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Provide input about railroad crossings identified in Mankato's Whistle-Free Zone Study

Members of the Mankato community are invited to provide feedback on the following level crossings identified as part of Mankato’s Whistle Free Zone study: Elm and rock roads Thursday June 17th 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Riverfront Park Animal Shelter, 309 West Rock Street Hubbell Avenue and Owatonna Street […]

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Members of the Mankato community are invited to provide feedback on the following level crossings identified as part of Mankato’s Whistle Free Zone study:

Elm and rock roads

Thursday June 17th

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Riverfront Park Animal Shelter, 309 West Rock Street

Hubbell Avenue and Owatonna Street

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Sibley Park Pavilion, 900 Park Lane

Amos Owen Lane

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11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Floyd Roberts Jr. Pavilion, 100 Amos Owen Lane

Third avenue

Tuesday June 29th

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Columbia Park Animal Shelter, 2022 Fifth Avenue

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Provide input about railroad crossings identified in Mankato's Whistle-Free Zone Study

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Elm and rock roads

Thursday June 17th

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Riverfront Park Animal Shelter, 309 West Rock Street

Hubbell Avenue and Owatonna Street

Tuesday June 22nd

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St. Cloud State Coach Larson Announces Seven Year Extension To Coach Huskies Through The 2027/28 Season |  College hockey

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St. Cloud State and men’s hockey coach Brett Larson have agreed to a contract extension that will keep Larson with the Huskies through the 2027-28 season.

“Since arriving at St. Cloud State and meeting the team for the first time, Coach Larson has demonstrated impressive leadership and coaching skills,” said Heather Weems, SCSU’s track and field director, in a statement. “Brett’s commitment to a positive programming culture, one that is characterized by continuous development, selfless play, relentless work ethic, and general excellence, provides an atmosphere for players to thrive in. He has maintained a fraternity among current and former huskies that recognizes each member’s contributions and celebrates their pride in St. Cloud State. Brett understands the value of Huskies Hockey to our campus and community and has prioritized transparency and accessibility throughout the program. He enjoyed welcoming teenagers, alumni, fans and friends to our facilities and helping them connect with players and coaches.

“I couldn’t be more excited about our program’s development and continued presence in the nation’s elite hockey programs under the direction of Trainer Larson. ”

The contract renewal comes after a stellar season on the ice for Larson as he led St. Cloud State to his first appearance at the NCAA national championship game in Pittsburgh and fell against UMass in April. In 2020-21, the Huskies set an overall record of 20-11-0 with a conference record of 15-9-0 and finished second in the NCHC.

Over three seasons, the Duluth, Minnesota native has set an overall record of 63-32-9 with a 44-23-5 record in NCHC play.

“I want to thank Heather Weems for believing in me and giving me this opportunity three years ago and for her passionate support of husky athletics,” said Larson. “I was lucky enough to be surrounded by great people here at SCSU. The administration, our players, our employees, our alumni and our fans make this a special place. I am proud to be a husky and look forward to continuing our work to make our school, community, alumni and fans proud of husky hockey. “

Larson is the third coach in St. Cloud State history since the program was inducted into Division I in 1987-88 and the 17th head coach in the program’s history dating back to 1931-32. His 63 overall wins are the most of any time by a head coach in his first three seasons, and his .649 win rate is the best in program history over the same time span.

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St. Cloud State Coach Larson Announces Seven Year Extension To Coach Huskies Through The 2027/28 Season |  College hockey

Brett Larson (right) has headed the St. Cloud team since the 2018/19 season (Photo: Bradley K. Olson).

St. Cloud State and men’s hockey coach Brett Larson have agreed to a contract extension that will keep Larson with the Huskies through the 2027-28 season.

“Since arriving at St. Cloud State and meeting the team for the first time, Coach Larson has demonstrated impressive leadership and coaching skills,” said Heather Weems, SCSU’s track and field director, in a statement. “Brett’s commitment to a positive programming culture, one that is characterized by continuous development, selfless play, relentless work ethic, and general excellence, provides an atmosphere for players to thrive in. He has maintained a fraternity among current and former huskies that recognizes each member’s contributions and celebrates their pride in St. Cloud State. Brett understands the value of Huskies Hockey to our campus and community and has prioritized transparency and accessibility throughout the program. He enjoyed welcoming teenagers, alumni, fans and friends to our facilities and helping them connect with players and coaches.

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Over three seasons, the Duluth, Minnesota native has set an overall record of 63-32-9 with a 44-23-5 record in NCHC play.

