The Matt McNeil Show – November 17, 2021

Hour 1 segment 1: Which MN Republican will try taking credit for the infrastructure bill they voted against first? Jim Hagedorn is an early contender. The MN COVID-19 update. State Senate Republicans continue threatening to fire MN Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

Hour 1 segment 2: MN schools are struggling with staffing amid the latest COVID surge in the state.

Hour 1 segments 3/4: Matt is joined by Jeff Stein for our usual Wednesday visit. They discuss Paul Gosar being reprimanded by the US House for his anime video depicting him killing AOC, how social media has led to political echo chambers and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds using COVID relief money to pay for her own staff.

Hour 2 segment 1: An update on a road in Hillman Township, MN that caused controversy when the town tried to close part of it, which a local family uses for access.

Hour 2 segment 2: Get your Thanksgiving turkey from Ferndale Market (!

Hour 2 segment 3: How the pandemic is likely to have a devastating impact on mental health and people who have problems with opioid and drug addictions. And unfortunately right now many areas of rural Minnesota are struggling with people who have drug and opioid addictions due to support systems being decimated by the pandemic.

Hour 2 segment 4: The Star Tribune reports a Hennepin County judge has revoked the jail phone privileges of the Jamal Smith, who was charged in a fatal Hwy. 169 road rage shooting, citing repeated efforts to manipulate witnesses.