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    Here are the most stunning stats from Alabama’s demolition of Ohio State – CBS Sports - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    *Sigh* ... college football season is officially over and, yep, it came to a close with yet another blowout. Alabama is once again on top of the college football world, continuing the dynasty with authority last night. I've got you covered with plenty of items from Monday's title game, but we've also got some more big news to talk about -- including a semi-surprising NFL coaching change and a suspenseful development in the NBA.

    Bring it on.

    I was desperately hoping for a close, dramatic title CFP title game last night ... and for a little while it looked like we might get one. But Alabama's explosive offense was relentless and pulled away, keeping their foot on the gas until they cruised to a 52-24 win over Ohio State. That's yet another title victory for Bama and Nick Saban, who made history as the only coach to win seven national championships. (Saban has six at Alabama and one at LSU.)

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    You want a fun fact that'll blow your mind? Saban now has more national championships to his name than the other 129 active FBS coaches combined. Just an absolutely preposterous stat.

    Here are a few more stunning stats from Monday's game:

    How about one more stat for the road? Alabama finished out the season averaging 48.5 points per game, which is the most in SEC history.

    The amount of insanely talented skill position players that have come through Tuscaloosa over the past couple of years is just patently absurd, and Bama's gamebreakers were virtually unstoppable on Monday night. In the words of Saban himself, "good defense doesn't beat good offense anymore." And, as a Texas fan, it was beautiful to read Dennis Dodd's summation of Saban's greatness and how it's rubbed off on Steve Sarkisian:

    So a big congratulations to Bama for being so damn good that last night's game was disappointingly one-sided. In a college football season that was incredibly unpredictable and chaotic, the Tide's dominance was a constant ... and they left no doubt who the best team in the country was last night.

    After Week 17's embarrassing Eagles debacle, I wondered whether Doug Pederson's standing and job security within the organization might take a hit. Ultimately, Pederson and the Eagles decided to part ways yesterday, ending the coach's tenure in Philadelphia just three years after he coached the birds to a Super Bowl title. He's the first coach to be fired within three years of winning a Super Bowl since the Colts axed Don McCafferty in 1973.

    All things considered, I'd have to imagine that the decision to tank in Week 17 came from upstairs, which sucks for Pederson because he took a ton of heat for that mess and didn't even get to keep his job for the trouble. But it seems safe to assume the coach will have an opportunity to bounce back and lead another organization soon, perhaps one that will give him more control.

    As for what's next for the Eagles, our Jeff Kerr has put together a list of candidates that could replace Pederson... and it likely won't come as much of a surprise that Eric Bieniemy is leading the pack.

    The NBA still finds itself in a bit of a mess as it attempts to navigate COVID-19 early in this new year. The league has been hit hard by outbreaks within different organizations over the past week -- several teams have struggled to put the required eight players on the floor because of the virus. Postponements are starting to pile up and the league now has to decide the appropriate next steps.

    The league recently said it has no plans to press pause on the season, though there's always the chance that they reconsider that stance based on how messy things have gotten in recent weeks. That being said, there was an expectation that things would get worse after the holidays, so maybe the league will try to endure this spike while making some significant changes to protocols.

    Whatever the league decides, it sounds like the next few days could bring some big news, so stay tuned for that.

    I probably don't need to tell you that this year's NCAA Tournament is going to look a little different than it would in a normal year. We already know that the entire tournament will be held in the state of Indiana and have a condensed schedule, but COVID-19 will undoubtedly impact the tournament in other ways as well.

    In order to get an idea of what this year's March Madness may look like, we had our Matt Norlander gaze into the future and give predictions for multiple aspects of the tournament -- including key dates and overall schedule. Here's how he thinks the schedule will look:

    It's important that I clarify that these aren't solidified dates, it's just the schedule that Norlander envisions when he sees the tournament play out in his mind. It's also worth noting that the off-days included in this schedule could also be used to play postponed games, if necessary. If you want to get more into the finer details, Norlander also put together a full potential schedule using Jerry Palm's most recent bracket projection.

    The more you look at this projected template, the more you realize it's going to be a chaotic, nearly non-stop event for a couple of weeks. Norlander says he thinks it's "going to be fascinating" and "the best viewing experience in tournament history."

    The tournament is always a crazy and chaotic adrenaline rush, but condensing the entire thing is like shifting up and hitting the NOS button, so prepare yourself for that ride. Speaking personally, not having a tournament in 2020 has only made me hungrier for a crazy experience this year.

