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5 People Similar to VP Pence Test Positive to COVID



5 People Similar to VP Pence Test Positive to COVID

Several Vice President Mike Pence staff members tested positive for coronavirus, but the Vice President will continue his work, including chairing the Senate on Monday’s crucial confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

All told, in the past few days, five Pence workers, including Chief of Staff Marc Short, have been tested positive, according to Fox News. In addition to Short, Pence consultant Marty Obst and three assistants have tested positive.

Pence and his partner, Karen, both tested negative on Saturday and Sunday, according to The New York Times.

Devin O’Malley, the spokesperson for Pence, said the vice president is not stopping his job.

“While Vice-President Pence is considered to be in close touch with Mr. Short, in coordination with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice-President will keep his schedule in line with the CDC guidelines for core staff,” O’Malley said on Saturday, according to The Times.

Pence noted on Saturday that he will be in the Senate on Monday night as the Senate is expected to vote on the Nomination of Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, according to NBC.

“As Vice President, I am the President of the Senate. And I’m going to be in the chair because I wouldn’t miss the vote for the world, “he said at a campaign event in Tallahassee, Florida, NBC reported. “And I’m going to make you a prediction: come this Monday night, Judge Amy Coney Barrett is going to be Justice Amy Coney Barrett. We’re going to fill the seat.

During a Sunday interview with CNN, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sidelined questions about the level of coronavirus infection among Pence ‘s staff, according to CNN.

“Personal information sharing is not something we can do,” Meadows said.

Do you accept that the VP can’t just go to quarantine and stop working?

He said that those who need to know will be told,

“Any time someone is in harm’s way, we have a duty to let people know about contract monitoring,” Meadows said.

Meadows said Pence and President Donald Trump were doing more than campaigning on election day.

“He’s not just campaigning at the moment, he’s working. We saw a Middle East peace deal with Sudan in the Oval Office that the President had participated in, “Meadows said, according to the New York Post.

“And for someone to say that the President has been out campaigning and not getting anything done, all you have to do is look at the facts,” Meadows said.

He said that Pence was considered to be an important worker.

“I don’t mean that he’s not campaigning. I’m saying that’s just part of what he’s doing, “Meadows said. “As we look at that, the important staff, whether it’s the Vice President of the United States or someone else, must proceed.”

Pence wears a mask and uses social distance when he drives, Meadows said.

Trump was briefly hospitalized earlier this month after a positive virus test. First Lady Melania Trump was also screened positive.

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Rosario: A conversation with now ex-Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo



Rosario: A conversation with now ex-Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo

I asked a veteran Minneapolis cop of color recently what he thought of Medaria Arradondo’s tenure as police chief.

“He underwhelmed,” said the cop. “I expected more.”

I got a different take from another police officer I know, also of color.

“He was good. He tried,” said the officer. “With the police union and political resistance, no one person can reform a culture that in many cases needs to change.”

And that pretty much sums up the major camps of views on Arradondo, 54, a South Minneapolis native, 32-year police veteran and divorced father of two who announced last month that he would not seek a third term as chief. His last day in office was Jan.15.

Most newly appointed police chiefs in recent years, particularly those of color, have been promoted or elevated to the top in response to high-profile police-involved shootings, excessive-force incidents or other crises that have further frayed trust between police and communities of color. It is not that surprising that a spate of them — from Dallas to Seattle to Sacramento to now Minneapolis — have left the job in the past two years.

But arguably few have faced more challenges in a short time — the George Floyd murder, a destructive riot, a rise in violent crime, a manpower shortage and a wave of cops retiring early or leaving the force in the midst of a pandemic — than “Chief Rondo.”

He became the first Black chief in the department’s 155-year history following the July 2017 fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk, a white woman, by a cop of Somali descent. Public outrage and demands for accountability and substantial police reform both locally and nationally reached an unprecedented crescendo in May 2020 after the world witnessed Derek Chauvin snuffing out the life of Floyd at the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue — just a few blocks from where Arradondo grew up and first dreamed of becoming a cop in his hometown.

If Chauvin and the MPD became the face of police brutality in America, Arradondo became at that moment the face of the progressively minded police chief in America. He reached out personally to Floyd’s relatives. He knelt in reverence and lowered his hat as Floyd’s casket passed by. He testified against one of his own at the Chauvin murder trial and he may potentially do so again in St. Paul in the federal civil rights trial of the three other former Minneapolis cops charged in Floyd’s death.

He also tussled with a city council that resisted his efforts to hire more police officers and that also backed a controversial plan to essentially eliminate the police department in its present form and replace it with a vaguely detailed Department of Public Safety. A majority of Minneapolis voters rejected that plan at the ballot box in November, by a 56 percent to 44 percent margin. Some critics of the chief lambasted him for “campaigning in uniform” and partly blamed his public opposition to the proposed change for its failure at the ballot box.

