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‘Breaks my heart’: New York hospital on losing workers to vaccine mandate

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‘Breaks my heart’: New York hospital on losing workers to vaccine mandate

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WROC) — In less than two weeks, New York’s health care workers at hospitals and nursing homes will have to have their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, or they risk losing their jobs. 

Under the mandate, there is no test-out option for employees. It has caused some controversy and worry with many hospitals already struggling with staffing shortages from the pandemic. 

Michael Stapleton, the president and CEO of Thompson Health, says that, before the pandemic, they would typically have around 90 openings out of 1800 people. Currently, they have close to 300. The vaccine mandate could lead to more.

“We were having huge staffing struggles to begin with, even before this happened, and now they’re exacerbated, they’re even worse, and so it’s a huge challenge for us,” Stapleton said.

Since the vaccine mandate was announced in early August, Thompson Health has seen 115 workers get the shot. However, they still have close to 200 who haven’t been vaccinated.

“We’re going to lose people over this mandate. That breaks my heart. These are great people who’ve cared for our community over and over and over again, they’ve dedicated their life, they’ve dedicated their careers to taking care of people. And now they’re not potentially going to be able to,” Stapleton said. “That’s horrible.”

The vaccine mandate could also impact staffing at nursing homes, including the one through Thompson Health. “We have occupancy for 178 residents,” Stapleton said. “Nursing homes all across this area are closing and downsizing. And that creates a huge problem because what happens is, we then can’t discharge patients out of the hospital, patients back up in the hospital, and then patients back up in your ED because you have no inpatient beds for them.”

Due to staffing shortages, hospitals have been left making some changes. “Elective surgery cases,” Stapleton said. “We’re not going to be able to do all of them. We’re going to have to postpone some of them. We’re going to have to postpone some of our procedures, because we’re going to need to flex our staff around to those priority areas where the patients are still going to come.”

He also said there will be changes coming to the hospital’s cafeteria this weekend. “Our cafeteria will be strictly operational to feed our patients and residents,” Stapleton explained. “We no longer have the staff to feed our associates and visitors.”

While there are staffing shortages, Stapleton reiterated it’s still important for people to see the doctor. “What I don’t want to see is people putting off care, because for the last 12 months, we’ve been seeing the ramifications of all of these people who put off care during this pandemic. It can’t happen. People are coming in way too sick. They shouldn’t be this sick,” Stapleton said. “We want people to go see their primary care. We want people to do preventive medicine to take care of themselves. We’ve got to make sure that happens moving forward.” 

On Tuesday, a federal judge from Utica temporarily blocked the state’s vaccine mandate. However, it only applies to health care workers who claim a religious exemption. Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state will appeal the ruling.

As hospitals like Thompson’s figure out their plans in the coming weeks, Stapleton said he knows his employees will continue to provide good care. “This is an incredible health system, with an incredible number of dedicated employees who will do whatever is asked of them,” he said. “During that whole pandemic, when it started 18 months ago, there wasn’t one person out of 1800 that said ‘No, not doing that.’ Everybody was there, everybody was on the same page.”

Thompson Health is part of UR Medicine. It is the parent corporation overseeing the operation of five affiliate healthcare organizations in Ontario, Livingston, and Wayne counties. The corporations include F.F. Thompson Hospital, M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center, FFTH Properties and Services, F.F. Thompson Foundation and F.F.T. Senior Communities.

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Coronavirus Friday update: 3,611 new infections and 20 more deaths

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Coronavirus Friday update: Thirteen more deaths and 2,645 more infections

Minnesota recorded 20 more COVID-19 fatalities Friday and 3,611 new coronavirus infections, according to the state Department of Health.

Those deaths reported Friday were for Minnesotans who ranged in age from their early 50s to their late 90s with three residing in long-term care and 17 in private homes. Four of the deaths occurred in September and 16 in October.

The state’s death toll from the virus is now 8,295 with 4,671 fatalities in long-term care. Another 113 fatalities are suspected to have been caused by COVID-19, but the person never had a positive coronavirus test.

The 3,611 new cases reported Friday were the result of about 54,650 tests, pushing the state’s case total to 735,646 since the pandemic began.

