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Northern Minnesota mom runs Grandma's Marathon in memory of her son

For Kristi Bergstrom of Roseau, running the marathon meant honoring her son Pierce, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver on his motorcycle in North Dakota last year. ?He was a very authentic child. He lived his life to the fullest. He lived without an excuse. He was never afraid to try something, and […]

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Northern Minnesota mom runs Grandma's Marathon in memory of her son

For Kristi Bergstrom of Roseau, running the marathon meant honoring her son Pierce, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver on his motorcycle in North Dakota last year.

?He was a very authentic child. He lived his life to the fullest. He lived without an excuse. He was never afraid to try something, and he pretty much managed everything he tried, ?said Bergstrom.

Bergstrom said one of the many things Pierce tried and succeeded in doing was Grandma’s marathon. In 2018 and 2019 they ran the entire marathon together.

That year she decided to continue the tradition – to train even in her toughest days.

?I’ve done a lot of training runs with balls of feet, but I definitely know he’s with me. I can feel it, ?said Bergstrom.

Bergstrom finished Saturday’s marathon in just over five and a half hours with her son every step of the way. Her husband and youngest son were there to cheer her on.

“Everyone is really supportive and encouraging,” said Bergstrom.

Bergstrom has no plans to stop. She hopes to continue the rest of her life in the memory of her son.

?I always knew my son was a very special young man and I was always as proud to speak to someone about him as I am with my other three children, but after his death I was amazed at how many people he was touched and how many people admired him – even older people, ?said Bergstrom. “So many people came to his funeral and said what a wonderful friend he was, a wonderful student, and it’s nice to still hear those words.”

Pierce received a posthumous degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University last December. He was 12 credits away from graduation at the time of his murder.

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Northern Minnesota mom runs Grandma's Marathon in memory of her son

For Kristi Bergstrom of Roseau, running the marathon meant honoring her son Pierce, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver on his motorcycle in North Dakota last year. ?He was a very authentic child. He lived his life to the fullest. He lived without an excuse. He was never afraid to try something, and […]

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Northern Minnesota mom runs Grandma's Marathon in memory of her son

For Kristi Bergstrom of Roseau, running the marathon meant honoring her son Pierce, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver on his motorcycle in North Dakota last year.

?He was a very authentic child. He lived his life to the fullest. He lived without an excuse. He was never afraid to try something, and he pretty much managed everything he tried, ?said Bergstrom.

Bergstrom said one of the many things Pierce tried and succeeded in doing was Grandma’s marathon. In 2018 and 2019 they ran the entire marathon together.

That year she decided to continue the tradition – to train even in her toughest days.

?I’ve done a lot of training runs with balls of feet, but I definitely know he’s with me. I can feel it, ?said Bergstrom.

Bergstrom finished Saturday’s marathon in just over five and a half hours with her son every step of the way. Her husband and youngest son were there to cheer her on.

“Everyone is really supportive and encouraging,” said Bergstrom.

Bergstrom has no plans to stop. She hopes to continue the rest of her life in the memory of her son.

?I always knew my son was a very special young man and I was always as proud to speak to someone about him as I am with my other three children, but after his death I was amazed at how many people he was touched and how many people admired him – even older people, ?said Bergstrom. “So many people came to his funeral and said what a wonderful friend he was, a wonderful student, and it’s nice to still hear those words.”

Pierce received a posthumous degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University last December. He was 12 credits away from graduation at the time of his murder.

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After much-needed rain, cooler temperatures are in the forecast

The Twin Cities received a bit of much-needed rain on Sunday but not enough to bring the month closer to normal rainfall totals. About .4 inch of rain was recorded at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Sunday, bringing the total rainfall for June to .72 inch, or about 20% of normal for the month. […]

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After much-needed rain, cooler temperatures are in the forecast

The Twin Cities received a bit of much-needed rain on Sunday but not enough to bring the month closer to normal rainfall totals.

About .4 inch of rain was recorded at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Sunday, bringing the total rainfall for June to .72 inch, or about 20% of normal for the month. Most of Minnesota is experiencing moderate drought or abnormally dry conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Counties along the southern border of the state are in a severe drought.

The rest of the week promises a chance of scattered showers for the metro area on Tuesday and Wednesday and possible thunderstorms on Thursday, but “we’d have to be extraordinarily lucky to get rain every day that there’s a chance to be able to catch up to normal,” said Tyler Hasenstein, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen.

With the rain came a short reprieve from the heat. Sunday’s high was 74 degrees and Monday’s temp isn’t expected to rise above the mid-60s. Tuesday may bring highs in the 80s and the mercury could hit the 90s on Wednesday before another slight cool-down heading into the weekend.

The Twin Cities metro area set a record for the earliest stretch of 90-degree days with nine consecutive days June 3 to 11, according to the NWS. The heat wave buckled roads and increased risks for wildfires and drought across the state.

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After much-needed rain, cooler temperatures are in the forecast

The Twin Cities received a bit of much-needed rain on Sunday but not enough to bring the month closer to normal rainfall totals. About .4 inch of rain was recorded at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Sunday, bringing the total rainfall for June to .72 inch, or about 20% of normal for the month. […]

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After much-needed rain, cooler temperatures are in the forecast

The Twin Cities received a bit of much-needed rain on Sunday but not enough to bring the month closer to normal rainfall totals.

About .4 inch of rain was recorded at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Sunday, bringing the total rainfall for June to .72 inch, or about 20% of normal for the month. Most of Minnesota is experiencing moderate drought or abnormally dry conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Counties along the southern border of the state are in a severe drought.

The rest of the week promises a chance of scattered showers for the metro area on Tuesday and Wednesday and possible thunderstorms on Thursday, but “we’d have to be extraordinarily lucky to get rain every day that there’s a chance to be able to catch up to normal,” said Tyler Hasenstein, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen.

With the rain came a short reprieve from the heat. Sunday’s high was 74 degrees and Monday’s temp isn’t expected to rise above the mid-60s. Tuesday may bring highs in the 80s and the mercury could hit the 90s on Wednesday before another slight cool-down heading into the weekend.

The Twin Cities metro area set a record for the earliest stretch of 90-degree days with nine consecutive days June 3 to 11, according to the NWS. The heat wave buckled roads and increased risks for wildfires and drought across the state.

