The latest COVID-19 case rates show that Minnesota is one of the epicenters in the latest wave of the pandemic. The New York Times reported Thursday that Minnesota is second in the nation at 75 cases per 100-thousand-residents. Additionally, 25 counties in the Land of 10-thousand Lakes have among the highest COVID case rates in the country. The news comes as the Department of Defense is sending two medical teams to work at St. Cloud Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center to aid healthcare officials with the current spike in cases.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Governor Tim Walz says help is on the way to Minnesota natural gas customers as the cost of heating their homes is increasing. He urged residents yesterday to apply for American Rescue Plan funds. The federal grant is designed to cover the cost of heating bills, as well as water and sewer bills.
(Bemidji, MN) -- Bemidji Police are searching for two teenage girls who have been reported as runaways. Officers say 15-year-old Neveah Leigh Kingbird was last seen October 22nd near the 900-block of Carter Circle. Kingbird is described as five-foot-four, 120-pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and black converse slide shoes. Additionally, 17-year-old Kaylynn Lea Jackson was last seen Wednesday in the 17-hundred block of 15th Street Northwest. Jackson is described as five-foot-eight, 110-pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information on Kingbird or Jackson's location is asked to call Bemidji Police.
(Brooklyn Park, MN) -- A man is in the hospital after being shot in Brooklyn Park. Police say the incident occurred Saturday night in the 75-hundred block of Brooklyn Boulevard. According to deputies, the victim was found at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds and transported to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time. Authorities say the incident remains under investigation.
(New Hope, MN) -- A New Hope man is behind bars following a fatal hit-and-run. Police say 35-year-old Said Maye was found guilty after he allegedly ran over a man at he intersection of Franklin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue last August. According to reports, Maye drove into the victim while he was getting into his car. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Maye's sentencing is set for December 10th.
(Duluth, MN) -- Firefighters in Duluth are investigating a blaze that left 10 people without a home. Fire officials say the incident occurred Friday in the six-hundred block of East 4th Street. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident. Firefighters say they're working to determine what caused the blaze.
COVID-19 booster shots are now available in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz announced over the weekend that eligible residents who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine can now take the booster dose. According to reports, the shot is open for those who are 18-years or older. The announcement comes after the FDA authorized the booster vaccines for all adults on Friday.
Le Sueur County Sheriff Brett Mason along with the Mounted Posse and The Sheriff’s Youth Project have once again come together to launch Project: Believe in the Magic of Christmas. This will provide an opportunity for our community to come together and spread a little Christmas Magic for a very deserving family. Please provide a homemade or purchased Christmas ornament to place on the tree in our lobby at the Le Sueur County Justice Center located at 435 E Derrynane Street, Le Center, MN 56057. All ornaments can be mailed in or dropped off starting November 22nd through December 6th . [...]
(Anoka, MN) -- A former Anoka middle school teacher will spend the next three decades in prison. On Wednesday, 48-year-old Jefferson Fietek was sentenced to 30-years in prison for sexually abusing five boys at the Anoka Middle School for the Arts and participants in the Young Artists Initiative. According to reports, the abuse took place over the course of a decade between 2009 and 2019. In court yesterday, Fietek apologized to his victims and said blame should only be placed on him. The sentencing comes after the disgraced teacher pleaded guilty in August to ten counts of criminal sexual conduct.
GreenSeam’s 38th Rural Forum – Weathering the Xtremes: From Farm to Main Street Takes Place on December
Join GreenSeam for its premier annual event, the 38th Rural Forum, which will take place on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. This year’s topic, Weathering the Xtremes: From Farm to Main Street could not be any more timely. Rural Forum connects public leaders with a wide range of attendees from the agricultural sector, such as producers, manufacturers, educators, researchers, and more. The event is a great opportunity for conversations about key issues facing the rural economy, as well as brainstorming potential solutions. To support its vision to shape the future of agriculture, business, [...]