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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.

463 new COVID-19 cases reported in Minnesota as testing picks up

By: - April 29, 2020

Minnesota reported 463 new COVID-19 cases between Monday and Tuesday — the highest number in a 24-hour period — for a total of 4,644 cases. Testing has increased in the past week, since the state announced a plan to test up to 20,000 Minnesotans daily through a joint effort with Mayo Clinic and the University […]

Minnesota State University Moorhead to cut 10% of jobs

By: - April 29, 2020

Minnesota State University Moorhead will cut 10% of jobs over the next two years in the face of a $6 million budget shortfall, the university announced earlier this month. The university’s proposed 2022 budget eliminates 66 of its 632 full-time positions, the majority of them faculty jobs, as well as 10 academic majors. Although the […]

Minnesota higher ed in crisis, administrators tell Legislature

By: and - April 29, 2020

Minnesota’s public colleges and universities face steep financial shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education officials told legislators Tuesday. Between dwindling enrollment, canceled events, refunds for students and the real possibility that campuses won’t reopen this fall, Minnesota’s public colleges and universities could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, amounting to nearly 10% […]

Minnesota reports 365 new COVID-19 cases, a single-day high

By: - April 28, 2020

Minnesota reported 365 new COVID-19 cases between Sunday and Monday — the highest number in a 24-hour period — for a total of 4,181 cases. Testing has increased in the past week, since the state announced a plan to test up to 20,000 Minnesotans daily through a joint effort with Mayo Clinic and the University […]

Federal airport money under scrutiny, but Brainerd Lakes comes out a winner

By: - April 28, 2020

The Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t explained why a small Minnesota airport is receiving nearly $18 million in federal funding under the recent COVID-19 aid package, far more than busier airports in Rochester and Duluth, for instance.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $10 billion in funding for airports affected by pandemic. […]

Minnesota reports 42 COVID-19 deaths over the weekend

By: - April 27, 2020

Minnesota reported 42 deaths from COVID-19 between Friday and Sunday, including 28 deaths in one 24-hour period over the weekend. Across the state, 286 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. The number of […]

We don’t know how many Minnesota students are absent from distance learning

By: - April 27, 2020

Showing up to school is one of the most important factors in a student’s academic success — but Minnesota won’t have a reliable record of student attendance for nearly three months this year. In a typical school day, teachers base attendance on whether students physically show up to class. During Minnesota’s “distance learning” period, which Gov. […]

Minnesota’s COVID-19 case count tops 3,000

By: - April 24, 2020

More than 3,000 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Two-hundred-twenty-one people have died. Because of limited testing, the number of confirmed cases doesn’t represent everyone who has or has had COVID-19. More than 1,590 of patients who tested positive have recovered and no longer need to be isolated, […]

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 […]