The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers over the upcoming holiday season. Spokesman Dan Furry says they are in need of bell-ringers, toy shop volunteers, and food-shelf assistance: "And one of the things that we like to pride ourselves on is we'll find an opportunity for everyone. Everybody had different gifts, different skills." For more information on volunteering head online to Salvationarmynorth.org
Will this year's drought have an impact on the pheasant season? The DNR's James Burnham: "You know I'm not hearing a whole lot of negative impacts from the drought with the birds too much just yet. That may change as people get out pounding the fields and hitting the ground." Burnham thinks the biggest effect might actually be a benefit due to the drought because of fields having to be plowed under early due to dry conditions. Making birds more visible.
Minnesota's hospitals continue to be overcrowded amid the Delta variant. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm is again pleading with Minnesotans to get vaccinated. She says she struggles with... "The heartbreak of knowing that this is all preventable, by us, by the people of Minnesota and the individual decisions and the community decisions we make." On Friday Governor Tim Walz announced an action plan to relieve Minnesota’s increasingly crowded hospitals. The plan included activating the National Guard to relieve pressure in long-term care and increasing rapid community testing across the state.
Concerns over shortages and long wait times for products could ramp up the holiday shopping season early. Bao Vang with the Better Business Bureau says scammers are ready to take advantage, particularly online. "35 percent of scams reported to BBB scam tracker so far in 2021 are online purchase scams. And they have been the riskiest scams over the last two or three years." Vang says consumers should protect themselves by doing research, watching out for deals that are too good to be true and paying with a credit card.
It's National Cooperative Month--a proclamation that first originated in Minnesota in 1948. Scott Reimer is General Manager at Federated Rural Electric Association and says co-ops nationwide and locally are focused on meeting their members' needs. "We've been here for them since the 1930s and we're here for them today and we're all about reliable electricity, customer service and safety." Reimer says electric cooperatives in Minnesota serve about 1.7 million Minnesotans in all 87 counties and operate the largest electric distribution network in the state.
After finishing a two-week "Click it or Ticket" seatbelt campaign, law enforcement is getting ready for Halloween. Mike Hanson, director of the state Office of Traffic Safety says: "Halloween is a big deal. It's also on a weekend (Sunday 10/31) this year, I believe. And it's also a night that we see a significant uptick in the number of impaired driving events that take place out there." Deaths from speed-related crashes are up significantly in Minnesota from prior years, and impaired driving crashes are also a significant part of the state's traffic fatalities.
The holiday season is maybe two months away, but experts are advising shoppers to start making their lists now, due to transportation supply chain issues. John Hauslauden with the Minnesota Truckers Association says they continue reeling with a shortage of drivers. He says it's important to remember "if you got it, a truck brought it": "Everything that we count on for our quality of life and our very survival spends some time on a truck. Whether it's coming to or from a distribution center, or retail store, delivery to your home, coming from a port. It all spends time on a [...]
A State Senate hearing scheduled for Friday afternoon will center on concerns about Driver and Vehicle Services offices around the state that have yet to reopen following shut-downs in reaction to COVID-19. The hearing comes after a group of lawmakers sent a letter to D-P-S Commissioner John Harrington earlier this month. Concerns listed include complaints of long waits and long drives to get a drivers test, delays in license services, and some locations still not yet reopened. The lawmakers in the letter cited money allocated by the legislature to ensure all drivers license exam stations are open, but say they have [...]
The Science Museum of Minnesota this morning announcing the giant beaver has won the vote to go on and potentially become the Official State Fossil. Minnesota is one of only seven states that does *not* already have a designated state fossil. "So we absolutely have every intention of taking this thing all the way through legislation and getting it passed." The Science Museum's Dr. Alex Hastings says an initial eight candidates were chosen, and the giant beaver was a write-in ninth candidate. Other finalists included the crow shark, bison antiquus, and the large long-snouted crocodile relative.
U-S Senator Tina Smith is asking for answers after the United States Postal Service’s recent changes to first-class mail services. She says the changes... "Significantly slow down delivery of first-class mail up to five days for delivery, which is down from the current two to three days to give context, this is the slowest mail delivery that we've seen in 50 years." Smith says that she understands the post office's "desire to overcome budget shortfalls" but is concerned that the new service standards will disproportionately affect the elderly, disabled people, veterans and rural and Tribal communities.