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WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration says fewer than 27,000 people managed to enroll for health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on the problem-filled federal website for President Barack Obama's overhaul. The dismal numbers released Wednesday by federal health officials were even lower than estimates recently circulated.
BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) - Three duck hunters in central Minnesota have been rescued after a conservation officer spotted them struggling in freezing water. Conservation Officer Rick Reller was checking waterfowl hunters this week on Swartout Lake in Wright County. He says he saw three duck hunters getting ready to leave the small island where they were hunting. He decided to wait for them to check their hunting licenses.
By Dave Campbell, AP Pro Football Writer EDEN PRAIRIE — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson took part with a team in a light practice on Monday and apologized afterward for the attention he brought to the organization over the weekend following his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. The Vikings play at Seattle this Sunday, and Simpson said he expects to participate. But coach Leslie Frazier spoke in uncertain terms about Simpson’s availability against the Seahawks and beyond. “We’ll have further clarification as we learn more
DAYTON, Ohio — The last of the Doolittle Raiders, all in their 90's, offered a final toast Saturday to their fallen comrades, as they pondered their place in history after a day of fanfare about their 1942 attack on Japan. “May they rest in peace,” Lt. Col. Richard Cole, 98, said before the three Raiders present sipped an 1896 cognac from specially engraved silver goblets. The cognac was saved for the occasion after being passed down from their late commander, Lt. Gen.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Richard Pitino earned his first victory as Minnesota’s coach Friday night, an 81-62 win over Lehigh behind 20 points from newcomer Joey King. Andre Hollins added 18 for the Gophers, who earlier in the day learned star in-state recruit Reid Travis chose Stanford over Minnesota. A few hours after that, the team announced a six-game suspension for reserve forward Maurice Walker for violating an unspecified university policy. Mackey McKnight led Lehigh with 18 points and Austin Price added 15, but the Mountain Hawks were overmatched against the more experienced Gophers.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of blaze-orange-clad Minnesotans are preparing to head to their favorite spot in search of deer as the shotgun season opens. The season starts on Saturday, but festivities to mark the opening weekend are underway. Gov. Mark Dayton was headed to Fergus Falls on Friday to host the traditional "Big Buck" luncheon planned around the Governor's Deer Hunting Opener. The event is held in a different city each year and is designed to promote tourism that comes with hunting. Nearly a half-million people participate in deer hunting in Minnesota.
HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — When it comes to pairing beer with poultry, Joe Morette isn't too fussy. His turkeys will drink just about anything.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota coach Richard Pitino is on the verge of his first game with the Gophers. They host Lehigh Friday at 7 p.m. in the season opener. The game will not be televised. Pitino said before the team’s practice on Thursday afternoon that he’s nervous before every game, so this will be no different. Pitino was hired this spring to replace Tubby Smith, who was fired after six seasons.
ST. PAUL — A group of Republican lawmakers and conservative activists are suing to stop Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie from implementing an online voter registration system. The plaintiffs are holding a press conference Monday at the Capitol. The group includes Sen. Warren Limmer and Rep. Steve Drazkowski as well as representatives of Minnesota Voters Alliance and Minnesota Majority. Ritchie, a Democrat, launched the Web-based voter registration system this fall.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport, shooting employees and terrorizing travelers, accomplished two of his goals, according to authorities: kill a Transportation Security Administration officer and show how easy it is to get a gun into an airport.