>>Minnesota Increases Fire Danger Level, Activates Smoke Chasers

Minnesota’s wildfire risk has increased significantly, prompting state agencies to enlist seasonal firefighters six weeks earlier than usual. According to the latest fire danger map from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, most parts of the state are now classified as “high” fire danger areas. Over the past few weeks, more than 70 wildfires have been reported across the state. The DNR urges all Minnesotans to comply with local fire restrictions to minimize the ongoing risk.

>>Sanford Health Buys Land for Possible Expansion in Watertown

(Watertown, MN) — Sanford Health has positioned itself to make a major move into Watertown in the future. The medical provider has purchased just under 10 acres of land for approximately $3.5 million. A limited liability company bought the land in early January and transferred it to Sanford at no cost. Sanford Health is a nonprofit healthcare provider headquartered in Sioux Falls, with hospitals and clinics in Fargo, Bismarck, Bemidji, and elsewhere across the region.

>>Rep. Craig Calls for Federal Funding to Install Fentanyl Scanner at Southern Border

(Washington, D.C.) — Representative Angie Craig is urging her Republican colleagues to include funding for fentanyl scanning technology in this year’s legislation. Having already passed two bipartisan bills addressing the fentanyl crisis, Craig now seeks federal funding to deploy fentanyl scanners at the southern border. She cites news reports saying “high-tech fentanyl scanners are sitting unused in warehouses” due to Congress’s failure to allocate funds for their installation.

>>State Canvassing Board Certifies Results of March 5th Primary

(St. Paul, MN) — The results of Minnesota’s March 5th presidential primaries have been certified by the state canvassing board. Secretary of State Steve Simon says nearly 586 thousand ballots were cast in the Primary, just under 14 percent of eligible Minnesotans. President Joe Biden was certified as the winner of the Democratic Primary, while former President Donald Trump won the Republican presidential Primary.

>>St. Cloud Ideal for Career Changers

(St. Cloud, MN) — A new survey suggests St. Cloud is a top city for professionals to move to if they are looking for a career change. A recent survey by Careerminds indicates St. Cloud has many qualities that a mobile workforce prioritizes. They ranked St. Cloud 24th on the national list. Mankato is ranked 93rd. According to the survey, a diversified economy, access to outdoor activities, and a family-friendly environment are among the top considerations for individuals contemplating a career shift and a new city.

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