Minnesota Nurses Association schedules strike vote for

Christopher Snowbeck at the Star Tribune is reporting the Minnesota Nurses Association has scheduled a strike vote for Monday, August 15, as a contract dispute continues between hospitals and approximately 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Duluth. The vote would authorize nurse negotiation leaders to call a strike following a 10-day notice to hospital employers.

Via Bring Me the News: The Minneapolis Police Department shared gun violence trend data with the Public Health & Safety Committee on Wednesday. MPD analysis found the neighborhoods with the highest number of shooting-related calls for service this year also had the highest totals of fentanyl pills recovered.

From KSTP: Excessive drinking cost Minnesotans nearly $8 billion in 2019, or nearly $1,400 per person, according to a new report by the Minnesota Department of Health. Lost productivity from excessive drinking accounted for almost three-quarters of the financial costs.

Brian Bakst at MPR News profiles Leigh Finke, who, following Tuesday’s primary victory, could become the first transgender person in the Minnesota Legislature.

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Writer Al Brown and photographer Steve Floyd captured a celebratory sail along the St. Croix River in Stillwater in honor of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder’s 88th year of operations.

The Star Tribune celebrates the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Mall of America in pictures.