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ST. CLOUD ? A quiet respite hidden along the Sauk River between Sartell and St. Cloud is slated to become the area’s newest mountain biking trail. But before Sartell officials can transform some of the 45-acre Sauk River Regional Park into trails fit for fat tires and mountain bikes, they’re hoping to swap land with […]

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ST. CLOUD ? A quiet respite hidden along the Sauk River between Sartell and St. Cloud is slated to become the area’s newest mountain biking trail.

But before Sartell officials can transform some of the 45-acre Sauk River Regional Park into trails fit for fat tires and mountain bikes, they’re hoping to swap land with St. Cloud to create a contiguous area on the western side of the river.

On Monday, St. Cloud City Council will consider approving the exchange of about 11 acres of parkland for about 14 acres on the eastern side of the river.

“The river makes a more natural boundary,” said Jon Halter, Sartell city engineer. “All of Sartell’s park property would be adjacent to each other on the same side of the river and then we can expand our mountain biking trail.”

The project is funded through a $450,000 state grant that will also fund lighting, signage and paved trail improvements at the park.

St. Cloud’s Whitney Park, just south of the Sauk River, has several athletic fields. But formal plans never materialized for the city’s 11 acres on the other side of the Sauk River, according to Scott Zlotnik, St. Cloud parks director.

“We were really impeded by access,” Zlotnik said, noting the only connection to St. Cloud’s land on the west side of the river was a small pedestrian bridge from the Works Progress Administration era. “From a pure planning perspective, [the land swap] seems to make sense.”

Zlotnik said he anticipates St. Cloud’s newly acquired parkland will remain green space, possibly with trails and seating.

In May, Sartell City Council approved an agreement with Colorado-based International Mountain Bicycling Association to design the bike trail, which is aimed at beginner- to intermediate-level bikers and will include a practice area near the trailhead.

“We don’t live in Colorado, but we do have about 20 feet of elevation from the top of the park down to the river so there’s a fair amount of elevation for them to work with and try to create some unique features,” Halter said. “There are a few other mountain biking trails in the St. Cloud area but I think this one will be unique.

“The other trails, I think, have just morphed into the bike trails. This one, from the get-go, will be designed and constructed specifically with mountain biking in mind.”

Minnesota is home to many mountain biking trails but only a few are in the St. Cloud area, including about 2 miles at Quarry Park in Waite Park, about 8 miles on the southeast side of St. Cloud and about 3 miles at River Bluffs Regional Park in south St. Cloud.

Halter anticipates trail construction to begin this fall, with the trail opening next spring.

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ST. CLOUD ? A quiet respite hidden along the Sauk River between Sartell and St. Cloud is slated to become the area’s newest mountain biking trail. But before Sartell officials can transform some of the 45-acre Sauk River Regional Park into trails fit for fat tires and mountain bikes, they’re hoping to swap land with […]

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Mountain biking trail slated for St. Cloud-area park

ST. CLOUD ? A quiet respite hidden along the Sauk River between Sartell and St. Cloud is slated to become the area’s newest mountain biking trail.

But before Sartell officials can transform some of the 45-acre Sauk River Regional Park into trails fit for fat tires and mountain bikes, they’re hoping to swap land with St. Cloud to create a contiguous area on the western side of the river.

On Monday, St. Cloud City Council will consider approving the exchange of about 11 acres of parkland for about 14 acres on the eastern side of the river.

“The river makes a more natural boundary,” said Jon Halter, Sartell city engineer. “All of Sartell’s park property would be adjacent to each other on the same side of the river and then we can expand our mountain biking trail.”

The project is funded through a $450,000 state grant that will also fund lighting, signage and paved trail improvements at the park.

St. Cloud’s Whitney Park, just south of the Sauk River, has several athletic fields. But formal plans never materialized for the city’s 11 acres on the other side of the Sauk River, according to Scott Zlotnik, St. Cloud parks director.

“We were really impeded by access,” Zlotnik said, noting the only connection to St. Cloud’s land on the west side of the river was a small pedestrian bridge from the Works Progress Administration era. “From a pure planning perspective, [the land swap] seems to make sense.”

Zlotnik said he anticipates St. Cloud’s newly acquired parkland will remain green space, possibly with trails and seating.

In May, Sartell City Council approved an agreement with Colorado-based International Mountain Bicycling Association to design the bike trail, which is aimed at beginner- to intermediate-level bikers and will include a practice area near the trailhead.

“We don’t live in Colorado, but we do have about 20 feet of elevation from the top of the park down to the river so there’s a fair amount of elevation for them to work with and try to create some unique features,” Halter said. “There are a few other mountain biking trails in the St. Cloud area but I think this one will be unique.

“The other trails, I think, have just morphed into the bike trails. This one, from the get-go, will be designed and constructed specifically with mountain biking in mind.”

Minnesota is home to many mountain biking trails but only a few are in the St. Cloud area, including about 2 miles at Quarry Park in Waite Park, about 8 miles on the southeast side of St. Cloud and about 3 miles at River Bluffs Regional Park in south St. Cloud.

Halter anticipates trail construction to begin this fall, with the trail opening next spring.

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The post Mountain biking trail slated for St. Cloud-area park first appeared on Minnesota Minutes. [date_timestamp] => 1624240890 ) [3] => Array ( [title] => Clock ticking to pass budget as lawmakers return in special session to finish work [link] => http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/minnesotanewsdaily/~3/apm6-jm5Tc0/ [dc] => Array ( [creator] => Dexter Peterson ) [pubdate] => Mon, 21 Jun 2021 01:16:17 +0000 [category] => News [guid] => https://minnesotaminutes.com/?p=6575 [description] =>
Clock ticking to pass budget as lawmakers return in special session to finish work

Lawmakers returned to St. Paul on June 14, 2021 for a special legislative session. Refinery workers were at the Capitol advocating in favor of legislation intended to make their workplace safer. Photo by Ricardo Lopez/Minnesota Reformer Lawmakers returned on Monday to a noisy Capitol brimming with visiting Minnesotans for the first time in 14 months. […]

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Clock ticking to pass budget as lawmakers return in special session to finish work

Lawmakers returned to St. Paul on June 14, 2021 for a special legislative session. Refinery workers were at the Capitol advocating in favor of legislation intended to make their workplace safer. Photo by Ricardo Lopez/Minnesota Reformer

Lawmakers returned on Monday to a noisy Capitol brimming with visiting Minnesotans for the first time in 14 months. The joyous mood was tempered by the clock ? time is ticking to complete a new $52 billion state budget or force the state into a government shutdown. 

