Plus … new studies show that women should get breast cancer screenings starting at age 40
☁️ Partly cloudy with a high temperature near 80. Thursday will be warm too, with a high of around 81 degrees. The chance for showers returns Friday into Saturday, ahead of a sunny Mother’s Day on Sunday.
👩⚕️ Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association will continue their sit-in at the State Capitol to show support for Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders as they work to support the staffing and retention of nurses in the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act. They will set up an empty hospital bed in the State Capitol hallway to show the consequences for patient care when hospital executives fail to staff and retain enough nurses.
🏛️ Advocates will hold a press conference at the State Capitol to highlight the needs of the homeless population in Minnesota. They plan to emphasize the need for more shelter spaces, an Emergency Services Program for street outreach, shelter operations and staffing, and more.
👮 Emily Police Chief Damien Stalker is scheduled to appear in via Zoom for theft charges. He is accused of stealing from a kratom shop — a legal but potential addictive substance. In March, the city deactivated its police department due the investigation.
2 men charged in $150K Pokémon card heist in Forest Lake, Minn.
In February of last year, thieves were caught on camera breaking into Punch Out Gaming.
Criminal charges state Matthew Cuypers and Dustin Wittern worked together to break into the store, using a knife to cut through drywall, sneaking in through a hole, and stealing $150,000 in Pokémon card packs and merchandise.
Online sleuths were able to identify the men quickly off the surveillance video, but it took law enforcement a bit longer to make their case. DNA left behind at the scene led to the charges.
“Knowing who these guys were for the last 13, 14 months drove us crazy since they were still running around on the streets,” said owner Eric Johnson.
“Once the DNA came…these guys already had huge criminal records, so that helped push it,” said Johnson.
Since the heist, the store has made some major security upgrades. They’ve also leased the space next door where the thieves broke in and are transforming it into a new gaming area.
Women should get breast cancer screenings starting at age 40
An influential panel said Tuesday that women should begin getting mammograms every other year starting when they’re 40 years old, instead of waiting until 50
Dr. Deborah Longley, who’s been interpreting mammograms for more than three decades, believes women should start screening at 40. She points to examples of patients whose cancer was so small, sometimes less than a centimeter in size, they wouldn’t be able to feel it.
3D mammograms are an important tool in early detection because they can help doctors see breast cancer more clearly than traditional 2D mammograms. This can help doctors to identify cancer that may not be visible on a traditional 2D mammogram.
“The youngest breast cancer (diagnosis) I’ve seen is 21,” Longley said.
She says it’s common to see women in their 40s who have this cancer and is glad to see new recommendations encouraging them to get tested sooner.
“It is really good news. And lives will be saved. I think that’s what’s important,” Longley said.
🎣 Things to do this week 🎣
Governor’s Fishing Opener:
Multiple locations, Mankato
May 11 through May 14
Admission varies per event
The 75th Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will be hosted by Mankato for the first time. The event will celebrate the Minnesota fishing tradition and feature numerous events, starting Thursday, May 11. Enjoy guided e-bike tours, kayaking, goat yoga, live music, and more
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