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Minnesota Governor Walz Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Pilot Program
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Minnesota Governor Walz Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Pilot Program

Governor Walz Calls for Further Supply from Federal Government, Minnesota Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Pilot Program Pilot program with limited vaccine doses targets adults 65 years of age and older, prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, and child care workers are eligible to receive shots ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) Minnesota is launching a COVID-19 vaccine pilot program, partnering with local public health and school districts, Governor Tim Walz announced on Monday.  These sites will initially serve adults 65 years of age or older, as well as prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, school staff, and child care workers.  The community vaccination pilot program will be the foundation for mass vaccination clinics in Minnesota communities once the federal government increases vaccine su...
Minnesota: New COVID-19 Testing Site in Rochester
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Minnesota: New COVID-19 Testing Site in Rochester

Pop-up site will offer saliva testing to everyone Rochester, MN (STL.News) The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced a new temporary COVID-19 testing site in Olmsted County.  Testing at this site will occur Friday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Jan. 23 at the 318 Commons in Rochester. Appointments are strongly encouraged, but not required. “Testing is a key component of our strategy to protect Minnesotans from COVID-19,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “Through a robust, collaborative statewide testing program, we have made great progress in removing obstacles to testing.  When combined with social distancing, masking, avoiding crowds and staying home when sick, testing can help us slow the spread of COVID-19 and bridge to the better days we know are coming.” ...
Minnesota: Josef Pettit Sentenced for Child Pornography
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Minnesota: Josef Pettit Sentenced for Child Pornography

Minnesota Man, Josef Pettit Sentenced for Attempted Possession of Child Pornography (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rushford Village, Minnesota, man convicted of Attempted Possession of Child Pornography was sentenced on December 18, 2020, by Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court Judge. Josef Pettit, age 24, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Pettit will also be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The conviction stemmed from an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, targeting internet predators.  Pettit w...
Minnesota: Sybil Maria Rogers Sentenced for Meth Trafficking Conspiracy
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Minnesota: Sybil Maria Rogers Sentenced for Meth Trafficking Conspiracy

Minnesota Woman, Sybil Maria Rogers Sentenced for Meth Trafficking Conspiracy (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a St. Cloud, Minnesota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 23, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Sybil Maria Rogers, age 46, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100. Rogers was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 4, 2018.  She pled guilty on August 17, 2020. The conviction stemmed from incidents beginning at an unknown date and continuing until about July 30, 2016, when Rogers knowingly and intentionally conspired and agreed with others...
CH Robinson Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend
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CH Robinson Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (STL.News) C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (“C.H. Robinson”) (Nasdaq: CHRW) announced that its Board of Directors today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 51 cents ($0.51) per share, payable on January 4, 2021, to shareholders of record on December 14, 2020. C.H. Robinson has distributed regular dividends for more than twenty-five years.  As of December 3, 2020, there were approximately 135,317,023 shares outstanding.
Minnesota: Jermaine Stapleton Sentenced for Methamphetamine Conspiracy
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Minnesota: Jermaine Stapleton Sentenced for Methamphetamine Conspiracy

Minnesota Man, Jermaine Stapleton Sentenced to 78 Months for Methamphetamine Conspiracy MADISON, WI (STL.News) Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jermaine Stapleton, 37, Eagan, Minnesota was sentenced on November 24 by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 78 months in federal prison for possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  This prison term will be followed by 4 years of supervised release.  Stapleton pleaded guilty to this charge on September 3, 2020. On February 25, 2020, law enforcement officers conducted surveillance on a local methamphetamine dealer, Travis Hanson.  He was observed driving with his girlfriend, Ashley Speicher, from their hotel in Menomonie, Wisconsin to meet with Ha...
Minnesota Governor: End to Veteran Homelessness in Five Counties
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Minnesota Governor: End to Veteran Homelessness in Five Counties

Governor Walz Announces End to Veteran Homelessness in Five Suburban Metro Area Counties ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) This Veterans Day, Governor Tim Walz, a 24-year veteran of the National Guard, announced that five suburban metro area counties have received federal designation for ending veteran homelessness.  The designation, given to the Suburban Metro Area Continuum of Care (SMAC), includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Scott, and Washington counties. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determined that the five counties served by SMAC have effectively ended homelessness among veterans, becoming the sixth of 10 jurisdictions in the state of Minnesota to do so.  The West Central, Southwes...
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Signs Executive Order on COVID-19
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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Signs Executive Order on COVID-19

ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-95, which amends Executive Order 20-94. Executive Order 20-94 built additional teacher preparation time into the school day for distance and hybrid learning.  Executive Order 20-95 clarifies the timeframe for school districts and charter schools to implement that additional preparation time. Executive Orders 20-94 and 20-95 are effective upon approval by the Minnesota Executive Council, which is made up of Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan, Attorney General Ellison, Secretary of State Simon, and State Auditor Blaha.  Earlier today, the Executive Council approved both orders. STL.News References: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Can also be viewed on DSN News
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Signs Executive Order on COVID-19
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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Signs Executive Order on COVID-19

ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-94, which makes technical adjustments to the Safe Learning Plan outlined in Executive Order 20-82. To support students, families, and educators in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Executive order 20-94 provides clarity around: Who qualifies for no-cost school-age care for children of critical workers. Access to mental health and telehealth resources and services. Prioritizing in-person services for students whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) calls for intensive services that cannot be provided in a distance learning setting. Encouraging districts and charter schools to exhaust all efforts to reach and engage truant students and their families before referring them for legal action by county su...
MN: Superseding Indictment Charges “Boogaloo Bois” With Conspiracy
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MN: Superseding Indictment Charges “Boogaloo Bois” With Conspiracy

MN: Superseding Indictment Charges “Boogaloo Bois” With Conspiracy, Material Support To Hamas , Firearms Violations (STL.News) – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a four-count superseding indictment charging Michael Robert Solomon, 30, and BENJAMIN RYAN TEETER, 22, with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (Hamas) and firearms violations.  SOLOMON and TEETER, who were initially charged via federal criminal complaint on September 3, 2020, will be arraigned before a Magistrate Judge in U.S. District Court at a later date. SOLOMON and TEETER have been ordered to remain in detention pending further proceedings. According to the superseding indictment and documents filed with the court, in late May of 2020,...
Minnesota Gov. Walz & Flanagan: Robert Doty New DOR Commissioner
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Minnesota Gov. Walz & Flanagan: Robert Doty New DOR Commissioner

Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan Announce New Department of Revenue Commissioner ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) Governor Tim Walz today appointed Robert Doty to be the next commissioner of the Department of Revenue (DOR).  Doty currently serves as an assistant commissioner at the DOR and has private and nonprofit sector experience in federal and state taxation, finance, accounting, business operations, and human resources.  On November 12, he will fill the position left by Cynthia Bauerly, who announced her departure in September after a six-year tenure as commissioner. “Robert Doty’s experience balancing budgets and bringing a diverse range of voices to the table have prepared him to lead Minnesota through the difficult budget years we’re facing,” said Governor Walz.  “As commissione...
Minnesota Governor Walz, Ellison & Simon highlight on Secure Voting
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Minnesota Governor Walz, Ellison & Simon highlight on Secure Voting

Five Days Before Election Day, Governor Walz, Attorney General Ellison, and Secretary of State Simon Remind Minnesotans of Their Right to Vote Without Fear of Voter Intimidation or Interference ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) With less than a week to go before Election Day, Governor Tim Walz, Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Secretary of State Steve Simon issued the following statements reminding all Minnesotans that they have the right to vote safely and securely and that voter intimidation or interference will not be tolerated.  The statements reflect the three leaders’ commitment to maintaining Minnesota’s strong record of voter turnout and ensuring that all Minnesotans can safely exercise their right to vote. “Voting safely and securely without fear of intimidation is the foundation of our...
Minnesota, Recognized for Use of Technology, Data-Driven Solutions
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Minnesota, Recognized for Use of Technology, Data-Driven Solutions

