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Holiday Ringin’ and Swingin’ Live Stream with the George Maurer Group

The Reif Arts Council is continuing the Home for the Holidays virtual series with a performance by popular act the George Maurer Group. The band will perform on the Wilcox Theater stage at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids on Saturday, December 6 at 2 p.m..

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no in-person audience for the concert, but the show will be streamed live as it happens to ticket buyers across the region. After the fact, video will be available for two weeks on demand.

Style, sophistication, energy — and entertainment that not even the Grinch could resist, The George Maurer Group will light up the holidays with “Ringin & Swingin: The George Maurer Group Holiday Show” and the group’s trademark irreverent, tongue-in-cheek takes on classic Christmas tunes.

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Take Caution Around Open Water, Newly Formed Ice

With the continued surge in the number of people recreating outdoors this year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that lakes and ponds across the state have started to freeze, and where there isn’t ice, the water is dangerously cold.

Ice thickness is highly variable at this time of year and subject to Mother Nature’s whims. Even where there isn’t ice, the water is so cold that an unexpected fall in can be deadly. It is vital to talk with children, who are naturally curious about the water, about staying safe.

“The first ice-fishing trip of the season is exciting, but there’s no fish that is worth falling through the ice,” said Rodmen Smith, director of the DNR Enforcement Division. “Vigilance around the water at this time of year isn’t just a good idea – it’s an absolute necessity.”

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COVID-19 Isn’t Taking a Holiday

As COVID-19 infection rates are surging to record levels and with the upcoming holiday season, this effort is designed to immediately increase awareness of how the actions Minnesotans take during this holiday season will inevitably lead to illnesses and deaths. We’re in the fight of our lives against COVID-19, here in Minnesota and around the country. We can beat this, but we need your help. That’s why Minnesota’s leading healthcare professionals are forming a unique partnership and asking everyone across the state to wear a mask, keep your distance, and do your part.

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Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Chippewa file a Motion for a Stay Against Line 3 to Protect Legal Process, Guard Against Covid-19

With Line 3 construction appearing to be imminent after recently approved permits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA), the Department of Natural resources (DNR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Chippewa filed a motion late Wednesday (November 25, 2020) with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to expedite a Stay of its Line 3 Route Permit (L3RP).

The 60-page legal motion cites that “a Stay is necessary to protect the Minnesota Courts of Appeals Jurisdiction” process, and cites additional threats of irreparable harm to the tribes and others that will be caused by construction during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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