ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — While much has been made about the stress that COVID-19 has placed on Minnesota hospitals, the state’s long-term care industry says it is facing its worst-ever workforce shortage. Leaders from senior living organizations throughout the state say they have about 23,000 job openings. That is about 20 percent of the workforce at full strength. Leaders say resignations continue to outpace new hires at a time when there are more seniors in Minnesota than ever before. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that staffing shortages are leading to tighter admissions policies. A survey shows that nearly 70 percent of nursing homes are restricting admissions in some way because they are short-staffed.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The abrupt closure of a North Dakota-based photography business has left couples in a four-state area scrambling to locate wedding photos or find new photographers for upcoming nuptials. Glasser Images owner Jack Glasser said that due in large part to COVID-19 the Bismarck studio “simply couldn’t keep up with our ongoing costs, debt repayment, salaries, rent and other business expenses.” He told customers in an email he cannot offer refunds. The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office said it had fielded more than 170 complaints about the situation by Friday afternoon and was investigating. Glasser’s attorney, Tim O’Keeffe, tells The Bismarck Tribune he and Glasser will talking to customers in the next couple of days. The company did business in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Colorado.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking approval for a more severe penalty than what is outlined in state guidelines if a former suburban Minneapolis police officer is convicted in the shooting death of Daunte Wright. Former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter is facing charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter in the April death of Wright. The sentencing guidelines for first-degree manslaughter range from 6 to 81/2 years in prison. The move is similar to one made by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer convicted in George Floyd’s death. Potter has pleaded not guilty. She is scheduled to stand trial in December.
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say a woman was found fatally shot in a cabin in Crow Wing County after deputies responded to a call about gunfire and arrested an armed man. Dispatchers received a shooting complaint about 11 p.m. Thursday. The caller said several gunshots were heard in Lake Edward Township. Law enforcement officers responded and encountered a man armed with a rifle and a handgun. After nearly two hours of negotiations, the man agreed to put his weapons down and he was taken into custody. While searching the property near where the complaint originated, deputies found an adult female dead in a cabin from a gunshot wound.