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Parking restrictions, road closures for Freihofer’s Run this weekend



Parking restrictions, road closures for Freihofer’s Run this weekend

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Albany Police Department has announced parking restrictions and road closures for the Freihofer’s Run for Women this weekend. The run is taking place on September 25 in Albany.

Parking restrictions:

Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7:00 a.m. through Saturday September 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Elk Street, south side, from Eagle Street west to North Hawk Street
  • North Hawk Street, east side from Washington Avenue to Elk Street

Friday, September 24, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. through Saturday September 25, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Washington Avenue, both sides from South Swan Street east to Eagle Street
  • Park Street, both sides from Lancaster Street to State Street
  • North Hawk Street, west side from Elk Street to Washington Avenue

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 12:01 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

  • Washington Park, both sides of ALL Washington Park roadways

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 5:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

  • Washington Avenue, both sides from South Swan Street west to Lexington Avenue
  • Western Avenue, both sides from Washington Avenue west to Robin Street
  • Sprague Place, both sides from Western Avenue to State Street
  • Henry Johnson Boulevard, both sides from Washington Avenue to State Street
  • Eagle Street, both sides from State Street to Columbia Street
  • State Street, both sides from South Swan Street to Eagle Street
  • South Swan Street, both sides from Washington Ave north six spaces on each side

Road closures:

Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. until Saturday September 25, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Washington Avenue eastbound and westbound between Eagle Street and South Swan Street
  • Washington Avenue eastbound at Dove Street
  • Washington Avenue eastbound at Lark Street
  • North Hawk Street between Elk Street and Washington Avenue

Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:01 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

  • Washington Park, All roadways, including Henry Johnson Boulevard between State Street and Madison Avenue

Saturday, September 25, 2021 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Washington Avenue, between South Swan Street and Lexington Avenue
  • Western Avenue, between Washington Avenue and North Lake Avenue
  • Robin Street, between Washington Avenue and Western Avenue
  • Sprague Place, between Western Avenue and State Street
  • Henry Johnson Boulevard, between Central Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • Lark Street, between Elk Street and State Street
  • Dove Street, between Elk Street and State Street
  • South Swan Street, between State Street and Elk Street
  • Eagle Street, between State Street and Pine Street
  • Corning Place, between Lodge Street and Eagle Street
  • Willett Street, between Madison Avenue and State Street
  • Lancaster Street, between Lark Street and Willett Street
  • Hudson Avenue, between Lark Street and Willett Street
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Former Minnesota school principal sues, alleging retaliation over rainbow flag in support of LGBT students



Former Minnesota school principal sues, alleging retaliation over rainbow flag in support of LGBT students

MARSHALL, Minn. — A southwest Minnesota middle school principal who lost her job after she displayed a rainbow pride flag in a school cafeteria filed a lawsuit this week alleging the district retaliated against her for supporting LGBT students.

A complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court claims Marshall Public Schools ousted middle school principal Mary Kay Thomas earlier this year after a heated disagreement in the community about a flag she displayed in a cafeteria in early 2020 as part of an inclusiveness campaign at the school.

According to the lawsuit, a small group of “anti-LGBTQ middle-school staff, parents, students, and local clergy” pressured the school to remove the flag, which is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride. In response to the push to remove the flag, Thomas began distributing rainbow stickers at the school.

The school eventually removed the flag in August 2021, after Thomas was forced from her position, the complaint said. She had been principal for 16 years.

Thomas claims the Marshall School District targeted her with an investigation, placed her on administrative leave, suspended her without pay and eventually drove her to quit after the district removed her as principal and placed her in a “demeaning” special projects position. She also claims school staff hostile to LGBT causes played a role in her removal and that Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Jeremy Williams told her he could “make this all go away” if she stepped down.

In a statement, Williams said Marshall Public Schools has strong policies against discrimination to protect students and staff and is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive learning environment.

“While the school cannot comment about the specific allegations made in the complaint, the school district strongly denies any allegation of discriminatory conduct,” Williams said. “The school will vigorously defend itself against these allegations.”

Thomas had a long record of good performance reviews as principal, according to the lawsuit. In 2019, former Superintendent Scott Monson called her a “Champion of Students,” particularly the underrepresented and marginalized. But after complaints from staff stemming from the flag controversy, Williams in March placed Thomas on administrative leave pending an investigation into nonspecific workplace allegations, according to the lawsuit.

