Plus … 104-year-old popcorn stand in Granite Falls, MN.
☁️ Rain this morning with scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. High temperatures in the mid-70s. Another system will move in on Friday that could make for a wet Friday and Saturday.
🎣 The 75th Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener begins today in Mankato and runs through the weekend. The event will celebrate the Minnesota fishing tradition and feature numerous events including guided e-bike tours, kayaking, goat yoga, live music, and more.
🏛️ Families plan to gather at the Minnesota State Capitol from for a memorial and rally to honor loved ones lost to opioids and alcohol.
🏈 The NFL schedule will be released tonight at 8 p.m. Some international games have already been announced.
Boy goes home after 476 days in the hospital
Nash Warnert was born prematurely at 26 weeks, weighing only two pounds.
Warnert was born with a condition called Omphalocele, in which his liver was outside his body. He also suffered a brain bleed at birth, and months later, doctors discovered an issue with his intestine that required surgery.
After a 476-day stay, Warnert is heading home with his parents.
When he was discharged Wednesday, Chambers and her boyfriend Matt Warnert were surrounded by dozens of nurses and medical staff who cared for Nash over his lengthy stay. Chambers said hospital staff became like family, as she made the trip from Maple Grove to Minneapolis every day – only missing fourteen days the last fifteen months.
Chambers says due to all the surgeries, sedation, and medication, Nash’s mobility development is delayed. They hope now that he’s home, he will start to blow through milestones.
“All those things you expect as a new parent, we just get to experience it a year down the road,” said Nash’s dad Matt Warnert. “We can perform all these crazy medical tasks, but making sure the car seat is fastened properly is new to us.”
Minnesota’s century-old popcorn stand marks 104 years in Granite Falls
Ernstson’s Popcorn has been serving up delicious popcorn in Granite Falls, Minnesota for 104 years.
The popcorn stand started as a mobile popcorn cart in 1919 by brothers Fred and Julius Ernstson, who owned a business transporting train passengers to the hotels downtown, as a way to contribute to the annual summer festival in Granite Falls.
The stand is now co-managed by Les Bergquist and opens from May Day through Labor Day.
“The opening day of the popcorn season in Granite Falls is almost like a national holiday. We’ve had people line up down the block here all the way down and yeah, it’s amazing,” said Les.
The stand itself is quite small, only 30 square feet. “We affectionately refer to it as a one-butt popcorn stand,” said Les.
Things to do this week
Mid West Music Fest:
May 12 and May 13
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