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Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the 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 3 COVID-19 deaths

By: - July 21, 2020

More than 47,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,548 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The department said that a data management system issue affected COVID-19 case counts for Monday and Tuesday. More than 900 new cases were reported Monday — which would have been the state’s highest daily total […]

What are the pros and cons of reopening schools this fall?

By: - July 21, 2020

As Minnesota parents await a decision from Gov. Tim Walz about the start of the fall 2020 school year, the debate over reopening schools in the United States is becoming more fraught with each passing day. The U.S. reported more than 76,500 new cases last Thursday, breaking its daily record for the 11th time this […]

Minnesota reports first COVID-19 child death and 922 new cases

By: - July 20, 2020

Minnesota reported 922 new COVID-19 cases Monday — a record-high daily total — and the state’s first death of a child due to the coronavirus. The child was under 5 years old and lived in Clay County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. No other details were released. Previously, the youngest Minnesotan to die of COVID-19 […]

Minnesota reports 669 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

By: - July 17, 2020

More than 45,00 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,533 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 669 new cases and seven deaths. Approximately 819,511 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 252 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 110 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 611 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths

By: - July 16, 2020

More than 44,300 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,526 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 611 new cases and eight deaths. Approximately 805,212 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 249 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 103 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 578 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths

By: - July 15, 2020

More than 43,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,518 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 578 new cases and eight deaths. Approximately 790,497 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 254 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 106 of them in intensive care units. […]

George Floyd’s family suing former police officers, city of Minneapolis

By: - July 15, 2020

George Floyd’s family is suing the four former Minneapolis Police officers involved in his death and the city of Minneapolis, according to a complaint filed in federal court Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges that former officers Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao violated Floyd’s constitutional rights by using excessive force and not […]

Who’s been charged so far in Twin Cities arson and destruction?

By: - July 15, 2020

Three days after the police killing of George Floyd, a 22-year-old from Brainerd allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at the Minneapolis Police Third Precinct. The next day, a Mankato resident was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary from a boarded-up St. Paul Walgreens. A few days later, a Grand Marais resident and two Austin residents […]

Minnesota reports 403 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

By: - July 14, 2020

More than 43,100 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,510 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 403 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 777,614 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 236 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 107 of them in intensive care units. […]

White parents more comfortable reopening schools than non-white parents, survey says

By: - July 13, 2020

Black, Indigenous and other parents of color are less comfortable with the prospect of in-person school this fall than white parents, according to a new survey released by the Minnesota Department of Education. More than 130,000 parents responded to the unscientific survey, which asked about families’ experiences with distance learning and feelings about the fall. […]

Minnesota reports 609 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths

By: - July 10, 2020

More than 40,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,495 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 609 new cases and five deaths. Approximately 725,825 tests have been completed, an increase of 19,204 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 227 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Here’s all 13,718 Minnesota businesses that got PPP loans

By: and - July 10, 2020

More than 13,000 Minnesota employers received at least $150,000 in loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, according to data released this week — including a handful of firms owned by state legislators. Four state legislators have ownership stake in companies that received PPP loans, while another nine work for organizations that received loans, a Reformer […]