Nearly all of Minnesota’s 5.8 million residents has been screened at least once for COVID-19 and the state has conducted more than 12.8 million coronavirus tests overall.

The state’s cumulative test-positivity rate is about 5.7 percent and the current seven-day rolling average is above 7 percent. Health officials say anything over 5 percent is a sign the pandemic is not under control.

There are 871 patients hospitalized including 236 in critical condition. Hospital leaders say staffing shortages have tightened hospital capacity.

Health officials say vaccines are the best way to avoid a severe illness and to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Breakthrough cases are becoming more common, but of the 3.1 million Minnesotans who are fully vaccinated roughly 99 percent have not reported a breakthrough infections.

Minnesota has administered 6.5 million doses of vaccine and 3.4 million residents have gotten at least one dose. Of the vaccine eligible population, age 12 and older, about 73 percent have gotten at least one shot.

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Vikings’ Dalvin Cook does some work in practice; Michael Pierce still out

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Vikings’ Dalvin Cook does some work in practice; Michael Pierce still out

After not practicing Wednesday and Thursday due to his sprained right ankle, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook did some work in Friday’s practice during the portion that was open to the media.

Cook was hurt Sept. 19 at Arizona and missed the Sept. 26 game against Seattle. He returned last Sunday against Cleveland, but was hampered by the injury and rushed for just 34 yards on nine carries.

The Vikings will provide an update on Friday afternoon on Cook’s status for Sunday’s game against Detroit at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Nose tackle Michael Pierce did not practice Friday, meaning he missed the entire week of workouts with his elbow injury. His chances of playing against the Lions do not look good.

Wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who suffered a toe injury against Seattle and sat out against Cleveland, also did not practice all week. It is unlikely he will play against Detroit.

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Vikings broadcaster, former player Greg Coleman says this season could turn good or bad, starting Sunday

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Vikings broadcaster, former player Greg Coleman says this season could turn good or bad, starting Sunday

Greg Coleman has been involved with the Vikings most of his adult life.

After a distinguished career as a punter and holder with them, Coleman has spent more than two decades as a sideline reporter for the team’s radio network.

His pregame remarks and postgame interviews are highlights of every broadcast.

Coleman knows the Vikings as well as anyone, and the Pioneer Press chatted with him about what he has seen through four games and a 1-3 record.

I think they’re a team that’s on the cusp of either moving forward or taking three steps back. When you’re so close and you don’t find a way to win, it could become a habit. That could either be a positive habit or one that’s negative.

Now, hopefully, they’ll get some other players back from injuries — and a healthy Dalvin Cook. Maybe even our first taste of Christian Darrisaw. Maybe even a taste of Anthony Barr. That would be a shot in the arm for any team.

It doesn’t hurt you that you’re playing the Detroit Lions. That’s not to say that it’s a cakewalk or a pushover, because as you well know, on any given Sunday, somebody can jump up and bite you in the hind parts.

This team is loaded with talent. It’s loaded with potential. That’s what makes it so disappointing. You say you’re one, two, three plays away from being 3-1 or 4-0. Well, the good teams find a way to win. You don’t want to get into a place where the habits that you’re creating, you’re always coming up one or two plays short.

The last great Vikings team would have to be that Randall Cunningham, that Chris Carter, that Randy Moss team. That team was, from top to bottom, one of the most complete teams — offense, defense and special teams. Now, I don’t want to take anything away from (former coach Brad Childress) Chili’s year with Brett Favre when they went to the NFC championship game. That was a damn good team as well.

And we were pretty damn good (in 1987 when the Vikings lost to Washington in the NFC title game). You’re one or two plays away, but again, that’s the difference between a good team and a great team. We didn’t play our best football in Washington, but we played great against San Francisco (in the divisional round). We played great against New Orleans (in the wild-card round). We just didn’t have that edge that we needed when we played Washington. Not taking anything away from them because they were a good football team as well. As you know, they went on to win the Super Bowl. They smacked Denver. Again, I will go back to saying at any given time, the great teams find a way to win.