The Legislature has until midnight on June 30 to pass a two-year budget. Since last month, a select group of lawmakers have been negotiating various aspects of the state?s budget, while also tussling over policy decisions that stand to have vast impact on public safety and policing, smog emissions, and the state?s eviction moratorium. 

These so-called working groups, made up of lawmakers who had previously been part of conference committees that hash out differences between House and Senate budget bills, have been working largely out of public view to figure out the details of the new state budget. 

A handful of budget bills have been completed, while several still remain outstanding. 

House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, said Monday before the House gaveled in for the special session that she expects it will take as many as 10 days to complete a new state budget and adjourn the special session. 

Part of the reason, she said, is the intended plans by the House Republican caucus to force lengthy floor debates on budget bills. Hortman said House Republicans presented five demands in exchange for their cooperation, which included the immediate termination of Walz?s emergency powers. Hortman said House Democrats had no intention of capitulating to Republicans on those issues. 

?It is a slow grind,? said House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley. ?It is a challenging environment in which to be a legislator and to put together a state budget. But the good news is the products that we are arguing about or negotiating about are all good things. It?s a question of how good we can make it for the state.?

With the assent of the state Executive Council, comprising the constitutional officers, DFL Gov. Tim Walz officially extended his 30-day peacetime emergency declaration, a move that allows him to continue directing the state?s COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts. The declaration triggers a legislative vote to overturn his emergency powers. Senate Republicans have sought to end the emergency declaration for a year, but House Democrats have backed Walz. 

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, told reporters after the Senate recessed a brief floor session that he agreed that 10 days might be the length of a special session. 

But despite ideological differences, both Hortman and Gazelka said there are no plans to let the state government temporarily shutter.

?The fact is, if we did not get done by July 1, the ramifications are too serious for Minnesota,? Gazelka said. 

The biggest sticking point between the House and Senate appears to be police reform proposals. Some changes are expected, though they will not go as far as urban Democrats had hoped. 

Among them are a requirement that state conservation officers who work under the Department of Natural Resources wear body-worn cameras. DNR officers have been deployed to assist other law enforcement during large-scale protests and other events over much of the past year. 

Gazelka also says Senate Republicans will continue pushing for a delay in the implementation of the proposed so-called Clean Car rules by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, saying they may not be implemented until after the 2022 election. 

Hortman said she expected the public safety budget bill to be completed last, but said they had given public safety committee chairs an additional $30 million to spend to help reach a compromise budget bill.

Both sides appear to be holding onto some leverage, however. 

Hortman said that the tax bill is completed, but the House will not be passing it until they are satisfied with the outcome of the budget negotiations. By law, tax bills have to originate in the House. Similarly, she said, the Senate is likely to hold on to the state government budget bill until the Senate is also satisfied with the final budget outcome.

Demonstrators return to Capitol

For the first time since March 2020, the Capitol is now fully reopened to the public, marking progress in access to the public building where lawmakers decide on billions of dollars in state spending every other year. 

Banging pots and pans, blowing air horns and ringing cowbells, far-right demonstrators descended on the Capitol and outside of the Minnesota Senate Building to decry Walz?s executive powers, taking aim at Gazelka for not doing more to curb Walz?s powers. 

?What?s happening now is basically a dictatorship,? said Michele Even, a Prior Lake stay-at-home mom who helped organize the demonstration. ?All the power is in the hands of Tim Walz. When we have an elected body, the House and the Senate, and they basically have turned over all power to Walz and left we, the people, voiceless.?

Refinery workers also demonstrated outside of the House and Senate chambers, calling on lawmakers to pass a bill requiring refineries to use a majority of workers who have undergone an accredited apprenticeship programs. Workers say the Marathon oil refinery in St. Paul Park has become hazardous because of poorly trained nonunion labor and subcontractors


originally published in the minnesotareformer.com

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Clock ticking to pass budget as lawmakers return in special session to finish work

Lawmakers returned to St. Paul on June 14, 2021 for a special legislative session. Refinery workers were at the Capitol advocating in favor of legislation intended to make their workplace safer. Photo by Ricardo Lopez/Minnesota Reformer Lawmakers returned on Monday to a noisy Capitol brimming with visiting Minnesotans for the first time in 14 months. […]

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Clock ticking to pass budget as lawmakers return in special session to finish work

Lawmakers returned to St. Paul on June 14, 2021 for a special legislative session. Refinery workers were at the Capitol advocating in favor of legislation intended to make their workplace safer. Photo by Ricardo Lopez/Minnesota Reformer

Lawmakers returned on Monday to a noisy Capitol brimming with visiting Minnesotans for the first time in 14 months. The joyous mood was tempered by the clock ? time is ticking to complete a new $52 billion state budget or force the state into a government shutdown. 

The Legislature has until midnight on June 30 to pass a two-year budget. Since last month, a select group of lawmakers have been negotiating various aspects of the state?s budget, while also tussling over policy decisions that stand to have vast impact on public safety and policing, smog emissions, and the state?s eviction moratorium. 

These so-called working groups, made up of lawmakers who had previously been part of conference committees that hash out differences between House and Senate budget bills, have been working largely out of public view to figure out the details of the new state budget. 

A handful of budget bills have been completed, while several still remain outstanding. 

House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, said Monday before the House gaveled in for the special session that she expects it will take as many as 10 days to complete a new state budget and adjourn the special session. 

Part of the reason, she said, is the intended plans by the House Republican caucus to force lengthy floor debates on budget bills. Hortman said House Republicans presented five demands in exchange for their cooperation, which included the immediate termination of Walz?s emergency powers. Hortman said House Democrats had no intention of capitulating to Republicans on those issues. 

?It is a slow grind,? said House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley. ?It is a challenging environment in which to be a legislator and to put together a state budget. But the good news is the products that we are arguing about or negotiating about are all good things. It?s a question of how good we can make it for the state.?

