Author: Taylor Huseth

MnSure looking to sign up remaining residents

MnSure looking to sign up remaining residents

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The state-run health insurance exchange is aiming to sign up the last 5 percent of Minnesota residents without insurance through a multimillion dollar effort. MNsure is using market research and targeted advertisement in its second-year marketing strategy. The goal is to persuade people who think they don’t need insurance, as well as those who think […]

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Chief information officer leaving office

Chief information officer leaving office

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The state’s chief information officer is leaving Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration. Commissioner Carolyn Parnell will step down Jan. 5 to pursue other work. She announced her departure Tuesday in an email to employees. Dayton appointed Parnell in 2011. As head of Minnesota’s information technology branch, called MN.IT, Parnell consolidated all of the state’s IT services. […]

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Rally in Minneapolis turned violent

Rally in Minneapolis turned violent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A rally in Minneapolis over the events of Ferguson turned scary when a car hit and then drove through several protesters. Several hundred protesters gathered Tuesday afternoon near the 3rd Precinct police outpost to show solidarity with Michael Brown. He’s the young black man shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer. […]

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Archdiocese looking for help from federal court

Archdiocese looking for help from federal court

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is suing 20 insurance companies to try to force them to cover its liabilities for clergy sex abuse claims. The carriers provided liability coverage to the archdiocese going back to the late 1940s through 1986. The archdiocese says it’s trying to negotiate a global settlement in over 20 […]

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School bus driver fails alcohol check

School bus driver fails alcohol check

          RED WING, Minn. (AP) – A bus driver for the Red Wing School District could face criminal charges after failing an alcohol compliance check last week. Sgt. Troy Christianson of the Minnesota State Patrol said Monday that officers conducted a random bus check in Red Wing on Friday. He said one bus driver smelled of […]

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Criticism comes from faculty and students for “Charting the Future”

Criticism comes from faculty and students for “Charting the Future”

      ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Faculty members and students within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system are criticizing the chancellor’s plans to overhaul the system. In a plan titled “Charting the Future,” the administration calls for a revamp of the system to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Chancellor Steven Rosenstone envisions a network of innovative campuses with […]

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New development planned for downtown

New development planned for downtown

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Planning for a new development for downtown St. Cloud is underway. A new parking ramp and possible ballroom are being designed and presented to the St. Cloud city council. The ramp is being planned to go across 5th avenue as a raised complex and as an expansion to the Rivers Edge Convention Center. The ballroom is […]

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MNsure under review

MNsure under review

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s legislative auditor says the state’s health insurance exchange failed to properly authorize over $925,000 in marketing work. A report released Tuesday by Legislative Auditor James Nobles also says MNsure did not amend its vendor contract to cover the additional marketing work until after the company completed it. The report also says MNsure lacked adequate internal controls […]

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Man killed in dune buggy accident

Man killed in dune buggy accident

HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Minn – A St. Cloud man was killed early Tuesday morning after a roll over crash of a dune buggy style vehicle in Haven Township. Sheriff Joel Brott said Luke Lietha, 27, died at the scene after emergency personnel attempted CPR at 2:05 a.m. The accident happened in a farm field around 1:18 a.m. The names of the […]

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Update: St. Cloud man charged with indecent exposure

Update: St. Cloud man charged with indecent exposure

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – Authorities have charged a St. Cloud man who they say put his finger in the mouth of a 3-year-old girl at the city library and asked her to come home with him. Lawrence Danzl was charged Monday in Stearns County court with a felony count of stalking a victim under age 18 with sexual or […]

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