To beat Detroit, they need to duplicate what they did and how they played against Seattle. Because Seattle, one of the upper-echelon teams in the National Football League, with Russell Wilson and that defense, the Vikings dominated the game.

They dominated the second half. Although they didn’t score touchdowns, they dominated the time of possession and they kept the ball out of Russell’s hand. When he got the ball, they beat him up pretty good. They put the pressure on him. That kind of pressure is going to be needed against the Detroit Lions. Now, don’t get me wrong, Detroit has some players that are pretty darn good, but collectively they’re not there yet.

You need to kick a team when it’s down. As my old coach down at Florida A & M, Jake Gaither, used to say, kill a mosquito with an ax. That’s what they’ve got to do for Detroit.

I will try and paraphrase what Mike Zimmer said after the Arizona loss. Yes, the kick did not win the game, but we had opportunities to put that game away early in the third quarter, early in the fourth quarter, and didn’t. The same thing happened in Cincinnati. You had an opportunity to put a team away — and you didn’t. Zim always talks about being able to finish. That’s what this team has not been able to do. They finished pretty good against Seattle. That’s a telltale sign.

When you have an opportunity to put a team away with touchdowns instead of field goals (you do it), because sometimes those field goals are going to come back and bite you in the hind parts. But this team, the team last year, when you have those opportunities to finish, you have got to finish because those create habits.

You talk about when preparation meets opportunity, it’s going to equal success. Well, how do you know you’re totally prepared because, let’s face it, this is just the way that the National Football League is: They don’t practice hard. They don’t hit any more during the course of the week. You hope that you can duplicate what you did in practice against another team. It’s hard to do. It’s hard to do because you can’t simulate. There’s nothing that takes the place of hitting.

It’s hard to say (if Zimmer’s job is safe). I think if they turn this thing around, he’ll be OK. But let’s face it, you have an ownership who will say that we have given you everything you have asked for for years on offense, defense, special teams, what else do you want? Like Bud said, when you don’t win, changes are made. It depends on how much tolerance they have. But again, they are so close. They are so close to really turning this thing around.

They’ve had a hell of an investment, not only in the team, but in the TCO Performance Center, they’ve got the top of the line in everything in equipment and you name it. The practice facility is second to none. U.S. Bank Stadium is the cat’s meow in the National Football League. They have had an outlay of cash in their investment and they want to see a return. They probably want to see that return on investment pretty soon.

Kirk Cousins? I hope you can understand what I’m about to say. I am a guy for whoever’s in the purple uniform — whether it’s Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, whomever is under center — that’s who I’m for, because there ain’t many great quarterbacks out on the street. You have to ride the horse that you brought to the dance.

Absolutely, the first three weeks, Kirk played phenomenal. This past week, I think, was a game of chess. It was grasshopper (Kevin Stefanski) against sensei (Zimmer). I think grasshopper played a few moves, chess moves, where he took your bishop, he took your queen, and then you had to crown him because it was a game of chess. There were a lot of people on the other side of the field that were very, very familiar with the players of Minnesota, with the systems of Minnesota, with the mentality of Minnesota. I think they used that to their advantage.

Yeah. I think the beauty (of doing the broadcast) was that I developed relationships early doing OTAs and training camp prior to COVID. Some of the young players that I’ve not developed relationships with, they don’t know me. They don’t know if I’m going to burn them, especially after a loss. Some of the veteran players like Adam Thielen, he knows that I’m not going to burn him. Zim knows that I’m not going to burn him. I’m not going to ask a stupid question. I just say that I’m the warmup, I’m batting practice for when he comes in there with you (media) guys. I will never burn a coach with what I know and what I’ve observed over the years. I’ll never do that to a player because I wouldn’t want that done to me. I think relationships are critical.

Guys I loved watching play over the years? That’s a very interesting question. Bo Jackson was one. Walter Payton. On our own sideline, Ahmad Rashad.. Ahmad was one of the most gifted receivers. Obviously, Chris Carter was special, Randy Moss was special. Anthony Carter, absolutely.

