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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.

Walz calls special session for police reform, pandemic response

By: - June 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday called legislators back for a special session starting Friday, urging them to address police reform as well as the state’s pandemic response and recovery. Lawmakers already had a host of legislative loose ends to tie up from the regular session that ended in May, like the state’s budget deficit, pandemic […]

Minnesota reports 352 new COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths

By: - June 10, 2020

More than 28,800 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,236 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Wednesday include 352 new cases and 19 deaths. Approximately 369,795 tests have been completed. The state changed how it reports testing totals last week and revised past figures to show the number […]

Minneapolis police chief to end contract negotiations with police union

By: - June 10, 2020

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced Wednesday that he would withdraw from contract negotiations with the Minneapolis police union and implement a program intended to intervene in problematic officer behavior. The announcement comes days after the Minneapolis City Council declared its intent to disband the police department as residents clamor for police reform in the […]

Minnesota reports 307 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths

By: - June 9, 2020

More than 28,500 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,217 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Wednesday include 307 new cases and 20 deaths. Approximately 360,991 tests have been completed. The state changed how it reports testing totals last week and revised past figures to show the number […]

COVID-19 heightens fears about child hunger over summer break

By: - June 9, 2020

Schools across the state saw their meal counts plummet this spring despite their efforts to make free meals accessible to families — amplifying concerns about child hunger amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Child hunger usually increases over the summer when school meals are harder to come by, and advocates fear even more families will face food […]

Minnesota reports 338 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths

By: - June 8, 2020

More than 28,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,197 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Wednesday include 338 new cases and 11 deaths. Approximately 354,226 tests have been completed. The state changed how it reports testing totals last week and revised past figures to show the number […]

Data show disparities between Black and white Minnesotans in education, income, criminal justice are among the worst in the nation

By: - June 8, 2020

George Floyd’s death after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes sparked outrage and protests in Minnesota and across the world. Although the local demonstrations are ostensibly about Floyd’s death, they’re fueled by decades of frustration and anger at the state’s well-documented inequities for Black Minnesotans and Minnesotans of […]

Minnesota reports 712 new COVID-19 cases and 33 deaths

By: - June 5, 2020

More than 26,900 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,148 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Wednesday include 712 new cases and 33 deaths. Approximately 322,340 have been completed. The state changed how it reports testing totals Friday and revised past figures to show the number of tests […]

Minnesota reports 404 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths

By: - June 4, 2020

More than 26,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,115 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Wednesday include 404 new cases and 29 deaths. More than 9,900 tests were completed between Tuesday and Wednesday, a new single-day high. Approximately 275,622 Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19. Of the […]

Saint Paul school board to discuss police contract next week

By: - June 3, 2020

The Saint Paul school board will discuss its contract with the Saint Paul Police Department at a June 9 meeting, the district announced Wednesday, the day after the Minneapolis school board voted unanimously to terminate its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department. The Saint Paul Police Department provides seven school resource officers for the district, […]

Ellison elevates murder charge for Chauvin, charges 3 other officers in George Floyd death

By: and - June 3, 2020

Attorney General Keith Ellison elevated charges against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, formally accusing him of second-degree murder after he kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Ellison also filed charges against the other three officers present when Floyd died. “I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge,” […]

Photos: Thousands gather for sit-in at the state Capitol

By: - June 2, 2020

Thousands of Minnesotans gathered at the Capitol Tuesday under an unusually hot June sun for a student-led sit-in to protest against police for the death of George Floyd. The demonstration was organized to raise awareness of the policing of Black communities and as a tribute to the sit-ins of the civil rights era. The crowd […]