News release: New DNR tool provides health information for thousands of lakes (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: News release: New DNR tool provides health information for thousands of lakes. “The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has created a new online tool, called the Watershed Health Assessment Framework for Lakes (WHAF for Lakes)… Users can compare a lake’s health measures to other nearby lakes. Along with graphics showing lakes’ relative water quality, biology, and hydrology, WHAF for Lakes includes information about basic lake characteristics and lake stewardship.”

The Register: Paperwork decision scraps Google’s $600m Minnesota datacenter project

The Register: Paperwork decision scraps Google’s $600m Minnesota datacenter project . “The facility, first announced in 2019, was effectively ended after Google partner Honeycrisp Power failed to file the necessary paperwork for Xcel Energy to provide the power for the project, the Star Tribute reported this week. In response, the Minnesota-based utility terminated its electric service agreements with Google earlier this month.”

StarTribune: Searching for a senior home? A new tool helps Minnesotans screen out unsafe providers

StarTribune: Searching for a senior home? A new tool helps Minnesotans screen out unsafe providers. “An elder advocacy group launched an online tool, called Elder Care IQ, that provides access to state inspection reports for 2,000 nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and home health agencies across Minnesota. The tool can help people identify providers that have a history of abuse and neglect of residents, as well as those that received a clean bill of health from state inspectors.”

Minnesota Judicial Branch: Hearing and Judgment Search Now Available Through Minnesota Court Records Online

Minnesota Judicial Branch: Hearing and Judgment Search Now Available Through Minnesota Court Records Online. “The Minnesota Judicial Branch today announced two new search functions have been added to Minnesota Court Records Online (MCRO). A Hearing Search now allows users to search for individual court hearings, and a Judgment Search allows users to search for docketed monetary judgments and related information.”

Minnesota Department of Public Safety: Minnesota Crime Data Explorer gives detailed information on criminal activity with just a few clicks

Minnesota Department of Public Safety: Minnesota Crime Data Explorer gives detailed information on criminal activity with just a few clicks. “Minnesota Crime Data Explorer is easy to use and more detailed than previous reports, largely due to a change in crime reporting using the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)…. The new online tool incorporates NIBRS and adds to the existing annual uniform crime report published each year. It allows users to query, filter and sort crime data; view trends in charts and graphs; and export graphics and spreadsheets. The visual options make the data more accessible and easier to understand.”

State of Minnesota: State rolls out dashboard showing PFAS monitoring results for drinking water

State of Minnesota: State rolls out dashboard showing PFAS monitoring results for drinking water . “Minnesota residents who get their drinking water from a community public water system will now be able to find out if their system’s water has any level of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), through an interactive online dashboard unveiled today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).”

Minnesota Star Tribune: Minneapolis recommends masks; two Minnesota counties in high COVID range

Minnesota StarTribune: Minneapolis recommends masks; two Minnesota counties in high COVID range. “The seven-day rate of new COVID cases more than tripled since mid-March to 227 infections per 100,000 people in Minneapolis, and its rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations more than doubled to 4.8 per 100,000, the city stated in a news release. The hospitalization rate is above Minnesota’s COVID-19 caution threshold.”

New York Times: F.B.I. Sees ‘Massive Fraud’ in Groups’ Food Programs for Needy Children

New York Times: F.B.I. Sees ‘Massive Fraud’ in Groups’ Food Programs for Needy Children. “In court filings, the F.B.I. said it had discovered a ‘massive fraud scheme’ among groups that Feeding Our Future was supposed to oversee, saying they siphoned off tens of millions of dollars by charging taxpayers for nonexistent meals. In affidavits filed in federal court, the Justice Department said it was investigating at least 15 different feeding operations. Together, the F.B.I. said, these groups — all of which were supposed to be overseen by Feeding Our Future — had received more than $65 million from federal food programs during the coronavirus pandemic.”

StarTribune: Mail, garbage delays in store as omicron wave builds across Minnesota

StarTribune: Mail, garbage delays in store as omicron wave builds across Minnesota. “As a crushing wave of omicron infections surges across Minnesota, mail carriers and garbage haulers say they’re struggling to keep things going. Some mail won’t go out on time, a union official said, and a handful of garbage routes will see delays, according to a private hauler. The delays are brought on by a record-setting surge of COVID-19 cases connected with the highly contagious omicron variant.”

StarTribune: Minnesota hospitals brace for omicron even as COVID-19 declines in ICUs

StarTribune: Minnesota hospitals brace for omicron even as COVID-19 declines in ICUs. “COVID-19 hospitalizations requiring intensive care declined from 374 on Dec. 16 to 255 on Friday in Minnesota, temporarily easing pressure on hospitals as they brace for the omicron wave of the pandemic. The fast-spreading omicron variant has produced an uptick in coronavirus infections in Minnesota, which on Monday reported another 10,810 infections and 44 COVID-19 deaths.”

NBC News: Health care workers in Minnesota are ‘overwhelmed,’ ‘heartbroken,’ executives say

NBC News: Health care workers in Minnesota are ‘overwhelmed,’ ‘heartbroken,’ executives say. “Health care executives in Minnesota pleaded with unvaccinated people Sunday to stop the spread of Covid-19, saying that nearly two years into the pandemic, doctors, nurses and others across the state are ‘overwhelmed’ and ‘heartbroken.’ In an open letter published in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis and the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, the executives of nine large health care providers said their emergency rooms are over capacity and their hospital beds are filled.”

StarTribune: Unvaccinated patients are filling Minnesota’s intensive care units

StarTribune: Unvaccinated patients are filling Minnesota’s intensive care units. “North [North Memorial Health Hospital] opened the doors Wednesday to South Seven to show how the unvaccinated are suffering the worst cases and contributing to a historic level of pressure on hospitals. Minnesota reported a 2021 record of 1,678 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Thursday, and that COVID and non-COVID patients combined to leave only 18 of 1,012 staffed adult ICU beds open.”