With the assent of the state Executive Council, comprising the constitutional officers, DFL Gov. Tim Walz officially extended his 30-day peacetime emergency declaration, a move that allows him to continue directing the state?s COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts. The declaration triggers a legislative vote to overturn his emergency powers. Senate Republicans have sought to end the emergency declaration for a year, but House Democrats have backed Walz. 

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, told reporters after the Senate recessed a brief floor session that he agreed that 10 days might be the length of a special session. 

But despite ideological differences, both Hortman and Gazelka said there are no plans to let the state government temporarily shutter.

?The fact is, if we did not get done by July 1, the ramifications are too serious for Minnesota,? Gazelka said. 

The biggest sticking point between the House and Senate appears to be police reform proposals. Some changes are expected, though they will not go as far as urban Democrats had hoped. 

Among them are a requirement that state conservation officers who work under the Department of Natural Resources wear body-worn cameras. DNR officers have been deployed to assist other law enforcement during large-scale protests and other events over much of the past year. 

Gazelka also says Senate Republicans will continue pushing for a delay in the implementation of the proposed so-called Clean Car rules by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, saying they may not be implemented until after the 2022 election. 

Hortman said she expected the public safety budget bill to be completed last, but said they had given public safety committee chairs an additional $30 million to spend to help reach a compromise budget bill.

Both sides appear to be holding onto some leverage, however. 

Hortman said that the tax bill is completed, but the House will not be passing it until they are satisfied with the outcome of the budget negotiations. By law, tax bills have to originate in the House. Similarly, she said, the Senate is likely to hold on to the state government budget bill until the Senate is also satisfied with the final budget outcome.

Demonstrators return to Capitol

For the first time since March 2020, the Capitol is now fully reopened to the public, marking progress in access to the public building where lawmakers decide on billions of dollars in state spending every other year. 

Banging pots and pans, blowing air horns and ringing cowbells, far-right demonstrators descended on the Capitol and outside of the Minnesota Senate Building to decry Walz?s executive powers, taking aim at Gazelka for not doing more to curb Walz?s powers. 

?What?s happening now is basically a dictatorship,? said Michele Even, a Prior Lake stay-at-home mom who helped organize the demonstration. ?All the power is in the hands of Tim Walz. When we have an elected body, the House and the Senate, and they basically have turned over all power to Walz and left we, the people, voiceless.?

Refinery workers also demonstrated outside of the House and Senate chambers, calling on lawmakers to pass a bill requiring refineries to use a majority of workers who have undergone an accredited apprenticeship programs. Workers say the Marathon oil refinery in St. Paul Park has become hazardous because of poorly trained nonunion labor and subcontractors


originally published in the minnesotareformer.com

The post Clock ticking to pass budget as lawmakers return in special session to finish work first appeared on Minnesota Minutes. [date_timestamp] => 1624238177 ) [4] => Array ( [title] => In this time of need, Minnesotans have stepped up; it?s government?s turn | Opinion [link] => http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/minnesotanewsdaily/~3/4A42_l-xqHE/ [dc] => Array ( [creator] => Dexter Peterson ) [pubdate] => Sun, 20 Jun 2021 23:15:16 +0000 [category] => News [guid] => https://minnesotaminutes.com/?p=6572 [description] =>
In this time of need, Minnesotans have stepped up; it's government's turn | Opinion

During the summer of 2020, KB Balla stands near what remains of Scores Sports Bar at 2713 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis. Photo by Hannah Black/Minnesota Reformer. The civil unrest that unfolded in the wake of George Floyd?s murder has had a deep and lasting impact on the Twin Cities. Buildings burned, family-run shops were […]

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In this time of need, Minnesotans have stepped up; it's government's turn | Opinion

During the summer of 2020, KB Balla stands near what remains of Scores Sports Bar at 2713 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis. Photo by Hannah Black/Minnesota Reformer.

The civil unrest that unfolded in the wake of George Floyd?s murder has had a deep and lasting impact on the Twin Cities. Buildings burned, family-run shops were robbed, and local health care clinics and nonprofits were broken into and damaged. The places where people lived, worked and relied on for essential services were destroyed and entire communities were left reeling.

In this moment of pain, Minnesotans did what they do best: They lent a hand and got to work. Volunteers swept the streets and sidewalks. People organized pop-up food shelves. Donations ? of $5, $20 $50 ? came in from across our state and the country to help small businesses.

This generosity has accomplished a lot. Thanks to these donations, local nonprofits like the Lake Street Council, the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, and the Midway Chamber of Commerce have been able to provide more than $10 million in grants to more than 400 small businesses. We have seen firsthand how these grants have helped repair building damage and replace lost inventory and equipment. These donations have supported local business owners? abilities to reopen their doors and hire back employees.

But rebuilding our cities cannot be done through philanthropy alone. Together, Minneapolis and St. Paul sustained more than $500 million in damages. As the Star Tribune previously noted, this makes the Twin Cities riots the second most costly civil disturbance in our country?s history, behind the Los Angeles riots in 1992.

Entire buildings were destroyed. Many affected local business owners don?t have the income or equity needed to develop new property. Even as buildings are rebuilt, the cost of new construction does not allow for affordable rent rates without government support. We have heard loud and clear that people want to see Twin Cities neighborhoods continue to be a home for small businesses ? but the need for greater resources to maintain this vision is simply too great for local nonprofits and Minnesotans to bear it alone.

The stakes are also too high. Small business owners invest in and sustain many of the Twin Cities? thriving commercial corridors like Lake Street, West Broadway and University Avenue. They provide jobs, create economic growth and encourage innovation. The Twin Cities metro area is also the largest contributor to our state tax base ? the success of its cities and business community benefits the entire state.

Small business owners are committed to staying and rebuilding once more. These family-run establishments need support in property acquisition, building preservation and new development. Without this support we risk losing these small businesses, which means losing local ownership, entrepreneurship and control.

We also risk widening the already pervasive wealth gap here in our cities and state. Many of the businesses impacted are owned by immigrants, low-income entrepreneurs and Black, Indigenous, people of color families. As we seek to address income inequality, investing in the rebuilding along Lake Street, West Broadway and Midway can make a substantial difference.

We understand there is a lot of demand for funding right now. But we urgently need government support to recognize the huge impact this civil unrest has had on our communities, protect small business owners, and preserve these vibrant economic and cultural corridors. State, county and city governments currently have a huge influx of federal relief funds to distribute; paired with Minnesota?s present budget surplus, small business recovery should be a top priority to lawmakers.

