According to a University of Minnesota Duluth study, Minnesota is missing out on up to $46 millions in revenue because it doesn’t have a special tax for legal THC products. The university’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research looked at the revenue of states that have legalized recreational cannabis and found Minnesota would miss out on at least $5 million and possibly closer to $46 millions in 2023.
Joseph Choi reports for The Hill. Health experts warn the nation to be prepared for an extremely severe flu season this winter and fall, as more people with no immunity mix and mingle. Two major reasons could make this flu season more dangerous are: First, the lack of coronavirus restrictions like the wearing masks has made it more likely that people will come in contact with the flu virus than they have in the past two years.
MPR News Kirsti marohn reports that Deborah Erickson is busy with the preparation work required to run a county-wide election, including finalizing ballots, and training election judges. Crow Wing County’s administrative director spends a lot of time discussing the past election, which was almost two years ago. A group of residents from the area has been attending Crow Wing County board meetings for months. They are questioning the 2020 vote, and the method used to count the ballots. They have raised concerns about the county’s use Dominion voting machines and suggested that they might be hacked or tampered. They have requested detailed voting data starting in 2020 and failed to request a state audit of election results.
This is Stribber Jim Buchta. “Sherman Associates,” a Twin Cities developer plans to demolish an office building in downtown Minneapolis, and replace it by three towers mainly of apartments. It aims to solve two problems in the metro area’s real estate market: too many offices and insufficient housing. The block that was home to the vacant Wells Fargo operations centre on Washington Avenue was purchased by the firm for $6.4 million. It intends to replace the building with a mixed-income, 10-story apartment building, a high-rise tower at market rates, and a tower of 25 stories that can be used as a hotel, housing, and/or office.
Joe Nelson, bringsMeTheNews. “The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center has released its long-range outlook for winter months and it gives some indication of what might happen in Minnesota. … In short, there is equal chance for above and below-normal precipitation for almost all winter. However, the NWS leans towards Minnesota with colder temperatures for most of the season.
WBAY TV in Wisconsin reports that shows a significant shift in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate Race. A Marquette University Law School poll released Sept. 14 shows that Ron Johnson, the Republican incumbent, has taken the lead over Mandela Barnes, Democratic challenger. 49% support Johnson, while 48% support Barnes. Barnes received 52% support in August, compared to Johnson’s 45%.
In the Strib Mike Hughlett states, “Minnesota utility regulatory officials Thursday approved Xcel Energy’s plans for a massive solar power plant in Becker that will cost at most $575 million and dwarf the state’s largest solar farm. The new solar farm was praised by utility regulators for its environmental and economic benefits. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved Xcel, a Minneapolis-based utility company, to recover costs from ratepayers. The project is supported by local governments, labor unions, and clean energy groups. It will replace electricity and property taxes that will be lost as Xcel closes its three Sherco coal-fired power stations in Becker at the end of 2023 to 2030. Xcel projects that the project will result in 900 new union construction jobs.
According to a KMSP TV story, is the “quiet quitting” trend that is rapidly spreading across America’s workforce. Employees are shifting from working extra hours to seeking a better work-life balance. This concept seems to be very popular in Minnesota. To determine the 10 quietest states, School Authority used data from Twitter to track more than 220,000 tweets in the last 90 days. Minnesota came in at No. 5.
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Another KMSP story is this by Melissa Turtinen: “Some schools in Minnesota closed down access to a learning application on Wednesday after a link to an inappropriate picture was shared via a platform in schools across America. Minnesota’s Edina Public Schools, Shakopee Public Schools, are among those that have taken action to address the problem. Edina Public Schools sent a message Wednesday to families stating that messages with a link to inappropriate pictures appeared to have come from parents or teachers using the Seesaw K-12 learning management software. The posts were not associated to Edina Public Schools.
The Racket’s Jay Boller, Keith Harris and Keith Harris said that Kim Crockett, a Republican election truther, is running for Minnesota secretary-of-state. The Minnesota Reformer has pointed out that she appears to not have any idea what the job involves. Crockett confidently showed how ignorant she is about the entire process, aside from the obvious red flag that Crockett is running as a 2020 election conspiracy theorist for the job of overseeing statewide elections. Some of her mistakes: The secretary-of-state mails ballots and counts voters (nope that’s the counties or cities); Minnesota’s residency requirement for voting is 20 days in a precinct (20 days in Minnesota); absentee ballots must be postmarked (nope! ).”