Walz sworn in as governor of Minnesota

Gov.-elect Tim Walz, right, with Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan
MinnPost file photo by Walker Orenstein
Gov. Tim Walz, right, with Lt. Gov.Peggy Flanagan
Time for Tim. The Star Tribune’s Jessie Van Berkel reports: “As he was sworn in Monday, Minnesota’s 41st Gov. Tim Walz doubled down on his promises to improve education, health care and the state’s infrastructure. … At his inauguration ceremony at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, the former Democratic congressman from Mankato reiterated vows that won over Minnesotans this election season and emphasized his vision for ‘One Minnesota.’”

Could be a flu-ke. City Pages’s Hannah Jones reports: “Like the lull in a good horror movie scene, Minnesota’s flu season this year has been quiet. … Too quiet. … So far in the 2018-19 flu season (which runs October to May), our state has seen 116 hospitalizations and four deaths. If that seems like a lot, cast your mind back to last year, when we logged more than 6,400 hospitalizations and 435 deaths in all. In 2018, the week ending in Dec. 29, which is usually a hotbed for post-holiday gathering sickness, saw only 24 hospitalizations. Last year, around the same time, we saw more than 500.”

Rangers gone rogue. The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin reports (via the Pioneer Press): “The National Park Service will take the unprecedented step of tapping entrance fees to pay for expanded operations at its most popular sites, officials said Sunday, as the federal government shutdown threatens to degrade some of the nation’s iconic landmarks. … ‘The Department of Interior is very likely violating appropriations law,’ said Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., who is incoming chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing Interior, in a phone interview Sunday. ‘I want to see our parks open, but I want to see our entire government open the right way, following the law.’”

Rents relatively steady. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo writes: “St. Paul area rents averaged $1,090 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,369 for a two-bedroom in 2018, according to Abodo.com, an apartment listing agency. The figures represent monthly rent declines of well under a percentage point for the year. … Minneapolis rents averaged $1,382 for a one-bedroom and $1,892 for a two-bedroom, declines of almost 1 percent and almost 1.5 percent, respectively. … Both cities posted monthly rents well above the national average.”

In other news…

Marking the occasion:Mayor Frey declares Monday ‘Mark Dayton Day’ in Minneapolis” [KMSP]

Cheryl Reeve for T-wolves coach?:The best Timberwolves coach choices already work for Glen Taylor” [City Pages]

Well, OK:See the arf-tastic doggos of St. Paul’s Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show” [City Pages]

But wait, there’s Mauer:Mauer named as Grand Marshal of Winter Carnival’s Grand Day parade” [Star Tribune]

So fresh:It’s a new year and a new Lizzo in the pop star’s hilariously retro video for ‘Juice’” [AV Club]

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