Real people who have worked tirelessly over the past year to support themselves, their families, and their employees amid the pandemic and civil unrest are being affected. They provide incredible benefits to our metro area and the entire state ? and they deserve our unflinching support.


originally published in the minnesotareformer.com

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In this time of need, Minnesotans have stepped up; it's government's turn | Opinion

During the summer of 2020, KB Balla stands near what remains of Scores Sports Bar at 2713 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis. Photo by Hannah Black/Minnesota Reformer. The civil unrest that unfolded in the wake of George Floyd?s murder has had a deep and lasting impact on the Twin Cities. Buildings burned, family-run shops were […]

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In this time of need, Minnesotans have stepped up; it's government's turn | Opinion

During the summer of 2020, KB Balla stands near what remains of Scores Sports Bar at 2713 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis. Photo by Hannah Black/Minnesota Reformer.

The civil unrest that unfolded in the wake of George Floyd?s murder has had a deep and lasting impact on the Twin Cities. Buildings burned, family-run shops were robbed, and local health care clinics and nonprofits were broken into and damaged. The places where people lived, worked and relied on for essential services were destroyed and entire communities were left reeling.

In this moment of pain, Minnesotans did what they do best: They lent a hand and got to work. Volunteers swept the streets and sidewalks. People organized pop-up food shelves. Donations ? of $5, $20 $50 ? came in from across our state and the country to help small businesses.

This generosity has accomplished a lot. Thanks to these donations, local nonprofits like the Lake Street Council, the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, and the Midway Chamber of Commerce have been able to provide more than $10 million in grants to more than 400 small businesses. We have seen firsthand how these grants have helped repair building damage and replace lost inventory and equipment. These donations have supported local business owners? abilities to reopen their doors and hire back employees.

But rebuilding our cities cannot be done through philanthropy alone. Together, Minneapolis and St. Paul sustained more than $500 million in damages. As the Star Tribune previously noted, this makes the Twin Cities riots the second most costly civil disturbance in our country?s history, behind the Los Angeles riots in 1992.

Entire buildings were destroyed. Many affected local business owners don?t have the income or equity needed to develop new property. Even as buildings are rebuilt, the cost of new construction does not allow for affordable rent rates without government support. We have heard loud and clear that people want to see Twin Cities neighborhoods continue to be a home for small businesses ? but the need for greater resources to maintain this vision is simply too great for local nonprofits and Minnesotans to bear it alone.

The stakes are also too high. Small business owners invest in and sustain many of the Twin Cities? thriving commercial corridors like Lake Street, West Broadway and University Avenue. They provide jobs, create economic growth and encourage innovation. The Twin Cities metro area is also the largest contributor to our state tax base ? the success of its cities and business community benefits the entire state.

Small business owners are committed to staying and rebuilding once more. These family-run establishments need support in property acquisition, building preservation and new development. Without this support we risk losing these small businesses, which means losing local ownership, entrepreneurship and control.

We also risk widening the already pervasive wealth gap here in our cities and state. Many of the businesses impacted are owned by immigrants, low-income entrepreneurs and Black, Indigenous, people of color families. As we seek to address income inequality, investing in the rebuilding along Lake Street, West Broadway and Midway can make a substantial difference.

We understand there is a lot of demand for funding right now. But we urgently need government support to recognize the huge impact this civil unrest has had on our communities, protect small business owners, and preserve these vibrant economic and cultural corridors. State, county and city governments currently have a huge influx of federal relief funds to distribute; paired with Minnesota?s present budget surplus, small business recovery should be a top priority to lawmakers.

Real people who have worked tirelessly over the past year to support themselves, their families, and their employees amid the pandemic and civil unrest are being affected. They provide incredible benefits to our metro area and the entire state ? and they deserve our unflinching support.


originally published in the minnesotareformer.com

The post In this time of need, Minnesotans have stepped up; it?s government?s turn | Opinion first appeared on Minnesota Minutes. [date_timestamp] => 1624230916 ) [5] => Array ( [title] => MDH reports just one new case of COVID-19 in region | Mankato News [link] => http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/minnesotanewsdaily/~3/rQ7-V_7cbdc/ [dc] => Array ( [creator] => Dexter Peterson ) [pubdate] => Sun, 20 Jun 2021 23:08:37 +0000 [category] => Mankato [guid] => https://minnesotaminutes.com/?p=6570 [description] =>
New COVID-19 cases slightly rise Tuesday | Mankato News

MANKATO – There was only one newly reported case of COVID-19 in the nine counties area in Blue Earth County on Sunday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The other eight counties in the region all reported no further cases of the virus on Sunday. In the region with nine counties, only single-digit new […]

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New COVID-19 cases slightly rise Tuesday | Mankato News

MANKATO – There was only one newly reported case of COVID-19 in the nine counties area in Blue Earth County on Sunday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

The other eight counties in the region all reported no further cases of the virus on Sunday.

In the region with nine counties, only single-digit new cases have been reported in June, with the last double-digit number of cases being reported on May 28 with 12 cases.

Nationwide, the number of newly confirmed cases of the virus is also falling to a level that has not been reached since the pandemic began last year.

But Minnesota’s total on Sunday was 127, slightly higher than the national number of 119 new cases on Saturday.

Still, the COVID-19 test positive rate in Minnesota fell below 1 percent over the past week.

A month ago, Minnesota averaged over 3 percent; last November the average climbed to over 14 percent.

The milestone in Sunday’s state health department update is yet another sign that the Minnesota pandemic is continuing to decline. The daily number of cases remains at a level that has not been seen since April 2020. Hospital stays and intensive care needs are falling rapidly.

Nine newly reported deaths on Sunday brought the Minnesota pandemic number to 7,545. Of the deceased, around 59 percent lived in long-term care or assisted living facilities; most of them had health problems.

About 99 percent of Minnesotans known to be infected with COVID-19 during the pandemic have recovered enough to no longer need to be isolated.

The number of cases had crept across the state in April after a massive spike in late November and early December. But now the numbers are low and declining in every age group and region.

