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PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem held a brief media availability at 10 a.m.
Minnesota recorded its second death from coronavirus Thursday, March 26. The individual was a resident of Ramsey County in their 80s. "We want to express our sincere sorrow about this and offer our condolences to the family of the person who died," said state Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm in an afternoon call with reporters, Gov. Tim Walz and other state officials. "It's close to our home and to our hearts." "As much as it hurts to say this," Malcolm later said, "we know we will be reporting more deaths in the days to come."
BYRON, Minn. — A person died Thursday morning after the elevated boom they were on made contact with overhead power lines. First responders were called around 7:05 a.m. to Duke Aerial, 610 Barbaree Lane Southeast, according to Olmsted County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrns. The person’s identity has not been released pending family notification. The Byron Fire Department and Xcel Energy responded to the scene. It is unclear what led up to the boom making contact with the power lines. Behrns said there was no tree work occurring in the area.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum held a press briefing to discuss the latest developments regarding COVID-19 on Thursday, March 26, at the North Dakota State Capitol. The livestream should begin at 4:00 p.m. If you don't see it pop up, please refresh your page.
The deadline for states to comply with federal REAL ID requirements will be extended due to COVID-19, according to the Department of Homeland Security. In a statement on the DHS website, the new enforcement deadline will be extended one year to Oct. 1, 2021. A new notice of the deadline will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days. Congress passed new minimum security standards for license issuance and prohibited federal agencies from accepting state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards that do not meet the standards.
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem held a brief media availability at 12:15 p.m.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday issued an order requiring Minnesotans to stay in place beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 27. The move is the governor's most sweeping to date in combatting the pandemic in Minnesota.
WEST FARGO — A man hospitalized after a garage fire at a West Fargo mobile home park Wednesday afternoon, March 25, threatened to shoot officers and could face charges in connection to the blaze, police said. At about 3:40 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to a report of a fire at 108 C St. Firefighters arrived to find a fire that had broken out in an unattached garage next to a home.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Joseph Aaron Pawlowski, 38, of Kerkhoven, is charged with multiple felonies connected to the alleged theft from New London of a 1956 Ford Thunderbird, whose estimated value is listed in court documents at $80,000. The vehicle was discovered stolen after an officer with the Belgrade/Brooten Police Department stopped the vehicle the evening of March 18 for nonworking taillights in Belgrade and the driver could not provide information on the vehicle.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz took steps to further curtail social activity and limit the spread of the coronavirus on Wednesday, March 25, by ordering Minnesotans to stay inside their homes and not leave unless necessary. Walz made details of his stay-at-home executive order public on Wednesday afternoon as cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, continue to be confirmed amid the global pandemic.