“I want to thank Heather Weems for believing in me and giving me this opportunity three years ago and for her passionate support of husky athletics,” said Larson. “I was lucky enough to be surrounded by great people here at SCSU. The administration, our players, our employees, our alumni and our fans make this a special place. I am proud to be a husky and look forward to continuing our work to make our school, community, alumni and fans proud of husky hockey. “

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A friend who "will not spare Israel": Thomas Nides, Biden's envoy in Jerusalem

US President Joe Biden’s candidate for Ambassador to Israel is a bank director and former assistant secretary of state with a political background of nearly four decades and has been described as both a friend of Israel and an envoy who is likely to be impartial and “It won’t be easy “On the Jewish state. […]

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A friend who "will not spare Israel": Thomas Nides, Biden's envoy in Jerusalem

US President Joe Biden’s candidate for Ambassador to Israel is a bank director and former assistant secretary of state with a political background of nearly four decades and has been described as both a friend of Israel and an envoy who is likely to be impartial and “It won’t be easy “On the Jewish state.

The White House announced the nomination of Thomas Nides on Tuesday. He has yet to pass a Senate confirmation hearing, but no significant opposition to Nides – a lesser-known figure than previous ambassadors – is expected.

Nides was born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1961 to a Jewish family. His father, Arnold Nides, was president of Temple Israel and the Duluth Jewish Federation and founder of the financial company Nides Finance.

The bank manager has been married to Virginia Carpenter Moseley, Senior Vice President of Newsgathering at CNN, since 1992. You have two children.

He entered politics as an intern for former US Vice President Walter Mondale and later served as field director in the Mondale presidential campaign in 1984. From 1986 to 1989 he worked for Tony Coelho, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, and then until 1993 for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tom Foley.

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During Bill Clinton’s tenure, Nides was Chief of Staff to Commercial Agent Mickey Kantor and helped pass the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

He served as campaign manager for former Senator Joe Lieberman when he ran for vice president in 2000. Lieberman, then a Senator from Connecticut, was Al Gore’s running mate and the first Jewish candidate on a major party presidential ticket.

Nides was Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources from 2011 to 2013, and most recently served as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley.

Thomas Nides testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 20, 2012. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, file)

A recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, Nides was reportedly viewed by Hillary Clinton as Chief of Staff of the White House after she won the 2016 election.

Nides serves on the boards of many nonprofit organizations including the Atlantic Council, International Rescue Committee, Partnership for Public Service, Urban Alliance Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, and Woodrow Wilson Center.

He has longstanding relationships with both Biden and former US President Barack Obama and close ties with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Nides are no stranger to US-Israel relations and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As assistant secretary of state, Nides built effective working relationships with several Israeli officials and played a key role in the Obama administration’s approval of billions in loan guarantees to Israel being extended.

He also helped enforce Obama’s policies against Congress efforts to curtail US support for the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNWRA) and the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO).

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Nides (right) and Assistant Secretary of State William Burns testify before a Senate Foreign Relations committee on December 20, 2012. (AP / J. Scott Applewhite)

In 2012, Nides sent a letter to the Senate Fund Committee arguing against laws that attempted between Palestinian refugees displaced by the founding of Israel in 1948 and their descendants – also considered by the UN Refugees were recognized – to differentiate, to reduce the number of registered refugees from 5 million to just 30,000 (the Trump administration toyed with similar measures). Nides wrote that the legislation would undermine America’s ability to act as a peace broker “and create a very strong negative reaction from the Palestinians and our allies in the region, particularly Jordan.”

Former Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, wrote in his book “Ally” that in 2011 Nides argued passionately against the efforts of Congress to expose UNESCO after the body accepted Palestine as a member state.

“You don’t want to condemn UNESCO. They are fucking teaching the fucking Holocaust, ”Oren quotes Nides, who told him.

View of the grounds of the US embassy in Jerusalem before its inauguration, May 13, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel / Flash90)

Reflecting on the heated encounter in an interview with the Times of Israel, Oren made it clear that he saw Nides as a friend of Israel and a “very funny guy.”

“This has been cited as an example of anti-Israel leaning towards Tom Nides. It’s not like that. That’s how they talk, ”Oren said.

The news site Ynet quoted an unnamed Israeli who knows Nides as saying, “He is a warm-hearted Jew, a kind person, pro-Israel – but he will still be a loyal representative of Biden’s policies and will not spare Israel.”

Congratulations to my good friend Tom Nides on his nomination as US Ambassador to Israel! It will be one of the best jobs he will ever have, and he will do it with skill and charm. A great choice!

It also continues the link forged by @ JulieFisher4 between Duluth, MN and Israel.

– Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) June 15, 2021

If approved, it will be the second time in three administrations that a native of the Duluth Jewish community has resided in the ambassador’s residence, wherever it is. The wife of Obama Ambassador Dan Shapiro, Julie Fisher, is also from Duluth.

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A friend who "will not spare Israel": Thomas Nides, Biden's envoy in Jerusalem

US President Joe Biden’s candidate for Ambassador to Israel is a bank director and former assistant secretary of state with a political background of nearly four decades and has been described as both a friend of Israel and an envoy who is likely to be impartial and “It won’t be easy “On the Jewish state. […]

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A friend who "will not spare Israel": Thomas Nides, Biden's envoy in Jerusalem

US President Joe Biden’s candidate for Ambassador to Israel is a bank director and former assistant secretary of state with a political background of nearly four decades and has been described as both a friend of Israel and an envoy who is likely to be impartial and “It won’t be easy “On the Jewish state.

