‘Hero pay’ appeals to stretch into September

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KSTP-TV Tom Hauser states that “the number of Frontline Workers who applied for Frontline Pay far exceeded the state’s initial estimate at 667,000 but that the $500 million money to be divided remains the same.” This means that the $500 million pot of money to be divided will likely result in bonus payments, which were originally projected at $750. After all appeals from workers who had application rejected this week, we won’t know the final figure until September. Nearly 1.2 Million people applied for the bonuses. 214,000 of these were rejected. … Based on criteria established by the Minnesota Legislature, 214,000 rejections were made. They were rejected because they received too much unemployment pay, 55,000 could not have their employment verified, 43,000 made too much money, 95,000 could not have their identity verified, and 47,000 submitted duplicate application.

Stribber Susan Du reports that “A packed Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board meeting on the future for the Hiawatha golf course matched passionate park users who want the floodplain function to be restored against staunch supporters of keeping 18 holes of golf. After a two-hour public hearing the Park Board’s Planning Committee voted in favor of the 9-hole plan. It is located 4 feet below Lake Hiawatha, in the Minnehaha Creek Floodplain. It has been subject to major floods in its history. In 2014, it was closed partially by floodwaters for over a year. Since then, park staffers have tried to improve water management by redesigning the course. A plan was created that would reduce the number holes to nine and allow stormwater to flow naturally through the course to Lake Hiawatha.

Ben Henry from KSTP TV states, “Thursday’s Minneapolis city council will vote to increase the city’s paid parental leaves to twelve-weeks , tripling the current policy of three weeks paid parental leave. The Policy & Government Oversight Committee unanimously approved the policy change. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stressed the importance of this change during Monday’s 2023-24 budget proposal. … Minnesota law gives all workers twelve weeks of parental leave. If the Minneapolis city council approves this change city workers could be paid all that time.

This is from WCCO TV. “Police report that a woman was shot in the chest during a fight outside a St. Paul bar on Monday night. St. Paul Police Department officers responded at Willard’s Liquor, Frogtown, around 10 p.m. to a report of a shooting. They found 25-30 persons fighting and a 30-year old woman who had been shot.

Another story from KSTP says. “As previously reported in 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. State Fair Police Chief Ron Knafla had written a letter to Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office stating that they wanted 200 officers to attend the event, but only had 99 sworn officers. Knafla sent a letter to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance. They had 99 sworn officers at the time, but they were hoping to have 200 officers for the State Fair.

An Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article by Bill Glauber states that “With a post primary bump, Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Mandela Barnes surged up to a 7 point lead against Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson while Democratic Gov. According to Wednesday’s Marquette University Law School poll, Tony Evers and GOP nominee Tim Michels were locked in a close battle. Barnes held 51% of the Senate race while Johnson, who is running for his third term, held 44%. The race to be governor was close with Evers winning Michels by 45% to 43%. This was well within the poll’s margins of error. Independent Joan Beglinger was at 7.

Joe Nelson reports for BringMeTheNews. “Heavy rainfall from slow-moving thunderstorms has caused flooding in parts east Minnesota, particularly in Isanti County, where the City in Cambridge was inundated. This made travel dangerous and difficult in the town , which is home to almost 9,000 people. At 6:45 PM, a flash flood warning was issued in Isanti County. The National Weather Service stated that flash flooding was imminent or was expected to occur soon. The City of Cambridge has posted this Facebook warning: “Please don’t drive unless absolutely necessary.” Many streets are flooding in the City, with many power lines downed by heavy rains, hail, and strong winds. ‘”

Tim Nelson from MPR News reports that a stretch of the Twin Cities freeway was closed Wednesday after an over-sized vehicle crashed into a pedestrian bridge. The closure applies to westbound Highway 62 (the Crosstown) between Interstate 35W & Highway 100. The bridge that was struck crosses the freeway just west of Valley View Road, near Rosland park in Edina. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the collision damaged the steel truss under the bridge. Concerns were raised about the concrete deck above the westbound lanes.

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