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AUSTIN, Minn. -- The four family members who were killed in a fiery crash last week in the southern Minnesota community of Austin have been identified, Police Chief David McKichan announced Monday, March 23. Lance Tyler Eastman, 28, and Kala Marie Klaus, 25, were killed along with their two young children Thursday, March 19. The family’s dog is believed to have been in the vehicle at the time of the crash, and was located alive on Friday. It has been returned to the family of the victims, McKichan announced in a news release.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum held a press briefing to discuss the latest developments regarding COVID-19 on Monday, March 23, at the North Dakota State Capitol. The briefing should begin at 4 p.m.
DEADWOOD, S.D. — The mayor of South Dakota's gambling hub has asked Deadwood's casinos to close while the state battles the coronavirus pandemic. In an announcement from Deadwood Mayor David Ruth Jr. on Monday, March 23, Ruth asked for casinos to "close temporarily until the COVID-19 threat has passed." In his request, Ruth cited the announcement from U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams on Monday that warned that "this week, it's going to get bad," regarding the spread of the virus, and Adams said not enough people are taking the threat seriously.
Members of the Coronavirus Task Force are holding a press briefing. Scheduled to being at 5 p.m.
A priority for both sides at the Minnesota Capitol was finalized last week, as Gov. Tim Walz signed the Rural Finance Authority bill ( Ch. 67 H.F. 2959 ) , which includes $50 million in low interest loans for Minnesota farmers. The bill allocates $50 million to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Rural Finance Authority, allowing the loan fund to continue to offer Minnesota farmers affordable financing not offered by traditional lenders.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum will hold a press briefing to discuss the latest developments regarding COVID-19 at 4 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the North Dakota State Capitol. A livestream of the event will be available here closer to the start time.
APPLETON, Minn. — Local health care organizations are combining forces to set-up a Tri-County COVID Medical Center should it be needed in the event of a high volume of COVID-19 cases in the region. Plans call for the Tri-County COVID Medical Center to operate out of the vacant Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, which is owned by CoreCivic. The facility is being provided to TCMC at no cost – meaning no financial benefit to CoreCivic.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum will hold a press briefing to discuss the latest developments regarding COVID-19 at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the North Dakota State Capitol. A livestream of the event will be available here closer to the start time.
WASHINGTON — Members of the coronavirus task force hold a press briefing at the White House to review the status of the fight against the coronavirus. Watch a livestream of the event below. As a public service, we've opened this article to everyone regardless of subscription status.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Friday, March 20, said he's weighing a shelter-in-place order like governors in California, Illinois and New York had instituted but said he wasn't ready yet to deliver that order. The announcement comes as the number of positive coronavirus cases in the state saw it's largest one-day increase Friday, March 20, hitting 115 total in 22 counties.