He has received some praise for, among other steps, revising rules limiting high-speed pursuit chases that have resulted in deaths, eliminating low-level marijuana police stings, banning neck- and choke-hold restraints, and calling for a need to tweak union contract and arbitration agreements that in his view make it difficult to discipline officers.

Yet some Black community members and activists who aggressively lobbied for Arradondo to be named chief four years ago have expressed disappointment that he did not do enough to rein in or boot out problem cops like Chauvin. They point out the group of SWAT cops seen and heard on body-camera videos during the riots “hunting” for protesters in an unmarked white van. In one incident captured on surveillance video, they fired rubber bullets at and kicked and punched a protester, Jaleel Stallings, a St. Paul truck driver and Army veteran, after Stallings fired his licensed firearm at the van in self-defense. Stallings, who said he was not aware that the shooters inside the vehicle were cops and feared they might be white-supremacist vigilantes, was charged with several counts of attempted murder. He was acquitted in October after a jury trial. He has filed a civil lawsuit against a city that has paid out a combined $47 million alone in out-of-court settlements in the Ruszczyk and Floyd deaths.

Although an internal affairs probe was launched, none of the cops in the Stallings case have reportedly faced any discipline. There are also underway separate city and federal civil rights probes into whether the Minneapolis Police Department historically engaged and still now engages in a pattern of discrimination and excessive force. The results of those probes, including a possible consent decree, could lead to substantial reform changes.

But Arradondo’s popularity with most residents, particularly those who live in neighborhoods most affected by a surge in homicides not seen in a generation and other violent crime, is without question.

A Star Tribune poll conducted last September found that more than half of Minneapolitan respondents had an unfavorable view of the scandal-scarred department. Yet, only 22 percent had an unfavorable view of Arradondo.

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Literary pick of the week: ‘The Boy With Four Names’



Literary pick of the week: ‘The Boy With Four Names’

What happened to the kids who had to start new lives because their families fled Germany when the Nazis came to power?

“The Boy With Four Names,” by Doris Rubenstein (iUniverse, $13.99),  is a young adult novel based on a real-life family the author met when she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador from 1971-73 and became familiar with the Jewish community there, especially the family of Enrique Cohen whose family left Germany when he was a toddler.

The book is a reminder of the days leading up to World War II when millions of Jews were killed at death camps such as Auschwitz and we are highlighting it today in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day on Jan. 27.

It’s probable not many North Americans know that the little South American country of Ecuador, nestled between Colombia to the north and Peru, with a 1930s population of little more than 2 million, welcomed some 3,000 Jews when other countries, including the United States, were limiting their numbers or refusing admittance.

Enrique, the boy with four names, was born Enrico, which is Italian for Heinrich, because his parents admired the German poet Heinrich Heine. Then his name became Enrique, Spanish for Enrico. When health problems plagued him he was sent to his paternal grandmother in Ohio, where he was Hank. And when he returned to Ecuador to make his Bar Mitzvah, his Hebrew name was Tzvi ben Avraham.

The novel begins in the mid-1930s with the boy’s father, Abraham Cohen, fleeing Germany because he accidentally killed a policeman who wore a Nazi pin. He got out of the country as fast as possible with help from relatives in Holland and an old friend in Milan, Italy. He and his wife, Herta Sauer, ended up working and living on a grape farm in Italy.  Herta longed for her parents and hatched a plan to smuggle them out of Germany in huge wine vats. Abie was terrified of returned to Germany, where he would surely be killed, but he did it and in an exciting chapter, the Sauers were reunited with their daughter.

This story shows the resilience of kids, even when they move to a country in which they can’t communicate. Enrique tried to learn the language and participate in boys’ sports whether in Italy or the U.S. He seems like he was a happy kid, but in the background were letters and tears as his family learned of loved ones who were never heard from again.

This is a fast-paced, easy-to-read story that would make a good jumping-off point for a school project; there are many stories on the internet about Jews in Ecuador. Two things might need to be explained to younger readers; Herta’s water breaks when she’s ready to have the baby, and why it was important for 12-year-old Enrique to have a circumcision in the hospital prior to his Bar Mitzvah.

The author’s previous books, “You’re Always Welcome at the Temple of Aaron” and “The Journey of a Dollar” were award-winners.

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Meet the 2022 Queen of Snows candidates of the St. Paul Winter Carnival



Meet the 2022 Queen of Snows candidates of the St. Paul Winter Carnival

After a skipped year due to the pandemic, this year there are 20 candidates to wear the crown of Aurora, Queen of Snows of the 2022 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Royal Coronation is 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the St. Paul RiverCentre. King Boreas, Aurora and the Princes and Princesses will be revealed. Ahead of coronation, here’s a look at the Queen of Snows candidates:

Keyah Adams (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Keyah Adams, 27, of Oakdale, sponsored by 5th Street Poker Parties. Adams, a Hopkins native, says she “followed her heart” to the east metro. She has a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in heritage studies and public history, with a focus in archaeological heritage. Adams is a cultural resource assistant at Mead & Hunt. In her free time, she enjoys laughing with family, collaborating as a coordinator for the Mainstreet Foundation, honing her photography skills and breaking a sweat in her new pursuit, mastering aerial skills.

