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MINNESOTA VIRUS OUTBREAK
Minnesota National Guard to reinforce nursing home staff
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota National Guard will deploy 400 members to bolster nurses at long-term care facilities that are grappling with severe staff shortages amid rising COVID-19 cases, Governor Tim Walz also proposed on Monday to use $ 50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to help these facilities hire and retain staff. The 400 members of the Guard will begin their training as certified nursing assistants and temporary nursing aides over the next week. The Guard reinforcements follow the governor’s announcement last week that the Defense Department will send medical teams to Hennepin County Medical Center and St. Cloud Hospital.
Eminent poet Robert Bly, author of “Iron John”, dies at 94
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Poet Robert Bly, author of the men’s movement classic “Iron John”, has passed away. Bly spent most of his life in his native Minnesota and was an active poet for over 50 years. “Iron John,” his meditation on modern masculinity, was released in 1990 and spent over two years on the New York Times bestseller list. He won the National Book Award in 1968 for a book of poems in protest against the Vietnam War. Bly has also translated international poets to present them to American readers. He was 94 years old and suffered from dementia. His daughter, Mary Bly, says he died at his home in Minneapolis on Sunday, surrounded by his family.
Jurors award man nearly $ 25 million in amputation lawsuit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Federal jurors say plastic surgeon in Twin Cities is entitled to nearly $ 25 million because an emergency medical provider refused to bring him back to the United States after a Zipline injury in Mexico resulted in a leg amputation. Lawyers for Richard Tholen, of Plymouth, argued that New Jersey-based Assist America was liable for the damages after failing to send an air ambulance to Mazatlán in April 2015, after complaining about his treatment for a knee dislocation. Carla Ferrucci, executive director of the 67-year-old Minnesota Association for Justice, an association of professional lawyers, told the Star Tribune that she can’t remember a bigger award like this in Minnesota.
Church members speak out against changes in state’s first Hispanic parish
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) – About 50 parishioners have demonstrated outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in St. Paul against what they say is the eradication of culture and tradition from Minnesota’s first Hispanic parish . Many of those in attendance at Sunday’s protest were members of the third generation of the Roman Catholic Church, which has 90 years of history in St. Paul. Among the specific complaints, they say that Aztec dancers are no longer allowed inside the church, that there is no Sunday school or choir, that masses previously conducted in Spanish are now in Latin and that women are not allowed on the altar. Reverend Michael Tix, of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, says he and Archbishop Bernard Hebda are involved in conversations between ward leaders and parishioners.
Restoration of the trout stream
Researchers assess restoration of Minnesota trout streams
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A team of researchers in northern Minnesota is evaluating the results of millions of dollars of major restoration work on dozens of trout streams across the state over the past decade. In addition to whether the trout have returned, the state needs to know whether the realignment of the streams has disrupted their natural connection to groundwater or whether it has unintentionally made some problems worse. The Star Tribune reports that erosion is the root of the problem that requires major restorations. Other rivers will realign in the years to come as they continue to wash away land near homes, roads, bridges and businesses.
DEER HUNTING OPENER-AMMUNITION
Wisconsin deer gun hunters face ammunition shortage again
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin kicked off its 170th deer hunting season and for the second year in a row some hunters felt ill-equipped. A nationwide ammunition shortage due to supply chain issues affecting other commodities has caused hunters to search everywhere for ammunition first and then fork out more money if they find it. Randy and Tiffani Rogness, owners of Paddock Lake Sporting Goods in Salem, had empty ammunition shelves on Friday. When a new offer is delivered, it lasts two to three hours, even at a limit of box per customer. One of the nation’s largest ammunition makers, Vista Outdoor in Anoka, Minnesota, said it is “ramping up production ahead of schedule at its Remington plant to meet unprecedented demand.”
FINE TO THE OWNER
Minneapolis landlord fined for ‘horrible’ rental conditions
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Hennepin County district judge fined a north Minneapolis landlord $ 133,500 for what he called horrific conditions at his rental properties. Judge Patrick Robben ruled on Thursday that landlord Steven Meldahl had operated in bad faith by telling tenants they were not allowed to contact city inspectors, violating the rights of 267 families who were renting out his properties. Robben fined $ 500 per family. He also issued a permanent injunction preventing Meldahl from engaging in illegal and deceptive practices, and gave him until December 15 to comply with all housing correction notices. David Shulman, Meldahl’s attorney, declined to comment.
Photo firm responsible for preserving websites; owes $ 25,000 in rent
BISMARCK, ND (AP) – A judge has ordered Glasser Images to preserve its websites as the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office investigates the brutal shutdown of Bismarck photography studio last month. The company is also facing possible eviction from its downtown location for rent of $ 25,000 and late fees. Glasser Images has photographed weddings in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Colorado. Owner Jack Glasser has said the studio cannot remain financially viable, in large part because of the coronavirus pandemic. The photo studio has announced that it will not be able to reimburse customers when it closes. The attorney general’s office is investigating to determine whether there has been fraud.