Author: Steven Schroeder

SCSU to require masks on campus for fall semester

SCSU to require masks on campus for fall semester

St. Cloud State University announces new changes for the upcoming fall semester (UTVS) When students return to campus in August for the fall semester things will operate differently than in the past. St. Cloud State University will be requiring the use of face masks for faculty, staff, students, and visitors in all buildings including classrooms and labs in an effort […]

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St. Cloud diocese in Minnesota to pay abuse victims $22.5M

St. Cloud diocese in Minnesota to pay abuse victims $22.5M

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A settlement agreement says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud in Minnesota will pay sexual abuse victims $22.5 million and file for bankruptcy. Terms of the agreement were announced Tuesday. Some 70 victims say they were abused by 41 priests in cases that date back to the 1950s. The Star Tribune reports attorney Jeff […]

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People gather around a makeshift memorial Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Minneapolis, near where an black man was taken into police custody the day before who later died. The FBI and Minnesota agents are investigating the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody after video from a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe.  (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday. The firings come a day after a bystander’s video showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after […]

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Minnesota Department of Education, Others Release New Guidelines for Graduation Ceremonies

Minnesota Department of Education, Others Release New Guidelines for Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies will look a lot different this year as new guidelines are released (UTVS) On Friday the Minnesota Department of Education, Office of Higher Education, and Department of Health released new guidelines for schools that want to have commencement ceremonies. Because of social distancing measures put in place as a result of COVID-19, the three departments recommend schools hold […]

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Medtronic donating $1 Million worth of products to Insulin for Life USA

Medtronic donating $1 Million worth of products to Insulin for Life USA

Medtronic will give $1 Million worth of product donations to Insulin for Life USA to help struggling patients during COVID-19. (UTVS) – Today Medtronic announced they will be donating much-needed diabetic supplies to Insulin for Life USA to help patients in need during the Coronavirus pandemic. The company will donate sensors, infusion sets, and reservoirs to Insulin for Life USA. […]

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More than 250,000 Minnesotans to receive emergency food aid

More than 250,000 Minnesotans to receive emergency food aid

(UTVS) Many Minnesotans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will soon receive additional funding through the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. About $55 million in emergency SNAP aid will come to the state amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The additional funding will help nearly 134,000 households with more than 250,000 residents. In a press release Human Services Commissioner […]

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Governor Tim Walz signs Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act

(Minneapolis, MN) On Tuesday the Minnesota Legislature approved the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability act, which gives diabetics emergency access to Insulin if they cannot afford it. The House passed the bill 111-22 while the Senate approved it unanimously. The Insulin Affordability Act nearly passed last spring but a compromise in the bill made it fall apart in the final hours […]

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Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally.

Bernie Sanders Ends Presidential Campaign

(Burlington, VT) “While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not.” That’s the message Bernie Sanders is communicating to his supporters today as he announces the end of his presidential campaign that would challenge President Donald Trump in the general election. With the decision to end Sanders’ campaign, Joe Biden is now the presumptive Democratic nominee for […]

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Essentia Health to reduce staff in wake of COVID-19

Essentia Health to reduce staff in wake of COVID-19

(Duluth, MN) As the coronavirus continues to impact the state of Minnesota, Essentia Health in Duluth announces new plans to further prepare for the expected increase of patients infected with COVID-19. Those plans include placing 500 employees on special administrative leave as it considers the financial impact of canceled surgeries, appointments, and other non-emergency medical services as a result of […]

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Claudia Salinas denies sexual assault charge in Weinstein case

Claudia Salinas denies sexual assault charge in Weinstein case

Mexican model, Claudia Salinas, denies a claim that was made by one of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged victims.  Lauren Young said in a testimony that she was lured into a bathroom and Salinas closed the door behind her and Weinstein while he then sexually assaulted her.  She also claims Salinas was there when he was done sexually assaulting her. Salinas said, “this never happened, and she would remember […]

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