Widespread rain in the past week has delayed Minnesota farmers who are trying to finish planting. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the rain has left soil saturated and stressed crops. Wet fields also are hampering crop spraying and the first cutting of hay.
The persistent snow is delaying the beginning of fieldwork on farms across Minnesota. In its first weekly crop progress and condition report of the season for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says last week’s heavy snow is one reason why no days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week. Planting of some early crops such as oats usually begins around now.
The Chicago Bears’ game against the Baltimore Ravens is being delayed because of heavy rain and wind. Play was stopped with just under five minutes left in the first quarter with the Ravens leading 10-0 on Sunday.
Consumers won’t be able to use Minnesota’s new online marketplace for health insurance as planned Tuesday morning and will have to wait until sometime in the afternoon, the head of the state-run exchange said Monday. April Todd-Malmlov, executive director of MNsure, said officials want to make sure the system connects properly with federal computer systems and that it’s secure before it goes live for consumers. MNsure officials had been saying for months they expected consumers could start signing up at the start of the business day Tuesday. She said they weren’t sure what time in the afternoon the system would be ready. Enrollment begins Tuesday nationwide for coverage under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Roughly 300,000 uninsured Minnesotans are expected to buy insurance via the portal. The delay is one of several glitches in MNsure’s rollout that Todd-Malmlov spoke about late Monday afternoon.
Apparently “Starting from the Bottom” has pushed Drake a bit behind schedule, as an “intense rehearsal” agenda has the hip-hop superstar postponing his Oct. 5 gig at the Target Center to Sunday, Dec. 8. His team also cites “technical production requirements” as an issue for the delay. A handful of other concerts across the nation have been pushed back, too, as part of his 39-city “Would You Like A Tour” arena tour.
Now that most of the kids are in school, it doesn’t necessarily mean the shopping is done. This year, the back-to-school shopping season is slipping into September.
By age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses, the U.S. government advises. More than 1 in 10 parents reject that, refusing some shots or delaying others mainly because of safety concerns, a national survey found.
Crews are working hard at Jordan Elementary School to clean up a mold problem before the start of the school year.
Jessica and Craig Porter of Somerset, Wis. have their newly adopted baby’s room all ready, but the shutdown is forcing their new son to sleep in a playpen across the river in Minnesota.
Minnesota businesses that saw tax refunds delayed as the state dealt with a cash crunch are in line to get repaid sooner than anticipated.
Gov.-elect Mark Dayton is calling a nine-month delay to expand Medicaid health care for the poor “totally unacceptable.”