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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 more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases; active cases at record high

By: - October 13, 2020

More than 114,500 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 2,151 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 1,150 new cases and seven deaths. For the past week, the state has reported an average of at least 1,000 new cases daily, with the seven-day average of active cases […]

Nearly one in three Minnesota teachers considering quitting their jobs, survey says

By: - October 12, 2020

Nearly one in three Minnesota teachers are considering quitting their jobs or retiring, according to a survey by Education Minnesota, the state’s teachers union. The survey of more than 9,700 educators comes about a month into a school year like no other as teachers, students and parents navigate distance learning, in-person classes or a combination […]

Minnesota students at lower risk for learning loss than other states, but disparities persist, report says

By: - October 9, 2020

Minnesota students are at a “medium” risk of losing academic progress due to the pandemic,  according to a recent report that examined the potential for learning loss in every state. Minnesota was one of 20 states listed as medium risk in the report from Education Week, which  examined internet and computer availability, family support and […]

11 Minnesota schools have reported at least 5 COVID-19 cases

By: - October 8, 2020

More than 700 Minnesota preK-12 schools have reported COVID-19 cases since August, with at least 1,300 students and staff infected, according to an update from the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday. The state only names schools that report at least five confirmed cases within a two-week period, the benchmark that shows transmission is likely happening […]

Minnesota reports 918 new COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths

By: - October 7, 2020

More than 106,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 2,101 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 918 new cases and 14 deaths. Approximately 2,195,882 tests have been completed. Of the 106,651 people who have tested positive, 96,616 no longer need to be isolated.

Minnesota reports 954 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths

By: - October 6, 2020

More than 105,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 2,087 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 954 new cases and four deaths. Approximately 2,182,970 tests have been completed. Of the 105,740 people who have tested positive, 95,614 no longer need to be isolated.

Nominations open for 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

By: - October 5, 2020

Nominations are open for the 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, a prestigious award given out annually by the state’s teachers union. Anyone can submit a nomination online through Nov. 15. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be named in May and become the state’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year. Nominees must […]

Minnesota reports 1,191 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

By: - September 25, 2020

More than 94,100 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,994 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 1,191 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 1,924,020 tests have been completed. Of the 94,189 people who have tested positive, 84,256 no longer need to be isolated.

Minnesota reports 995 new COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths

By: - September 24, 2020

More than 93,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,988 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 995 new cases and three deaths. Approximately 1,895,302 tests have been completed. Of the 93,012 people who have tested positive, 83,862 no longer need to be isolated.

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50 Minnesota state and federal races to watch in the 2020 election

By: - September 24, 2020

The presidential race alone is the source of enough election excitement this year, but there’s plenty to keep track of at the state and congressional levels as well. All 201 Minnesota House and Senate seats are on the ballot this year, plus each of the state’s eight U.S. House seats and one of Minnesota’s U.S. […]

Minnesota reports 690 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

By: - September 23, 2020

More than 92,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,985 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 690 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 1,873,867 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 303 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 148 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 513 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths

By: - September 22, 2020

More than 91,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,979 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 513 new cases and 10 deaths. Approximately 1,863,694 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 290 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 136 of them in intensive care units. […]