Minnesota senior test clinics expand vaccine access

Sue Murr felt grateful Thursday to be one of the first recipients of COVID-19 vaccine via a new state option for people 65 and older - and for a daughter who stuck with the state's overwhelmed website to book the appointment. "It would not have happened without my daughter," said Murr, 69. "She tried on the website, it crashed....

Biden signs burst of virus orders, vows 'Help is on the way'

WASHINGTON - With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America's war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to reduce infections and lift the siege it has endured for nearly a year. At the same time, he tried to manage expectations in his second day in...

Bemidji area sees sharp rise in drug overdoses, arrests

BEMIDJI -- In recent months, the northwest region of Minnesota has seen opioid-related overdoses skyrocket. Several local law enforcement agencies -- the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department, Red Lake Tribal Police, White Earth Tribal Police, Leech Lake Tribal Police and the Bemidji Police Department -- recently co-authored a press release, warning the public that many of...

White Earth doctor finds hope, resilience in connection despite pandemic

MOORHEAD, Minn. - Dr. Carson Gardner has been a physician for more than four decades. But watching the coronavirus pandemic unfold over the past year has reinforced his belief that simply listening has great value in the practice of medicine. "Caring about people," he said. "That's always, I think, been the most important thing...

Attorney General Ellison announces Conviction Review Unit Advisory Board

January 21, 2021 (SAINT PAUL) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison today announced the 16 members of the Advisory Board of Minnesota’s first-ever Minnesota Conviction Review Unit (CRU). The Advisory Board is comprised of leading criminal-justice experts, including former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson; Mark Osler, the chair of the independent panel...

FEMA is Now Accepting Applications for the Youth Preparedness Council

CHICAGO – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is committed to actively involving youth in preparedness-related activities through the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) and is seeking applicants for 2021. YPC members are students in grades 8 through 11 who are selected to support disaster preparedness and make a positive impact on their communities. The 2021 YPC is...

In inaugural address, Biden says it is possible to teach children 'in safe schools'

While President Joseph Biden spent most of his inaugural address pleading for unity, he also touched on an issue of deep importance to many American families: getting children back to school during the pandemic. "We can teach our children in safe schools," Biden said in his address. He was alluding to his pledge to make it...

What Biden's 'American Rescue Plan' Would Do for Schools and Students, in One Chart

President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 recovery plan includes more than double the aid for K-12 schools that Congress approved in its last coronavirus relief plan, but how much of it appeals to lawmakers responsible for passing any such blueprint remains to be seen. The Biden team unveiled the plan, which has a $1.9 trillion price tag, roughly a week before his Jan. 20...

School enrollment decline threatens lasting funding damage for districts

Dive Brief: • Low enrollment numbers could be permanent in some areas where students are moving beyond school district borders, cornering districts into difficult decisions, said education finance expert Marguerite Roza in a Tuesday webinar hosted by the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University. • Even though states are putting in place policies to buffer the impact,...

MDH launches electronic case investigation survey

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) launched a new, online survey for COVID-19 case investigation today as part of an effort to make this public health strategy faster, easier and more efficient for Minnesotans contacted about COVID-19 cases. “The scale of this pandemic has made us look to new methods to do our work,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan...

Uneven mask-wearing in Minnesota high school games draws call for 100-percent compliance

One week into an abbreviated winter sports season, the wearing of masks by Minnesota high school athletes has generated frustration from schools and officials about uneven compliance during games. The Minnesota State High School League addressed the issue during a virtual meeting Thursday with school representatives. League...

Red Lake Warriors lose home opener to Nevis 71-52 - P3

RED LAKE, MN - The Red Lake Warriors opened their 2020-21 season on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, hosting state-ranked Nevis under strict COVID-19 rules issued by the State of Minnesota recently. These rules included masks were required during games, temperatures of all fans would be taken at the door, bleachers were marked for...

Red Lake's Junior Varsity loses in a one-half game, 18-14 - P3

RED LAKE, MN - The Red Lake Warriors opened their 2020-21 season on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, hosting state-ranked Nevis under strict COVID-19 rules issued by the State of Minnesota recently. These rules included masks were required during games, temperatures of all fans would be taken at the door, bleachers were marked for...

My Pillow CEO says Kohl's, Bed Bath & Beyond and others dropping his products: reports

My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell said during an interview Saturday with Brian Glenn of Right Side Broadcasting Network that several major retailers are dropping his product. "I just got off the phone with Bed Bath & Beyond. They're dropping My Pillow. Just got off the phone not five minutes ago. Kohl's, all these different...

Minnesota tribes blast Rep. Pete Stauber for opposing Interior nomination

Leaders of Minnesota's biggest American Indian tribes are criticizing U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber for his efforts to build opposition to President Joe Biden's pick for Interior secretary, who is herself a tribal member. Most egregiously, state tribal leaders said, Stauber - a Republican whose northeastern Minnesota district is home...

Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Bill Protecting Reproductive Options for All Minnesotans

St. Paul, MN—To commemorate the 48th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision, Minnesota legislators introduced a bill that will protect the reproductive rights of all Minnesotans. The Protect Reproductive Options Act (PRO Act) establishes Minnesotans’ fundamental right to make autonomous decisions about their own reproductive health care, including the right to...

Earl G. Fox

Earl G. Fox August 10, 1942 - January 11, 2021 Earl George Fox, 78, of Bagley, Minnesota died on Monday, January 11, 2021 at McIntosh Senior Living in McIntosh, MN. Family Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley, MN at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be held on...

Roderick "Toka Ole" Bernard HighElk

Roderick "Toka Ole" Bernard HighElk December 23, 1943 ~ January 19, 2021 (age 77) An obituary is not available at this time for Roderick "Toka Ole" Bernard HighElk, but will be published soon. Services Visitation/Gathering of Family and Friends Friday January 22, 2021 6:00 PM White Earth Community Center, Waubun Traditional...

Roberto "Bobby" Rodriguez

Roberto "Bobby" Rodriguez February 7, 1944 ~ January 18, 2021 (age 76) Roberto "Bobby" Rodriguez, age 76, formerly of Minneapolis, MN. Began his journey from Essentia Health- Miller Dwan Hospital in Duluth, MN on January 18, 2021. Bobby was born of February 7, 1944 in Minneapolis to Kenneth Jose Rodriguez and Betty Petra...

Constance Ione (Deegan) Head

Constance Ione (Deegan) Head August 15, 1945 ~ January 18, 2021 (age 75) Constance (Connie) Ione Deegan Head was born in White Earth, Minnesota August 15, 1945. Connie is one of 15 children born to Charles Sr. and Ellen (Earth) Deegan. Connie grew up in Naytahwaush on the White Earth Reservation and moved to Minneapolis with...

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