Roadway fatalities in Minnesota in 2021 are at their highest level in over a decade. This comes after five motorcyclists were killed on the road in just the last week. The state Department of Public Safety also says 12 people have been killed in vehicle crashes since May 1st. As of now, around 122 people have died on Minnesota roads this year. DPS is asking people to drive smart, be cautious, drive sober, buckle up, and watch for curves.
The Gopher State is moving forward with its efforts to legalize marijuana. Over the weekend, the House Ways and Means Committee passed the legislation which would allow adults 21 and older to buy and possess marijuana in Minnesota. It would also expunge most marijuana-related convictions. The bill now heads to the House floor for a vote
Access to the COVID-19 vaccine is getting easier. Officials announced Friday that all eight state vaccine sites are now accepting walk-ins with no appointment. The news comes after Governor Tim Walz announced that he plans to reopen Minnesota by July 1st or when 70-percent of residents are vaccinated. To find the location nearest you, visit mn.gov/covid19.
Minnesota regulators can now adopt new 'clear car' rules without getting legislative approval. On Friday, a judge ruled that the state Pollution Control Agency could write new rules requiring manufacturers to deliver more electric and hybrid cars to Minnesota lots. Republican lawmakers and auto dealers objected to the 'clean cars' plan, saying such regulations should come from the Legislature. But, the ruling says the MPCA has the clear authority to adopt rules that address air pollution. Officials say the rules, similar to ones in California and other states, will give buyers more options.
(Maple Grove) -- A woman and two children are dead following a Saturday morning crash in Maple Grove. A vehicle containing the victims was traveling near the intersection of Dunkirk Lane and Lawndale Lane when the incident happened. A 25-year-old female driver, a two-year-old boy, and a three-year-old girl were all killed, but a 23-year-old man inside survived the crash. Investigators say high-speed may have been a factor in the crash, and that none of the passengers was wearing their seat belts. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.
(Chanhassen, MN) -- One man has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of his sister in Chanhassen. Police say they responded to the 3700-block of Landings Drive Saturday afternoon on a shooting call. A woman was found dead on the property after her 20-year-old brother fled. He was then arrested after reportedly telling someone he had shot his sister. Neither of the people involved have been identified. The investigation is ongoing.
More coronavirus cases and related deaths have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed 810 new cases and seven additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 587-thousand infections and about 72-hundred-31 deaths overall. About two-million-140-thousand-832 people have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine so far.
Minnesota's fishing opener is less than one week from today.(May 15th) The DNR's Nancy Stewart says public accesses are ready to go: "Pretty much have our 1,685 DNR managed access sites ready. You know I think actually most of them are ready now even. So our normal kind of goal date is fishing opener but with the great weather we've had, we are good to go." Fishing license sales are also way up this year heading into next weekend's opener.
Eleven hospitals across Mayo Clinic received star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Overall Hospital Quality. Six of the 11 hospitals earned five stars — the best score possible. The national average is 3 of 5 stars. The star rating provides patients with information about multiple dimensions of quality in a single score. Star ratings are assigned based on a hospital's composite score of 48 quality metrics from Inpatient and Outpatient Quality Reporting programs. "Congratulations to all Mayo Clinic hospitals that received excellent CMS star ratings," says Andrew Limper, M.D., Mayo Clinic's interim chief value officer. "These recognitions are testimonies [...]
Waseca County Public Health is hosting a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, May 12th from 3-5 pm. The vaccine provided is manufactured by Johnson and Johnson. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine does not require a second dose to reach its full effectiveness, so only one appointment is needed. Visit Waseca County on the web and click the bullet or call 507-835-0690 weekdays between 9 and 3 to reserve your dose. Clinic will be held at the Community Services Building, 1000 West Elm Ave in Waseca.