The investigation was supposed to last only two or three weeks, the complaint said, but lasted into May. Thomas, who remained on leave until the summer, filed a discrimination complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Thomas’ lawsuit seeks monetary damages from the district and to reinstate her as principal of the middle school. It comes after a group of local residents, Marshall Concerned Citizens, sued the district in April, alleging school officials unfairly targeted a group of students petitioning for the removal of the pride flag. Their complaint claimed the school violated students’ First Amendment rights by suppressing speech in an environment “invited” by school officials.

U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in August dismissed the Marshall Concerned Citizens lawsuit with prejudice, meaning the group cannot bring another lawsuit in the matter.

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The last county in Minnesota without a COVID-19 death has reported its first



The last county in Minnesota without a COVID-19 death has reported its first

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Cook County reported its first COVID-19-related death on Wednesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

The person who died in the county, located at the far end of northeastern Minnesota’s Arrowhead, was between ages 75 and 79.

Cook County still has the fewest number of COVID-19 deaths of Minnesota’s 87 counties.

The next-lowest totals are in Big Stone, Lake of the Woods and Lincoln counties, which each have five deaths.

Minnesota reported 100 more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, a backlog from over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, pushing the state’s death toll to 9,482 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Cook County’s vaccination rates are the highest in Minnesota, with 82.6% of the total population having received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 76.8% fully vaccinated. Ninety-nine percent of Cook County residents age 65 and older are fully vaccinated.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the county’s total population to be 5,736 in 2019.

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Women’s basketball: North Carolina holds off Gophers in ACC/Big Ten Challenge



No. 6 Gophers beat UMD for first victory of the season

Minnesota’s women’s basketball team fell short in the ACC/Big Challenge on Wednesday, falling 82-76 against a good team from North Carolina at Williams Arena. It was disappointing, but there was a silver lining — freshman forward Alanna Micheaux.

Micheaux was a revelation, scoring a career-high 23 points with five rebounds.

Coach Lindsay Whalen raved about the freshman from suburban Detroit before the season started, and now everyone knows why.

“She has some of the best touch I think I’ve ever seen around the paint, and she knocked down her free throws,” Whalen said. “That was a heck of a game from her — timing, positioning, getting to her spots, but then being able to score through people and finish with finesse like she does.”

The 6-foot-2 post shot 8 for 10 from the field and 7 for 8 from the free-throw line and kept Minnesota close in a torrid second half. Her three-point play with 6:24 remaining pulled the Gophers to within 67-60, and her inside basket cut the deficit to 67-65 with 4:39 remaining.

Her miss on the ensuing free throw was her only miss from the stripe, and the Tar Heels scored the next nine points — six by Kennedy Todd Williams — to help North Carolina pull away.

Alyssa Ustby led five Tar Heels in double figures with 19 points, and Deja Kelly and Carrie Littlefield added 15 points apiece as North Carolina remained undefeated (8-0). The Gophers were never completely out of it, but they spent most of their effort trying to rally back from deficits as large as 12.

The Gophers trailed 39-29 at intermission.

Minnesota pulled ahead, 55-54, on a drive by Gadiva Hubbard with 35 seconds left in the third quarter, but Todd-Williams hit one free throw after an offensive rebound, and Kelly hit a half-court shot with a second remaining to give the Tar Heels a 58-55 lead heading into the fourth quarter — the beginning of a 9-0 run.

“It seemed like in the second half there was just a better flow for us and a lot of it started defensively. We were able to run and get some easy stuff,” Whalen said. “It’s hard when you spot a team 10 points in the second quarter. We did it, but that’s when you need those key two or three stops in a row.

“Then maybe it’s a different ballgame, but give them credit.”

Deja Winters’ three-point play pulled Minnesota to within 75-71 with 1:12 remaining, but Todd-Williams answered with a layup and free throw for a 78-71 lead with 51 seconds left, and the Gophers were never able to catch up.

Winters scored 17 points and Gadiva Hubbard added 14 for the Gophers, who fell to 6-4. The Gophers begin the Big Ten season Monday against Nebraska at Williams Arena.

The Gophers didn’t have a player like Micheaux last season, and she could make a big difference this season as the Gophers take aim at an NCAA tournament berth.

“A game like this really boosted my confidence. It helped me out a lot,” Micheaux said. “But I can’t lie: I couldn’t have done it without the team. If it wasn’t for them setting up the plays, telling me how to get through and what screens to set, it would have never happened.”

The Gophers’ offense was sharp early. The team had six assists on seven first-quarter baskets and was tied 17-17 going into the second quarter. But things soon began unraveling. By intermission, Minnesota had taken 19 3-point shots and made just three (15.8 percent).

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