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The American Red Cross is calling on donors to give blood or platelets in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Cancer patients may need red blood cell or platelet transfusions during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall, especially after Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding forced the cancellation of more than 6,000 blood and platelet donations last month.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Wednesday morning, Oct. 10, 2018, across much of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin as 2-4 inches of rain is expected to fall over the next 48 hours.
Citizens can now protect their financial information by ordering a free "credit freeze" with the three major credit agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. The law that allows the credit freeze or security freeze went into effect Sept. 21. A freeze restricts access to a credit file, making it more difficult for criminals to open fraudulent new accounts or borrow money in an individual's name.
An Arizona-based meat processor is recalling more than 6.5 million pounds of raw beef that could be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The products being recalled were packaged on various dates from July 26-Sept. 7, 2018, and have the establishment number "EST. 267" in the USDA inspection mark. The meat was shipped nationwide.
ROCHESTER — President Donald Trump will visit Rochester today, Oct. 4, 2018. “For Minnesota Republicans, this is a dream come true,” Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan said in a news release. “We are jumping through the roof with excitement to welcome our great and fearless leader, President Donald J. Trump, back to Minnesota next week.”
Facebook engineers discovered a security attack affecting nearly 50 million accounts, the social media network announced Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. The vulnerability that allowed attackers to take over user's Facebook accounts has been fixed and law enforcement has been contacted, according to a security update posted online Friday by Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice-president of product management.
Brief traffic delays are expcted early Thursday, Sept. 27 on Highways 63 and 61 as crews move equipment for the Red Wing bridge project, according to the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. Work will take place from midnight to 4 a.m. Delays should not exceed 15 minutes during the overnight hours. Flaggers will stop traffic in both directions of Highway 63 and 61 while the equipment is being moved across the highways.
The annual drawdown of the Lake Byllesby reservoir to its winter elevation will begin Monday, Oct. 1. The reservoir will be gradually lowered 3 feet from the summer elevation to 853.7 feet above sea level. The winter drawdown lowers adjacent groundwater levels to accommodate local agricultural needs based on research from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Based upon that research, the DNR requires the drawdown as part of the County's operating permit.
A 27-year-old Red Wing woman died and three children were transported to the hospital Wednesday, Sept. 19, in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Spring Creek Road near Graves Drive, authorities said.
The city of Cannon Falls was under a state of emergency Friday after a severe weather system Thursday night caused widespread damage across southern and southeastern Minnesota. Cannon Falls High School was being used as a triage center Friday afternoon due to limited power to provide for those in need, according to a city news release. The school was initially being set up as a shelter for residents affected by the storm, as well as to shelter residents from a care center evacuated because of a generator fire.