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MINNESOTA DAILY NEWSBRIEFS FOR TUESDAY

CVS Health plans to vaccinate over 63 thousand long-term care residents and workers in Minnesota. The action is expected sometime after the Christmas holiday. Vaccinations for the general public at CVS Pharmacy locations aren’t expected until next year.
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A teenage boy from St. Paul is going to an adult prison after he pleaded guilty to gunning down an older teen several months ago. The 14-year-old was recently sentenced to 12 years behind bars for the shooting death of 17-year-old Jorge Batres in September. The defendant must serve eight years in the Lino Lakes prison in a section reserved for juveniles.
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The Gophers football team will not accept a bowl bid this season. The athletic department made the announcement yesterday claiming their focus is on the team’s well-being off the field. The Gophers could have been offered a low-tier bowl even with their losing record since the NCAA did not set bowl eligibility requirements for this pandemic year.
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Republican State Senator Jerry Relph, who represented the 14th district which includes Saint Cloud, has died from complications due to COVID-19. Relph was 76-years old. A Vietnam veteran, he was first elected in 2016 but lost to DFL challenger Senator-elect Aric Putnam last month. Governor Tim Walz called his passing terrible news.
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A conservation group has filed suit against the state of Minnesota over its policies toward animal traps. The Center for Biological Diversity alleges the state’s policies in particular pose a serious threat to the Canada lynx. The group says Minnesota allows the trapping of Canada lynx, which violates the Endangered Species Act. It says the population of the lynx in Minnesota may be as low as fifty.