NEWS SUMMARY 5/20

Republican Endorse Challenger To Klobuchar; Canoeists Missing After Going Over Waterfall; MN E-R-A Will Be Put To Voters

>>Royce White Receives GOP Endorsement To Run Against Klobuchar

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota Republican Party is endorsing a former NBA player who wants to become a U.S. senator.  Royce White won the party’s endorsement at the state convention in St. Paul on Saturday.  White received 67-percent of the votes from delegates, winning on the first ballot.  The party endorsed White “with reservation,” apparently due to previous court judgments.  The African American candidate said his run would bring more people of color into the Republican Party, telling supporters that Black people around the country believe that “the government is too big and it’s usually corrupt.” (24/7 News Source)

>>Career Services Merger

(Bemidji)As a way to amplify its offerings to students, alumni, employers and the community, Career Services at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College has been incorporated into the BSU Alumni & Foundation, and it begins begins today.

According to a press release, Career Services is Bemidji State’s source for guidance and support as individuals transition from student to professional. The office also hosts multiple events annually to help students build career pathways, and it leads a grand-funded internship program in partnership with the George W. Neilson Foundation, which is currently funded through 2027. Further, it offers lifelong services to alumni and creates pipelines for businesses to find and recruit potential employees. (Bemidji Now)

>>Two Missing After Canoes Go Over Waterfall In St. Louis County

(Iron Lake, MN)    Two people are missing after two canoes went over a waterfall in St. Louis County.  The county sheriff’s office says the canoes went over Curtain Falls on Iron Lake just before 7:30 on Saturday night.  Two people were found and airlifted from the area early Sunday morning, with one person needing treatment for serious injuries.  The St. Louis County Rescue Squad continued the search for the missing canoeists but had not located them as of yesterday evening. (24/7 News Source)

>>MN E-R-A Would Go To Voters, Fails In Senate

(St. Paul) An amendment to enshrine equal rights and abortion protections into the Minnesota Constitution got one step closer to landing on the ballot after the House voted Sunday to put the issue to voters in 2026.

The expansive Equal Rights Amendment passed out of the chamber on a 68-62 vote early Sunday morning.

The proposal would ask Minnesotans if the state’s Constitution should be amended to guarantee equal rights regardless of “race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, or sex, including pregnancy, gender, and sexual orientation.”The House supported waiting until 2026 to put the amendment on the ballot to give groups enough time to campaign on the issue.

However, DFL lawmakers in the Senate tried to push through several measures before the midnight voting deadline but were met with resistance from Republican senators.  The midnight deadline arrived with no vote on the state bonding bill or the DFL-sponsored Equal Rights Amendment, killing them for the year unless a special session is called.  A bill to legalize sports betting also died over the weekend, though bills to raise pay for rideshare drivers and speed up licenses for cannabis retailers will head to the governor’s desk.  The legislature will meet today for a few ceremonial activities before adjourning.

(Star Tribune) (24/7 News Source)

>>Fry Fire 100% Contained

(Duluth, MN)    A wildfire that started in the Superior National Forest last week is now 100-percent contained.  Fire officials announced full containment of the Fry Fire on Saturday.  The fire was first reported on Wednesday after firefighters lost control of a scheduled burn in the Tofte Ranger District.  Officials reduced their estimate of the fire’s size to 186 acres, including 137 acres outside the controlled burn area.  No structures or private property were threatened by the fire. (24/7 News Source)

>>Como Park’s Corpse Flower Could Bloom Anytime

(St. Paul, MN) — Como Park’s famed corpse flower, named “Horace,” is anticipated to bloom imminently at the Como Zoo and Conservatory in Minneapolis. The rare and foul-smelling flower, known for its unpredictable blooming schedule, has attracted hundreds of visitors eagerly awaiting the rare event. Horticulturists and visitors alike are on “bloom watch,” with the anticipation building as they await the opportunity to witness the extraordinary botanical phenomenon firsthand. (24/7 News Source)



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