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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - MN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

A new Census Bureau report says 143,000 Minnesota children are living in poverty. Nationwide, the number is 10.5 million. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Newly released figures show Minnesota's overall childhood poverty rate declined last year. But the Census Bureau report indicates longstanding issues remain - and they'll likely worsen because of the pandemic. The report says Minnesota's childhood poverty rate continued a downward t

In addition to seeking another waiver request, state officials say they're also asking that the federal government allow verification for SNAP recipients to be done over the phone during the crisis. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- SNAP recipients in Minnesota are being urged to renew their applications to avoid becoming ineligible in September. The reminder comes amid requests that federal officials grant another certification waiver during the pandemic. The Department of Human Services says more than 20,

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Minnesota has warmed 1 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit in the last century. Scientists and clean water advocates say that's having a ripple effect on lakes and rivers, in part through more intense rainstorms. (Adobe Stock)

WALKER, Minn. -- Minnesota is coming off a streak of extremely hot weather. But year-round, the state is warmer than it used to be, and concerns about rising temperatures and their effect on lakes isn't going away. Researchers at the University of Minnesota said the state is one of the three faste

New projections suggest that as many as 750,000 Minnesotans will be experiencing food insecurity by the fall, meaning they're not always sure where their next meal is coming from. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota food banks and food shelves will see more funding come their way to help meet increased demand during the pandemic. According to a top aid group, the additional money helps -- but without more federal assistance, funding might dry up. Gov. Tim Walz announced that $12

Groups such as the American Heart Association say during the COVID-19 pandemic, parents should avoid allowing kids to raid the pantry or fridge for unhealthy snacks. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- With Minnesota schools closed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, parents may be trying to impose more structure at home than they're used to. Health experts say being flexible and creative can help families don't stay on track with healthy habits. Sueling Schardin is a regist

Hunger Solutions Minnesota is encouraging people planning to donate extra supplies to food shelves to take in boxes from neighbors. They say fewer trips can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A number of agencies have mobilized staff members and volunteers to distribute food to Minnesotans in need in response to the new coronavirus. But an anti-hunger group says the work being done during this crisis is only the beginning. Over the past week, Second Harvest Heartland

Local governments are trying to find ways to help Minnesotans who are homeless protect themselves from coronavirus exposure, and also taking steps such as suspending water shutoffs for renters and homeowners. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Advocates for homeless Minnesotans say it isn't easy for people living on the streets or in shelters to protect themselves from the new coronavirus -- and local governments are responding to those concerns. This week, two of the state's most populous counties -- Hennepin and Rams

According to state officials, 4 in 10 Minnesota public school students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch programs. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Groups in Minnesota concerned with fighting hunger are pressing state lawmakers to approve bills addressing the issue of "lunch-shaming" in schools and funding for mobile food-shelves. Those are the top priorities of the annual "Hunger Day on the Hill" at the State Capitol. Coll

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