>>Anti-War Protest Planned at Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s Office
St. Paul, MN) — Protesters will be calling for an end to the Israel-Hamas war today (Wed 4 pm) at the St. Paul office of Congresswoman Betty McCollum. The MN Anti-War Committee will be speaking out against what they call McCollum’s support for “Israel’s war on Palestine.” Organizers say historically, the anti-war movement has seen Rep. McCollum as an important ally for her introduction of the Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act. They’re demanding McCollum to vote no on President Biden’s proposed 14 billion dollars in military aid to Israel.
>>Mayo Clinic Performs First Robot-Assisted Kidney Transplant
(Rochester, MN) — The Mayo Clinic has performed the first robot-assisted kidney transplant in the state of Minnesota. Earlier this month Pam Panning received a kidney from her daughter after more than six months of preparation by surgeons, including training on using the new surgical robot. Doctors say the procedure uses smaller incisions, reducing the risk of infection and possible hernia development.
>> Man, Riding E-Bike Suffers Serious Injuries in St. Louis County Collision
(Aurora, MN) — A man from St. Louis County is hospitalized after being hit by a car on his electric bicycle late Tuesday night south of Aurora. Sheriff’s deputies say 55-year-old Frank Vandehey of Aurora was riding on Highway 100 just before 11 p.m. when a vehicle collided with his E-bike. Vandehey was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Investigators are still looking into the crash.
>>Keeping CWD off Tribal Lands
(Minneapolis, MN) — The White Earth, Leech Lake, and Red Lake nations are working with the University of Minnesota to keep chronic wasting disease (CWD) off tribal lands. U of M Professor Tiffany Wolf says they’re developing a draft C-W-D management plan. She says “Up to this point, no C-W-D has been detected in tribal hunter-harvested deer. If that were to happen – right now these tribes don’t have management plans in place.” Professor Wolf says all three tribes became concerned when C-W-D was detected in a deer in nearby Hubbard County in northern Minnesota.
>>Deadline for State Flag and Seal Looms
(St. Paul, MN) — Under a week remains until the October 30th deadline for Minnesotans to submit their ideas for a new state flag and state seal. Anita Gaul, history instructor at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington, is vice chair of the State Emblems Redesign Commission and says they have already received one-thousand-45 submissions. Gaul says there’s information on the Minnesota Historical Society website on how to submit ideas for a new state flag and seal. The special commission must have its report on new design options to the legislature by January 1st.