MN’s Share Of Opioid Settlement Could Top $300M

By |2021-07-23T05:26:23-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

(St. Paul, MN)  --  Minnesota could receive more than 300-million-dollars as part of settlement with opioid manufacturers.  On Wednesday, Attorney General Keith Ellison said that the Gopher State is poised to receive as much as 337-million-dollars, and that the settlement will bring relief to communities that have been destroyed by the opioid crisis.  Officials say states have 30 days to sign on to the agreement, and local governments have until January 1st to join.

Five In Trouble For Unauthorized Access Of Driver’s Information

By |2021-07-23T05:25:28-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

(Fairfax, MN)  --  The deputy registrar's office in Fairfax is closed after two employees were accused of accessing drivers' motor records without an authorized purpose.  The Department of Public Safety says the discovery came as part of an audit within the Department of Vehicle Services.  Three workers at the office in North Mankato were stripped of their ability to access DVS data for doing the same thing.  So far, DVS officials believe those involved only looked up their own personal information, or the information of close friends and family.

One Arrested After Police Chase In Virginia

By |2021-07-23T05:23:16-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

(Virginia, MN)  --  One man faces charges following a police chase through Virginia.  Officers say an unnamed 44-year-old man was driving a car yesterday afternoon linked to a shooting in the Bois Forte area.  The suspect fled from an attempted traffic stop yesterday afternoon and soon crashed into another car.  No other details about the suspect have been released.

Minneapolis City Council Committee Moves Ahead With Amendment To Replace PD

By |2021-07-23T05:22:23-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  A Minneapolis City Council committee is moving ahead with a measure that would give voters the power to replace the city police department.  The amendment proposed by advocacy groups calls for public safety in Minneapolis to have a "comprehensive public health approach."  Under the plan, the police department would be replaced in the city charter with a new public safety department.  If approved by the City Council, the measure will be included on the ballot in the November election.

Rep. Thompson Asks For Time To Make Decision About Political Future

By |2021-07-23T05:14:12-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  DFL Representative John Thompson is asking for a few days to consider his political future following his conviction in a 2019 obstruction case.  The embattled lawmaker has faced calls to resign from Governor Tim Walz and other legislative leaders after police reports showed Thompson was involved in a series of domestic violence incidents dating back to 2003.  If Thompson decides to stay in office, he could face sanctions and ethics complaints at the State Capitol.

Mayo Expert: COVID Delta Variant Will Find The Unvaccinated

By |2021-07-23T04:58:05-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  A vaccine expert with the Mayo Clinic says the delta variant of COVID-19 will "find everybody" who is not immune.  Dr. Gregory Poland spoke to WCCO in Minneapolis and said there's "no question" that there will be a surge in new cases because of the variant.  Poland gave a warning to the unvaccinated, and said don't be deceived that you got this far and you're okay.  The doctor said, "this is a very different variant, it will find you."  The CDC said this week that the delta variant now makes up over 80-percent of new coronavirus cases.

Lumber Falls On Forklift, Killing Golden Valley Menards Worker

By |2021-07-23T04:57:11-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

(Golden Valley, MN)  --  An employee at the Menards in Golden Valley is dead after a workplace accident.  Store officials say a large pallet of wood slid onto a forklift yesterday in the lumber area outside the store, killing the operator.  Relatives say the victim was 19-year-old James Stanback.  The store remained open for several hours after the accident, but closed after a protest was held outside the entrance.

Increase In Minnesota COVID-19 Cases Sparks Uptick In Hospitalizations

By |2021-07-23T04:51:03-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

(St, Paul, MN)  --  An increase in Minnesota COVID-19 cases is sparking an uptick in hospitalizations.  Health officials say daily case numbers over the past six days have topped 100, with hospitalizations climbing.  Public health officials say 75-percent of the new cases are the result of the delta variant.  Officials say they are concerned about a possible surge because only 53-percent of the state's residents are fully vaccinated.

Princeton Home Explodes, Killing One, Injuring Two

By |2021-07-23T04:42:20-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

(Princeton, MN)  --  One person is dead and a man and woman are injured after home exploded in Princeton, north of the Twin Cities.  Police say the explosion happened yesterday just after noon in the one thousand block of Eighth Avenue North.  A 39-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man were taken to the hospital in unknown condition, and a third victim was found dead after the flames were extinguished.  Fire officials are investigating whether the explosion was the result of a gas leak or from a residential propane tank.

Travelers in 12 southwest MN counties now able to get texts for state highway advisories

By |2021-07-23T04:41:33-05:00July 23rd, 2021|

Travelers in twelve southwest Minnesota counties are now able to get text messages for state highway advisories, construction project updates, and public participation opportunities in the region. The counties included are Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, and Yellow Medicine. While people have been able to sign up for emails to stay informed of construction projects and studies, travelers now have the convenient option of being notified by text of road situations that will help them make informed travel decisions, or let them know of occasions when they can provide feedback and learn about [...]

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