    No. 9 Wisconsin vs. No. 7 Michigan, 7 p.m. | MICH -3.5 | TV: ESPN

    Pacers vs. Warriors, 10:30 p.m. | GSW -2.5 | TV: NBATV

    CFP National Championship: Alabama 52, Ohio State 24

    Alabama posted 621 yards of total offense en route to an 18th national title.Winning wagers:BAMA -9.5, Over (75)

    Wizards 128, Suns 107

    Bradley Beal had 34 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the upset.Winning wagers: WSH +203, Over (232)

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    Five reasons Michigan cruised to a 77-54 demolition of Wisconsin – Badgers Wire - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    In the game preview leading up to this top ten tilt, I wrote about Michigan freshman Hunter Dickinson going up against the best frontcourt he has faced in college. Wisconsins Micah Potter was perfectly suited to both slow the Wolverine star down, and thats exactly what he did throughout the first 8 minutes.

    While stopping Dickinson with his size and strength near the rim, Potter also scored five quick points before being pulled out before the first half under 12 timeout. With Nate Reuvers struggling mightily on both ends, Gard could not afford to leave Potter on the pine for long and went back to him with just over 11 minutes left in the first half.

    Then, within the span of just over 40 seconds, the Badger big picked up a pair of fouls. The second came on a moving screen call with 8:18 left in the half, and Gard quickly inserted Reuvers back in.

    It was a nightmarish first half on both ends for Reuvers, who finished 2-7 in the period and gave up numerous easy looks on the defensive end. He looked a step slow from the start of the night, allowing Isaiah Livers to prance to the rim for an easy layup on Michigans second possession.

    With Potter on the bench, Wisconsins offense fell apart and the Badgers found themselves down 17 at halftime. The game was over by the time he came back in. Like this entire performance was, Potter sitting after an incredible start cant be blamed on a coach or a player, but instead shared between the two.

    A cheap moving screen just isnt a foul that Potter can afford to pick up, knowing he already has one to his name. At the same time, with the game clearly slipping away at the under four timeout in the first half, there is no reason for Gard to leave his second best player on the night sitting. Its a steadfast rule of Gards (and many other college coaches), at least it has been for nearly every situation like this, that a player with two fouls sits in the first half. This wasnt the situation to stick to that rigid rule, but instead one where an analysis of the circumstances would show that Potter had to be out there. He wasnt, and Wisconsin paid the price.

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    Lorain demolition reaches top floor of St. Joe Center – The Morning Journal - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The continuing demolition of the St. Joseph Community Center worked into the tallest part of the sprawling complex on Jan. 12.

    West 21st Street was blocked from Broadway to Reid Avenue for safety as an excavator with a cutting claw, called a shear, began taking apart the five-story former hospital.

    Its address is 205 W. 20th St., but the sprawling Lorain complex takes up much of the block between West 21st and West 20th streets.

    Due to the height of the building, the operator drove the excavator up onto a mound of rubble to gain a longer reach to the fifth floor.

    Youve got to do it systematically because you dont want anything to fall out or fall in, on him, said Dennis Dannenfelser Jr., owner and CEO of All Star Demolition Services LLC.

    An excavator from All Star Demolition Services LLC, prepares to move scrap metal inside the demolition site of the former St. Joseph Community Center on Jan. 12, 2021. The demolition, already lasting about two months, has reached the five-story tallest part of the former hospital. The continuing demolition on that section of the former hospital caused closure of West 21st Street, from Broadway to Reid Avenue, on Jan. 12 and 13, for safety reasons.

    The Union, N.J.-based company is tearing down the community center for owners A7 Development Group LLC.

    The street was closed, although it appeared little, if any, of the building material would fall into the roadway.

    Better off safe, than sorry, Dannenfelser said.

    The daytime road closure was scheduled again for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 13.

    Dannenfelser predicted the street could reopen once the crews had taken apart the building closest to the roadway and sidewalk.

    Then, the rest of it, he said.

    Dennis Dannenfelser Jr., owner and CEO of All Star Demolition Services LLC, right, speaks withSister Carole Ann Griswold, H.M., a retired Mercy Health vice president, during a ceremony to open two time capsules at the former St. Joseph Community Center on Nov. 10, 2020. Dannenfelser is overseeing the continuing demolition of the former hospital and it reached the highest point of the building on Jan. 12, 2021.

