Minneapolis schools require vaccinations for high school athletes

Vaccine requirements. Mara Klicker of the Star Tribune stated:The Minneapolis School District has become what is believed to be the first in the state to require that unvaccinated high school athletes be tested weekly for COVID-19. …Decisions about COVID-19 testing and vaccine requirements are now up to individual Minnesota school districts, and therefore not tracked by state agencies. The Minneapolis School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to request testing during the period Monday through March 4.”

Also on vaccinations. MPR’s Catherine Richer reports: “In life, Dr. Christopher Foley was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He regularly cycled, played handball and had a passion for Irish music. … But through his practice in Vadnais Heights, Foley has also spread lies about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines. … These widely debunked claims run counter to common best practices for the treatment and prevention of COVID. But for some who believe them, misinformation has played a role in becoming seriously ill from the virus, or even death. …that includes Foley, who died in October of complications from COVID-19. He was 71 years old. At his funeral, Foley’s son Logan confirmed that his father had died from COVID and that she had not been vaccinated. Foley’s death certificate says tobacco use played a role in his death.”

And another story about COVID. Andrew Kramer from the Star Tribune reports:A vaccinated Vikings player went to the emergency room Tuesday night with breathing problems from a COVID-19 infection and remains in hospital in stable condition Wednesday morning, according to coach Mike Zimmer.. “He is stable now,” said Zimmer, who did not name the player. “But it was scary.” …five Vikings players have been placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 roster since last Thursday. Among them are at least two vaccinated players, quarterback Garrett Bradbury and goalkeeper Dakota Dozier.”

Nikima Levi Armstrong has an article in the New York Times about why the second question failed on the ballot. she writes: “Those of us who have long fought for accountability over police abuses in Minneapolis expected to witness a critical examination of the practices, laws, policies, contractual requirements, and spending that underpins police work. We expected a comprehensive, well-researched, evidence-based plan to reshape our police department. … while that, What we got were progressive attitudes of the kind seen across the country and a missed opportunity to bring about real change and racial justice.

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Delicious news:The owners of Mickey’s Diner in St. Paul will reopen their doors next spring” [KSTP]

From two Washington Post reporters:Biography of George Floyd to be published in May 2022” [AP]

Follow-up:Surveillance, house arrest of Minnesota man in US Capitol riots” [Star Tribune]

Good news for the deer:Minnesota Opening Weekend Firearms Deer Harvest 11% of Last Year” [Bemidji Pioneer]

Leaves us hanging:Leaves are still on the trees, but many Minnesota cities aren’t expanding yard waste collection” [Star Tribune]

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