The White House announced the nomination of Thomas Nides on Tuesday. He has yet to pass a Senate confirmation hearing, but no significant opposition to Nides – a lesser-known figure than previous ambassadors – is expected.

Nides was born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1961 to a Jewish family. His father, Arnold Nides, was president of Temple Israel and the Duluth Jewish Federation and founder of the financial company Nides Finance.

The bank manager has been married to Virginia Carpenter Moseley, Senior Vice President of Newsgathering at CNN, since 1992. You have two children.

He entered politics as an intern for former US Vice President Walter Mondale and later served as field director in the Mondale presidential campaign in 1984. From 1986 to 1989 he worked for Tony Coelho, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, and then until 1993 for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tom Foley.

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During Bill Clinton’s tenure, Nides was Chief of Staff to Commercial Agent Mickey Kantor and helped pass the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

He served as campaign manager for former Senator Joe Lieberman when he ran for vice president in 2000. Lieberman, then a Senator from Connecticut, was Al Gore’s running mate and the first Jewish candidate on a major party presidential ticket.

Nides was Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources from 2011 to 2013, and most recently served as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley.

Thomas Nides testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 20, 2012. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, file)

A recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, Nides was reportedly viewed by Hillary Clinton as Chief of Staff of the White House after she won the 2016 election.

Nides serves on the boards of many nonprofit organizations including the Atlantic Council, International Rescue Committee, Partnership for Public Service, Urban Alliance Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, and Woodrow Wilson Center.

He has longstanding relationships with both Biden and former US President Barack Obama and close ties with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Nides are no stranger to US-Israel relations and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As assistant secretary of state, Nides built effective working relationships with several Israeli officials and played a key role in the Obama administration’s approval of billions in loan guarantees to Israel being extended.

He also helped enforce Obama’s policies against Congress efforts to curtail US support for the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNWRA) and the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO).

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Nides (right) and Assistant Secretary of State William Burns testify before a Senate Foreign Relations committee on December 20, 2012. (AP / J. Scott Applewhite)

In 2012, Nides sent a letter to the Senate Fund Committee arguing against laws that attempted between Palestinian refugees displaced by the founding of Israel in 1948 and their descendants – also considered by the UN Refugees were recognized – to differentiate, to reduce the number of registered refugees from 5 million to just 30,000 (the Trump administration toyed with similar measures). Nides wrote that the legislation would undermine America’s ability to act as a peace broker “and create a very strong negative reaction from the Palestinians and our allies in the region, particularly Jordan.”

Former Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, wrote in his book “Ally” that in 2011 Nides argued passionately against the efforts of Congress to expose UNESCO after the body accepted Palestine as a member state.

“You don’t want to condemn UNESCO. They are fucking teaching the fucking Holocaust, ”Oren quotes Nides, who told him.

View of the grounds of the US embassy in Jerusalem before its inauguration, May 13, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel / Flash90)

Reflecting on the heated encounter in an interview with the Times of Israel, Oren made it clear that he saw Nides as a friend of Israel and a “very funny guy.”

“This has been cited as an example of anti-Israel leaning towards Tom Nides. It’s not like that. That’s how they talk, ”Oren said.

The news site Ynet quoted an unnamed Israeli who knows Nides as saying, “He is a warm-hearted Jew, a kind person, pro-Israel – but he will still be a loyal representative of Biden’s policies and will not spare Israel.”

Congratulations to my good friend Tom Nides on his nomination as US Ambassador to Israel! It will be one of the best jobs he will ever have, and he will do it with skill and charm. A great choice!

It also continues the link forged by @ JulieFisher4 between Duluth, MN and Israel.

– Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) June 15, 2021

If approved, it will be the second time in three administrations that a native of the Duluth Jewish community has resided in the ambassador’s residence, wherever it is. The wife of Obama Ambassador Dan Shapiro, Julie Fisher, is also from Duluth.

You are serious We appreciate that!

That is why we come to work every day – to offer discerning readers like you indispensable coverage of Israel and the Jewish world.

Now we have a request. Unlike other news agencies, we haven’t set up a paywall. However, because the journalism we conduct is costly, we invite readers to whom The Times of Israel has become important to support our work by joining The Times of Israel Community.

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Minn. lawmakers reach deal for ending eviction moratorium

The bipartisan moratorium-off-ramp law would usher in a 105-day transition back to how Minnesota landlord-tenant laws worked before the COVID pandemic ST PAUL, Minnesota – House Democrats have reached an agreement with Senate Republicans to provide an exit from the eviction moratorium that was in place during much of the Minnesota COVID pandemic. If passed […]

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Minn. lawmakers reach deal for ending eviction moratorium

The bipartisan moratorium-off-ramp law would usher in a 105-day transition back to how Minnesota landlord-tenant laws worked before the COVID pandemic

ST PAUL, Minnesota – House Democrats have reached an agreement with Senate Republicans to provide an exit from the eviction moratorium that was in place during much of the Minnesota COVID pandemic.