    "Weve got plenty of room,Dannenfelser said.

    The metal I-beams that hold up the building remained sturdy and would not collapse.

    Because of that, the demolition of that section was more a procedure of taking the building apart, instead of smashing it down.

    So, hes actually cutting the building down, Dannenfelser said.

    The brick there will be crushed and used for fill and the metal beams will be cut and sold for scrap, he said.

    The heating and air conditioning units atop the building appeared to be the highest section.

    They could collapse into the building, but likely are not as heavy as they were when new because inner pipes have been removed, Dannenfelser said.

    An excavator fitted with a shear, or cutting implement, by All Star Demolition Services LLC, cuts apart the five-story tallest part of the former St. Joseph Community Center on Jan. 12, 2021. The continuing demolition on that section of the former hospital caused closure of West 21st Street, from Broadway to Reid Avenue, on Jan. 12 and 13, for safety reasons.

    With that section down, he said he hopes to begin demolition at the easternmost section of the building by the weekend.

    After that, the three-story section, visible from West 21st Street, is made of reinforced concrete, so the crews will use another attachment to tear into it next week, Dannenfelser said.

    All Start Demolition Services LLC has posted additional photos, including some aerial views, on allstardemolitionservices.com.

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    PHOTOS: Demolition at portion of Virginia Center Commons in Henrico to be used for indoor sports center – WAVY.com - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) External demolition of the portion of Virginia Center Commons planned for the new Henrico Indoor Sports and Convocation Center is underway as of Monday, according to county officials.

    Demolition inside the part of the mall that is owned by Henrico County began in November by the construction company Rebkee, the company that also owns the land that the mall sits on.

    A portion of the mall will remain standing with active tenants such as Bath & Body Works, JC Penney, Foot Locker and more.

    Rebkee is handling the construction of the new building, which is expected to be 200,000 sq. ft. and will cost around $50 million to complete.

    As of Tuesday, the demolition of the mall on the Henrico-owned land is now visible to passersby.

    Construction is expected to be completed by August 2022.

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    Arlington Gateway: Demolition expected to start Feb. 18 for Upper Arlington project – ThisWeek Community News - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Nate Ellis|ThisWeek group

    After several delays, demolition work in advance of the construction of the 11-story Arlington Gateway on Lane Avenue is expected to begin next month.

    Fencing is around the properties at 1325-97 W. Lane Ave. and 2376 North Star Road in preparation of cleaning inside those buildings that Continental Real Estate Cos. CEO Frank Kass said was scheduled to begin Jan. 18.

    That work, Kass said, would ensure the buildings dont present environmental dangers when demolition starts Feb. 18. He said deep foundation work is scheduled to begin March 18.

    We closed on the properties in December, and we have to clean up any interior environmental issues before we tear down the buildings, Kass said. These are minor issues, and theyre being remediated."

    Kass heads a development group planning to build Arlington Gateway on the site of several former businesses, including Darron's Contemporary Furniture, Easy Living Deli, Learning Express Toys, Angel's Touch Asian Massage and Dibela Hair & Nails.

    The project, which Kass and Upper Arlington officials have hailed as a landmark development for the city, will yield 225 luxury apartments, 139,000 square feet of office space and 27,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. It also includes plans for a seven-story, 866-space parking garage.

    The project was approved byCity Council in August 2018.

    Initially, Kass planned to begin construction in 2019 and complete the project in 2021. However, the projectwas delayed while traffic-access issues were addressed in addition tothe COVID-19 pandemic.

    Kass said Jan. 8 he hopes construction on the parking garage can begin in May.

    By the fourth quarter of this year, construction on the office buildings above would start, he said. The project should be completed by the fourth quarter of 2023.

    Steve Schoeny,Upper Arlington city manager, said hes eager for construction to start.

    The majority of the land upon which this project will sit was annexed into Upper Arlington in 2005 specifically for the purpose of expanding the citys commercial tax base and in the hopes that a notable mixed-use project would transpire at some point in the future, Schoeny said. The Arlington Gateway project represents a rare opportunity ... and a significant economic development accomplishment for the city.

    The project meets numerous (city) master-plan objectives, such as the enhancement of income tax revenue, the expansion of Class A office space and the attraction of new corporate citizens to the city.

    Kass declined to name tenants whove signed leases or are in discussions to be part of the Gateway.

