Archives for February 2019

TYPE “O” BLOOD URGENTLY NEEDED – RED CROSS PUTS OUT URGENT APPEAL

The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter. Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions and emergencies every day. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

SUPER TUESDAY WILL HEAD TO MINNESOTA

Minnesota will hold the presidential primary on Super Tuesday in 2020. That is Tuesday, March 3rd 2020… just a little more than a year from now. Absentee ballots will become available 46 days prior to the primary, meaning Minnesota residents can begin casting their votes as early as January 17th next year, well before the first primary votes are cast in Iowa. The major parties will still hold caucuses for statewide offices on Feb. 25th, with the statewide primary set for August 11th. Now, Minnesota will join other states including Alabama, California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia, which all hold their Democratic caucuses on Super Tuesday.

GOVERNOR EYES PRISON SYSTEM UPGRADES

Gov. Walz’s budget would fund prison security upgrades, and it would support about 125 more corrections officers. The governor has included the funding in his two-year, $111 million state budget request for the Department of Corrections. The proposal also includes money for offender services, around $45 million to hire more corrections officers and staff, replacement or upgrades to infrastructure and IT security systems, and continued offender programming.

MINIMUM WAGE BOOST SEEN AS BOON TO MINORITIES

A new report says black workers in Minnesota and across the U-S would see the biggest boost if Congress raises the federal minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. Wade Luneburg is with the hospitality union Unite Here…

The minimum wage in Minnesota is currently 9-86 an hour, and is set to be adjusted every year according to inflation.

DAYCARE SHOOTING IN NEVIS CLAIMS LIVES

Officials confirm three people are dead and a deputy sheriff was shot but has been released from the hospital –that after an apparent fatal shooting last Thursday night at an in-home daycare near Nevis (NEE-vis). Authorities pursued a suspect who left the daycare in a vehicle. That person and another were reportedly found later on a rural road, dead from gunshot wounds. There’s police tape around Lori’s Little Feet Daycare in Nevis, and a relative of the owner told the Star Tribune her family “is in a state of grief.” The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has joined the investigation.

SHOTS FIRED IN HEALTHCARE PARKING LOT

Two vehicles found with bullet holes outside Essentia Health-Fosston early Sunday morning, now have the attention of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy reported hearing gunshots on the east side of the city around 1am Sunday. Bullet casings were found in the parking lot. Authorities searched the area and found the vehicles of two hospital employees also had been hit by bullets. No one was in the parking lot at the time Nobody was hurt. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call them at 218-281-0431.

GROSSWELL COMMENTS ON PIPELINE

State Representative Matt Grossell issued the following statement regarding Governor Tim Walz’s decision to proceed with efforts to challenge the Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline. The petition for reconsideration challenges the unanimous decision by the Public Utilities Commission to grant the certificate of need for the pipeline. Grosswell said folks in Minnesota have waited long enough and Governor Walz’s decision to continue to put roadblocks in front of Line 3 does nothing to help. The project has cleared every environmental hurdle put in front of it, will bring much-needed jobs… keeping workers close to home, and the pipeline is the safest way to move oil to market.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar Running For President

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is the latest democrat to join the 2020 presidential race. She announced her candidacy in a driving snow, telling supporters it’s time to put aside political chaos and get back to the great American ideals of the past. Klobuchar spoke to reporters after the rally…

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WINKLER ATTACKS OPIOIDS

Last week was another busy week at the Capitol. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler spoke about a key bipartisan bill to address the opioid crisis…

BODIES FOUND – INVESTIGATION ONGOING

On Monday, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office received information from a concerned family member of a possible missing person that had traveled to the Bemidji/Beltrami County area from the Twin Cities metro. The caller reported that they had not had contact with their family member since the previous week. Other information included a description of the vehicle and details indicating that the family member had possibly traveled with an acquaintance. Deputies immediately began to investigate, and that investigation led them to the location of the vehicle… the Palace Casino in Cass County, east of Bemidji. The vehicle was seized as evidence and two people of interest interviewed, leading investigators to believe a crime of violence had taken place in Eckles Township. A search warrant resulted in what is believed to be the human remains of two people. The investigation is ongoing, and no other details are available yet. Authorities do however, say there is no threat to the public.