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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.

Thousands of Minnesota students still don’t have internet for distance learning

By: - August 17, 2020

Myisha Holley’s family didn’t have internet at home when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. She was finishing her college degree and helping her three middle schoolers at home, so reliable internet was essential — and nearly impossible for the St. Paul single mom to find on a budget.  The public library closed before they could borrow […]

Minnesota reports 697 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

By: - August 13, 2020

More than 62,900 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,685 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 697 new cases and seven deaths. Approximately 1,203,559 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, 308 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 154 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 470 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths

By: - August 12, 2020

More than 62,300 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,678 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 470 new cases and 12 deaths. Approximately 1,188,288 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 335 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 154 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 332 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

By: - August 11, 2020

More than 61,800 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,666 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 332 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 1,177,935 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 337 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 147 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 625 new COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths

By: - August 10, 2020

More than 61,500 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,660 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 625 new cases and three deaths. Approximately 1,172,118 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 320 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 159 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnetonka superintendent: Flu riskier than COVID-19 for students and families

By: - August 7, 2020

The traditional flu poses more risks to students and families than COVID-19, Minnetonka Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Peterson said during a Thursday evening meeting about the district’s reopening plans — a claim refuted by experts since the beginning of the pandemic. That comment and others made by Peterson Thursday night alarmed some parents and staff as […]

Minnesota reports 867 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths

By: - August 6, 2020

More than 58,600 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,636 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 867 new cases and seven deaths. Approximately 1,105,094 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, 319 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 153 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 629 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

By: - August 5, 2020

More than 57,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,629 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 629 new cases and nine deaths. Approximately 1,090,303 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 303 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 152 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota reports 606 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths

By: - August 4, 2020

More than 57,100 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,620 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 606 new cases and four deaths. Approximately 1,078,695 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 328 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 159 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota school reopening plans: Decisions, upcoming announcements from the state’s largest districts

By: - August 3, 2020

Three of Minnesota’s 10 largest school districts have announced their plans for the start of the upcoming school year — and none plan to bring students back to school full-time, at least not right away. Two districts — Anoka-Hennepin and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan — will begin the year with hybrid learning for all grade levels, and Minneapolis […]

Minnesota reports 779 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

By: - July 31, 2020

More than 54,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,600 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 779 new cases and six deaths. Approximately 1,024,916 tests have been completed. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 312 Minnesotans were hospitalized with COVID-19, 151 of them in intensive care units. […]

Minnesota’s most vulnerable students may have lost a year of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

By: - July 31, 2020

Sizi Goyah motivates his Brooklyn Center High School math students by dancing, singing and rapping through algebra and calculus.  But when Minnesota schools switched to distance learning in March, it was difficult for Goyah, like many educators, to teach new material — or even get his students to log on.  His class attendance rate — […]