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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.

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 […]

State distributes nearly $600 million in COVID-19 relief funds to local governments

By: - July 9, 2020

The state has distributed nearly $600 million in COVID-19 relief aid to local governments, the Minnesota Department of Revenue and Minnesota Management and Budget announced Thursday. Gov. Tim Walz authorized the funds, part of the federal CARES Act, for distribution in late June. By June 29, 64 counties and 196 cities had been approved to […]

Minnesota reports 463 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths

By: - July 8, 2020

More than 39,500 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,485 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Wednesday include 463 new cases and eight deaths. Approximately 692,970 tests have been completed, an increase of 7,636 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 265 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Gov. Tim Walz says he’s not sure yet if students will be back at school this fall

By: - July 7, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that his administration isn’t sure yet whether students will be back at school in the fall — and some legislators aren’t happy. “It is still my intention for us to try and find a model where we get as many students back in the buildings as possible, that we do it […]

Minnesota private schools, restaurants among businesses that got federal loans, new records show

By: - July 6, 2020

The federal government issued more than 98,000 loans to Minnesota businesses and nonprofits through the Paycheck Protection Program, including pricey private schools and a conservative think tank, according to data released Monday. Nonprofits, restaurant corporations, construction companies and churches were among the 13,700 organizations that received loans of at least $150,000. Here are some of […]

Are Minnesotans staying home during the pandemic? Not as much, new data show

By: - July 6, 2020

Well before Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-home order ended May 18, Minnesotans were on the move.  What’s unclear is whether they were still doing their best to prevent the further transmission of COVID-19, but just doing it outdoors as spring temperatures rose. Minnesotans were most diligent about staying home from mid-March to mid-May, according to a […]

Minnesota reports 500 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths

By: - July 2, 2020

More than 37,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,458 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 500 new cases and 13 deaths. Approximately 630,427 tests have been completed, an increase of 13,505 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, 274 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]