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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.

Minneapolis reeling after fourth night of chaos

By: and - May 30, 2020

Minneapolis descended into chaos for the fourth night Friday despite an 8 p.m. curfew, as suspected outsiders lit fires and looted businesses across the city. Peaceful demonstrators assembled near the Minneapolis police Third Precinct and marched down I-35W early in the evening to protest against police for the killing of George Floyd, but the tone […]

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged with third-degree murder

By: and - May 29, 2020

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the death of George Floyd, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday. Chauvin was captured on video Monday evening kneeling on Floyd’s neck just before his death. Floyd’s death sparked international outrage and set off protests across the […]

Residents express empathy, grief after second night of riots in Twin Cities

By: and - May 29, 2020

South Minneapolis residents expressed empathy, grief and anger Friday morning as smoke drifted through the air, sirens wailed and the state patrol surrounded the remnants of Third Precinct headquarters following the second night of riots in the Twin Cities. Alisha Bruce and her siblings came out to survey the wreckage. Standing outside a husk of […]

Protests and violent looting take hold in Minneapolis, St. Paul over George Floyd

By: , and - May 28, 2020

The chaos and rage blew east Thursday, as looting and fire swept through the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, this time under a brilliant blue sky.  Even as fires on East Lake Street in Minneapolis smoldered and disaster tourists gawked at the rubble of stores, apartments and cars there, the looting and fires began in […]

Mayor Frey pledges ‘all-out effort’ to restore peace in Mpls., urges calm

By: - May 28, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey pledged an “all-out effort” to restore peace and urged the community to remain calm Thursday morning after peaceful demonstrations against police for the killing of George Floyd turned to looting, riots and fires overnight. Frey said he hoped Minneapolis would look back at today as a “a time where we picked […]

Minnesota Gov. Walz pledges justice for George Floyd as protests move into second day

By: , and - May 27, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz condemned the death of George Floyd — a day after protests erupted at Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct Tuesday night — saying he too shared the frustration with Black Minnesotans who are once again seeking justice for one of their own. “Watching any of the video of what happened to George Floyd […]

Minnesota reports 510 new COVID-19 cases and 33 deaths

By: - May 27, 2020

More than 22,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 932 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Wednesday include 510 new cases and 33 deaths. More than 6,600 tests were completed between Monday and Tuesday. Approximately 216,532 Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19. Of the 22,464 people who have […]

Minnesota reports 652 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths

By: - May 26, 2020

More than 21,900 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 899 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Tuesday include 652 new cases and 18 deaths. More than 5,800 tests were completed between Sunday and Monday. Approximately 209,898 Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19. Of the 21,960 people who have […]

Minnesota’s unemployment rate tops 8%

By: - May 21, 2020

Minnesota’s unemployment rate rose to just over 8% in April, up from 2.9% the month before, as workers face sweeping job cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That means 249,453 Minnesotans were jobless in April, according to data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The new figures are the first look […]

Minnesota reports 32 more COVID-19 deaths, a new single-day high

By: - May 21, 2020

Minnesota reported 32 deaths from COVID-19 between Tuesday and Wednesday — the highest number of deaths in a 24-hour period during the pandemic. Across the state, 809 people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus since the state confirmed its first case on March 6, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. […]

Outdoor dining allowed starting June 1 in Minnesota; salons to reopen with limitations

By: - May 21, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz announced Minnesota restaurants will be allowed to re-open for outdoor dining starting June 1, Wednesday. Salons and barber shops will also be able to resume business at limited capacity, as part of Walz’s plan to gradually ease the restrictions implemented as part of the state’s COVID-19 response. All businesses will have to […]

Minnesota reports 645 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths

By: - May 20, 2020

More than 17,600 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 777 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The totals reported Monday include 645 new cases and 29 deaths. More than 5,500 tests were completed between Monday and Tuesday. Approximately 167,338 Minnesotans have been tested for COVID-19. Of the 17,670 people who have […]