Minneapolis/ St. Paul News

The Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator position will see a new face by the fall. Four days after losing to the New York Giants, the Vikings fired Ed Donatell Thursday. In a statement, Head Coach Kevin O’Connell said he wishes Donatell well, but believes it’s the right move for the team’s future.

The family of a Black man who was shot and killed by police in Minnesota is getting a one-point-three-million-dollar settlement.  Marcus Golden was gunned down in 2015.  The deal was reached Wednesday and will dismiss officers involved in the 24-year-old’s death.  St. Paul officials also agreed to designate an area for a memorial bench and plaque dedicated to Golden’s memory along the lakeside of Como Park.

Minneapolis is inches away from the 3rd snowiest season on record. That’s according to data from the Twin Cities National Weather Service, which reports the area has seen more than 52 inches of snowfall this winter. The average winter sees around 51 inches of snow. The all-time snowiest season, back in 1991, dropped 63 inches of snow on the Twin Cities.

The Minnesota House is advancing a bill to secure abortion rights as part of state law.  The House approved the Protect Reproductive Options Act last night, with one DFLer and all Republicans voting against it.  The bill would bind the right to abortion into state law and provide access to other reproductive services.  The legislation was introduced in response to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade last year.  The bill must still be approved by the state Senate and may be signed by Governor Walz within a week.

Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan are announcing their economic budget plan.  The two rolled out the spending plan for Minnesota’s economy yesterday.  The proposal includes hundreds of millions for broadband expansion, business assistance, and climate initiatives.  The creation of a paid family and medical leave program is the governor’s biggest line item in his economic development budget.

New information is being released about a suspect in the shooting of a teen at a St. Paul rec center.  Mayor Melvin Carter announced yesterday that a 26-year-old city employee is suspected of pulling the trigger.  The shooting happened Wednesday night at the center located in the 200 block of Lexington Parkway.  The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  No update has been given on his condition. 

Minnesota’s COVID-19 trends are staying stable even with the presence of new variants.  The state’s pandemic update released yesterday showed under 400 inpatient cases for the first time since mid-October.  Health officials say the state didn’t experience an expected surge in cases over the holidays.  The state’s flu numbers are declining.

The U.S. Department of Labor says a Minneapolis healthcare provider is being ordered to pay one-point-six million dollars in back wages and damages to 136 employees. The U.S. District Court looked into Minnesota Living Assistance Inc.’s payroll records, finding that the provider didn’t keep proper pay records and failed to pay workers overtime.

Funding has been secured for sprinkler systems in all public housing high-rises in Minneapolis. That’s according to City Councilmember Robin Wonsley. The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority says installation is complete in more than half of the 42 high-rises, and underway in another ten buildings.

The City of Minneapolis will stop requiring appointments for animal adoptions. Starting January 23rd, locals can swing by the shelter on 17th Avenue anytime between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments will still need to be scheduled for vaccinations and other services.