    Schoeny said due to the projects location in a vibrant Lane Avenue commercial district that has direct access to Ohio State Universitys West Campus and state Route 315, city officials anticipate the Gateway will be filled by high-quality, mid- to -large (size) office uses.

    The developer has been in conversations with multiple potential tenants that have expressed interest in the building, he said. Current revenue projections indicate that the city will benefit by approximately $500,000 per year in income tax generated from this site, which would be expected to increase over time.

    Kass said the project is called the Arlington Gateway because it will be a grand entry to Upper Arlington and the capstone to that entire Lane Avenue entryway to the city.

    Its important to the city and its important to us, Kass said. Its been a heck of a process getting it done, but the city of Upper Arlington has been great to work with.

    Its going to be a centerpiece for Upper Arlington, he said. Its a $100-plus-million project. Theres not a lot of those going on right now.

    nellis@thisweeknews.com

    @ThisWeekNate

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    Demolition of former Hess and Clark building to begin this week – Ashland Source - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    ASHLAND -- Demolition of the former Hess and Clark building is expected to begin later this week, according to Mayor Matt Miller.

    The Mayor said demolition would begin Friday, Jan. 15 in his comments at the most recent Ashland City Council meeting.

    "Between Jan. 15 and 20 you should start to see some noticeable action there as they start dismantling that building," Miller said.

    Asbestos removal at the10 East 7th Street property was supposed to begin last week. It needed to be completed before demolition could begin, the mayor explained.

    In November 2020, Ashland City Council approved selling the former Hess and Clark building to Abacus Industrial Development for $100 in exchange for the removal of the decaying structure. Miller called the property a "public safety hazard."

    At that time, the mayor estimated that Abacus Industrial Development would demolish the structure within nine months and later replace it with an 85,000 square-foot data center.

    The city will not transfer ownership of the property to the developer until the demolition and cleanup are complete. The company is expected to leave only the concrete slab.

    The Ashland County Land Bank and Mayor Miller had been eyeing the Hess and Clark factory since at least August 2018. The city took ownership of the property from an out-of-town owner in late 2019.

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    Demolition Progresses at 1841-1845 Broadway on Manhattan’s Upper West Side – New York YIMBY - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Demolition is progressing at1841and 1845 Broadway on ManhattansUpper West Side, where a 24-story mixed-use building is planned to rise.The two adjacent properties are owned byGlobal Holdings Management Group, and Ancora Engineering is listed as the applicant of record on demolition permits that were filed in 2019. The site is bound by Broadway to the east and West 60th Street to the south, and sits just north of Columbus Circle and the southwestern corner entrance to Central Park.

    Recent photos show 1841 Broadway reduced to about half its former height sinceour last update in late August. Workers are now disassembling the sixth floor behind the black netting and scaffolding covering the wide southern elevation and angled eastern profile facing Broadway. Meanwhile, 1845 Broadway now appears to be fully razed. At this pace, the entire demolition should be complete by early spring, with excavation, foundations, and the start of construction possibly commencing sometime in the second half of the year.

    1841 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

    1841 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

    1841 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

    The 97-year-old 1841 Broadway formerly stood 12 stories with 114,022 square feet of space, while the 111-year-old 1845 Broadway was a smaller four-story commercial building that spanned just 15,068 square feet. The two properties sit between the Time Warner Center and Trump International Hotel & Tower, directly across from the 59th Street-Columbus Circle subway station, which is serviced by A, B, C, D, and 1 trains. The new superstructure will stand roughly twice as tall as 1841 Broadways original height and provide views of Central Park, Billionaires Row, and Columbus Circle.

    No renderings, construction timelines, or completion date have been revealed for the project.

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    Demolition underway on a piece of Dallas history near the Trinity River levees – The Dallas Morning News - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Dallas is losing a significant piece of its history.

    The Oak Cliff Advocate reports that the city began demolishing the landmark Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad trestle bridge on Jan. 4. The process is expected to take about two weeks.

    Its fate has been sealed since 2018 when the U.S. Congress approved spending about $275 million for long-needed floodway improvements near the Trinity River.

    The bridge, which was built on the site of several previous iterations in 1934, has been out of commission since the 1980s, but it stood as a relic of Dallas past.

