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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.

Distance learning may worsen Minnesota’s achievement gaps, experts say

By: - April 24, 2020

As essential workers with four children at home, there’s no such thing as weekends anymore for Kelsey Henningson-Kaye and her husband. As a physician assistant, Henningson-Kaye works 12-hour shifts at least three days a week at rural Ortonville Hospital, less than a mile from the South Dakota border. Her husband works six or seven days […]

200 Minnesotans have died of COVID-19

By: - April 23, 2020

Minnesota reported 21 deaths from COVID-19 between April 21 and 22, the highest number of deaths in a 24-hour period during the pandemic. Across the state, 200 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. […]

Minnesota schools won’t re-open this spring

By: and - April 23, 2020

Minnesota schools will remain closed through the end of the school year in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday, five weeks after he first closed schools so educators could plan for distance learning. That means most of the state’s 875,000 students have at least another six weeks of distance […]

With 19 more deaths, Minnesota COVID-19 toll reaches new daily high

By: - April 22, 2020

Minnesota reported 19 deaths from COVID-19 between April 20 and 21 — the highest number of deaths in a 24-hour period during the pandemic. Across the state, 179 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 […]

With 17 more deaths, Minnesota’s COVID-19 death toll reaches 160

By: - April 21, 2020

Minnesota reported 17 deaths from COVID-19 between April 19 and 20 — tying the state’s highest number of deaths in a 24-hour period during the pandemic. Across the state, 160 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 […]

JBS pork processing plant in Worthington

Nobles County has Minnesota’s highest COVID-19 case rate amid pork plant outbreak

By: - April 20, 2020

Nobles County, home to a JBS pork plant with an outbreak of COVID-19 among workers, has the highest number of cases per capita in Minnesota, with 34.5 cases per 10,000 residents. The county has a population of just over 22,000 and 76 confirmed cases as of April 20, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. […]

111 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19

By: - April 17, 2020

Minnesota reported 17 deaths from COVID-19 between April 15 and 16 — the highest number in a 24-hour period during the pandemic. Across the state, 111 people have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus since the state confirmed its first case March 6, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The number […]

More than 1,000 Minnesotans have recovered from COVID-19

By: - April 16, 2020

Just over half the Minnesotans who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered — a total of 1,020 residents, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. As of April 15, Minnesota had 1,912 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 41,000 people had been tested. Because of limited testing, more people have had COVID-19 than are […]

MSP airport set to receive $125 million in federal coronavirus aid package

By: - April 15, 2020

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport will receive more than $125 million in federal funding under the recent COVID-19 aid package, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $10 billion in funding for airports affected by pandemic. Across the United States, 3,235 airports are set to receive money […]

‘I can only do so much’: Families of kids with disabilities struggle with distance learning

By: - April 15, 2020

By the seventh day of distance learning, Simone Lott could have used a day of rest. When Minnesota schools closed in mid-March, Lott found herself teaching her four children, including 7-year-old son Samael, who has cerebral palsy. That was on top of her usual responsibilities running a household as a single parent and her full-time […]

Minnesota COVID-19 deaths total 79

By: - April 14, 2020

Seventy-nine Minnesotans have died of COVID-19 as of 4 p.m. April 13, according to the Minnesota Department of Health — twice the total number of deaths reported one week earlier. Since the state confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 6, 1,695 people have tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. […]

Air travel plummets as Americans avoid airports during COVID-19 pandemic

By: - April 13, 2020

Airports across the United States are nearly deserted as Americans avoid travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Just 90,510 people passed through airport security checkpoints on April 12, compared to more than 2.4 million on the same Sunday last year, according to Transportation Security Administration data.  The number of people flying from U.S. airports each day […]