NEWS SUMMARY 5/14

ERA Bill Delayed; Florida Woman Dies At Nashwauk Campground; MN Investigating Sprint Paramedic Idea

>>Minnesota House Delays Vote On Equal Rights Amendment

(St. Paul, MN) — Plans for a vote on a proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the Minnesota House were derailed Monday night due to extended debates over other legislation. Majority Democrats had hoped to move forward with the bill, which would enshrine state protections for race, sex, gender identity, and more in the constitution. However, prolonged discussions over unrelated bills pushed the ERA vote to later in the week, highlighting the challenges in advancing priorities as the session nears its end. (24/7 News Source)

>>Florida Woman Dies At Itasca County Campground

(Nashwauk, MN)    A Florida woman has died after being hit by her camper trailer at an Itasca County campground.  The county sheriff’s office says the 59-year-old from Silver Springs, Florida was injured on Saturday morning at a city campground in Nashwauk.  Investigators say the woman’s truck and camper hit her after rolling from a parking space in the campground.  First responders attempted lifesaving measures but she died before she could be taken to a hospital.(24/7 News Source)

>>One Dead In ATV-Truck Crash In Morrison County

(Elmdale Township, MN) — A fatal crash occurred one mile east of Upsala on Sunday, May 12, according to the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office. 55-year-old Terry Theis of Bowlus died after his ATV was struck by an east-bound truck driven by 30-year-old Samantha Robideaux, also of Bowlus, around 1:21 p.m. The sheriff’s office urged caution on roadways, especially with increased recreational vehicle traffic during warmer weather.(24/7 News Source)

>>Legislature Considers Trial Sprint Paramedics To Address Rural Emergency Care Deficits

(St. Paul)Lawmakers are considering spending $6 million to test the use of “sprint” paramedics in three northern Minnesota counties and confront the state’s worsening rural emergency response.

According to the Star Tribune, the hope is that paramedics, roving the Iron Range and northwest lakes region in cars and trucks, could shave minutes off response times, and sort out calls that don’t need fully loaded ambulances in the first place.

Sprint paramedics would drive directly to the scenes in standard vehicles and begin treatment, even with ambulances on the way.

The solution gained House approval Tuesday and is awaiting Senate action (Star Tribune)

>>DEED Asks Lawmakers To Increase Paid Leave Payroll Tax

(St. Paul, MN)    The agency overseeing Minnesota’s paid family and medical leave program says the state needs more money to pay for the plan.  Officials with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development asked state lawmakers yesterday to increase the payroll tax that will pay for the program when it begins in 2026.  The agency says a new analysis projects the payroll tax should be set just below point-nine percent, ensuring an additional 300-million dollars in revenue.  Lawmakers approved a tax of point-seven percent last year.  The House and the Senate are expected to consider the proposal this week.(24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota Removes Misdemeanor Cannabis Records Ahead Of Schedule

(St. Paul) The Star Tribune is reporting that Minnesota has expunged nearly 58,000 misdemeanor cannabis records ahead of schedule. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said it’s completed the process of expunging misdemeanor cannabis records as required by the state’s recreational marijuana law. State officials had previously expected to finish that work by August. (Star Tribune)

>>Smoke From Canada Impacting Four States

(Undated)    Four states are seeing the effects of wildfires in western Canada.  Air quality alerts were issued Monday for Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota as smoke and haze drifted over the region.  Over 145 active wildfires are currently burning in Canada.  (24/7 News Source)

>>MnDOT, Native American Tribe To Unveil Dual Language Road Signs

(Grand Marais, MN)    The state Department of Transportation is working with a northern Minnesota Native American tribe to unveil some dual-language road signs this week.  The agency and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will hold a ceremony to unveil one of the signs on Thursday.  The six signs along Highway 61 will feature the English names of several rivers along with their Ojibwe [[ oh-JIB-way ]] names.  Three of the signs will be placed between the boundary of the reservation and Grand Marais, marking the first time the transportation has placed signs with an indigenous language outside of reservation boundaries. (24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota House Passes Bill Requiring Businesses To Include Junk Fees In Advertising

(St. Paul, MN)    A new bill that will make service fees more transparent in ads is advancing to the Minnesota Senate.  The House passed the measure yesterday by a 76-to-57 vote.  Under the proposed legislation, any business that does not disclose mandatory fees or surcharges as part of the advertised price of goods or services would be considered engaging in deceptive trade practice.  If the measure passes in the Senate, it will go to Governor Tim Walz for final approval. (24/7 NEWS SOURCE)

>Duluth Air And Aviation Expo Returns This Weekend

(Duluth, MN)    The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be headlining an event this weekend in Minnesota.  The Duluth Air and Aviation Expo will be held at the Duluth International Airport this Saturday and Sunday.  The event will feature aircraft displays, aerial stunts, parachute teams and other activities.  Information about tickets and hours of operation is available at duluth-air-show-dot-com. (24/7 News Source)



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