Herbie Haertel of Fairmont, Minn. celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday. “I was born July 26, 1914,” Haertel said. He served our country during World War II, and recently received a special letter from President Obama.
President Obama has declared a disaster in eight Minnesota counties damaged by flooding, unleashing federal funds to help repair millions in damages. June and July storms hit more than 50 of the state’s 87 counties, costing Minnesota an estimated $55 million for flood response and repairs.
Fighting continues in Iraq with government forces continuing to try and hold off the advances of Sunni militants. The appearance this weekend of the militant spiritual leader Abu Bakr al – Baghdadi at a mosque in Mosul, despite a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head, is seen as a further sign of how emboldened the rebels have become. Questions are also growing over whether the U.S. should back an effort to replace the current president of Iraq, Nouri Al-Maliki.
A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.
Finally, on Sunday many people had a much-needed, sunny day to dry out. But the extensive damage from flooding in several parts of the state will take a long time to fix. The process is underway to tally up the damage and see if the state qualifies for federal aid.
Family members say that the original owner of Matt’s Bar passed away mere hours before President Barack Obama’s visit to the long-standing Minneapolis establishment. According to family, Matt Bristol died Thursday morning.
For one Minnesota woman, President Obama’s trip to Minnesota this week has extra-special significance. St. Anthony resident Rebekah Erler wrote a letter to the president last March. And to her surprise, he’s responding in person.
President Obama’s visit to a popular Minneapolis park Thursday will cause several road closures and parking restrictions. The Minneapolis Park and Recreations Board says the president will visit Minnehaha Park for an event that’s closed to the public.
Both political parties see opportunity in President Barack Obama’s two-day visit to Minnesota that starts Thursday. For Democrats, their party’s biggest name will draw attention to a signature initiative: the large, upcoming bump in the state’s minimum wage. For Republicans, his presence alone will give them a tangible way to connect targeted Democratic candidates to a struggling president as campaign season intensifies.
Beginning at noon Wednesday single tickets will be available first-come, first-served for folks who want to see the President on his second visit of the year to the Twin Cities. President Obama will hold a town hall Thursday at Minnehaha Park before attending a private fundraiser in the evening.
When President Obama visits Minnesota this week, he plans to spend a day in the shoes of a St. Paul woman. In a new video posted online from the White House, the president says he was struck by a letter from a woman named Rebekah. In the letter, she writes about what she thinks needs changing, and her struggle to get ahead.
President Barack Obama’s visit later this week to Minnesota will include a town hall event Thursday and an economic policy speech on Friday. The White House gave details Tuesday of Obama’s plans during his Minneapolis stops.
In Iraq, Sunni militants continue pushing towards Baghdad. The militants have released video reportedly showing the moments before fighters executed Shiites serving in the Iraqi Army. President Obama is sending 275 troops to Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and the American Embassy, but some lawmakers want the president to quickly provide a plan to address the threat.
A Twin Cities pizza chain is getting national attention once again for leading the way with higher employee wages. “Hi, everybody. In my state of the union address, I talked about pizza. More specifically, I talked about a pizza chain in Minneapolis – Punch Pizza – whose owner, John Soranno, made the business decision to give his employees a raise to ten bucks an hour,” President Obama said in his weekly address.