Difficult Flu Season In MN; Pedestrian Struck And Killed In Moose Lake; AG Ellison Looks To Expunge Records For Minor Offenders

>>128 Flu Deaths In Minnesota This Season

(St. Paul, MN) —  It’s been a rough flu season in Minnesota, with over three-thousand-600 hospitalizations and 128 deaths from the flu so far.  The Minnesota Department of Health reportsInfluenza A is the dominant strain this year. (24/7 News Source)

>>One Dead After Crash In Moose Lake

(Moose Lake, MN)    A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a vehicle in Carlton County.  Investigators were called to Moose Lake yesterday afternoon after the victim was found lying in a ditch.  The pedestrian died at the scene. The sheriff’s office says the driver suspected of hitting the pedestrian was detained a short time later.  The unidentified suspect was charged with vehicular homicide, and investigators say alcohol may have played a role in the crash. (24/7 News Source)

>>Leech Lake State Of The Band Address

(Walker) Leech Lake Band Of Ojibwe Chair Faron Jackson Senior and members of the Tribal Council will deliver the State of the Band Address this morning at the Northern Lights Casino Events Center in Walker. The event will begin at 9AM with registration, and the official program will be at 10AM, and is expected to conclude by 1PM. (24/7 News Source)

>Governor Walz Voices Support For Law To Ban Book Removal

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit book banning across the state.  Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan talked about the bill  yesterday.  Walz said those who support book bans have “never been on the right side of history.”  The proposed law would prevent banning books at public and school libraries and has been introduced in both chambers of the legislature. (24/7 News Source)

>>Ellison Announces “Clean Slate” Expungement Tour

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota’s attorney general will hold a series of clinics across the state to help those found guilty of non-violent crimes get their records wiped clean.  Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the “Clean Slate” tour yesterday.  Those who attend one of the five scheduled clinics will get help having their records expunged.  The tour begins in St. Paul tomorrow, with stops in White Earth Nation and Bemidji in May, Rochester in July and Duluth in September. (24/7 News Source)

>>MN Attorney General Joins DOJ Lawsuit Against Apple

(St Paul, MN) —  Minnesota joining the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Apple. State Attorney General Keith Ellison is echoing U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s claims that the tech company held up improvements for millions of customers while blocking competitors from having any real chance of success. In a news release  Ellison said, quote, “Smartphones are essential devices in this day and age, but they don’t need to be as expensive or restrictive as they currently are.” However, Apple has pushed back, claiming the lawsuit is “wrong on the facts and the law.”  (24/7 News Source)

>>Judge Recommends Stripping Major Party Status From Legal Marijuana Now

(St. Paul, MN)    A state court judge has recommended stripping the major party status from the Legal Marijuana Now Party.  The chair of the DFL Party petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to revoke the status of Legal Marijuana Now last month.  A Hennepin County judge was appointed to consider the petition, and that judge decided Wednesday that Legal Marijuana Now does not meet the criteria to be a major party.  The recommendation has to be approved by the state Supreme Court before it can take effect.   (24/7 News Source)

>>Mayo Clinic Health System Introduces Primary Care On Demand App

(Rochester, MN)    The Mayo Clinic Health System is introducing a new mobile app designed to connect patients to healthcare around the clock.  The Primary Care on Demand app allows patients to ask questions about their health care and seek treatment for minor health problems like a rash or a cold.  Video visits with a doctor can also be scheduled and will be billed at the standard office rate.  The app is available to patients 18-years-old and older in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.(24/7 News Source)

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