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New COVID-19 cases slightly rise Tuesday | Mankato News

MANKATO – There was only one newly reported case of COVID-19 in the nine counties area in Blue Earth County on Sunday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The other eight counties in the region all reported no further cases of the virus on Sunday. In the region with nine counties, only single-digit new […]

The post MDH reports just one new case of COVID-19 in region | Mankato News first appeared on Minnesota Minutes. [atom_content] =>
New COVID-19 cases slightly rise Tuesday | Mankato News

MANKATO – There was only one newly reported case of COVID-19 in the nine counties area in Blue Earth County on Sunday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

The other eight counties in the region all reported no further cases of the virus on Sunday.

In the region with nine counties, only single-digit new cases have been reported in June, with the last double-digit number of cases being reported on May 28 with 12 cases.

Nationwide, the number of newly confirmed cases of the virus is also falling to a level that has not been reached since the pandemic began last year.

But Minnesota’s total on Sunday was 127, slightly higher than the national number of 119 new cases on Saturday.

Still, the COVID-19 test positive rate in Minnesota fell below 1 percent over the past week.

A month ago, Minnesota averaged over 3 percent; last November the average climbed to over 14 percent.

The milestone in Sunday’s state health department update is yet another sign that the Minnesota pandemic is continuing to decline. The daily number of cases remains at a level that has not been seen since April 2020. Hospital stays and intensive care needs are falling rapidly.

Nine newly reported deaths on Sunday brought the Minnesota pandemic number to 7,545. Of the deceased, around 59 percent lived in long-term care or assisted living facilities; most of them had health problems.

About 99 percent of Minnesotans known to be infected with COVID-19 during the pandemic have recovered enough to no longer need to be isolated.

The number of cases had crept across the state in April after a massive spike in late November and early December. But now the numbers are low and declining in every age group and region.

The post MDH reports just one new case of COVID-19 in region | Mankato News first appeared on Minnesota Minutes. [date_timestamp] => 1624230517 ) [6] => Array ( [title] => According to the police, there were no major incidents at this year?s Grandma Marathon [link] => http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/minnesotanewsdaily/~3/02CD2xmTl24/ [dc] => Array ( [creator] => Dexter Peterson ) [pubdate] => Sun, 20 Jun 2021 21:42:55 +0000 [category] => Duluth [guid] => https://minnesotaminutes.com/?p=6567 [description] =>
Police say there were no major incidents at this year's Grandma's Marathon

Lieutenant Robin Roeser has competed in grandma’s marathons for the past 20 years and said this was one of the more uneventful ones, which was good. ?It was a great first big event for the city and as everyone knows this is usually one of our biggest events, but we’re also coming out of COVID […]

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Police say there were no major incidents at this year's Grandma's Marathon

Lieutenant Robin Roeser has competed in grandma’s marathons for the past 20 years and said this was one of the more uneventful ones, which was good.

?It was a great first big event for the city and as everyone knows this is usually one of our biggest events, but we’re also coming out of COVID so people are trying to get comfortable again and interact with their friends, so it went really well, ?said Roeser.

According to Roeser, there were fewer medical emergencies this year than in previous years. He attributes this to comfortable temperatures combined with a hydrated runner.

In addition, he said the fans who adhere to traffic diversions will be very helpful.

?It was nice last night to see a really big crowd down on Bayfront. People seem to enjoy finally getting out there and interacting with their friends and having fun with the music. It went very well, ?said Roeser.

When Grandma’s marathon weekend comes to an end, Roeser hopes that people will keep coming to Duluth to explore our beautiful city.

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Police say there were no major incidents at this year's Grandma's Marathon

Lieutenant Robin Roeser has competed in grandma’s marathons for the past 20 years and said this was one of the more uneventful ones, which was good. ?It was a great first big event for the city and as everyone knows this is usually one of our biggest events, but we’re also coming out of COVID […]

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Police say there were no major incidents at this year's Grandma's Marathon

Lieutenant Robin Roeser has competed in grandma’s marathons for the past 20 years and said this was one of the more uneventful ones, which was good.

?It was a great first big event for the city and as everyone knows this is usually one of our biggest events, but we’re also coming out of COVID so people are trying to get comfortable again and interact with their friends, so it went really well, ?said Roeser.

According to Roeser, there were fewer medical emergencies this year than in previous years. He attributes this to comfortable temperatures combined with a hydrated runner.

In addition, he said the fans who adhere to traffic diversions will be very helpful.

?It was nice last night to see a really big crowd down on Bayfront. People seem to enjoy finally getting out there and interacting with their friends and having fun with the music. It went very well, ?said Roeser.

When Grandma’s marathon weekend comes to an end, Roeser hopes that people will keep coming to Duluth to explore our beautiful city.

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Trump wanted Supreme Court to order new election in Arizona, other states

A vote here sign at a polling place in Hugo in November 2020. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer. Former President Donald Trump wanted his Justice Department to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to order a half dozen states, including Arizona, to hold new presidential elections, and to bar them from casting their electoral votes for […]

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A vote here sign at a polling place in Hugo in November 2020. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

Former President Donald Trump wanted his Justice Department to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to order a half dozen states, including Arizona, to hold new presidential elections, and to bar them from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden, according to documents obtained by the U.S. House Oversight Committee.

On Dec. 29, Trump assistant Molly Michael emailed several Justice Department figures ? including incoming acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen ? a copy of a complaint the president wanted filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. The complaint asked the court to nullify the electoral votes of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and to order all six states to hold special elections to appoint presidential electors. 

Trump also wanted the court to order the states to conduct audits of their election results that would be supervised by court-appointed special masters. 

The proposed complaint, which was never filed by the Department of Justice, featured a number of claims about the conduct of the election in each of the six disputed states. It was made public Tuesday as part of a cache of documents released by the House Oversight Committee and Government Reform Committee.

At the heart of the complaint are allegations that ?non-legislative officials? in Arizona and the other five states used the COVID-19 pandemic ?as an excuse to unconstitutionally revise or violate their states? election laws.? The complaint argued that the changes violated Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, which grants legislatures the power to select the manner of choosing presidential electors, and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by using different standards for the treatment of ballots within the same state.

