WASHINGTON — A pair of Minnesota business development leaders shared with members of Congress effective efforts they'd taken to boost broadband access in their communities and urged the panel build out the infrastructure that helps people connect to the internet. The comments came as the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit discussed broadband access in rural America and what could be done to connect more people to the internet.
ST. PAUL — Opioid overdose deaths fell in Minnesota between 2017 and 2018, early data show, potentially bending a nearly decade-long trend in painkiller-related deaths. And for the first time, synthetic opioids like fentanyl were recorded as the cause of the most opioid-related overdose deaths over commonly prescribed opioids and methadone.
ST. PAUL — A federal appeals court in New Orleans on Tuesday, July 8, is set to take up a case that could have profound effects on health care access around the country, including on coverage provided to millions of Minnesotans. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is set to consider the minimum essential coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act, also known as the individual mandate. The provision of the law enacted in 2010 said that people must have some level of health insurance coverage or face a financial penalty.
ST. PAUL — Incidents of violent crimes including murder decreased last year as compared to 2017, but rape offenses reached their highest level in almost a quarter-century, according to a state crime report. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Monday, July 8, released its Uniform Crime Report for 2018. The report provides the most comprehensive look at crime in Minnesota.
ST. PAUL — Eight years to the day after Lexi Reed Holtum's fiancé Steve Rummler died of a heroin overdose, Reed Holtum watched as Gov. Tim Walz signed a copy of a new law holding drug companies responsible for the fallout of the opioid crisis in Minnesota. "I'm just really blown away at the fact that we got it done," she said, standing at a podium surrounded by others who'd lost loved ones to opioid addiction.
ST. PAUL — Fewer women sought induced abortions in Minnesota in 2018 as compared to a year earlier, state statistics show, but the number of women from outside the state seeking the procedure grew during that timeframe. The figures come from a Department of Health report published on Monday, July 1, outlining induced abortion procedures in Minnesota. The data is the most recent available.
ST. PAUL — Within a matter of weeks, Minnesota law enforcement officers will be able to pull over drivers who hold their phones while behind the wheel in most circumstances. Under a law set to take effect Aug. 1, drivers who hold their phone behind the wheel or otherwise swipe, type, scroll or view content on their cellphones will be subject to tickets and fines.
ST. PAUL — A Minnesota woman whose then-uncle raped her nearly three decades ago faced the man again Tuesday, June 25, and advocated for reforms to the state's pardon system that could relieve the trauma for survivors asked to come forward. Amy Fredrickson testified against Thomas Ondov, the man who sought the pardon extraordinary from the Minnesota Board of Pardons, saying his impact on her life was lasting. It was the first time she'd seen Ondov, her aunt's ex-husband, since the morning after he assaulted her in 1990.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota farm and food industry groups on Tuesday, June 18 pressed U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky for answers about a possible end to ongoing trade fights between the United States and China, as well as Canada and Mexico. And while he offered possible paths out of the tumultuous trade negotiations, Censky didn't have a clear answer for the dozens of agricultural leaders.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota hunters and farmers could soon carry handheld tools to test deer for fatal brain disease in the field. In labs across the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, scientists are months away from making that a reality. After lawmakers and the governor approved $1.8 million to fund the creation of a test to detect chronic wasting disease within hours, rather than days, a team of veterinary experts, microbiologists, genomics professors and engineers started a two-year timeline to create a breakthrough tool to test for the disease.