Absolutely, Lawrence Taylor was one of them. Adrian Peterson in his prime. Keith Millard. I would also put Chris Doleman in that group. When he was in his prime, there was nobody better. I caught Carl Eller and Jim Marshall at the end of their careers. But man, during their prime, they were awesome. You talk about Chuck Foreman. When we were little, in high school and stuff, Chuck Foreman was the guy. And Billy “White Shoes” Johnson. He was phenomenal. There’s a ton, man. There’s a ton.

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Breaking the price barrier: Oakwood’s new Porchlight series at Reunion has single-family homes from low $4s

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Breaking the price barrier: Oakwood’s new Porchlight series at Reunion has single-family homes from low $4s

If you’re trapped in an older townhome or apartment now, and single-family living seems to be getting further away instead of closer, Oakwood Homes has some new models taking shape near Reunion that can change that picture.

This weekend you can take a preview-peek inside Oakwood’s new Porchlight Collection of single-family homes, on view near E. 104th Avenue at Vaughn Way, about two miles west of Reunion’s other model homes,

That includes a chance to see the ‘Amory’ plan—a 3-bedroom/2-1/2-bath single-family design with  over 2,000 sq. feet of finished space; including an added ‘flex space’ that could work for a home office, plus a 2-car garage and an oversized patio.

That home is priced from just $450,000—a real price that can deliver a home and site in Oakwood’s new neighborhood. That’s around $125,000 less than the median-priced single-family resale home was selling for around Denver last month.

Oakwood keeps the prices in check on these new single-family designs by clustering four homes together on a mini-cul-de-sac; and provides them with landscaping that’s maintained for a monthly fee of $65. Porchlight owners will also pay a quarterly HOA fee of $109 for use of Reunion’s two rec centers, along with other new amenities.

Cassie Curlee, who along with Amber Youngers can arrange for you to peek inside the new models, says that the Porchlight Series has no competitors for its sizing, features, and single-family design.  They’ve already taken 30 sales of these prior to this weekend’s preview; many of them to buyers who have struggled to find value in the resale home market.

“We’re still hearing from people about bidding wars for resale homes, about people offering to bring cash to cover an appraisal gap, or offering to waive the inspection,” she says.

In contrast, no bidding is necessary on these brand-new designs, with Oakwood’s energy and water conservation features, new appliances, and new HVAC systems including air conditioning.

What you WILL have to do is wait for completion into next spring—a chance to get your townhouse in shape for sale.

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Mark Redwine sentenced to 48 years in prison for killing his son Dylan

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A La Plata County judge on Friday sentenced Mark Redwine to 48 years in prison for killing his 13-year-old son Dylan nine years ago in a fit of rage inside his Durango home and then hiding his body in the woods for animals to scavenge.

“I have had trouble remembering a criminal defendant who has shown such an utter lack of remorse,” Judge Jeffrey Wilson said during the sentencing hearing Friday morning. “This leads me to believe that you need significant punishment… and you need to be removed from society for a long period of time.”

Friday’s sentencing culminates nine years of agony for the boy’s family: the initial searches in the woods for Dylan’s body, the indictment and arrest of his father, numerous court hearings, and an emotional five-week trial in July, in which a jury convicted Mark Redwine of second-degree murder and child abuse.

“Dylan was 13 years old when he took his life,” Elaine Hall, Dylan’s mother and Mark Redwine’s ex-wife, told the judge Friday during sentencing. “He had his whole life ahead of him. He would have done it and would have done it well. You robbed him of his youth, robbed him of what he would have been.”

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The Loop NFL Picks: Week 5

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The Loop NFL Picks: Week 5

Every Sunday, Kevin Cusick makes his predictions against the latest Las Vegas point spread, the way God intended …

Lions at Vikings (-7½):
Coach Mike Zimmer says of his 1-3 Vikings, “I firmly believe that this is a good football team.” Some Minnesota apologists say they’re only a few bad plays away from being 4-0 on the season. Not really. But the Vikings would, in fact, have a chance at finishing 17-0 if they got to play Dan Campbell’s Lions every week.
Pick: Vikings by 11

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell watches his team from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Titans at Jaguars (+4½):
Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer says he didn’t consider resigning over the “distraction” he caused the team last week in a Columbus, Ohio, barroom. So the Jaguars’ coach is now expected to limit his participation in lap dancing and blonde groping to taverns in Duval County.
Pick: Titans by 7

