A man in love was sentenced to life in prison for the 2018 murder
DULUTH, Minn. (Associated Press) – A Hibbing man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting another man on Christmas Day 2018. Judge Jerome Spahn, 32, was later found guilty of murder and assault. from a court trial in August. Prosecutors say Spahn got out of a truck and shot a group of people standing outside a home in Hepping. A man Spann had a fight with, 34-year-old Geryl Macbeth, was shot three times and killed at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hebbing. Span went on to fire another four or five rounds and wounded 25-year-old Jamien Stuckey.
Vaccines make Thanksgiving easier, but tipping points still exist
The United States is in better shape as the second Thanksgiving Day from the pandemic approaches, thanks to a vaccine. But some cold-weather areas are reporting a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases that could worsen in the coming days as families travel to the country. Nearly 200 million Americans have been fully vaccinated. This leaves millions without a bullet in the arm. Hospitals in the cold upper Midwest, especially in Michigan and Minnesota, are filled with mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. Dr. Rochelle Walinsky of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccines make the fall break very different.
Turkey Bird Flu Flock
Low-contagious bird flu found in flock of minnesota turkeys
S t. POLE, Minn. (AP) – Animal health officials say a confirmed strain of bird flu in a commercial flock of turkeys in southern Minnesota poses no risk to the public and there are no food safety concerns for consumers. Routine testing by the state Animal Health Board found low-virulence avian influenza on a farm in Kandiyohi County. The council has quarantined the flock and plans to screen those birds and other flocks in the area for signs of disease. The virus is different from the virus that caused a highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in the Midwest in 2015. The council is working with federal, government and industry partners on additional steps to deal with the virus.
Debate in special session
Minnesota Legislators Report Progress Toward Special Session
S t. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s top Senate Republican said he’s willing to postpone a debate on the confirmation of Health Commissioner Jean Malcolm to help break the deadlock during a special session. Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller said that if Democrats agreed to debate Republican proposals on coronavirus measures, the Republican Party would drop threats to topple Malcolm. Republicans have criticized Walz’s emergency powers and public health restrictions, and believe getting rid of Malcolm would send a message. The Republican Party’s proposals include regulatory relief and up to $ 250 million for long-term care facilities, as well as lifting some of Walz’s vaccine policies.
Nonprofit organization to rebuild bank damaged during Floyd protests
Minneapolis (AFP) – A Minneapolis bank that was severely damaged during protests over George Floyd’s death is giving the property a nonprofit developer to build affordable housing, commercial space and a home for cultural organizations. The 2.4-acre US Bank site is part of the Lake Street commercial corridor that became the target of vandalism and arson in May 2020. The multi-million dollar project will house businesses run by people of color and community organizations will own portions of the draft. . Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of murder for the murder of Floyd, who was black, by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes. Floyd’s death sparked violent protests in the Twin Cities and elsewhere.
Before the school lake board
Former Lake School Board Members Withdraw After Confrontation
MINNEAPOLIS (Associated Press) – Members of a school board in the Minneapolis suburb of Prior Lake emerged from a private meeting where they were confronted by activists who said racism permeates the school district. Students and activists have lobbied the board for action since a video surfaced earlier this month of two students using racial slurs to harass a black student, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The private meeting to address this issue turned noisy. Four board members left the room after Twin Cities activist Lavish Mac yelled and used profanity.
Virus outbreak – Minnesota
Minnesota National Guard to Reinforce Nursing Home Staff
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota National Guard will deploy 400 members to augment nursing staff at understaffed long-term care facilities amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, and Gov. Tim Walz also proposed on Monday use $ 50 million in federal aid funds. Reserve for coronavirus to help these facilities recruit and retain staff. The 400 guards will begin training as certified nursing assistants and temporary nursing assistants over the next week. The Guard reinforcements follow the governor’s announcement last week that the Department of Defense will send medical teams to Hennepin County Medical Center and St. Cloud Hospital.
This year’s Santa experience is a mix of laps and distances.
New York (AFP) – Santa Claus is back this year, but he’s telling people to be careful as he continues to tiptoe during the pandemic. There are fewer Santas available this year, which means some of them are busier than ever. Where allowed, some malls and department stores offer Santa’s guests the choice between full contact or social distancing. Several snowballs and fences erected last year are collapsing. About 8.9 million American families are expected to visit Santa in person this year, and virtual tours remain a great option. That’s up from 6.1 million last year, but less than 10 million visited the Jolly Old Elf in 2019.