Minnesota received top marks in the Digital States Survey, including special recognition for data-driven government ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) After releasing its bi-annual survey, the Center for Digital Government today announced that the State of Minnesota has excelled in its use of digital technology and data-driven solutions.  The survey recognizes Minnesota’s effort to create a better government through technology and data. The Center for Digital Government specifically recognized Minnesota’s effort to improve citizen engagement:  the use of chatbots on COVID-19 websites and an accessible map project that improved the ability for all Minnesotans to access information on state agency websites. “Our approach to governance has always been to use creativity and innovation to find more effi...
Minnesota Governor Walz Launch Nonpartisan PSA Campaign for Election
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Minnesota Governor Walz Launch Nonpartisan PSA Campaign for Election

Governors Walz, Dayton, Pawlenty, Ventura Launch Nonpartisan PSA Calling for Civility around Election Walz, nonpartisan group of former governors encourage Minnesotans to vote, express confidence in Minnesota’s secure voting system, and explain why results may not be final on Election Night ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) Today, Governor Tim Walz (D) and former Minnesota Governors Mark Dayton (D), Tim Pawlenty (R) and Jesse Ventura (I) launched a nonpartisan Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign calling for civility and decency around the upcoming election.  In the PSA, the nonpartisan group of Governors encourage Minnesotans to vote, express confidence in Minnesota’s safe and secure voting system, and explain why results may not be final on Election Night.  Here is a link to the full-length ...
C.H. Robinson Reports 2020 Third Quarter Financial Results
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C.H. Robinson Reports 2020 Third Quarter Financial Results

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (STL.News) C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (“C.H. Robinson”) (Nasdaq: CHRW) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. Third Quarter Key Metrics: Total revenues increased 9.6 percent to $4.2 billion Net revenues decreased 7.0 percent to $589.3 million Income from operations decreased 16.3 percent to $168.2 million Operating margin decreased 310 basis points to 28.6 percent Diluted earnings per share (E.P.S.) decreased 6.5 percent to $1.00 Cash flow from operations decreased $335.9 million to $168.6 million used by operations “We were able to deliver solid performance across our diversified business portfolio and improve our results as the quarter progressed due to the efforts of our C.H. Robinson team...
Minnesota: Miguel Eduardo Del Real and four others Indicted
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Minnesota: Miguel Eduardo Del Real and four others Indicted

Minnesota: Miguel Eduardo Del Real and four others Indicted In Central Minnesota Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy (STL.News) – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging Miguel Eduardo Del Real, 25, GERALD ALLEN JENSEN, 57, IVAN LOPEZ, 25, JUAN JOSE PANIAGUA JR., 24, and AARON MICHAEL STENQUIST, 49 with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.  The defendants will be arraigned in U.S. District Court before a Magistrate Judge at a later date. According to the allegations in the indictment and documents filed with the court, between June 2020 and September 2020, members of the East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force (ECDVOTF) received information that JENSEN was regularly selling pound-level amounts of methamphetamine.  On Septe...
Minnesota Governor Walz Activates National Guard
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Minnesota Governor Walz Activates National Guard

ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) Governor Tim Walz today activated the Minnesota National Guard to assist local law enforcement in public safety efforts in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. " In light of developments in the George Floyd case, we’ve taken the precautionary step of asking the Minnesota National Guard to prepare to help ensure safety for Minnesotans ," said Governor Walz.  “I want to remind Minnesotans that today’s ruling marks a positive step in the path toward justice for George Floyd.” The mobilization follows a request made by the City of Minneapolis in light of public safety concerns following Hennepin County Court rulings in the case of Derek Chauvin today.  The Minnesota National Guard is currently mobilizing 100 National Guard soldiers as well as providing equipment...
Minnesota Governor Walz Announces Relief for Farmers, Producers Impacted by COVID-19
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Minnesota Governor Walz Announces Relief for Farmers, Producers Impacted by COVID-19

On Southern Minnesota Farm Tour, Governor Walz Announces Relief for Farmers, Producers Impacted by COVID-19 ST. PAUL, MN (STL.News) Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced a $7.7 million plan to support agricultural producers, meat processors, and farmers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the financial support will help farmers who have experienced market disruptions recover from and purchase equipment and supplies necessary for COVID-19. “Market instability and unprecedented weather conditions put farmers in a tough place even before COVID-19.  The work they’ve done to continue to feed Minnesotans and our nation throughout this challenging time is remarkable,” said Go...