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Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

Bills at Chiefs (-2½):
Bills wideout Cole Beasley complained after last Sunday’s game about Buffalo fans that booed him because of his vocal opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine. Beasley was so upset by the disrespect that he refused to salute the fans with a tip of his tinfoil hat.
Pick: Bills by 7

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Buffalo Bills receiver Cole Beasley (11) caries the ball after a catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team in Orchard park, N.Y., Sunday Sept. 26, 2021. (AP/ Photo Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Dolphins at Buccaneers (-10½):
Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady, fresh off a postgame hug with longtime coach Bill Belichick, dismissed reports of stress in their relationship as overblown, saying “nothing is really accurate.” It just goes to show again that, when in New England, Brady is really good at deflating things.
Pick: Buccaneers by 17

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) points toward the sidelines prior to an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Bears at Raiders (-5½):
Rookie Justin Fields, asked if he’ll be the Bears’ quarterback for the next 10 to 15 years, says “I don’t even know if we’re going to be on this Earth for the next 10 to 15 years.” That’s a level of optimism and positivity normally seen only in longtime Chicago fans.
Pick: Raiders by 7

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Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields reaches out for his fumble after being stripped of the ball by Detroit Lions linebacker Charles Harris during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Chicago. The Bears won 24-14. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Broncos at Steelers (-1½):
Struggling Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger admits that “I need to be better” for the last-place, 1-3 Steelers. But that’s on the field. Off the gridiron, Big Ben has been much better, as he has managed to go a full decade without being accused of another crime.
Pick: Steelers by 3

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) during the second half an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Justin Berl)

Giants at Cowboys (-7½):
The Giants’ Jabrill Peppers raised eyebrows by dropping a loud F-bomb after winning the overtime coin toss in New Orleans. To prevent further outbursts of foul language on unsuspecting TV viewers, the NFL will now broadcast coin tosses only on HBO.
Pick: Cowboys by 7

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Packers at Bengals (+3½):
The Packers picked up Pro Bowl linebacker Jaylon Smith just days after he was waived by Dalas. The Cowboys are still responsible for paying nearly all of Smith’s $7.2 million salary this season, which will seem especially ironic when Smith’s new team knocks the Cowboys out of the playoffs come January.
Pick: Packers by 7

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FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, file photo, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys are moving on from Smith without getting into the specifics of the decision to release their leading returning tackler four games into 2021. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman, File)

Colts at Ravens (-6½):
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh admitted he ordered a final-seconds running play instead of taking a knee solely to pad the Ravens’ rushing total last Sunday in Denver. While the play pushed them over 100 yards, it also reminded folks that maybe little brother Jim is NOT the most juvenile Harbaugh.
Pick: Ravens by 3

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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh argues a call with the referee during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Eagles at Panthers (-4½):
The notoriously nasty Eagles fans were at it again last week when some of them pummeled a guy wearing a Chiefs jersey, and the assault became a viral sensation. On the plus side, the K.C. fan is expected to be OK, as tests showed he was not infected with the Philly fans’ rabies.
Pick: Panthers by 2

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Real fans are sprinkled amongst cardboard cutouts during an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Patriots at Texans (+9½):
Former defensive player of the year Stephon Gilmore, no longer wanted in New England, was quickly picked up in a trade by the Carolina Panthers. The move is shocking, because it’s not like Patriots overlord Belichick to give up on his aging veteran stars.
Pick: Patriots by 17

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New England Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore (24) knocks a pass away from Carolina Panthers’ DJ Moore (12) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)

OTHER GAMES
Jets vs. Falcons (-3½):
Pick: Jets by 3

49ers at Cardinals (-5½):
Pick: Cardinals by 3

Saints at Washington (+1½):
Pick: Saints by 7

Browns at Chargers (-1½):
Pick: Chargers by 3

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance, middle, is tackled by Seattle Seahawks defensive back Ryan Neal (26) and strong safety Jamal Adams during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

RECORD
Week 4
10-6 straight up
9-7 vs. spread

Season
40-24 straight up (.625)
33-29-2 vs. spread (.532)

Point spreads through Thursday. You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesdays on Bob Sansevere’s “BS Show” podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin on Twitter — @theloopnow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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It seemed only right that the Chicago Blackhawks were in town when Wild general manager Bill Guerin decided to cut a vein and talk about the past, present, and future of of Minnesota’ NHL franchise.