    I think its a big loss to Dallas history, architect Marcel Quimby told The Dallas Morning News last year. The structure is part of the collective history of the Trinity River and Dallas reclamation of the Trinity and the levees built to control flooding. And I hate to lose that. The roots of that trestle are just so much a critical part of Dallas growth.

    The train trestles demise has been a long time coming, with federal government and city officials warning it could cause significant damage if it collapsed during a flood. And when the river does flood, debris including garbage, tree limbs and even construction equipment gets caught in the bridges support beams.

    The railroad originally built a trestle in 1872, and a steel truss from 1903 remains standing. A remnant of the trestle that runs under the Santa Fe Trestle Trail bike bridge is being preserved for now.

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    Demolition at the Labor Department, too | TheHill – The Hill - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Even as our democracy reels from its departing commander in chiefs last-gasp onslaught, his labor secretary continues to do damage to the worker protection mission hes duty-bound to honor right up to his last day in office.

    The catalog of Eugene ScaliaEugene ScaliaDemolition at the Labor Department, too AFL-CIO calls on Trump to resign or be removed from office 'at once' Biden taps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor secretary: report MORE and the Trump administrations U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) assaults on workers is long and wont be repeated here, except for one thats inflicted especial pain: the Scalia Labor Departments failure to combat the often lethal workplace hazards COVID-19 presents. On this account alone, history will not judge Scalia charitably.

    The latest victim of Scalias wrecking ball is the now-former leader of the departments West Coast legal offices, regional solicitor Janet Herold, with whom co-author Michael Felsen worked withwhile he was the regional solicitor for New England.Among her many duties, she headed a team that litigated a hotly contested pay discrimination case against Silicon Valley heavyweight Oracle Corp. The lawsuit, filed at the end of the Obama administration, followed a massive investigation by the department that found Oracle had underpaid women, Asian and African American workers to the tune of about $400 million.

    Scalia showed interest in the case as soon as he took the reins at the DOL in September 2019. In December, shortly before the scheduled trial, Heroldlearned he had communicated with a former colleague who called him at home ensuring that the communication didnt appear in government logs to discuss Oracles interest in a settlement, and that Scalia had tried to settle the case for under $40 million. As the responsible attorney litigating the case on the ground, Herold strenuously objected.

    Oracle chose not to settle, and the case went to trial. Before the judge issued his decision, Herold was told Scalia was transferring her from the Solicitors Office in Los Angeles, where she lives with her family, to head up the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA) regional office in Chicago. Such an involuntary transfer is highly irregular. And while Herold has extensive experience in litigation and substantive areas, like federal wage and hour and discrimination law, she has no background running an OSHA office. She was surely not the person indispensably needed, or most qualified, to take the Chicago job.

    All of which suggested something seriously amiss. This past August Herold filed a whistleblower complaint claiming that Scalia ordered the reassignment in retaliation for her objections to his involvement in the Oracle case and for her vigilance in enforcing worker protection laws.

    Shes had the support of Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayHawley pens op-ed to defend decision to object to electoral votes amid pushback Demolition at the Labor Department, too Hawley, Cruz face rising anger, possible censure MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroDemolition at the Labor Department, too Lawmakers briefed on 'horrifying,' 'chilling' security threats ahead of inauguration Pelosi orders flags at half-staff for Capitol officer who died MORE (D-Conn.), who asked the Labor Departments Acting Inspector General (IG) to investigate whether Scalia politically interfered in the Oracle litigation (Oracles executives are close with the Trump White House) and whether hes unlawfully retaliating against Herold. And the agency tasked with reviewing Herolds whistleblower complaint asked twice that the reassignment be put on hold while it investigates it, signaling its found reasonable grounds to believe Scalia has committed a prohibited personnel practice.

    As for the Oracle case itself, despite evidence of significant pay disparities disfavoring women and people of color, the judge ruled in the companys favor. Seasoned career lawyers in the departments national office reviewed the decision. They vigorously recommended appeal since the decision wrongly introduced a heightened standard for proving pay bias and would set a problematic precedent for future enforcement efforts. They prepared and were ready to file a 117-page appeal brief, but on Dec. 3, DOL political appointees who answered to Scalia announced their decision to abandon the appeal. In that moment, a case that is potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Oracle workers who suffered pay discrimination evaporated.

    Last month, Herold declined to accept the involuntary transfer. Consequently, her employment was terminated on Jan. 11. This, despite the fact that the independent agency reviewing her whistleblower complaint requested a stay of her reassignment until after Jan. 20, because their inquiry into Scalias alleged prohibited actions is ongoing. The secretary is departing in a few days. Nonetheless, he insisted that Herold lose her job before he goes.

