Minnesota Pollution Control and Department of Ag officials are kicking off a farm tour today (10 am) in Rochester aimed at spreading the word about two new reports on Minnesota's waters. Environmental Quality Board (EQB) Executive Director Katie Pratt... "The 2020 state water plan focuses on how climate change and water shape our lives in Minnesota. it calls for action to ensure safe drinking water and make our landscape better able to handle extreme weather, fishable and swimmable." The kickoff of the tour is taking place at Olmstead Soil Health Farm (10 am).
A new state House committee is addressing racial justice. The committee was set up in the wake of recent unrest after the killing of George Floyd and as a result of lawmakers earlier this year deeming racism a public health crisis. "We know that the public health crisis did not begin in 2020, we are grappling with centuries of systemic racism. While we know we cannot undo over 400 years of systemic racism in a single committee, this committee is an important first step forward." Committee Co-Chair Representative Ruth Richardson of Mendota Heights. The committee also received a presentation on maternal-child [...]
Governor Tim Walz says he's optimistic about the return of fall football and volleyball. He says it will go well as long as school districts continue to follow state guidelines: "If a school is in a hybrid because numbers are high and that's where they're at they won't be playing in inner school athletics. But we do think there is the capacity to get this right." Walz says he'd also like to get more extracurricular activities started as well: "They do go hand in hand whether it's speech and debate, concert band or football. Those are things that round out that [...]
As a part of rail safety week Minnesota Operation Lifesaver is rolling out the fourth annual "Operation Clear Track" initiative. Executive Director Sheryl Cummings says the event brings police, fire, and other first responders together with the public to talk about staying safe around train tracks. "Just be aware, that whenever we see tracks, we should always be expecting a train, always be thinking train. We're just trying to raise awareness, trying to stop some of these track tragedies." Cummings says this year the outreach will be digital, but they still hope to have a significant impact on overall awareness.
A coalition of groups is hosting a march, rally and voter fair Wednesday under the banner of "We Make Minnesota". JaNae Bates with Faith in Minnesota says the focus of the event is: "The importance of voting, how it's actually our people power, it's our voice and making sure that every singly Minnesotan who is able to be a voter, is actually able to partake in this multi-racial Democracy that we're building." Bates notes that social distancing and mask-wearing are required at the event, which begins with a Voter Fair at the Education Minnesota parking lot, followed by a march to [...]
The first day of fall is here, with that comes the changing color of the leaves. Alyssa Hayes with Explore Minnesota encourages you to take a break and enjoy the fall landscape: "Explore Minnesota and Minnesota State Parks and Trails, we're teaming up to offer trip planning tips and fall color resources to travelers to get out and enjoy those changing leaves this season." Hayes says you can find the fall color finder on the DNR's website and trip planning tips at explore-Minnesota-dot-com.
President Trump today said he has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to fill the seat held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to five people and vowed to announce his pick by Friday or Saturday. Hamline University Political Analyst David Schultz: "Republicans and conservatives have been wanting to flip the Supreme Court for nearly 50 years and they have an opportunity now to really cement a conservative judiciary being able to fill this now." Schultz doesn't think there is enough time to fill the vacant seat before the November 3rd election, citing all the processes and procedures that need [...]
A state House committee this afternoon (TUE 1 pm) holds its first hearing on Racial Justice. Committee Chair Representative Rena Moran of St. Paul says one goal is today is for lawmakers to learn more about the definition of racism. Moran says she's under no illusion it will be easy... "What we do know is this is a much-needed dialogue, and I think it's a much-needed dialogue with legislators in the state of Minnesota since in the state of Minnesota we have some of the worst disparities within all of our systems." The House committee was set up in the wake [...]
The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with local public health officials to give people a chance to get a COVID-19 test if they would like to get tested. Over the next several weeks there will be testing opportunities in multiple communities around the state, including in Waseca Wednesday and Thursday this week. Testing is free, available to anyone who feels they need to be tested whether they have symptoms or not, and will not require insurance. The drive-through testing site will be set up at the Waseca County Fairgrounds. For more information on testing in other communities, you can visit [...]
Minnesota Realtors are giving back. CEO Chris Galler says their on-line "Re-building Community" campaign wraps up Tuesday: "New program that the realtors are doing statewide where the local and state association have put up some matching dollars to try and encourage their members and companies to contribute to the fund that will be used to try and re-build communities." Galler says 100-percent of the donations will go toward rebuilding and making our communities stronger.