No Surprises On Super Tuesday; New Infrastructure Grants Announced; City Workers In Virginia On Strike

>>Minnesota Super Tuesday Results

(St. Paul, MN)    The two frontrunners for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations have been declared the winners of the Minnesota Super Tuesday primary.  Unofficial results posted last night show President Joe Biden winning over 70-percent of the vote in the Democratic primary.   Former President Donald Trump easily outpaced challenger Nikki Haley in the Republican primary, getting just under 70-percent support from voters. (24/7 News Source)

>>Phillips To Evaluate Campaign After Finishing Third In MN Primary

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips’ longshot bid to unseat President Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential nominee may soon end.  Phillips finished third in his home-state primary yesterday, getting less than eight-percent support.  Phillips said he plans to evaluate all the Super Tuesday data before deciding whether he will drop out of the race.  He also said in a statement that his goal is to make sure Donald Trump isn’t elected president.(24/7 News Source)

>>Walz Announces $53M In Broadband Infrastructure Grants

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota is handing out millions of dollars in grants to help expand broadband access around the state.  Fifty-three-million in grants from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development were announced yesterday.  Projects in two-dozen Minnesota counties will benefit from the funding, which helps providers pay for the cost of expanding broadband infrastructure.  Governor Walz said the money will help connect more Minnesotans to high-speed Internet services needed for jobs, education, healthcare and other priorities.(24/7 News Source)

>>City Workers In Virginia Announce Strike

(Virginia, MN)    Another group of Minnesota workers is planning to strike after failing to get a new contract.  A group of city workers in Virginia plan to walk out today after the city withdrew its final contract offer.  The union said the offer would have cut overtime pay, lowered insurance contributions and hurt other benefits.  The strike will include employees in public works and parks and recreation as well as library and City Hall workers.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Registration Opens To Runners For This Year’s Twin Cities Marathon

(Minneapolis, MN)    Registration is open to the public for the Twin Cities Marathon in October.  There are already 33 hundred runners signed up after they missed out on last year’s race after it was canceled due to an intense heat warning.  Another eight thousand are expected in the popular TC 10-Mile run.  The lottery drawing for entry is in June. For information about this year’s marathon log on at tcm-events-dot-org.

>>DNR Says MN Moose Population Remains Stable

(St. Paul, MN)    The number of moose in Minnesota has stabilized after dropping over the last few decades.  The Department of Natural Resources recently completed its annual aerial moose count.  The effort found just under 35-hundred moose, which is near the annual average for the last few years.  The agency says climate change, predators and parasites have all combined to reduce the moose population by about 60-percent since the early part of the 2000s.(24/7 News Source)

>>Report: UnitedHealth May Have Paid $22M To Stop Ransomware Attack

(Minnetonka, MN)    Cybersecurity experts say UnitedHealth may have paid 22-million dollars to a hacker group to stop a ransomware attack.  The Minnetonka-based healthcare group reported the attack on one of its subsidiary companies last week.  UnitedHealth has not confirmed any ransom payment, but analysts point to a 22-million dollar Bitcoin transaction from the company as evidence that a ransom was paid to the hackers.  UnitedHealth says it remains focused on the ongoing investigation into the attack.(24/7 News Source)

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