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ST. PAUL -- In observance of the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday..
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s Department of Human Services is offering training for anyone wanting to use the overdose reversal drug Naloxone and is also making an effort to allow easier access to the medication called buprenorphine that is highly effective in helping people get off and stay off opioids. Department Commissioner Emily Piper said the opioid crisis continues to take a heavy toll.
ST. PAUL — Retiring Minnesota state government reporter Don Davis will be remembered by politicians and colleagues for one thing above else: greater Minnesota. In interview after interview, his co-workers and politicians said Davis, who started working at the state Capitol for Forum Communications Co. in 2001, was the one in the Capitol press corps with the knowledge of life outside of the Twin Cities and the one to ask questions about how state government decisions would affect residents there.
FARGO—A statewide group announced on Thursday, Sept. 6, that they will fight passage of recreational marijuana in North Dakota in this fall's election, calling it "bad law" and promising to educate residents about its dangers. Led by former state district court judge and attorney general Bob Wefald, the group held news conferences in Fargo and Bismarck to announce its formation and said other organizations are expected to join its campaign in coming weeks. They have named the group North Dakotans Against the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana.
WASHINGTON -- Twenty seven Minnesota counties and three tribes will be eligible for federal disaster assistance after they were hammered with storms this past summer. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said on Wednesday, Sept. 5, that the aid designation signed by President Trump will provide reimbursement at least up to 75 percent of the costs to repair roads, bridges and water systems.
ST. PAUL -- The 2018 roadside survey for pheasants in Minnesota has shown a surprising 19 percent increase over last year. While the count is similar to the 10-year average, it is still 52 percent below the long-term average.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minneapolis Veterans Home, along with state government, made history Thursday, Aug. 23, by opening the nation’s first fixed dental clinic on a state veterans home campus. Previously, the home relied on mobile clinics to provide dental care to veterans as do others across the state.
PIERRE, S.D.—In one of the largest-ever wildlife trafficking investigations in the Midwest, 19 of the 31 people arrested in the undercover operation have been sentenced in federal court. U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons, in a release on Tuesday, Aug. 7, said the sentences were handed down this spring and summer to nine men and five women from South Dakota, one man from North Dakota, one man from Idaho and two pawn shop operations in South Dakota.
BISMARCK– The North Dakota Department of Health has seen a steep rise in reported West Nile virus cases in the past week and are reminding people to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites. As of Wednesday, Aug. 8, North Dakota reported 18 human cases, up 14 cases since July 30. In addition to human cases, one horse, 10 birds and 34 mosquito pools have also tested positive for the virus.
STURGIS, S.D.—Attendance is up at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota by about 2.5 percent through the first four days of the nine-day event. As of late Monday, Aug. 6, 221,127 visitors had arrived in the picturesque city compared to 215,744 last year. Saturday was the big day, with 60,119 people arriving for the 78th annual event, which was up 10.8 percent from last year. Sunday was a little slower, bringing the overall number down.