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DNR seeking public input on deer population goals

By |2022-01-20T07:27:21-06:00January 20th, 2022|

Starting on Monday (January 24th) the DNR is asking for public input on deer population goals in 28 of 130 deer permit areas. "These goals are very important because they guide the annual decision-making process with regards to deer regulations and bag limits in each deer permit area." The DNR's Barbara Keller says online feedback opens Monday and concludes on Sunday, February 13th. Participants will be asked to complete an online questionnaire and indicate whether the deer population in a particular area should increase, decrease, or stay the same-and provide their rationale.

Early cancer detection screening shows promise

By |2022-01-20T07:26:17-06:00January 20th, 2022|

There is potentially some good news emerging about the new Galleri (gallery) Early Detection Cancer Test.  Dr. Ed Greeno is with M Health Fairview: "This is a blood test that's designed to detect many different kinds of cancers.  It's a new kind of screening test that looks for the genetic signature of cancer in the blood." Dr. Greeno says people over 50-years old and those with known cancer risks are the best candidates for the blood test.  He says the downside - for now - is most insurers have yet to agree to cover the cost of the screening.

Minnesota Ag Expo Underway

By |2022-01-20T05:14:38-06:00January 20th, 2022|

Resiliency is the theme of the 2022 MN Ag Expo underway in Mankato.  Sara Hewitt with Minnesota Soybean says one of the keynote speakers is Jack Zimmerman, a Minnesota military veteran wounded in combat in 2010: "When we can learn from other perspectives and viewpoints and implement on our own farms and in agriculture, there are key pieces we can take and utilize too even though it happened in a totally different scenario." The MN Ag Expo runs through January 20 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato.

House DFLers propose billion-dollar climate plan

By |2022-01-20T05:12:05-06:00January 20th, 2022|

House DFLers are proposing a one-billion-dollar investment this session to help take action on the impacts of climate change in Minnesota. Representative Patty Acomb of Minnetonka chairs the Climate Action Caucus... "In the last year alone in Minnesota, we have seen our changing climate play out in severe droughts that impacted our entire state, a record heatwave, a summer of smoke that came from wildfires, and we witnessed tornadoes in December that have never happened in our state before." The billion-dollar investment is divided into five sectors: energy, transportation, the built environment, lands and adaptation and resilience.

Former U-S attorney for MN previews federal civil rights trial of 3 former Mpls officers

By |2022-01-20T05:03:31-06:00January 20th, 2022|

The federal trial begins today (THU) for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with civil rights violations in George Floyd's death. Tou Thao, J. Kueng and Thomas Lane are on trial about nine months after Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Former U-S Attorney for Minnesota Tom Heffelfinger says... "I'm going to be looking to see to what degree does the prosecution alter the evidence they present against these three officers when compared with the evidence that was offered against Chauvin in the state case." Thao, Kueng and Lane are charged with using the "color of [...]

AG’s office files suit against pop up COVID testing provider

By |2022-01-20T04:56:34-06:00January 20th, 2022|

The Minnesota Attorney General's office filed a lawsuit against a pop up testing company and associated lab after people complained they did not receive results from the facility. Hannah Puffer said after waiting throughout the day she called a number provided and only was able to reach an automated phone system. "And then I got an automated text that said please provide all this information in order to get your results within the hour. So I provided that information. Did not get my results." Puffer said she still has not received her test results and is concerned about the amount of [...]

At-home COVID-19 tests now covered by private health plans

By |2022-01-19T05:41:39-06:00January 19th, 2022|

The cost of at-home COVID-19 tests is now being covered by private health care plans. Mo Schriner spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Commerce: "Before you purchase at-home tests ensure that you are following the steps necessary to have those costs covered. Check with your health plan and the way to do that is to look on the back of your health insurance card and you'll find a contact number -- it says contact member services. Give them a call so that you know you are going through the steps to most easily get your costs covered." Schriner says insured persons [...]

Sex trafficking task force releases video telling parents story of daughter’s ordeal

By |2022-01-19T05:36:56-06:00January 19th, 2022|

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Department of Public Safety and a Minnesota based non-profit launched a video they hope will raise awareness about sex trafficking in Minnesota. Beth Holger with "The Link" says the video, which features parents of victims telling their story, is necessary to help fight back against human trafficking in our state. "In 2021 we worked with 134 unduplicated victim survivors of sex trafficking. And we are only one of the services providers for the safe harbor network within the state." The full video can be found on the D-P-S page on YouTube.

Salvation Army serves record number of Minnesotans in 2021

By |2022-01-18T05:39:29-06:00January 18th, 2022|

The Salvation Army of Minnesota served a record number of people in 2021.  Spokesman Dan Furry says COVID-19 really drove a lot of extra need: "We served 735,000 people last year and that is in comparison with a non-COVID year 2019 that's up about 136 percent." While hoping for the best, Furry says they are bracing for another high-demand year as cases of COVID continue to surge.

Sen Smith: shots, boosters, masks help stop spread of omicron

By |2022-01-18T05:38:23-06:00January 18th, 2022|

As cases of omicron continue to surge, and healthcare workers deal with the impact of crowded hospitals, U-S Senator Tina Smith is reminding Minnesotans... "The good news is that the omicron variant, most people less sick and of course, if you are vaccinated and boosted, which everybody should do, you are much less likely to get so sick that you require hospitalization or that even worse would happen." Senator Smith is also encouraging you to wear N-95 masks, which she says is helpful in stopping the spread of the virus.

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