If passed by lawmakers during the current special session and signed by Governor Tim Walz, it will end Walz’s eviction ban and replace it with a 105-day transition to the landlord-tenant rules that were in place before the pandemic began.

“Governor Walz imposed an eviction moratorium and it saved lives. We truly believe that the bipartisan agreement to end this eviction moratorium will save the livelihoods of both renters and landlords, “said Michael Howard Rep. Of Richfield, a member of the House of Representatives who spoke with the Senate on the law Exit has negotiated, told KARE.

“We’re creating an orderly schedule with enough space for tenants to apply for rental support, and that support goes straight to landlords, which is a win-win situation.”

The detailed wording of the compromise law has not yet been published, but the legislature has revealed some of the key elements that all sides agreed to.

Landlords would need to give tenants at least 15 days notice of the impending eviction, an exact dollar amount of the additional rent owed, and information on how to apply to state and local agencies for rental assistance programs.

Rep. Howard said that under the agreement, tenants will not be turned away from their homes while they wait for their rental assistance applications to be processed. This extended protection in these situations would last until June 1, 2022.

“This is to ensure that there is communication to ensure that both tenants and landlords are working within the system to get rental support and that they are both getting their heads above water on the other side.”

The Minnesota State Housing Agency is accepting rental assistance requests through the RentHelpMN website and mobile apps. The tenant and the landlord both take part in the application process, but the money goes directly to the landlord to whom the rent is owed.

Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota County are also offering emergency rental assistance through the Zero Balance Project – a collaboration in which the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are also involved.

The MN Multi Housing Association, the state’s largest rental group, filed a lawsuit against Governor Walz in the U.S. District Court on Monday to lift his eviction moratorium, officially known as Executive Order 20-79.

“Our members and residents have waited 15 months for some relief. It’s unfortunate. It’s unfortunate. But it’s the only option we’ve had,” Cecil Smith, the group’s CEO, told reporters Tuesday.

“The restrictions of every other company have been lifted. We need them for our industry.”

Smith said some tenants took advantage of the moratorium by breaking the bad behavior lines that would normally lead to evictions.

“They were able to molest, throw parties, smoke cigarettes and marijuana, and use racist surnames with impunity,” Smith said.

The current moratorium only allows evictions in the event of criminal offenses against people or in the event of serious property damage. The types of behaviors that landlords report to Smith’s organization do not meet these thresholds, but are still detrimental to quality of life.

“We are contractually obliged to offer our residents peace, quiet and security in their homes. And we cannot do that.”

Governor Walz did not respond directly to the landlords’ complaint, but thanked lawmakers for their work in reaching a compromise on an exit from the eviction moratorium.

And given the speed at which lawsuits against government agencies are moving through the judicial system, pending legislation may invalidate the lawsuit.

“When we pass the exit, hopefully later this week, the governor’s executive order will end and be replaced by our 105-day exit,” noted Rep. Howard.

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Minn. lawmakers reach deal for ending eviction moratorium

The bipartisan moratorium-off-ramp law would usher in a 105-day transition back to how Minnesota landlord-tenant laws worked before the COVID pandemic ST PAUL, Minnesota – House Democrats have reached an agreement with Senate Republicans to provide an exit from the eviction moratorium that was in place during much of the Minnesota COVID pandemic. If passed […]

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Minn. lawmakers reach deal for ending eviction moratorium

The bipartisan moratorium-off-ramp law would usher in a 105-day transition back to how Minnesota landlord-tenant laws worked before the COVID pandemic

ST PAUL, Minnesota – House Democrats have reached an agreement with Senate Republicans to provide an exit from the eviction moratorium that was in place during much of the Minnesota COVID pandemic.

If passed by lawmakers during the current special session and signed by Governor Tim Walz, it will end Walz’s eviction ban and replace it with a 105-day transition to the landlord-tenant rules that were in place before the pandemic began.

“Governor Walz imposed an eviction moratorium and it saved lives. We truly believe that the bipartisan agreement to end this eviction moratorium will save the livelihoods of both renters and landlords, “said Michael Howard Rep. Of Richfield, a member of the House of Representatives who spoke with the Senate on the law Exit has negotiated, told KARE.

“We’re creating an orderly schedule with enough space for tenants to apply for rental support, and that support goes straight to landlords, which is a win-win situation.”

The detailed wording of the compromise law has not yet been published, but the legislature has revealed some of the key elements that all sides agreed to.

Landlords would need to give tenants at least 15 days notice of the impending eviction, an exact dollar amount of the additional rent owed, and information on how to apply to state and local agencies for rental assistance programs.

Rep. Howard said that under the agreement, tenants will not be turned away from their homes while they wait for their rental assistance applications to be processed. This extended protection in these situations would last until June 1, 2022.

“This is to ensure that there is communication to ensure that both tenants and landlords are working within the system to get rental support and that they are both getting their heads above water on the other side.”

The Minnesota State Housing Agency is accepting rental assistance requests through the RentHelpMN website and mobile apps. The tenant and the landlord both take part in the application process, but the money goes directly to the landlord to whom the rent is owed.

Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota County are also offering emergency rental assistance through the Zero Balance Project – a collaboration in which the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are also involved.

The MN Multi Housing Association, the state’s largest rental group, filed a lawsuit against Governor Walz in the U.S. District Court on Monday to lift his eviction moratorium, officially known as Executive Order 20-79.

“Our members and residents have waited 15 months for some relief. It’s unfortunate. It’s unfortunate. But it’s the only option we’ve had,” Cecil Smith, the group’s CEO, told reporters Tuesday.

“The restrictions of every other company have been lifted. We need them for our industry.”

Smith said some tenants took advantage of the moratorium by breaking the bad behavior lines that would normally lead to evictions.

“They were able to molest, throw parties, smoke cigarettes and marijuana, and use racist surnames with impunity,” Smith said.

The current moratorium only allows evictions in the event of criminal offenses against people or in the event of serious property damage. The types of behaviors that landlords report to Smith’s organization do not meet these thresholds, but are still detrimental to quality of life.

“We are contractually obliged to offer our residents peace, quiet and security in their homes. And we cannot do that.”

Governor Walz did not respond directly to the landlords’ complaint, but thanked lawmakers for their work in reaching a compromise on an exit from the eviction moratorium.

And given the speed at which lawsuits against government agencies are moving through the judicial system, pending legislation may invalidate the lawsuit.

“When we pass the exit, hopefully later this week, the governor’s executive order will end and be replaced by our 105-day exit,” noted Rep. Howard.

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Duluth’s Central Hillside Community Action and Lincoln Park Farmer’s Market started their first day on Tuesday. Traders filled the area with a variety of produce, baked goods, handicrafts, and more. And that will take all summer. “This has been an annual farmers market since 2018,” said Evan Flom, Program Manager, Seeds of Success. “We’re working […]

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Duluth’s Central Hillside Community Action and Lincoln Park Farmer’s Market started their first day on Tuesday.

Traders filled the area with a variety of produce, baked goods, handicrafts, and more. And that will take all summer.

“This has been an annual farmers market since 2018,” said Evan Flom, Program Manager, Seeds of Success. “We’re working with Essentia down here to run the market. And we’ll be down here every Tuesday from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from today through September 28th. “

Market-goers could get free recipe cards and reusable bags, and the first 50 people got free tacos from the Mama Roots Food Truck.

In addition, children under the age of 18 and those over the age of 60 will receive free $ 4 tokens throughout the summer that they can spend through the Power of Produce Club, that of Essentia Health, the Junior League of Duluth, and the University of Minnesota Extension is supported.

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Duluth’s Central Hillside Community Action and Lincoln Park Farmer’s Market started their first day on Tuesday. Traders filled the area with a variety of produce, baked goods, handicrafts, and more. And that will take all summer. “This has been an annual farmers market since 2018,” said Evan Flom, Program Manager, Seeds of Success. “We’re working […]

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Duluth’s Central Hillside Community Action and Lincoln Park Farmer’s Market started their first day on Tuesday.

Traders filled the area with a variety of produce, baked goods, handicrafts, and more. And that will take all summer.

“This has been an annual farmers market since 2018,” said Evan Flom, Program Manager, Seeds of Success. “We’re working with Essentia down here to run the market. And we’ll be down here every Tuesday from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from today through September 28th. “

Market-goers could get free recipe cards and reusable bags, and the first 50 people got free tacos from the Mama Roots Food Truck.

In addition, children under the age of 18 and those over the age of 60 will receive free $ 4 tokens throughout the summer that they can spend through the Power of Produce Club, that of Essentia Health, the Junior League of Duluth, and the University of Minnesota Extension is supported.

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Minnesota tribe calls return of land a step toward healing | National News

COON RAPIDS – Leo Gellert of Mankato West scored a one-over-par 73 in the opening round of the AAA golf tournament on Tuesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course. West’s Owen Bjork is one shot back at 74. The front runners are at 68. In the AA class in Ridges at Sand Creek near Jordan, MaKenna […]

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Minnesota tribe calls return of land a step toward healing | National News

COON RAPIDS – Leo Gellert of Mankato West scored a one-over-par 73 in the opening round of the AAA golf tournament on Tuesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course.

West’s Owen Bjork is one shot back at 74. The front runners are at 68.

In the AA class in Ridges at Sand Creek near Jordan, MaKenna Reinhardt by Le Sueur-Henderson shot 79 and is fourth.

Adrianna Bixby of St. Peter is in 16th place with 86. Megan Nelson from Waseca shot 91.

At the boys’ tournament, St. Peter’s Kaiden Brovold and Kendall Nicolai each shot 79. Griffin Seifert from Waseca shot 97.

The Blue Earth Area boys are fourth after 312 shots, 12 punches from the first. Braden Gudahl is in third place with 73.

In Class A at the Pebble Creek Golf Club near Becker, United South Central’s Kadyn Neubauer shot 74 and is in second place, four shots behind the lead.

