Gov. Tim Walz is asking the Legislature to back a $2.7 billion “local jobs and projects” plan that’s considerably larger than the record package that lawmakers passed two years ago. The Democratic governor unveiled his wish list at a news conference outside the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, which is getting a major rebuild thanks to money from the $1.9 billion bonding bill approved by the 2020 Legislature.
IN THE LATEST DATA FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE SEVEN-DAY ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE FOR COVID-19 IS AT 22.2%. THAT SOARS PAST ANY PREVIOUS HIGH, AND IS OVER DOUBLE THE RATE IS CONSIDERED “HIGH RISK” BY THE CDC.
The U.S. government’s new COVIDTests.gov website, set up for American households to order four free COVID-19 tests amid the Omicron variant surge, is up and running ahead of its official launch on Wednesday, the White House said. More than 700,000 people were accessing COVIDtests.gov at one point on Tuesday, according to the Digital Analytics Program. SHIPPING OF THOSE TESTS ISN’T EXPECTED TO OCCUR FOR ANOTHER SEVEN TO TWELVE DAYS.
WINTER WEATHER CAUSED ANY NUMBER OF CANCELLATIONS AND CRIPPLED TRAVEL ACROSS THE REGION YESTERDAY. CONDITIONS WORSENED THROUGH THE DAY AS WIND SPEEDS PICKED UP AND CAUSED WHITEOUT CONDITIONS IN SOME AREAS.
THE GRAND FORKS HERALD REPORTS THAT MARVIN WILL BE BUILDING 300,000 SQUARE FEET OF MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION SPACE IN FARGO BY MID-2022, ESTIMATING THAT THE TWO NEW FACILITIES WILL ADD 150 EMPLOYEES.
WITH THE FRESH SNOW COMES MORE SNOWMOBILING OPPORTUNITIES. GOVERNOR WALZ DECLARED THIS WEEK SNOWMOBILING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK, WITH THE MINNESOTA DNR REMINDING RIDERS TO BRUSH UP ON AND PRIORITIZE SAFETY. ALREADY THIS WINTER, TWO SNOWMOBILERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES.
A FUNERAL SERVICE FOR BETTY LOU MORKEN WILL BE HELD THIS MORNING (11 AM) AT HELGESON FUNERAL HOME IN ROSEAU, WITH VISITATION ONE HOUR PRIOR. BETTY LOU MORKEN PASSED AWAY JANUARY 13TH AT THE AGE OF 72.
IT’S NEARLY TAX FILING SEASON. THE STATE OF MINNESOTA WILL OPEN THE STATE INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX FILING SEASON ON MONDAY, JANUARY 24, WITH A DEADLINE TO FILE THIS YEAR ON APRIL 18.
Last modified: 01/19/2022