Jayda Bagstad
Jayda Bagstad (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Jayda Bagstad, 22, of Hopkins, sponsored by Mess Hall. Bagstad recently graduated from Hamline University with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice, with minors in social justice, legal studies and psychology. She currently works as a housing first advocate at Supportive Living Solutions. Bagstad, the 2019-2021 Hopkins Raspberry Festival Queen, represented Hopkins at the Minneapolis Aquatennial and was the recipient of the InSPIREation award. In her free time, she loves supporting other ambassador programs by attending parades and coronations.

Shannon Baier
Shannon Baier (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Shannon Baier, 21, of Hudson, Wis., sponsored by Village Inn Sports Bar & Grill. Baier recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in business administration — marketing management. She is living her passion for serving children in need and using her degree to work in human resources for three schools. Baier and her sister are founders of a nonprofit organization, Blankets for a Brighter Day, which provides tie blankets to patients at Children’s Minnesota — Minneapolis. She enjoys attending sporting events with her family and spending time with her puppy, Ernie.

Jen Baltes
Jen Baltes (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Jen Baltes, 51, of West St. Paul, sponsored by F2 Strategy. Baltes, who is sponsored by her employer, provides consulting on change management, technology operations and project management. She has spent the last 12 years volunteering for West St. Paul Days. Her family includes her husband, Dan, and children, Zach and Mina. She loves working with the community and giving to others.

Effie Barnes
Effie Barnes (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Effie Barnes, 27, of St. Paul, sponsored by LCS Company. Barnes was born and raised in Farmington. She graduated from Hamline University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and is currently finishing her first novel. She works as a personal banker at Highland Bank in St. Paul. In her spare time, Barnes enjoys scrapbooking at her mom’s crafting retreat, exploring sites of the Minnesota Historical Society and volunteering in her community by mentoring young adults. In 2020, Effie became a first-time homeowner in St. Paul, where she lives with her guinea pigs and cat, Bucky.

Dee Barrett
Dee Barrett (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Dee Barrett, 51, of Fridley, sponsored by Visit Roseville. Barrett has honed her organization and leadership skills working with executives at Medtronic. In her spare time, she has fostered more than 300 dogs and raised awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During the early days of the pandemic, Barrett went walking — and hasn’t stopped: She has logged 2,983 miles including virtual 5Ks and the Mud Girl Run. When she does slow down, you’ll find her at home with her family and three dogs, likely crafting.

Michelle Boris
Michelle Boris (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Michelle Boris, 32, of Fridley, sponsored by Dan Moran Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch. Boris is the coordinator of young adult ministries at a White Bear Lake church. A graduate of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, she has a degree in evangelization and religious education with a Spanish minor. She enjoys volunteering with the Friends of San Lucas and Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest. She has great childhood memories of the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Sunny Chen
Sunny Chen (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Sunny Chen, 23, of Shoreview, sponsored by Ideal Printers, Inc. Chen graduated in 2019 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in information systems. She is a technical writer with ServiceTec International at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. When she’s not working, Sunny enjoys baking from scratch, playing JRPG (role-playing) video games and learning how to sew to make and model cosplay costumes.

Dana DeMaster
Dana DeMaster (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Dana DeMaster, 44, of St. Paul, sponsored by Hoover Perio. DeMaster, who has a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Catherine and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota, manages research and program evaluation for Ramsey County. She is also a mom to two kids, Quinn and Daphne. As a volunteer, she serves as board president of the Fort Road Federation, her district council. In her spare time, she sews historical clothing from between 1780 and 1940. Nearly her entire wardrobe is hand-sewn, with a focus on the 1940s, but her passion is sewing historic corsets. She loves the Winter Carnival, especially attending Carnival events with family and friends.

Jayna Emerson
Jayna Emerson (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Jayna Emerson, 32, of New Richmond, Wis., sponsored by Bob & Cheryl Flood. Emerson was born and raised in St. Paul. She loves country music and “anything that sparkles!” She is currently a cloudLibrary account specialist at Bibliotheca in Oakdale. In her spare time, she enjoys organizing, reading, completing do-it-yourself projects and taking her 6-year-old son, Jacob, to as many parades as possible. Emerson is passionate about her involvement in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Twin Cities’ Out of the Darkness Walk. She is also a board member with the Ambassadors for the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Alyssa Grythe
Alyssa Grythe (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Alyssa Grythe, 25, Cottage Grove, sponsored by Opportunity Community Services, Inc.: Grythe is currently an assistant program manager at Opportunity Community Services Inc. in Oakdale, where she assists with relocation services and coordination and targeted case management. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in social work. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, spending time with her family, going on walks with her dog, a Labrador named Theo, reading, cooking and baking. She also enjoys volunteering, including tutoring children in reading and math.

