NEWS SUMMARY 5/15

Body Found In Nest Lake; Flags At Half Staff In Honor Of Peace Officers; State Republicans List Demands For Bonding Bill Approval

>>Body Of Missing Kayaker Found In Kandiyohi County

(Nest Lake, MN)    Kandiyohi County officials have reportedly found the body of a Kansas man who went missing at Nest Lake.  Thirty-nine-year-old Shane White went kayaking Sunday then failed to return to his vacation rental.  His empty kayak was found on the lake the same day.  This morning, authorities say the body of a man was found on the Southwest side of the lake.  While they haven’t confirmed that it’s White, his wife posted to Facebook saying that her husband has been recovered. (24/7 News Source)

>>State Flags At Half-Staff For Peace Officer Memorial Day

(St. Paul, MN)    Flags around the state will be lowered today to honor peace officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.  Governor Walz has ordered flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff until sunset as part of Peace Officers Memorial Day.  The governor said the order honors the peace officers who have given their lives to protect Minnesotans.  He also thanked the law enforcement officers of Minnesota for their dedication and service to communities statewide. (24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota To Announce $6M In Grants To Help Fund Child Care Programs

(Minnetonka, MN)    Governor Tim Walz is expected to announce this afternoon that six million dollars in grants will be available to assist child care services in Minnesota.  The money is expected to come from the Department of Employment and Economic Development.  The action is to help families to have more child care options.  The funds are expected to open up more than 22 hundred child care positions statewide.  Governor Walz is scheduled to make the announcement at 1:30 p.m. in Minnetonka.

>>Ward 1 Candidacy Announced

(Bemidji) Gwenia Fiskevold Gould is announcing her bid for re-election to the Ward 1 seat on the Bemidji City Council. She says she supports updating rental ordinances and addressing negligent landlords. Continuing to address the housing shortage,  advocating for safety, and that citizens’ voices are heard are priorities moving forward.

>>Republicans Seek Concessions In Exchange For Supporting Bonding Bill

(St. Paul, MN)    Republican lawmakers want some concessions before they agree to support a capital investments package under consideration in the state legislature.  GOP lawmakers announced yesterday that they want the DFL Party to drop bills to establish a Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment and a MinnesotaCare public option.  They also want a bipartisan elections bill and the removal of several provisions in a bill increasing penalties for straw gun purchases.  They also want 30-million dollars of additional funding for Minnesota’s EMS providers.  DFL leaders criticized the demands in a statement yesterday, saying Republicans are throwing up last-minute roadblocks in hopes of scoring points with the media and the public. (24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota Judicial Branch Announces Clearance Of Pandemic Backlog

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota court system has finally cleared its backlog of criminal cases caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Minnesota Judicial Branch announced this week that the state’s caseload has returned to pre-pandemic levels.  State Supreme Court Chief Justice Natalie Hudson praised Minnesota’s judges and judicial staff for their hard work to reduce the backlog.  Hudson said eliminating the backlog is vital to delivering timely access to justice to the people of Minnesota. (24/7 News Source)

>>Dylan Festival Begins In Duluth Next Week

(Duluth, MN)    A six-day festival celebrating the legacy of Minnesota native Bob Dylan will kick off next week in Duluth.  The Duluth Dylan Fest starts Tuesday with a jam session at Carmody’s Irish Pub.  Other events include a tribute to Dylan’



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