In Arizona, Trump?s complaint focused on a federal judge?s ruling that briefly extended the voter registration deadline for people who wanted to cast ballots in the general election, which was later reversed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A U.S. District Court judge extended the statutory deadline of Oct. 5 to Oct. 23, ruling that the COVID-19 pandemic had unconstitutionally hindered the ability of two liberal advocacy groups to register voters. The 9th Circuit later reversed that ruling, but granted Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs?s request for a ?grace period? that would allow two additional days of voter registration.

Judge Steven Logan also agreed to allow voters who registered between Oct. 5 and the end of the two-day grace period to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election. GOP Attorney General Mark Brnovich, the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee opposed Hobbs?s request for a grace period ? the judge gave her two days instead of the five she asked for ? but agreed that the roughly 35,000 voters who registered under the extended deadline should be allowed to vote in the general election.

?As a net result, the deadline was unconstitutionally extended from the statutory deadline of October 5 to October 15, 2021, thereby allowing potentially thousands of illegal votes to be injected into the state,? the complaint read.

Trump?s proposed complaint argued that the extended deadline warranted the nullification of Arizona?s electoral votes and the holding of a new election for president. Biden defeated Trump by 10,457 votes in Arizona, winning its 11 electoral votes and becoming the first Democrat since 1996 to carry the traditionally Republican state.

The complaint notes that Hobbs and Brnovich did not request ?retroactive relief? that would bar voters who registered under the extended deadline from casting ballots. The NRSC and RNC ? the latter run by Trump?s handpicked chair ? didn?t make any such requests either.

Arizona Republican U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko both cited the judicially extended registration deadline when they voted against certification of their state?s electoral votes on Jan. 6. Like Trump, neither representative raised objections in court at the time. 

Of the 35,000 or so voters who registered under the deadline, 10,922 registered as Republicans compared to 8,292 Democrats, 15,422 independents and 498 Libertarians. It?s unknown how many of them voted. 

The proposed Supreme Court complaint also noted that the Arizona Senate had subpoenaed ballots, tabulation machines and other materials used in the general election in Maricopa County, which at the time was the subject of ongoing litigation between the Senate and the county, which challenged the validity of the subpoenas. It noted that then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Eddie Farnsworth, who issued the original subpoenas, said there was evidence of tampering and fraud in Maricopa County.

No credible evidence has come to light indicating any tampering or fraud in the election in Maricopa County.

This report originally ran in Arizona Mirror, which is part of States Newsroom. Follow Arizona Mirror on Facebook and Twitter.


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Trump wanted Supreme Court to order new election in Arizona, other states

A vote here sign at a polling place in Hugo in November 2020. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer. Former President Donald Trump wanted his Justice Department to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to order a half dozen states, including Arizona, to hold new presidential elections, and to bar them from casting their electoral votes for […]

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Trump wanted Supreme Court to order new election in Arizona, other states

A vote here sign at a polling place in Hugo in November 2020. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

Former President Donald Trump wanted his Justice Department to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to order a half dozen states, including Arizona, to hold new presidential elections, and to bar them from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden, according to documents obtained by the U.S. House Oversight Committee.

On Dec. 29, Trump assistant Molly Michael emailed several Justice Department figures ? including incoming acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen ? a copy of a complaint the president wanted filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. The complaint asked the court to nullify the electoral votes of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and to order all six states to hold special elections to appoint presidential electors. 

Trump also wanted the court to order the states to conduct audits of their election results that would be supervised by court-appointed special masters. 

The proposed complaint, which was never filed by the Department of Justice, featured a number of claims about the conduct of the election in each of the six disputed states. It was made public Tuesday as part of a cache of documents released by the House Oversight Committee and Government Reform Committee.

At the heart of the complaint are allegations that ?non-legislative officials? in Arizona and the other five states used the COVID-19 pandemic ?as an excuse to unconstitutionally revise or violate their states? election laws.? The complaint argued that the changes violated Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, which grants legislatures the power to select the manner of choosing presidential electors, and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by using different standards for the treatment of ballots within the same state.

In Arizona, Trump?s complaint focused on a federal judge?s ruling that briefly extended the voter registration deadline for people who wanted to cast ballots in the general election, which was later reversed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A U.S. District Court judge extended the statutory deadline of Oct. 5 to Oct. 23, ruling that the COVID-19 pandemic had unconstitutionally hindered the ability of two liberal advocacy groups to register voters. The 9th Circuit later reversed that ruling, but granted Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs?s request for a ?grace period? that would allow two additional days of voter registration.

Judge Steven Logan also agreed to allow voters who registered between Oct. 5 and the end of the two-day grace period to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election. GOP Attorney General Mark Brnovich, the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee opposed Hobbs?s request for a grace period ? the judge gave her two days instead of the five she asked for ? but agreed that the roughly 35,000 voters who registered under the extended deadline should be allowed to vote in the general election.

?As a net result, the deadline was unconstitutionally extended from the statutory deadline of October 5 to October 15, 2021, thereby allowing potentially thousands of illegal votes to be injected into the state,? the complaint read.

Trump?s proposed complaint argued that the extended deadline warranted the nullification of Arizona?s electoral votes and the holding of a new election for president. Biden defeated Trump by 10,457 votes in Arizona, winning its 11 electoral votes and becoming the first Democrat since 1996 to carry the traditionally Republican state.

The complaint notes that Hobbs and Brnovich did not request ?retroactive relief? that would bar voters who registered under the extended deadline from casting ballots. The NRSC and RNC ? the latter run by Trump?s handpicked chair ? didn?t make any such requests either.

Arizona Republican U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko both cited the judicially extended registration deadline when they voted against certification of their state?s electoral votes on Jan. 6. Like Trump, neither representative raised objections in court at the time. 

Of the 35,000 or so voters who registered under the deadline, 10,922 registered as Republicans compared to 8,292 Democrats, 15,422 independents and 498 Libertarians. It?s unknown how many of them voted. 

The proposed Supreme Court complaint also noted that the Arizona Senate had subpoenaed ballots, tabulation machines and other materials used in the general election in Maricopa County, which at the time was the subject of ongoing litigation between the Senate and the county, which challenged the validity of the subpoenas. It noted that then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Eddie Farnsworth, who issued the original subpoenas, said there was evidence of tampering and fraud in Maricopa County.

No credible evidence has come to light indicating any tampering or fraud in the election in Maricopa County.

