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GOP state senator says Lindstrom men charged in Jan. 6 Capitol attack are ‘good family,’ need financial support

BY: - October 22, 2021

A GOP state senator on Friday asked his Facebook followers to donate to the legal defense fund of a family facing felony charges in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. State Sen. Mark Koran, R-North Branch, shared the link to an online fundraiser organized by Rosemarie Westbury, whose husband and son, […]

COVID-19 boosters from Moderna, J&J OK’d along with ‘mix and match’ shots

BY: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of additional Americans are now eligible to receive a booster dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines, after federal health officials gave the green light late Thursday to follow-up doses of the shots made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.  Anyone who received the one-shot J&J vaccine is now eligible for […]

Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Hagedorn for financial misconduct

BY: - October 21, 2021

The U.S. House Ethics Committee will review allegations that U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn used his office budget to pay a business owned by his staff and that his campaign accepted free office space from a political donor, a violation of federal election law. The decision to further investigate the congressman from Minnesota’s First Congressional District […]

Senate Republicans attack county attorney for car stop policy

BY: - October 21, 2021

Senate Republicans and some law enforcement officials criticized Ramsey County Attorney John Choi’s decision not to prosecute cases that stem solely from traffic stops unrelated to public safety.  A Senate hearing on Thursday focused on the rising crime in the Twin Cities metro and featured a slate of testifiers that included Ramsey County Sheriff Bob […]

Minnesota’s unemployment rate falls to 3.7%

BY: - October 21, 2021

Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.7% in September, down from 3.8% in August and 3.9% in July, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Thursday. The state’s unemployment rate is below the national rate of 4.8%. Minnesota gained 17,100 jobs — an increase of about 0.6%, far outpacing the national jobs growth rate of […]

Feds OK ‘mix-and-match’ approach for COVID-19 booster shots

BY: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a green light to Americans who want to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by a different company than the one that produced the initial shot they received. The announcement Wednesday on allowing “mix-and-match” shots from different manufacturers will give more flexibility to […]

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State labor department estimates pandemic bonuses would take 3 months to pay once plan approved

BY: - October 20, 2021

Workers in line for pandemic bonus pay might have to wait up to three months to receive any money once an agreement is reached, Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Roslyn Robertson estimated.  Lawmakers deadlocked in a lengthy negotiation — over who should get the money and how much — heard details Wednesday of how the […]

Minneapolis Police Chief: ‘These numbers are sobering, they’re unconscionable’

BY: - October 20, 2021

Just weeks before Minneapolis voters will decide on the future of the police department and its current leader Medaria Arradondo, the top cop told the City Council that the crime situation is dire. 

Biden administration restricts mining near Boundary Waters

BY: - October 20, 2021

The Biden administration is pausing new copper-nickel mining leases near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for two years and launching a study to consider a 20-year ban on mineral mining in the area, a move that could block the proposed Twin Metals mine near Ely. The restrictions, announced Wednesday, will affect more than 225,000 […]

Sen. Tina Smith, former chief of staff to Rybak, will vote no on Question 2

BY: - October 19, 2021

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, who is a Minneapolis resident when not in Washington, said Tuesday that she will vote no on Question 2 — the Minneapolis police ballot initiative — joining Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Gov. Tim Walz in opposition.  Smith, once chief of staff to former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, said that she agrees with much […]

Rent control opponents raised $3.9 million to fight ballot initiative in St. Paul

BY: - October 19, 2021

The political committee campaigning to stop the rent control ballot initiative in St. Paul raised $3.9 million in two months, rivaling candidates for congress in nearby districts and dwarfing the nearly $215,000 raised by proponents, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday. The eye-popping figure coming in an off-year election underscores property owners’ fears of […]

Minneapolis police overtime explodes due to staffing shortage

BY: - October 18, 2021

The Minneapolis Police Department has spent about $3 million on overtime this year, with about half due to a staffing shortage, the department’s finance director said Monday.