Logan Haala from the New Ulm Minster shot 77, Logan Thell from Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 83.

In the girls’ meeting, Kayla Goblirsch from Neuen Ulmer Münster took fifth place at the 87th shooting.

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton is eighth after shooting 407 on the first round.

Each tournament ends on Wednesday with 18 holes.

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Minnesota tribe calls return of land a step toward healing | National News

COON RAPIDS – Leo Gellert of Mankato West scored a one-over-par 73 in the opening round of the AAA golf tournament on Tuesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course. West’s Owen Bjork is one shot back at 74. The front runners are at 68. In the AA class in Ridges at Sand Creek near Jordan, MaKenna […]

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Minnesota tribe calls return of land a step toward healing | National News

COON RAPIDS – Leo Gellert of Mankato West scored a one-over-par 73 in the opening round of the AAA golf tournament on Tuesday at Bunker Hills Golf Course.

West’s Owen Bjork is one shot back at 74. The front runners are at 68.

In the AA class in Ridges at Sand Creek near Jordan, MaKenna Reinhardt by Le Sueur-Henderson shot 79 and is fourth.

Adrianna Bixby of St. Peter is in 16th place with 86. Megan Nelson from Waseca shot 91.

At the boys’ tournament, St. Peter’s Kaiden Brovold and Kendall Nicolai each shot 79. Griffin Seifert from Waseca shot 97.

The Blue Earth Area boys are fourth after 312 shots, 12 punches from the first. Braden Gudahl is in third place with 73.

In Class A at the Pebble Creek Golf Club near Becker, United South Central’s Kadyn Neubauer shot 74 and is in second place, four shots behind the lead.

Logan Haala from the New Ulm Minster shot 77, Logan Thell from Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 83.

In the girls’ meeting, Kayla Goblirsch from Neuen Ulmer Münster took fifth place at the 87th shooting.

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton is eighth after shooting 407 on the first round.

Each tournament ends on Wednesday with 18 holes.

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Waterloo Bucks has closed St. Cloud |  baseball

ST. CLOUD, Minnesota – The Waterloo Bucks stayed at the top of the Great Plains East Division with a convincing 9-0 shutout win at St. Cloud on Tuesday night. Waterloo (12-4) was led by his duo of pitchers Blake Corsentino and Blaze Pontes. Corsentino skipped six and allowed only one hit without walks in five […]

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Waterloo Bucks has closed St. Cloud |  baseball

ST. CLOUD, Minnesota – The Waterloo Bucks stayed at the top of the Great Plains East Division with a convincing 9-0 shutout win at St. Cloud on Tuesday night.

Waterloo (12-4) was led by his duo of pitchers Blake Corsentino and Blaze Pontes. Corsentino skipped six and allowed only one hit without walks in five innings. Pontes only gave up two hits and went none while hitting four over the last four innings.

Garrett McGowan led the Waterloo offense, finishing 3-for-5 with a double and two runs. Catcher Emiliano Gonzalez tripled and added a second hit as he drove in two and scored one run. The third baseman from Waterloo, Max Jung-Goldberg, also ended a game with two goals.

Waterloo opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the third and finished strong with three runs in both the eighth and ninth innings.

The loss dropped St. Cloud to 8-6.

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Waterloo Bucks has closed St. Cloud |  baseball

ST. CLOUD, Minnesota – The Waterloo Bucks stayed at the top of the Great Plains East Division with a convincing 9-0 shutout win at St. Cloud on Tuesday night. Waterloo (12-4) was led by his duo of pitchers Blake Corsentino and Blaze Pontes. Corsentino skipped six and allowed only one hit without walks in five […]

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Waterloo Bucks has closed St. Cloud |  baseball

ST. CLOUD, Minnesota – The Waterloo Bucks stayed at the top of the Great Plains East Division with a convincing 9-0 shutout win at St. Cloud on Tuesday night.

Waterloo (12-4) was led by his duo of pitchers Blake Corsentino and Blaze Pontes. Corsentino skipped six and allowed only one hit without walks in five innings. Pontes only gave up two hits and went none while hitting four over the last four innings.

Garrett McGowan led the Waterloo offense, finishing 3-for-5 with a double and two runs. Catcher Emiliano Gonzalez tripled and added a second hit as he drove in two and scored one run. The third baseman from Waterloo, Max Jung-Goldberg, also ended a game with two goals.

Waterloo opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the third and finished strong with three runs in both the eighth and ninth innings.

The loss dropped St. Cloud to 8-6.

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CEO sheds light on upcoming closure of The Hills Youth and Family Services

Leslie Chaplin, CEO of Hills Youth and Family Services, says her focus is on engaging the children in the “best possible way”. “Our focus is currently on all children in our care. We are working to get them all to suitable and healthy places for their next steps, ”said Chaplin. This comes after the organization […]

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CEO sheds light on upcoming closure of The Hills Youth and Family Services

Leslie Chaplin, CEO of Hills Youth and Family Services, says her focus is on engaging the children in the “best possible way”.

