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April 22, 2021: Theme for Earth Day “Restore our Earth”

Reduce, reuse, recycle is a mantra for many people. It's difficult to imagine that just 51 years ago awareness of the state of the environment was not part of the collective consciousness.

An emerging public consciousness about the planet began amid environmental issues like increased air pollution and massive consumption of fossil fuels in the 1960s. The bestselling book "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson also raised public concern for living organisms and the links between Pollution and public health. The push for environmental reform gained even more momentum on April 22, 1970, when the first Earth Day was celebrated.

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Crosslake Council: No action on Respectful Workplace Complaint

The Crosslake City Council took no disciplinary action after considering a Respectful Workplace Complaint at their regular monthly meeting held Monday, April 12th.

In a memo to council, City Attorney Brad Person stated that the Respectful Workplace Policy will be distributed to and reviewed by all employees, including department heads and administration, as well as all members of the city council, city boards, and city commissions.

Council met in closed session a few times and contracted a Duluth labor attorney to investigate the complaint in March. A motion was passed 3-0 to accept no further action be taken. Council member Marcia Seibert-Volz and Mayor David Nevin abstained from the vote.

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Essentia Health Pause Johnson & Johnson vaccines

Following a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Food and Drug Administration, Essentia Health have paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Six reported cases of severe blood clotting in individuals who’d recently received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are under review by the CDC and FDA. Those cases — all of which were in women between 18-48 years old — have occurred since April 12; over that same time period, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been distributed.

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Vehicle Rollover Resulted in Fatality

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard reports that on April 10, 2021 at approximately 8:12 PM, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle rollover crash near the 24000 Block of Co Rd 11 in Crow Wing County. Upon arrival, deputies found that a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling eastbound on County Road 11, left the roadway and rolled over.

The driver of Chevrolet Tahoe, a 40-year old Crosby man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the driver is being withheld, pending the notification of family.

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