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LAKE SHORE, Minn. -- A 55-year-old Wisconsin woman was arrested Tuesday, July 24, following a crash in which the vehicle she was driving started on fire in northern Minnesota and she was pulled to safety by a nearby resident.
ST. PAUL -- Absentee voting, where Minnesotans can cast their ballots from home or at their county courthouses, is up 150 percent this year so far compared to 2016, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. As of Thursday, July 26, 29,657 voters have cast ballots compared to 11,806 in 2016. In the first year it was available in 2014, 9,062 people had voted by this time.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's financial health appears to be in top shape, according to two national bond rating agencies and Gov. Mark Dayton. In separate announcements on Wednesday, July 25, two national bond rating agencies — Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor's — gave the state its highest bond rating of "AAA."
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 28-year-old inmate who was wrongly released from a county jail in Sioux Falls because he had the same name as another prisoner is still on the run more than a day later. Adrian Ray Watson was accidentally freed from the Minnehaha County Jail on Monday, July 23, when staff mixed him up with another prisoner by the same name who was to be released on a personal recognizance bond ordered by the court.. Both of the men were from Sioux Falls.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Children requiring intensive in-patient psychiatric care will no longer have to travel out of state. The Minnesota Department of Health said in a release that a Duluth facility, called the Northwood Children’s Services Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, is now providing mental health services in a non-hospital setting for up to 48 children under age 21.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- The funeral for slain Minnesota state prison guard Joseph Gomm has been set for Thursday, July 26, in Arden Hills, Minn., at 11 a.m. Gomm’s family said they have been humbled by offers of support and help in planning Gomm’s funeral “by the Minnesota law enforcement community, as well as the corrections and law enforcement community nationwide.”
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. -- Authorities are looking for van after an occupant fired a shotgun at the windshield of a passing dump truck on Wednesday, July 16.
NEW YORK -- The NFL has halted implementation of its new national anthem policy under an agreement with the NFL Players Association. The two sides announced the deal Thursday night. The agreement also keeps the grievance filed by the NFLPA over the anthem policy, ratified by the NFL owners at their May meeting in Atlanta, from moving forward, at least temporarily.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Department of Health has announced new grants for nearly one-third of the counties in the state to increase family home visiting. The programs serve at-risk families such as first-time moms and families facing challenges like mental illness, domestic abuse or substance abuse by providing a nurse or other trained professional to provide health and parenting support. Pregnant women and mothers can receive ongoing home visits until the child is 2 to 3 years old.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, MNsure, announced the dates for Minnesotans to shop for 2019 health coverage. Open enrollment will begin on Nov. 1 and run through Jan. 13, 2019. This is nearly a month longer than the federal open enrollment period that runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. As a state-based marketplace, MNsure has authority to add a special enrollment period to give Minnesotans more time to shop.