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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 426 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths

By: - July 1, 2020

More than 36,700 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,445 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 426 new cases and four deaths. Approximately 617,107 tests have been completed, an increase of 11,791 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 260 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Minnesota reports 444 new COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths

By: - June 30, 2020

More than 36,300 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,441 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 444 new cases and 6 deaths. Approximately 605,316 tests have been completed, an increase of 12,361 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 270 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Minnesota reports 315 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths

By: - June 29, 2020

More than 35,800 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,435 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 315 new cases and 10 deaths. Approximately 592,955 tests have been completed, an increase of 7,522 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 278 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Minnesota reports 498 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths

By: - June 26, 2020

More than 34,600 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,411 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Friday include 498 new cases and five deaths. Approximately 557,278 tests have been completed, an increase of 14,560 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 335 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

What military equipment have your cops received? We have receipts.

By: - June 26, 2020

In 2016, the police department in Royalton, population 1,242, received three robotic vehicles — worth $77,000 each — to help soldiers and now police hunt for bombs. The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department, which serves a population of just over 21,000, was sent an armored vehicle worth $495,000 in 2018. Cottage Grove, population 37,200, got 39 […]

Minnesota reports 365 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

By: - June 25, 2020

More than 34,100 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,406 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Thursday include 365 new cases and nine deaths. Approximately 542,696 tests have been completed, an increase of 13,072 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, 336 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Minneapolis police union boss Bob Kroll tells podcast how to defeat civilian review

By: - June 24, 2020

Minneapolis Police Federation President Lt. Bob Kroll criticized civilian oversight of police and offered advice on defeating civilian review proposals on a March police podcast.  When “The Skirmish Line” podcast host and Tulsa Police union leader Jerad Lindsey said sarcastically that civilian oversight must have had positive effects on Minneapolis crime rates, lawsuits against officers […]

Minnesota sues oil giants for alleged climate change deception

By: - June 24, 2020

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is suing ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute and three Koch Industries entities, alleging the companies deliberately misled Minnesotans about climate change for decades. Ellison filed the consumer fraud lawsuit in Ramsey County Wednesday. The complaint seeks restitution for harms as a result of climate change and asks that the companies […]

St. Paul school board votes to remove police from schools

By: - June 24, 2020

St. Paul Public Schools is at least the second Minnesota school district to remove police officers from schools since the police killing of George Floyd. The school board voted 5-1 Tuesday to end contract negotiations with the St. Paul Police Department, the Star Tribune reported, three weeks after the Minneapolis Board of Education cut ties […]

Minnesota reports 245 new COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths

By: - June 23, 2020

More than 33,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,393 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Tuesday include 245 new cases and nine deaths. Approximately 520,045 tests have been completed, an increase of 7,261 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 339 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Minnesota reports 308 new COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths

By: - June 22, 2020

More than 33,200 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,384 have died, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The figures reported Monday include 308 new cases and four deaths. Approximately 513,137 tests have been completed, an increase of 8,664 from the day before. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 332 Minnesotans were hospitalized with […]

Schools should be ready for online and in-person learning this fall, state guidance says

By: - June 18, 2020

Minnesota health and education officials released guidance Thursday to help K-12 schools plan for fall 2020 — although there’s no word yet on whether schools will reopen or continue distance learning in September. The Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Education instructed school districts to plan for three scenarios: in-person classes for all students; a […]