Jan 19, 2021

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Seniors surge to Minnesota vaccine registration site

By Jeremy Olson
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  • Minnesotans 65 and older clogged phone lines and crashed a state website Tuesday as they sought to make appointments for a new, limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine at nine test sites.
  • State IT Commissioner Tarek Tomes blamed a private vendor's webpage that handled the registrations and promised a better experience when people sign up next Tuesday for next week's appointments.
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St. Paul school administrators eyeing pay hikes

By Anthony Lonetree, Anthony Lonetree
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  • The agreement spans the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years and covers 25 members of Superintendent Joe Gothard's administrative team.
  • District spokesman Kevin Burns said Tuesday that the salary increases called for under the agreement — 1.5% in the first year and 2% in the second — match those in the most recent round of union contract settlements.
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Metro Transit to get millions in federal COVID-19 bailout

By Janet Moore
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  • A $186 million infusion of federal stimulus money to the Metropolitan Council should help Metro Transit get through a challenging year after the COVID-19 pandemic devastated ridership on the region's buses and trains.
  • The most-recent funding lifeline, part of the national $900 billion pandemic stimulus package hashed out by Congress last month, will likely mean millions for Metro Transit — though the Met Council hasn't yet determined how much.
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