After all, the Blackhawks have pretty much been The Boogeyman for the Wild for much of the past decade.

That’s something the 50-year-old Guerin understands, so even though Thursday’s preseason game at the Xcel Energy Center was meaningless in the grand scheme of things, he still wanted his players to take the game seriously.

“We have to start thinking that we’re better than them and that we are going to beat them every time we play them,” Guerin said. “I don’t think that’s been the mindset here. In the past, we have run into them in the playoffs, and it’s been like the Twins with the Yankees. We get there and it’s like, ‘Oh (expletive), here we go again.’ We have to overcome that and go after them.”

For the record, the Wild earned a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks in Thursday’s exhibition game, with star defenseman Matt Dumba netting the winner in overtime.

As for Guerin, he sat down with the Pioneer Press inside owner Craig Leipold’s suite at the X before the game, opening up about the past couple of years as the man in charge. He was hired on Aug. 21, 2019 to clean up the mess created by former Wild general manager Paul Fenton, and more importantly, to get the franchise over the hump for the first time.

How is he handling the pressure? Here’s an excerpt of that conversation:

A couple of years ago we sat in your office and you talked at length about how important culture was going to be for this organization moving forward. How has that manifested itself amid so many changes?

I’m happy with it. You know, I have a vision, and I think that’s something that attracted me to this position as general manager. I want to see if what I feel in my heart will actually work. And culture is very important to me. It’s something we have to be able to fall back on in the tough times. I think we have done a good job establishing a culture here. That said, we are never going to be done working on it. It’s a living and breathing thing, and we have to pay attention to it every day. Nobody can fix it on their own. It’s been everybody. And the players have bought into it. I think that’s the most important thing. If they don’t do that, I don’t think change can really happen. I appreciate the work that they’ve done and the commitment that they’ve shown to it. I feel good about it.

Most people would agree that culture wasn’t a top priority for the old regime. Does the vibe feel different compared to when you got here?

It does feel different. It’s really hard to explain it without being negative, so I don’t really want to get into that. But it does feel different. I think most people would agree with that.

Something you made very clear when you took the job is you weren’t going to make any wholesale changes right away. Was it hard to stay patient after the team’s 1-6-0 start that first season?

It was really hard. We struggled right away, and I know how that feels as a player. It sucks. And I wanted to help the guys. But those are the times where I think we can learn the most as far as how guys react. There were a lot of positives signs during that time. That said, we started like that because we weren’t prepared, and that’s something that had to change. We had to change our preparation, our commitment, and our accountability. Again, I’m trying not to be negative about the past, because I’m really excited about the future. It had just been the same for awhile. Everybody had their spot. Everybody knew where they were playing. They were comfortable. There was no competition.

It’s safe to assume you knew about some of that before taking the job. Why wait?

Because everybody deserves a fair shot. The players. The coach. The trainers. I felt like everybody deserved a fair shot. I didn’t want to make a mistake and jump too early and trade a good young player. You’ve got to get to know people. It was hard to wait. But it was critical that I did.

We were talking to Craig (Leipold) earlier this week. He straight up goes, ‘This is Billy’s team.’ What does it mean to you when your boss says something like that?

The support that I get from Craig with comments like that, and his belief in me, it’s incredible. It gives me the confidence to really do what I feel is right.

Like take big swings?

Not even take big swings. Just do what I feel is right. Some of them happen to be big swings, but not all of them. Some of them are not making the trade or not making the big move. It’s being patient and trying to build. Things like that.

We hear players all the time say, ‘I want to prove Billy right for taking a chance on me.’ How much do you want to prove Craig right for taking a chance on you?

There’s nothing more that I would want than to deliver for Craig Leipold. We have a very good relationship. We have good chemistry. The bottom line is I want to deliver for him. I need to.

