>>President Biden to Visit Twin Ports, Superior on Thursday
(Washington, DC) — President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the Twin Ports on Thursday. The White House press secretary told reporters that President Biden is coming to Superior, Wisconsin to highlight the administration’s economic plans. The governors of Minnesota and Wisconsin announced Monday that the U-S Department of Transportation is awarding just over a billion dollars to replace the John A. Blatnik (BLOT’-nick) Bridge between Duluth, and Superior. Biden made a stop at the aging bridge in March of 2022.
>>Phillips Hopes for Strong Showing in New Hampshire Primary
(Concord, NH) — Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips is hoping for a strong showing in today’s (Tues) Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire. President Joe Biden is not on the ballot in the state and Phillips has spent a lot of time campaigning there. The 3rd District representative has argued that President Biden is too old to serve another term and cannot defeat ex-President Trump again this November. Polls in New Hampshire show Phillips with about ten percent support. Biden is expected to receive a huge number of write-in votes.
>>Democrat Jen Schultz Again Challenging Stauber in 8th District
(Duluth, MN) — Former state Representative Jennifer Schultz announces this afternoon (2pm) that she’ll again challenge Republican Congressman Pete Stauber for the U-S House seat in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. Schultz lost to Stauber in 2022, by 57to 43 percent margin. She’s blasting Stauber for taking credit for one billion dollars in federal funding that Minnesota and Wisconsin just locked in to replace the aging Blatnik Bridge, saying Stauber voted against the major infrastructure package that made it possible. Stauber’s campaign tells the Duluth News-Tribune after Schultz was “soundly rejected” by voters in 2022, she’s “doubling down on her blind adoration of Joe Biden.”
>>2 Northern Minnesota Food Banks Announce Merger
(Duluth, MN) — Two northern Minnesota hunger-relief organizations are merging to create the state’s second-largest regional food bank. Officials announced Monday that Second Harvest Northern Lakes in Duluth is joining forces with Second Harvest North Central in Grand Rapids. The new organization will be called Second Harvest Northland. They say the merger will increase efficiency and reduce overhead to better serve over 70-thousand people across 15 counties in northern Minnesota.
>>45 MN Clean Energy Projects to Receive $300K in Grants
(St. Paul, MN) — Forty-five community-based renewable energy projects in Minnesota will receive a total of more than $300,000 in Clean Energy Resource Teams Seed Grants. The projects range from educational outreach on clean energy incentives to skill-building for related careers. Deputy Commerce Commissioner Michelle Gransee says these projects support efforts across Minnesota to advance a cleaner, more equitable, resilient Minnesota for the future.
>>Minneapolis Woman Charged in Alleged Midwest Target Scheme
(Rochester, MN) — A Minneapolis woman faces felony theft charges in Olmsted County in connection with an alleged scheme involving Target stores throughout the Midwest. A criminal complaint says 25-year-old Semaj Rankin is accused of participating in the theft of nearly $650 from a Rochester Target store in June 2023. The complaint says surveillance video shows Rankin placing several items in a shopping cart and then going to guest services to request a return for those items. Rankin is scheduled to make her first court appearance early next month. The complaint does not provide additional details about the allegations related to a region-wide theft scheme.
>>Timberwolves Waste 62-Point Effort by KAT in Loss to Hornets
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Charlotte Hornets 128-125 at Target Center Monday night despite a career-high 62 points from Karl-Anthony Towns. The Wolves had an 18-point lead in the third quarter and were outscored 36-18 in the fourth. Coach Chris Finch said, “It was a absolute disgusting performance of defense and immature basketball.” Finch says Towns’ big night was wasted by the team’s awful effort. The Timberwolves play the Wizards Wednesday night in Washington, D-C.
>>Twins Legend Joe Mauer Awaits Call from Baseball Hall of Fame
(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesota Twins legend Joe Mauer will learn today (Tues 5pm) whether he’ll be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A player must receive at least 75 percent of the votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to be enshrined in Cooperstown. Only two catchers in Major League Baseball history have been elected on the first ballot: Johnny Bench and Ivan Rodriguez. Mauer could become the third this evening. The St. Paul native was the 2009 American League M-V-P, a six-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, and the only catcher to win three batting titles.
>>P!NK Coming to Xcel Energy Center
(St. Paul, MN) — International pop star P!NK (pink) is coming to the Xcel Energy Center this year. As part of her North American Tour, P!NK LIVE 2024, she’ll be performing in St. Paul Friday, October 18th. Citi and Verizon presales begin at 10 am today (TUES) with general ticket sales beginning Friday on LiveNation.com. Pink played a large concert last summer at Target Field.
>>St. Paul Winter Carnival Preparation Underway
(St. Paul, MN) — The St. Paul Winter Carnival is days away (Thurs) and preparations are underway. A large, heated tent is going up in Rice Park to hold concerts, ice sculptures, and winter activities. Officials hope attendance will be higher this year due to warming temperatures compared to last year’s winter freeze.