President Trump says he'll reveal his Supreme Court pick Saturday at 4 pm local time. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has this message for her fellow Senators: "When the stakes are this high, I urge my colleagues to grant what Justice Ginsberg described as her most fervent wish, that she will not be replaced, she said, until a new president is installed, that's her dying words." President Trump wants the Senate to vote on his nominee before the November election. Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87 from pancreatic cancer.
Vice President Mike Pence and advisor-to-the-president Ivanka Trump are set to be in Minnesota today (3pm). The vice president and first daughter are in town for a "Cops for Trump" listening session. They will meet with community members whose businesses and lives have been negatively impacted by crime and violent extremism in the Minneapolis area. The visit comes just 40 days ahead of the November 3rd election. President Trump has promoted himself as a "law and order" commander in chief--and he's hoping Minnesotans will embrace that message and vote red in a presidential election for the first time since 1972.
The Superior and Chippewa National Forests are actively supporting firefighting efforts on the west coast. Forest Spokesperson Kate Legner says as of last week 56 Superior staffers and 14 Chippewa staffers were on the ground in western states. "That includes people ranging from fire management officers, firefighters, fuel technicians, they go out for 14-day details at a time, then they also come back for a few days of rest and then go back for another. Some of those folks are on their second or third detail out west." Legner says this spring and summer was one of the longest dry stretches [...]
Minnesota Pollution Control and Department of Ag officials are kicking off a farm tour today (10 am) in Rochester aimed at spreading the word about two new reports on Minnesota's waters. Environmental Quality Board (EQB) Executive Director Katie Pratt... "The 2020 state water plan focuses on how climate change and water shape our lives in Minnesota. it calls for action to ensure safe drinking water and make our landscape better able to handle extreme weather, fishable and swimmable." The kickoff of the tour is taking place at Olmstead Soil Health Farm (10 am).
A new state House committee is addressing racial justice. The committee was set up in the wake of recent unrest after the killing of George Floyd and as a result of lawmakers earlier this year deeming racism a public health crisis. "We know that the public health crisis did not begin in 2020, we are grappling with centuries of systemic racism. While we know we cannot undo over 400 years of systemic racism in a single committee, this committee is an important first step forward." Committee Co-Chair Representative Ruth Richardson of Mendota Heights. The committee also received a presentation on maternal-child [...]
Governor Tim Walz says he's optimistic about the return of fall football and volleyball. He says it will go well as long as school districts continue to follow state guidelines: "If a school is in a hybrid because numbers are high and that's where they're at they won't be playing in inner school athletics. But we do think there is the capacity to get this right." Walz says he'd also like to get more extracurricular activities started as well: "They do go hand in hand whether it's speech and debate, concert band or football. Those are things that round out that [...]
As a part of rail safety week Minnesota Operation Lifesaver is rolling out the fourth annual "Operation Clear Track" initiative. Executive Director Sheryl Cummings says the event brings police, fire, and other first responders together with the public to talk about staying safe around train tracks. "Just be aware, that whenever we see tracks, we should always be expecting a train, always be thinking train. We're just trying to raise awareness, trying to stop some of these track tragedies." Cummings says this year the outreach will be digital, but they still hope to have a significant impact on overall awareness.
A coalition of groups is hosting a march, rally and voter fair Wednesday under the banner of "We Make Minnesota". JaNae Bates with Faith in Minnesota says the focus of the event is: "The importance of voting, how it's actually our people power, it's our voice and making sure that every singly Minnesotan who is able to be a voter, is actually able to partake in this multi-racial Democracy that we're building." Bates notes that social distancing and mask-wearing are required at the event, which begins with a Voter Fair at the Education Minnesota parking lot, followed by a march to [...]
The first day of fall is here, with that comes the changing color of the leaves. Alyssa Hayes with Explore Minnesota encourages you to take a break and enjoy the fall landscape: "Explore Minnesota and Minnesota State Parks and Trails, we're teaming up to offer trip planning tips and fall color resources to travelers to get out and enjoy those changing leaves this season." Hayes says you can find the fall color finder on the DNR's website and trip planning tips at explore-Minnesota-dot-com.
President Trump today said he has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to fill the seat held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to five people and vowed to announce his pick by Friday or Saturday. Hamline University Political Analyst David Schultz: "Republicans and conservatives have been wanting to flip the Supreme Court for nearly 50 years and they have an opportunity now to really cement a conservative judiciary being able to fill this now." Schultz doesn't think there is enough time to fill the vacant seat before the November 3rd election, citing all the processes and procedures that need [...]