“Our focus is currently on all children in our care. We are working to get them all to suitable and healthy places for their next steps, ”said Chaplin.

This comes after the organization announced on Monday that it will close after 112 years.

“There are a number of reasons why this is happening,” said Chaplin.

Chaplin stated that an “insurmountable financial burden” combined with “extremely high fixed costs” for a new facility in East Bethel, Minnesota, contributed to the closure of the entire organization.

She also cited what she called “inaction” by the state by not allowing them to hire employees on a living wage. She adds that the pandemic has also affected the number of employees.

As a result, 34 children and teenagers in Woodland Hills are forced to move elsewhere.

“Unfortunately, most of our children are from overseas or other Minnesota communities, so we work hard with these people to make sure they have adequate services when they return home,” said Chaplin.

The closure also means 110 beds will no longer be available between the Duluth and East Bethel facilities. 50 of these beds are in Duluth.

After more than a century, an organization is building a formidable legacy, and while an era is drawing to a close, Chaplin wants to make sure all of the people who have been involved know they have been valued.

“I would like to thank our dedicated team of employees. I would also like to thank the families, the donors, our community partners and above all all of our alumni who have done everything to continue our mission and support us over the years” said Chaplin.

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CEO sheds light on upcoming closure of The Hills Youth and Family Services

Leslie Chaplin, CEO of Hills Youth and Family Services, says her focus is on engaging the children in the “best possible way”. “Our focus is currently on all children in our care. We are working to get them all to suitable and healthy places for their next steps, ”said Chaplin. This comes after the organization […]

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CEO sheds light on upcoming closure of The Hills Youth and Family Services

Leslie Chaplin, CEO of Hills Youth and Family Services, says her focus is on engaging the children in the “best possible way”.

“Our focus is currently on all children in our care. We are working to get them all to suitable and healthy places for their next steps, ”said Chaplin.

This comes after the organization announced on Monday that it will close after 112 years.

“There are a number of reasons why this is happening,” said Chaplin.

Chaplin stated that an “insurmountable financial burden” combined with “extremely high fixed costs” for a new facility in East Bethel, Minnesota, contributed to the closure of the entire organization.

She also cited what she called “inaction” by the state by not allowing them to hire employees on a living wage. She adds that the pandemic has also affected the number of employees.

As a result, 34 children and teenagers in Woodland Hills are forced to move elsewhere.

“Unfortunately, most of our children are from overseas or other Minnesota communities, so we work hard with these people to make sure they have adequate services when they return home,” said Chaplin.

The closure also means 110 beds will no longer be available between the Duluth and East Bethel facilities. 50 of these beds are in Duluth.

After more than a century, an organization is building a formidable legacy, and while an era is drawing to a close, Chaplin wants to make sure all of the people who have been involved know they have been valued.

“I would like to thank our dedicated team of employees. I would also like to thank the families, the donors, our community partners and above all all of our alumni who have done everything to continue our mission and support us over the years” said Chaplin.

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No masks required for vaccinated people in Hennepin County government buildings

Hennepin County will no longer require masks in government buildings for vaccinated employees and visitors. The County Board’s vote Tuesday follows the lifting of the COVID-19 mask mandate in government buildings by the state, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Ramsey County. Masks still must be worn in health care settings, Metro Transit vehicles and in some […]

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No masks required for vaccinated people in Hennepin County government buildings

Hennepin County will no longer require masks in government buildings for vaccinated employees and visitors.

The County Board’s vote Tuesday follows the lifting of the COVID-19 mask mandate in government buildings by the state, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Ramsey County. Masks still must be worn in health care settings, Metro Transit vehicles and in some school districts.

“This doesn’t mean people can’t elect to wear a mask,” said Hennepin County Administrator David Hough. “As things change over the next several months, the safety plan can be modified.”

The County Board also approved $100,000 in federal funding for a vaccine incentives program. It will partner with community groups to host vaccine events and support giving out free meals, groceries and entertainment.

“Vaccine incentive programs are designed to build trust and increase vaccination rates. This action is an opportunity to build on Minnesota’s statewide vaccine incentive strategy in a way that’s specifically tailored to the unique needs and concerns of Hennepin County residents,” Commissioner Chris LaTondresse said. “For us, this means addressing vaccine disparities in our highest social vulnerability index ZIP codes.”

Board Chair Marion Greene and Commissioner Irene Fernando voted against ending the mask mandate.

Fernando raised concerns about vaccine disparities for the county’s most disadvantaged residents and the lack of vaccines for children younger than 12.

“I have gratitude for the progress we made, but have concerns about people using an honor system about vaccines and how the mask requirement will be equally enforced,” she said.

Commissioner Jeff Lunde said eliminating the mask mandate is another step to get people back to normalcy. Business at government service centers has decreased 50% and library visits are down 30%. County officials still are recommending social distancing in buildings.

There have been 124,000 positive COVID-19 cases in Hennepin County. In November, the county averaged 1,200 cases a day and now that number is down to 39.

