Are you feeling weary? A little run down? I am. So I’m taking charge of this to shift my mindset. I need to RE: RE-energize, REfresh, RElax, REconnect with friends, REmember what I love about this community.
I’m heading to Rice Park this Friday evening as we flip the giant switch on thousands of lights to light up the skies and welcome another season of holiday cheer in downtown. Rice Park Powered by Xcel Energy returns with music, games, food trucks, giveaways and more November 19 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Then I’m taking several of Visit Saint Paul’s suggestions for a stress-free Thanksgiving weekend. I plan to order dinner to go from one of our many fabulous restaurants. That includes pies (I waited too long last year, and the restaurants I called couldn’t take any new orders). I also plan to buy some of my favorite, Summit – 35 years and still going strong! And, because the kids are home for the weekend, we’ll shop the holiday markets together.
Finally, your Chamber’s annual Holiday Open House is Thursday, December 9. This is Saint Paul’s holiday party, all are welcome. Please come and RE with us!
See you in the trenches.
Details of the vaccine rule release: Resource are available at www.osha.gov/coronavirus including fact sheets, compliance assistance materials, and FAQs. In addition, employers may email email@example.com. Meanwhile, federal appeals court halts rollout of President Biden’s company vaccine rule. Across the country, voter response is mixed.
How are we doing with new cases? The Delta variant drives big increase in breakthrough infections, but vaccines still protect. About 84% of cases in 2021 have been people who were unvaccinated. Hospitals are facing very real and serious pressures. New COVID-19 cases associated with preK-12 schools may be on the decline in Minnesota, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday. During the week of Oct. 10 — the most recent week for which there is complete data — 1,923 students had COVID-19 at school, down from more than 2,600 the week before. Health officials hope the approval last week of a COVID-19 vaccine for children will curb transmission among students. More than 18,500 Minnesotans ages 5 to 11 have gotten one dose of vaccine so far, along with 264,000 children and teens ages 12 to 17 — or about 60% of that age group.
Inflation is increasing at its quickest pace in three decades. And the government bond market is showing worry. Things look great across most financial markets, with everything from stocks to Bitcoin near record highs. That’s not the case in the market often seen as the most steady and sober of them all: government bonds. In the bond market, yield can be thought of as what an investor demands to be paid for loaning Uncle Sam money. Normally, the longer it takes to get paid back, the more an investor wants to be paid. But now, the gap between yields of longer-term and shorter-term Treasurys is shrinking. It sounds wonky, but such action has historically been a warning signal that the bond market sees potentially tougher economic times ahead.
As inflation worries increase, this is not the time to take on more debt.
Public Affairs Issue Forums: Chamber members are invited to two final forums to finish out the year.
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