This might be a dumb question. Because obviously it sucked. How hard was last season’s Game 7 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in the playoffs?

It was tough. Nobody likes to lose. Especially in a Game 7. But it was also very gratifying to see our team fight back. I think some teams in the past might’ve rolled over down 3-1 in the series. Not our team. They fought back and got to Game 7. Just look at the condition of some of our players afterward. There were so many guys that were playing hurt. That’s the way we went out. And I’m proud of them for that. We didn’t go out, shower up, put our suits and walk to the bus like everything was OK. Our guys were hurting on a lot of different levels. That gave me a lot of hope. It says a lot of about the players we have here. They have given me hope that, ‘OK. I have done some good things.’

Did that feel like the start of something bigger?

Yes. You have to have some hard failure. That’s a perfect example of that.

OK, so if that loss felt like the start of something bigger, did the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter buyouts feel like a turning of the page? Were those moves necessary to move forward?

It does feel like a new chapter. It feels like a completely different team. We had to do it. It’s not anything about anybody’s play or this or that. They were great players for this franchise. We just had to change.

Isn’t there some saying about the definition of insanity?

Yeah. That’s exactly it. If we keep doing the same thing time and time again, and expect a different result, that’s the definition of insanity. If we didn’t change, we were going to get the same results. And I think we all want better results.

This might look like a long game to some people. But the goal is still to win the Stanley Cup this year, right?

Yes. Absolutely.

How pumped are you for the Oct. 15 season opener? 

I’m really excited for our team. We are in a really strong division. And I think that’s good for us. If we are not on every night early, we will pay the price and learn a hard lesson, so we need to be on. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. We have to be ready.

Do you think you guys are ready?

I do. I think we are better.

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CSU Rams vs. San Jose State football: 4 things to know, key matchups and predictions

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Colorado State (1-3) vs. San Jose State (3-2)

1:30 p.m. Saturday, at Canvas Stadium

TV/Radio: FS1/1430 AM, 98.1 FM

Line: CSU -2.5

Weather: 15% chance of thunderstorms, 74 degrees

What to know

Mixed bag. Will the real Rams please stand up? CSU begins Mountain West play this week and it’s hard to know the true identity of this team. The Rams flopped in season-opening losses to FCS South Dakota State and Vanderbilt. Then CSU upset Toledo on the road and led No. 5 Iowa at halftime (before a narrow 10-point defeat). Give head coach Steve Addazio credit for not allowing early-season letdowns to define this team. But it’s anyone’s guess which direction the Rams go from here.

Stop the run. The key for CSU’s recent success? A suffocating run defense with the statistics to back it up. The Rams limited Toledo’s offense to 0.5 yards per carry (28 for 13). Then CSU’s front seven proved equally dominant at Iowa with the Hawkeyes running 32 times for 54 yards — a meager 1.7 average. If that trend continues, CSU has a real opportunity to make noise in the Mountain West this season. The secondary is often a liability. But there is no questioning the strength of this team is run defense.

QB mystery. CSU’s defense has the challenge of facing an unknown quarterback against San Jose State. Spartans’ senior starter Nick Starkel — after leading SJSU to a 7-1 record last season — went down with a non-throwing arm injury in Week 4 at Western Michigan. His replacement, junior Nick Nash, made his first college last Saturday and led the Spartans to a 37-31 victory over New Mexico State. SJSU head coach Brent Brennan declines to share injury news with the media. CSU must prepare for either QB.

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Trump hotel lost $70M during presidency, got help from bank

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump’s company lost more than $70 million operating his Washington, D.C., hotel while in office, forcing him at one point to get a reprieve from a major bank on payments on a loan, according to documents released Friday by a House committee investigating his business.

In addition to the payment delay, the Trump Organization also had to inject $27 million from other parts of its business to help the hotel, according to documents released by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The committee said financial statements it obtained show the losses came despite an estimated $3.7 million in payments from foreign governments, business that government ethics experts say Trump should have refused because it posed conflicts of interest with his role as president.

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The documents from the committee, the first public disclosure of audited financial statements from the hotel, show steep losses despite a brisk business while he was in office from lobbyists and businesses and Republican groups.