    While spokespeople for the Trump DOL protested Scalias innocence, its hard to see his zeal in removing Herold from her post as even remotely justified. She served the department with distinction since 2012. Among his earlier, now-overshadowed abuses of power, Trump pardoned criminals who undermined our security and our democracy. His labor secretary has now fired a devoted public servant for doing her job.

    The whistleblower investigation will continue, and maybe the IG will investigate too. If those inquiries reveal that Scalia abused his office in connection with either Oracle, or Herold, or both, he should pay the appropriate price. Regrettably, workers in the United States have already paid too high a price for his allegiance to a president, and to causes other than theirs.

    Michael Felsen was the Labor Departments New England regional solicitor from 2010-2018, and is currently a fellow at Justice at Work. Catherine Ruckelshaus is the National Employment Law Projects general counsel.

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    5 things to know today: Anti-abortion law, Expanded authority, Learning gap, Next phase, Demolition delayed – INFORUM - January 15, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    1. North Dakota bill aims to make performing an abortion a felony

    A team of ultra-conservative North Dakota lawmakers has thrown its weight behind a bill that would make getting an abortion in the state legally akin to murdering an unborn child. Anti-abortion advocates are withholding judgment on the new proposal, but Democratic lawmakers reject it, saying the state would end up spending hundreds of thousands of dollars defending an unconstitutional abortion bill.

    Under House Bill 1313, someone found to have performed an abortion, unless the procedure is done to save the life of the mother, would be guilty of a Class AA felony, punishable by up to life in prison without parole.

    Read more from Forum News Service's Jeremy Turley

    Nearly a week after a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, Gov. Tim Walz on Jan. 12, 2021 stands in front of the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, saying that Americans are witnessing history in the making. Sarah Mearhoff / Forum News Service

    Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and members of the Executive Council on Wednesday, Jan. 13, voted to extend the state's peacetime emergency for another 30 days, allowing the governor to continue his expanded emergency powers and the state to swiftly set in place protections against the coronavirus without legislative approval.

    The five-person Executive Council on Wednesday morning agreed unanimously to allow the peacetime emergency, citing concerns about a new, more easily transmissible strain of COVID-19 in the state and noting that while vaccines are rolling out, their distribution is not yet widespread enough to allay concerns about disease spread.

    Read more from Forum News Service's Dana Ferguson

    Screenshot of Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota's K-12 superintendent. She testified Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Bismarck at a hearing of the House Appropriations Education and Environment Division.

    In preliminary discussions, North Dakota lawmakers showed support for increasing the length of the K-12 school year due to the coronavirus pandemic hindering test performance and overall learning for many students.

    State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler testified at a committee hearing of the House Appropriations Education and Environment Division on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and told legislators that K-12 student test scores have dropped in North Dakota.

    About 27% to 28% of students who tested on par with their grade level in fall 2019 tested below their grade level in fall 2020 in reading, writing and math, Baesler said. She said a summer learning gap is normal and expected, but the pandemic and distance learning exacerbated the current setbacks the state is seeing.

    Read more from The Forum's Michelle Griffith

    Fargo Cass Public Health said Wednesday, Jan. 13, that it will soon begin vaccinating older individuals and those with underlying health conditions. Jeenah Moon/Pool via REUTERS

    Fargo Cass Public Health said on Wednesday, Jan. 13, that it expects to start vaccinating older individuals and those with underlying health conditions, known as the Phase 1B priority groups, starting the week of Jan. 18.

    The agency said it is nearing completion of vaccine distribution for what are known as Phase 1A priority groups, which include health care workers, first responders and long-term care residents.

    Health care providers who are distributing COVID-19 vaccines will soon reach out to their patients with information about when individuals can schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine.

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    Property at 717 3rd Avenue North in Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

    Fargo city commissioners appeared poised to allow demolition proceedings to go ahead on Monday night, Jan. 11, on a downtown historic home that was an office to one of city's early pioneer architects.

    However, owner Ron Ramsay, who has been working with volunteer help from Kilbourne Group project manager Heather McCord, was given two weeks to provide more documentation to city officials on the progress they've made restoring the house, which is nestled in a residential block west of downtown's Sanctuary Events Center.

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