ST. PAUL — Two top officials at the Minnesota Department of Human Services rescinded their resignations Wednesday, July 17, following the announcement hours earlier that the chief of staff of a former commissioner would step down. The news continued a sort of musical chairs at the top levels of leadership at the department that manages more than $18 billion in programs and services that range from child support to food assistance for more than 1 million Minnesotans.
ST. PAUL — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Monday, July 15, reported she raked in almost $3.9 million for her presidential bid in the last three months, less than the Minnesota senator drew in fundraiser dollars in her first quarter in the race. The total is enough to keep her campaign in play, but it paled in comparison to others in the crowded field of Democrats running to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
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 — Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan is set to lead a delegation of scientists, lawmakers, farm leaders and energy industry officials to Germany for an international seminar on renewable energy.
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 — 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 — Tens of thousands of vacationers will pack up their cars this week and travel to resorts, cabins and campgrounds around the state to celebrate Independence Day. And they'll flock to fewer resorts than parents and grandparents making the trips had access to in decades prior. The number of resorts in the state has been almost cut in half since 1985, according to a state report. But guests keep frequenting the remaining spots, steadily raising the amount Minnesota resorts and campgrounds bring in each year.
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 — 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.