The loan delay by Deutsche Bank to the president was an “undisclosed preferential treatment” that should have been reported by the president because the bank has substantial business in the U.S., the committee said in a letter to the General Services Administration, the federal agency overseeing the hotel. The hotel is leased by the federal government to the Trump Organization.

“The documents … raise new and troubling questions about former President Trump’s lease with GSA and the agency’s ability to manage the former president’s conflicts of interest during his term in office when he was effectively on both sides of the contract, as landlord and tenant,” the committee, overseen by Democrat Carolyn Maloney of New York, wrote in a news release.

Trump’s company has been trying to sell the 263-room hotel since the fall of 2019 but has struggled to find buyers.

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Review: “No Time to Die” a rare bookend for long-running James Bond series

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Three stars. Rated PG-13. 163 minutes. In theaters.

Closure, while great for storytelling, is not something franchises do well.

We wave goodbye to characters we’ll soon see in sequels and reboots, the stakes only as high as the months stacked between outings. To quote Luke Skywalker, in his own franchise: “No one’s ever really gone.”

So what are we to make of “No Time to Die,” Daniel Craig’s fifth and final turn as James Bond? Does it even matter if the character will continue on without him, as is implied in the marketing (and directly addressed in the film)?

In this case, yes. Like most actors playing the British super-spy since “Dr. No” introduced Bond to movie audiences in 1962, Craig leaves his own stylish, gritty marks on the otherwise straight-camp character. The directors and writers of Bond’s 21st-century films reshaped 007’s world around him, further dragging a bloodied relic into the psychological light of day.

Craig’s movies are not the first to reckon with the character’s misogyny, racism and wholesale murder, but I found myself thinking wistfully about Bond’s tonal evolution while watching “No Time to Die.” It’s as crisply entertaining as any of the previous Craig movies, but circuitous in its quest to tie them all together.

Past films — especially 2006’s “Casino Royale” — may have cast Craig as the tuxedo-clad bull in the china shop, or the scarred-over idealist ruined by his traumas. “No Time to Die” hews closer to the sentimental outlines of 2012’s “Skyfall,” opening with a portrait of the spy as a recovered person (following the events of 2015’s not-so-great “Spectre”).

The dense, time-hopping plot conceals a simple arc: Bond is here to protect the people who are being used to lure him to a climatic, widescreen showdown. We open with a flashback from Dr. Madeline Swann (Léa Seydoux), whom we met in “Spectre,” here as a little girl who witnesses the death of her mother at the hands of Lyutsifer Safin (a supremely creepy Rami Malek). Safin is there to kill her father (Bond villain Mr. White) but ends up getting shot by the young, traumatized Swann. He survives, and ends up saving her.

Cut to Bond and an adult Swann on a romantic vacation. A booby-trapped mausoleum sends Bond flying across a graveyard. Bond assumes Swann betrayed him and sends her away. Five years later, he’s in Jamaica when CIA buddy Felix Leiter (Jeffery Wright) looks him up to retrieve a captured MI6 scientist, who’s developing a weapon based on nanobots at the behest of M (Ralph Fiennes).

The globe-hopping quest hits high points with the introduction of CIA agent Paloma (a radiant, funny Ana de Armas), steely new-007 Nomi (Lashana Lynch), and Swann’s rediscovery. As always, everything is an elaborately contrived trap for Bond that doubles as a global-technological threat, with various factions begging him to help them (MI6 and the CIA) and surprises popping up to crank the stakes impossibly high (hello, secret family member!).

In addition to its nearly three-hour runtime, “No Time to Die” stretches out Bond’s legs, allowing him to seem at ease when we first meet him. It checks all the boxes — bug-eyed Eurotrash baddies on dirt bikes; narrow-street chase scenes; gorgeous scenery and white-knuckled fist rights; techie tricks; global terror; and an extreme body count.

But it also feels like a genuine ending, which is arguably new for the series.

Looking over one’s shoulder is a theme in the film, and it’s a little sad to see Craig doing it one last time. This warmer Bond contrasts with the unwittingly weaponized people around him, making him stand out. As he always has.

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