Republican challenger Scott Jensen says Governor Tim Walz does not mention nuclear -- the most reliable energy source free of greenhouse gas emissions -- in Walz's plan that's supposed to lay out Minnesota's energy future for at least the next three decades. And Jensen says the governor has been silent on whether he'd support lifting Minnesota's moratorium on new nuclear plants. Walz proposes significantly increasing the number of electric vehicles and reducing greenhouse gas emissions on farms and other working lands: "This issue will transcend whoever's elected. This issue's not going away. It needs to be addressed." Republican challenger Jensen says [...]
Home sales continue to fluctuate across the state: "We've got some areas in the Northwest that are doing well and in the southwest that are doing well, they're tracking right along. They did not see the big increases that the metropolitan areas from St. Cloud through the Twin Cities down into Rochester. Even a little bit of Mankato market, those areas saw the biggest increases, and then the lakes areas, the lake properties are still doing well. But there just isn't any of them out there. So that's hurting transactions." Chris Galler President of Minnesota Realtors.
Top agricultural representatives of 20 countries on six continents, including the European Union, are in Minnesota this week to learn more about the state's ag industry. It's organized by U-S-D-A, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture hosts a welcome event this morning (9am) at the State Capitol. Commissioner Thom Petersen: "These are some real high-level people that work on agricultural issues, whether it's China or India, South American countries, European countries." Peterson says the group will spend the first couple days in the Twin Cities meeting with businesses, then visit farms in Faribault, ethanol plants in Benson, and see the sugarbeet [...]
BOLD (Bird Island-Olivia-Lake Lilian) School District Superintendent Jim Menton says they are getting calls from concerned community members stemming from a prank that originated on Tik Tok. Menton says kids try to record shocked reactions from parents or relatives when they tell them that their school is providing litter boxes for students that identify as animals. Menton says it's an obvious prank, but some people have taken it seriously: "Some of the phone calls are from people that are questioning it they don't think it's right and they just want to make sure that it's not happening which I respect that [...]
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is using a serious injury crash in March to show that seat belts save lives. Angie Kupczak was driving to work in Forest Lake when another vehicle hit black ice and they collided head-on. Kupczak says she suffered a compound fracture in her leg and her heel was crushed: "My abdominal muscles in the center were split from my seat belt. On the left side it actually went in two-and-a-half inches deep. So that is kind of my driving point as to why you wear a seat belt because think about the force that it [...]
Minnesota's unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a point to 1.9% in August. DEED Commissioner Steve Grove: "Minnesota took a pause in job growth in the month of August. We lost 3100 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis that's down point 1% From July." Grove says job growth has been less consistent than usual coming out of the pandemic recession, however, the trend toward growth has remained strong.
Minnesota law enforcement kicks off another statewide seatbelt enforcement campaign beginning Sunday through September 24th, but State Patrol Lieutenant Gordon Shank says: "We're not looking to cite everybody, whenever we have these campaigns. That's not our goal. Our goal is traffic safety and to save lives on the roadway. And this is one way that it can be done, is just by clicking it and driving." As of September 11th, unbelted fatalities in Minnesota for the year were at 53, compared to 72 last year at this time. But officials say even one preventable death is too many. In 2021 nearly [...]
Home sales are cooling across the state. Chris Galler, CEO of Minnesota Realtors: "We've been seeing a slowdown in closed home sales now for since the beginning of the year. It slowly increased as interest rates have gone up making it much harder for buyers to purchase homes." Galler says the frantic pace of buying has slowed due to an increase in property supply, rising interest rates, and inflation.
Organizations in Minnesota that help out military veterans can now apply for state grant funding. The application period for the Support Our Troops or "SOT" grants is open through October 7th. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs says organizations with programs designed to support and improve the lives of veterans and their families may apply for grants ranging from one thousand to 100-thousand dollars. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe received a 93-thousand-dollar grant last year to assist 50 homeless veterans. The program is funded by Support Our Troops license plate sales. There's more information and applications at MinnesotaVeteran-dot-org.
We'll find out later this morning (10am) if Minnesota's unemployment rate held steady in August. In July it hit an all-time low, 1.8%. DEED Commissioner Steve Grove: "We have a very different economy that even just five or six months ago and the year over year and month over month job growth and dropping unemployment rate are really positive signs that we have a strong economy a stable economy." Minnesota gained 19,100 jobs in July.