In other board action, commissioners approved $5 million in federal funds to prevent gun violence. Minneapolis started a similar program in 2018 and St. Paul was looking into a gun violence program last month.

Hough said the program will fund hospital-based programs to connect violence victims to services, interventions to identify and support high risk people most likely to commit gun violence and mental, behavioral and substance misuse services.

Between 2019 and 2020, Hennepin County saw a 28% increase in the number of crimes that involved guns. In 2019, Hennepin County had 67 homicide cases with 108 in 2020. In 2021, the county has had 53 homicides.

The board will receive a detailed program plan in four months.

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No masks required for vaccinated people in Hennepin County government buildings

Hennepin County will no longer require masks in government buildings for vaccinated employees and visitors. The County Board’s vote Tuesday follows the lifting of the COVID-19 mask mandate in government buildings by the state, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Ramsey County. Masks still must be worn in health care settings, Metro Transit vehicles and in some […]

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No masks required for vaccinated people in Hennepin County government buildings

Hennepin County will no longer require masks in government buildings for vaccinated employees and visitors.

The County Board’s vote Tuesday follows the lifting of the COVID-19 mask mandate in government buildings by the state, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Ramsey County. Masks still must be worn in health care settings, Metro Transit vehicles and in some school districts.

“This doesn’t mean people can’t elect to wear a mask,” said Hennepin County Administrator David Hough. “As things change over the next several months, the safety plan can be modified.”

The County Board also approved $100,000 in federal funding for a vaccine incentives program. It will partner with community groups to host vaccine events and support giving out free meals, groceries and entertainment.

“Vaccine incentive programs are designed to build trust and increase vaccination rates. This action is an opportunity to build on Minnesota’s statewide vaccine incentive strategy in a way that’s specifically tailored to the unique needs and concerns of Hennepin County residents,” Commissioner Chris LaTondresse said. “For us, this means addressing vaccine disparities in our highest social vulnerability index ZIP codes.”

Board Chair Marion Greene and Commissioner Irene Fernando voted against ending the mask mandate.

Fernando raised concerns about vaccine disparities for the county’s most disadvantaged residents and the lack of vaccines for children younger than 12.

“I have gratitude for the progress we made, but have concerns about people using an honor system about vaccines and how the mask requirement will be equally enforced,” she said.

Commissioner Jeff Lunde said eliminating the mask mandate is another step to get people back to normalcy. Business at government service centers has decreased 50% and library visits are down 30%. County officials still are recommending social distancing in buildings.

There have been 124,000 positive COVID-19 cases in Hennepin County. In November, the county averaged 1,200 cases a day and now that number is down to 39.

In other board action, commissioners approved $5 million in federal funds to prevent gun violence. Minneapolis started a similar program in 2018 and St. Paul was looking into a gun violence program last month.

Hough said the program will fund hospital-based programs to connect violence victims to services, interventions to identify and support high risk people most likely to commit gun violence and mental, behavioral and substance misuse services.

Between 2019 and 2020, Hennepin County saw a 28% increase in the number of crimes that involved guns. In 2019, Hennepin County had 67 homicide cases with 108 in 2020. In 2021, the county has had 53 homicides.

The board will receive a detailed program plan in four months.

David Chanen • 612-673-4465

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Brown County issues burning ban | Local News

NEW ULM – Burning restrictions were in effect across Brown County on Tuesday after 6:00 p.m. and will continue until further notice, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. Open burning is not permitted on CFRP land and / or in trenches. Recreational bonfires must be contained within a ring of stone, cement, brick, or […]

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Brown County issues burning ban | Local News

NEW ULM – Burning restrictions were in effect across Brown County on Tuesday after 6:00 p.m. and will continue until further notice, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Open burning is not permitted on CFRP land and / or in trenches. Recreational bonfires must be contained within a ring of stone, cement, brick, or metal and no closer than 25 feet from any structure.

The use of charcoal grills, wood smokers, and propane or natural gas devices is permitted. Supervised burning of piles of brushes is permitted but must be reported by calling Brown County Dispatch at 233-6720 prior to commencement.

Violation of the prohibition will result in a fine, a prison sentence, or both.

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Brown County issues burning ban | Local News

NEW ULM – Burning restrictions were in effect across Brown County on Tuesday after 6:00 p.m. and will continue until further notice, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. Open burning is not permitted on CFRP land and / or in trenches. Recreational bonfires must be contained within a ring of stone, cement, brick, or […]

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Brown County issues burning ban | Local News

NEW ULM – Burning restrictions were in effect across Brown County on Tuesday after 6:00 p.m. and will continue until further notice, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Open burning is not permitted on CFRP land and / or in trenches. Recreational bonfires must be contained within a ring of stone, cement, brick, or metal and no closer than 25 feet from any structure.

The use of charcoal grills, wood smokers, and propane or natural gas devices is permitted. Supervised burning of piles of brushes is permitted but must be reported by calling Brown County Dispatch at 233-6720 prior to commencement.

Violation of the prohibition will result in a fine, a prison sentence, or both.

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