Chaotic Finish To MN House Debate Thursday; Police involved Shooting In Crookston; New Safety Requirements For HS Hockey

>>Minnesota House Debate Turns Chaotic Over Paid Family And Medical Leave Bill

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota House of Representatives experienced chaos during a late-night debate over changes to the state’s paid family and medical leave program. DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman abruptly called for a vote, cutting off Republican members who were still speaking, which led to a vocal outcry from the GOP. Both parties held press conferences, with GOP Minority Leader Lisa Demuth condemning the move as undemocratic, while Hortman defended it as within procedural rules. The incident threatens bipartisan support for other key bills, such as sports betting and a bonding bill. (24/7 News Source)

>>2024 Blood Screening Event Today And Tomorrow In Bemidji

(Bemidji) The Bemidji Rotary Club and Sanford Health are hosting the 2024 Blood Screening event in Bemidji till 10AM today at Sanford Bemidji’s main hospital entrance at 1300 Anne St NW.

For $35, a sample will be taken and analyzed professionally.

Appointments are needed. Call 218-333-2277 to schedule your blood screening.

>Hatchet-Wielding Man Killed By Police

(Crookston, MN)    A man who allegedly approached police with a hatchet has been shot and killed in Polk County.  Authorities say the incident happened early this morning in Crookston, when cops responded to a report about a man swinging the weapon in the middle of the street.  When he moved towards officers, they attempted to use less-lethal methods to stop him, but they didn’t work.  That’s when the opened fire, killing the man.  The incident is under investigation. (24/7 News Source)

>>DFL Lawmakers Promise Floor Vote On ERA Today

(St. Paul, MN)    A controversial bill that would guarantee a right to abortion in the state constitution may be headed for a vote in the Minnesota legislature.  DFL leaders say they will bring their equal rights amendment bill to the floor today and have guaranteed that it has enough votes to pass.  Republicans have threatened to withhold support for the state bonding bill if the ERA measure passes.  Other bills that could face a vote today include measures to legalize sports betting and regulate rideshare companies. (24/7 News Source)

>>High School Hockey Players Mandated To Wear Neck Protection Following Tragic Incident

(Brooklyn Park, MN)    High School hockey players will have to wear protective neck gear starting next season.  The new nationwide high school rule comes after  Hibbing  native Adam Johnson was killed when an opponent’s hockey skate blade slashed his neck during a pro game in England.  The new  National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations rule follows a similar rule by USA Hockey for Youth Hockey Associations. (24/7 News Source)

>>Trump To Travel To MN Today For Republican Fundraiser

(St. Paul, MN)    Former President Donald Trump will travel to Minnesota today to headline a fundraising dinner for the Minnesota Republican Party.  Trump will be the featured speaker at tonight’s Lincoln Reagan dinner in St. Paul.

Republicans currently have an edge over Democrats when it comes to voting in this fall’s election.  A new KSTP-Survey USA poll published this week shows likely voters are giving a 45-to-43 percent edge to Republican candidates.  Eight-percent of the 625 likely voters polled were undecided, while four-percent favored other candidates.  A similar poll in January saw Democrats leading Republicans by three percentage points. (24/7 News Source)

>>Fire In Superior National Forest 75% Contained

(Duluth, MN)    A wildfire in the Superior National Forest is growing closer to containment.  The Fry Fire was first reported Wednesday afternoon in the Tofte Ranger District.  Officials said a prescribed burn went out of control, damaging more than 200 acres.  Officials announced late yesterday afternoon that containment had reached 75-percent and that there is currently no threat to structures and no reported closures. (24/7 News Source)

>>Fieldwork On Blatnik Bridge Replacement To Begin This Summer

(Superior, WI)    Preliminary work on the Blatnik Bridge replacement project will likely begin this summer.  Transportation staffers from Minnesota and Wisconsin gave an update on the project this week in Superior.  Drivers will likely see crews out in the field doing testing ahead of design work for the one-point-eight-billion dollar project.  Officials say the bridge is likely to close in 2027, with the replacement bridge ready for use in 2032. (24/7 News Source)

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