Cathryn Heimerdinger
Cathryn Heimerdinger (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Cathryn Heimerdinger, 33, of Oakdale, sponsored by Northern Prairie Financial. Heimerdinger’s passion for science led her to become a chemist, then a regulatory affairs specialist for Medtronic. An avid “Harry Potter” enthusiast, she also enjoys baking, fitness and learning, as well as giving back to her community.

Rahila Hungiapuko
Rahila Hungiapuko (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Rahila Hungiapuko, 32, of Lauderdale, sponsored by Allegra Marketing Print Mail. Hungiapuko is a graduate of Bethel University and is currently studying for a master’s degree. An educator, she specializes in English language development, working with primary and secondary English language learners. Born in Nigeria and raised in St. Paul, she enjoys spending time outdoors, from sledding to paddleboarding. She is also a local performer in community theater. She has a pet bunny named Bella.

Katey Johnson
Katey Johnson (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Katey Johnson, 45, of St. Paul, sponsored by The Tschida-Johnson Family. Johnson was born and raised in St. Paul, where she attended Como Park Senior High School, going on to study theatrical arts and drama at Century College. When the travel bug hit her, she became a flight attendant with Delta. Grounded by the pandemic, she now works as an account manager for Madison Equities LLC in downtown St. Paul. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for Special Olympics Minnesota or enjoying the great outdoors with her husband, Brad, and their dog, a three-pound teacup Yorkie named Harley.

Kim Johnson
Kim Johnson (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Kim Johnson, 38, of Apple Valley, sponsored by White Bear Country Inn & Rudy’s Redeye Grill. Johnson, who grew up in Northeast Minneapolis, joined the military at age 17. She retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard after 20 years of service. She is the Women Veteran and Gold Star Family Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs. Her family includes her husband, Bryan, and her 7-year-old daughter, Danielle.

Kylie Johnson
Kylie Johnson (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Kylie Johnson, 24, of Woodbury, sponsored by Hamernick’s Interior Solutions. Born and raised in Woodbury, Johnson was first introduced to the Winter Carnival by her grandmother in 2004. A December 2021 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, she is now a teacher at Everbrook Academy of Woodbury. When she isn’t in the classroom, she loves hiking throughout Minnesota’s state parks with her dog, Solo.

Maija Johnson
Maija Johnson (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Maija Johnson, 21, of Woodbury, sponsored by Doodle Productions. Johnson currently attends Grand Canyon University online, pursuing a degree in elementary and special education. With her love of music, she also teaches violin to beginners. A volunteer for the Winter Carnival, she’s wanted to be a part of the royal family since childhood. In her free time, she also volunteers for several other organizations, including Camp Odayin. She enjoys playing with her new kitten, Laszlo.

Marissa Mayfield
Marissa Mayfield (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Marissa Mayfield, 23, of Monticello, sponsored by Quality Insurance Service. Mayfield, a college student, is awaiting acceptance into her desired program of nursing. While she waits, she works full time at Helzberg Diamonds at the Mall of America. She enjoys cooking, even after a full day of working.

Susan Pulcher
Susan Pulcher (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Susan Pulcher, 53, of Cambridge, sponsored by South Main Dental. Pulcher has been a labor, postpartum and NICU nurse for the past 22 years. In 2021, she reached her goal of returning to college and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She most recently obtained her certified lactation counselor accreditation and has applied to receive her public health license. She has two grown children and welcomed her first grandchild in 2020.

Teri Theno-Erb
Teri Theno-Erb (Courtesy of the St. Paul Winter Carnival)

Teri Theno-Erb, 57, of Oakdale, sponsored by Patti Jo and Kari Fitzpatrick at Coldwell Banker. Theno-Erb has roots in West St. Paul and raised her three kids in Oakdale. She is the owner of Teri’s Hair Studio. She is newly married to her soulmate and biggest supporter, John. With her communication skills and her big heart, as well as her history of giving back, she believes she would make a great Winter Carnival representative.

Royal Coronation of Boreas Rex LXXXV and Aurora, Queen of Snows

  • When: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 (social hour, 5:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m.; doors open for general admission seating at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Where: St. Paul RiverCentre
  • Cost: $25 with a Winter Carnival button; dinner is $90 for members, $105 for nonmembers
  • Note: Seating is very limited. General admission tickets will be sold until Jan. 27 while supplies last, with no ticket sales at the door.
  • Ticket and event info:
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