Author: Abigail Johnson

Lake Calhoun- Photo Credit: MPR news release

Name-change conflict at Lake Calhoun

The Minnesota State Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the Department of Natural Resources did not have the authority to change the name of Lake Calhoun. Minneapolis has run into problems in attempt to change the name of the lake from the name of pro-slavery southerner and former Vice President John C. Calhoun. Property owners fought the change last […]

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STDs continue to increase in Minnesotans

Sexually Transmitted Diseases continue to increase in Minnesota this year, according to a release by the Minnesota Department of Health. There was a sharp increase in congenital syphilis from 2017 to 2018, which is found in an infant at birth. Congenital syphilis can cause serious issues such as miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, and birth defects, according to the release. “With […]

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SCPD arrest suspect in shooting on 5th Avenue and Wilson

St. Cloud officers arrested a 19-year-old suspect from Howard Lake, Minn. and transported him to Benton County Jail on the pending charges of second degree assault and reckless discharge of a firearm. Police responded to the incident the night of April 23 when a gunshot was heard in the alley between 5th Ave. and Wilson. A handgun and packages of […]

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Stearns-Benton Towards Zero Deaths- Photo Credit: Minnesota TZD

Extra distracted driving enforcement begins

Minnesota law enforcement agencies began an extra distracted driving enforcement wave this week. The Stearns-Benton Area Towards Zero Deaths Coalition is taking part in the distracted driving enforcement campaign. According to the Department of Public Safety of Traffic Safety, distracted driving contributes to one in five crashes in Minnesota. Texting citations have climbed 30 percent from 2017 to 2018. Law […]

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Trout season opener- Photo Credit: Minnesota DNR

Trout fishing season opener

Minnesota’s trout fishing season will begin this Saturday, April 13th. Minnesota has roughly 3,800 miles of designated trout streams. “Trout fishing opportunities are improving through investments in trout habitat, angler access, sound land use, and science based management,” said DNR stream habitat consultant Jamison Wendel. Anglers help pay for these improvements when purchasing fishing licenses and trout stamps.

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Dayquan Hodge- Photo Credit: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Teen pleas guilty to stolen SUV crash

A Minneapolis teenager pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular homicide. 18-year-old Dayquan Hodge was accused of crashing a stolen SUV into the side of a pickup in September, killing three people inside. Hennepin County authorities say Hodge was driving at least 80 miles per hour on Cedar Avenue and ran several red lights. Hodge also admitted to smoking marijuana […]

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Waite Park assault suspect vehicle: Photo Credit Waite Park Police Department Media Release

Red Bull can assault in Waite Park

Waite Park officers are looking into an assault at a store on Division Street Saturday night. The assault occurred when a man purchased a can of Red Bull from the store and got into a verbal argument with the employee. The suspect then threw the full can of Red Bull into the employee’s face and immediately left the store in […]

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Amy Klobuchar announces presidential bid in Minneapolis at Boom Island Park - Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jim Mone

Amy Klobuchar releases tax returns

Amy Klobuchar is the latest 2020 presidential candidate to release her tax returns to the public. On Monday she released 12 years of returns, dating back to 2006 when she first became a candidate for federal office. “Transparency and accountability are fundamental to good governance” said the Minnesotan candidate. Democrats have criticized President Trump for refusing to make his tax […]

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UnitedHealthcare passes rebates to fight rising costs of medical care

UnitedHealthcare passes rebates to fight rising costs of medical care

UnitedHealthcare is expanding a program that passes rebates directly from drugmakers to consumers. The Minnetonka-based health insurer said the initial direct-rebate program has lowered costs by 130 dollars per prescription. Starting next year, all employer-sponsored health care plans that use UnitedHealthcare must pass point-of-sale discounts to consumers. UnitedHealth Group is the parent company of UnitedHealthcare.

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Minnesota’s moose population remains low but stable

Survey results show Minnesota’s moose population remains low but stable in 2019. This is the 8th consecutive year of stability in the population. The DNR began modern moose surveys in 2005. Since then, significant population decline from 2009 to 2012 has stabilized. The annual population survey is critical to tracking gender and age makeup of the moose. This allows the […]

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