes and Hugo that make up Minnesota House District 38A have been reliably red in recent years, but suburban disgust with President Donald Trump has the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party fantasizing about just how far a blue wave might carry.  Especially since state Rep. Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines, who historically […]

Minn. Supreme Court candidate could face probation for the second time

By: - October 21, 2020

A candidate for Minnesota Supreme Court made “knowingly false statements” about Dakota County Judge David Knutson during an interview with WCCO in October 2018, less than a year after she had been suspended and placed on probation for comments about the same judge, according to court filings published Tuesday. A judicial referee — a district […]

Minnesota reports 1,120 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

By: - October 20, 2020

Minnesota reported 1,120 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, marking nearly two consecutive weeks of daily case counts above 1,000. The state also recorded seven deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,246, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Officials in recent weeks have implored Minnesotans to stay vigilant against COVID-19 as case counts spike and […]

Minnesota reports 1,632 new COVID-19 cases; statewide case growth among the nation’s highest

By: - October 19, 2020

Minnesota reported 1,632 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, following three days of record-high daily case increases. Minnesota’s case growth rate as of Friday indicates “unchecked community spread” and high COVID-19 risk levels, according to the Brown School of Public Health. For the past week, the state has reported roughly 30 new cases per 100,000 residents […]

Half of Minneapolis Public Schools’ new safety team has police, corrections or security experience

By: - October 16, 2020

After the police killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day, Minneapolis Public Schools abruptly canceled a contract with the city’s police department to provide officers in schools. The district has been quickly trying to build its own team of “public safety support specialists” in the absence of police, but advocates say the process has been […]

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 6% in September

By: - October 15, 2020

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 6% in September, down from 7.4% in August as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to stress businesses and workers. But there may not be cause for celebration yet — the decline was caused in part by a drop in the state’s labor force participation rate, according to the Minnesota Department of […]

Minnesota has nation’s second-lowest child obesity rate

By: - October 14, 2020

Minnesota has the nation’s second-lowest child obesity rate, according to a report published Wednesday by a national health advocacy organization. Just over 9% of children ages 10-17 in Minnesota were obese in 2018, well below the national rate of 15.5%, according to the rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic group. Tracking obesity […]