This report originally ran in Arizona Mirror, which is part of States Newsroom. Follow Arizona Mirror on Facebook and Twitter.


originally published in the minnesotareformer.com

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Help SNAP recipients shop at farmers markets | Opinion

A customer shops at a farmers market. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. Hunger Solutions Minnesota and its many partners throughout the state are dismayed that the Healthy Eating Here at Home program ? otherwise known as ?Market Bucks? ? was eliminated in the agriculture budget agreement announced by lawmakers a few days ago. In a […]

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Help SNAP recipients shop at farmers markets | Opinion

A customer shops at a farmers market. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Hunger Solutions Minnesota and its many partners throughout the state are dismayed that the Healthy Eating Here at Home program ? otherwise known as ?Market Bucks? ? was eliminated in the agriculture budget agreement announced by lawmakers a few days ago.

In a time of unprecedented food insecurity, with 1 in 9 Minnesotans struggling to put food on the table, Market Bucks helps low-income Minnesotans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase their buying power at farmers? markets with a dollar-for-
dollar match ? up to $10 ? at 99 farmers? markets throughout Minnesota.

The program is a triple win for the state ? supporting those struggling to put food on the table, farmers and local economies alike.

In 2020, SNAP participants spent over $275,000 in SNAP-EBT at their local farmers? markets, and in return spent almost $185,000 in Market Bucks.  generating over $600,000 in local economic activity.

Popularity for the program grew 31% from 2019 to 2020, proving its importance to struggling families during the increased need and great economic insecurity that came from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farmers? markets around the state have already begun their season with the expectation that Market Bucks would continue to operate as it has been doing successfully for almost a decade.

But come July 1, without the funds necessary to continue, the program will come to an abrupt halt ? undoubtedly causing confusion and disappointment for all involved. SNAP participants who were able to leverage Market Bucks this month to better afford healthy, local food will show up to their local market in July only to learn that the program no longer exists.

Should funding for the program become available in the future to reinstate the program, we fear it will be overshadowed by a degree of uncertainty given this current disruption.

In addition, the program brings approximately 13,000 new customers to farmers? markets annually. Losing this program will cause Minnesota farmers to see their customer base diminish.

Later in July, the program stands to lose an award from the USDA for a full Federal match of $325,000 per year. We will be sacrificing the opportunity to leverage $3 into local economies for every $1 the state invested.

We urge legislative leaders to explore any and all options to preserve Market Bucks ? a program that we cannot afford to lose.

Visit Hunger Solutions to learn more, get involved or help support the Market
Bucks program.


originally published in the minnesotareformer.com

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Help SNAP recipients shop at farmers markets | Opinion

A customer shops at a farmers market. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. Hunger Solutions Minnesota and its many partners throughout the state are dismayed that the Healthy Eating Here at Home program ? otherwise known as ?Market Bucks? ? was eliminated in the agriculture budget agreement announced by lawmakers a few days ago. In a […]

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Help SNAP recipients shop at farmers markets | Opinion

A customer shops at a farmers market. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Hunger Solutions Minnesota and its many partners throughout the state are dismayed that the Healthy Eating Here at Home program ? otherwise known as ?Market Bucks? ? was eliminated in the agriculture budget agreement announced by lawmakers a few days ago.

In a time of unprecedented food insecurity, with 1 in 9 Minnesotans struggling to put food on the table, Market Bucks helps low-income Minnesotans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase their buying power at farmers? markets with a dollar-for-
dollar match ? up to $10 ? at 99 farmers? markets throughout Minnesota.

The program is a triple win for the state ? supporting those struggling to put food on the table, farmers and local economies alike.

In 2020, SNAP participants spent over $275,000 in SNAP-EBT at their local farmers? markets, and in return spent almost $185,000 in Market Bucks.  generating over $600,000 in local economic activity.

Popularity for the program grew 31% from 2019 to 2020, proving its importance to struggling families during the increased need and great economic insecurity that came from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farmers? markets around the state have already begun their season with the expectation that Market Bucks would continue to operate as it has been doing successfully for almost a decade.

But come July 1, without the funds necessary to continue, the program will come to an abrupt halt ? undoubtedly causing confusion and disappointment for all involved. SNAP participants who were able to leverage Market Bucks this month to better afford healthy, local food will show up to their local market in July only to learn that the program no longer exists.

Should funding for the program become available in the future to reinstate the program, we fear it will be overshadowed by a degree of uncertainty given this current disruption.

In addition, the program brings approximately 13,000 new customers to farmers? markets annually. Losing this program will cause Minnesota farmers to see their customer base diminish.

Later in July, the program stands to lose an award from the USDA for a full Federal match of $325,000 per year. We will be sacrificing the opportunity to leverage $3 into local economies for every $1 the state invested.

We urge legislative leaders to explore any and all options to preserve Market Bucks ? a program that we cannot afford to lose.

Visit Hunger Solutions to learn more, get involved or help support the Market
Bucks program.


originally published in the minnesotareformer.com

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The Twin Cities are coming back to life

600070125 The Twin Cities are regaining their vibrancy, as the pandemic wanes and people resume urban rituals that suddenly feel extraordinary. Thanks to high vaccination rates, summer weather and the lifting of Minneapolis and St. Paul mask mandates, June has marked a reanimation of Minnesota’s metropolitan core after more than a year of COVID-induced inactivity.  […]

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600070125

The Twin Cities are regaining their vibrancy, as the pandemic wanes and people resume urban rituals that suddenly feel extraordinary. Thanks to high vaccination rates, summer weather and the lifting of Minneapolis and St. Paul mask mandates, June has marked a reanimation of Minnesota’s metropolitan core after more than a year of COVID-induced inactivity. 

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600070125 The Twin Cities are regaining their vibrancy, as the pandemic wanes and people resume urban rituals that suddenly feel extraordinary. Thanks to high vaccination rates, summer weather and the lifting of Minneapolis and St. Paul mask mandates, June has marked a reanimation of Minnesota’s metropolitan core after more than a year of COVID-induced inactivity.  […]

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The Twin Cities are regaining their vibrancy, as the pandemic wanes and people resume urban rituals that suddenly feel extraordinary. Thanks to high vaccination rates, summer weather and the lifting of Minneapolis and St. Paul mask mandates, June has marked a reanimation of Minnesota’s metropolitan core after more than a year of COVID-induced inactivity. 

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