COVID Levels Continue to Fall in Twin Cities Wastewater

Speaking to MPR, Craig Helmstetter said: “According to the latest monitoring reports, COVID-19 levels are declining in Twin Cities wastewater. The Metropolitan Council and the University of Minnesota Genomic Center continue to join forces to monitor the wastewater from Twin Cities for changes in the prevalence of COVID-19. Friday’s welcome news from the Council: ‘The Viral RNA Load Influencing Metro Plant’ dropped by 16% last week compared to the previous week.’”

A WCCO-TV story says:Minneapolis police are investigating 41st homicide of the year in the city after a man was found dead in an apartment south of downtown on Sunday morning† Firefighters were first called to the building on the 1700 block of 3rd Avenue South just before 9:00 am, but they arrived and found no sign of fire. Instead, crews found a deceased man in an apartment “presumably in his sixties” with non-thermal injuries. The police were called and officers quickly arrested a 55-year-old man at the scene.”

WCCO TV reports:Tuesday will be a Next Weather Alert day due to dangerous heat† The high, predicted at 97 in the subway, could break a record for the daily high temperature – with a heat index rising into the triple digits.”

In the Star Tribune, Jessie Van Berkel writes:The highest paid state government employees in Minnesota are not college presidents, investment officers, Supreme Court justices, or the governor† The biggest earners of state dollars are — by an overwhelming margin — psychiatrists. … Fourteen of the 20 state workers who earned the most in 2021 were psychiatrists. A decade earlier, five of the top 20 highest-paid employees worked in mental and behavioral health centers.

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Also from WCCO-TV, this one from Ren Clayton: “Most Minnesota residents agree that mosquitoes are not welcome, especially at this time of year. But wet and warm weather means the state’s biggest summer plague is making its comeback. … Alex Carlson, public affairs manager at the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, says the number of calls at the St. Paul headquarters is beginning to rise.[Mosquitoes are] They are very dependent on standing water for most of their life cycles, so they lay their eggs in or on the edge of an area like this,” Carlson said, pointing to the drainage area at Harriet Island Park in St. Paul. “This is designed to flood after it rains.”

Another WCCO story, this one by Marielle Mohs, says:Minnesota’s average is up to $4.72 a gallon Thursday. The national average is getting closer to $5. A gas station in St. Anthony seemed to sum things up nicely with this sign below its inflated prices that reads “We hate our gas prices too.”

Writing for the AP, Stephen Groves: “Ahead of a potential presidential bid, South Dakota administration Kristi Noem handily won the Republican nomination for a second term last week. However, many of the candidates she hoped to pick for the Statehouse didn’t have such a good night† She had hoped to replace opponents with personal allies in the Republican-controlled legislature, which has consistently defied her wishes, so the governor rallied behind about a dozen candidates challenging the incumbents. Two-thirds of Noem’s favorites lost. The setback was a reminder that while statements of support often attract attention and financial resources, they do not always translate into voter support.’

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