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ST. PAUL - MNsure officials say their second day online went very smoothly. By 2 p.m. Wednesday, nearly a day after the online health purchasing Web site went live, Minnesotans had created more than 2,500 accounts. How-ever, MNsure officials could not say how many policies were purchased. An average of 2,000 to 3,000 people were online at any one time. The health care exchange launched Tuesday afternoon.
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HENNING — Twenty-three head of Black Angus cows and 32 Black Angus calves, valued at about $50,000, are missing from a farm near Henning. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department said the owner noticed the missing cattle when he was moving the herd and conducted a head count. Authorities believe the cattle were stolen sometime in the last 10 days. They were taken from a property at Rocky Ridge Road southeast of Henning. An investigation is continuing.
WOODBURY — Five current and former Globe University students filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the for-profit school and its affiliated partner, Minnesota School of Business. The plaintiffs, who are seeking class-action status, represent students who attended Globe since 2007, according to court documents filed in Hennepin County District Court. The suit alleges that Globe, which is based in Woodbury, misled students about its accreditation standards, job placement rates and transfer opportunities to other institutions. “Most of the people
Updated 10-02-2013 (11:36 am) FARGO – A 1-year-old Hitterdal, Minn., boy is being treated at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo after chewing on a laundry detergent packet that his family believes had insufficient packaging to protect children. Alexander Rohde remained in the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Tuesday, where he had been since Saturday, the day he chewed on a Tide Pod, a small, individual detergent packet. His mother, Michelle Klienschmidt, said after eating just part of the packet, her son quickly began suffering from nausea and diarr
ST. PAUL – A group of St. Paul bars is trying to help federal employees cope with the government shutdown by serving up free beer. Four downtown bars said Tuesday that workers with proper government ID would have their first round paid for on the first day of the shutdown. The city’s convention bureau, Visit Saint Paul, set up the happy-hour event as a way to show appreciation for workers being idled by a political impasse in Washington.
DULUTH, Minn. - Members of an encampment of homeless people who have taken shelter in makeshift tents pitched under the freeway overpass in downtown Duluth organized an impromptu news conference Monday afternoon, calling on authorities to refrain from threatened plans to break up their settlement. “We’re like family,” said Nate Briese, a 38-year-old man living in the colorfully painted gathering spot that locals call Graffiti Graveyard.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - The attorney for an 18-year-old Alexandria man charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide has filed motions to suppress evidence. The attorney, John Leunig, told the court that Jacob John Dale was not advised of his Miranda rights when he was questioned by a state trooper at the St.
MINNEAPOLIS - Jurors in the trial of a Duluth business owner accused of misbranding and selling synthetic drugs have now heard all of the evidence they will consider, but they will have to wait awhile to begin deliberations. The defense rested its case Tuesday morning without any of the defendants taking the stand, one day after the government rested. Last Place on Earth owner Jim Carlson, 56, is charged with 55 federal crimes for allegedly selling drugs under labeled as incense or bath salts at the store, as well as money laundering.
FARGO – American Crystal Sugar will default on a government loan of $71.2 million under a program that provides relief when a glut of sugar depresses prices. David Berg, president and chief executive officer of American Crystal Sugar, said forfeiting the sugar put up as collateral for the loan was the best option given very low sugar prices. “Everything we have under loan we do intend to forfeit,” Berg said.