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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.
BRAINERD, Minn. - -- A 31-year-old Orono, Minn., man died Saturday, July 14, after a tree he was cutting down fell on him at a property in Ideal Township about 30 miles north of Brainerd.. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 1:27 p.m. to a report of an injury from a fallen tree. Responders arrived and found the man died from the injuries he suffered. Orono is a northern Twin Cities suburb.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A 44-year-old Rapid City man has been sent to federal prison for more than 14 years for stealing more than $1 million from a used car dealership in the western South Dakota city. Brent Bednarz was sentenced Monday, July 9, after his convictions on federal bank fraud and tax evasion charges and was also ordered to pay $1.49 million in restitution.
SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- A Minnesota state legislator is facing drunken driving charges. Minnesota Public Radio reported that the 57-year-old state Rep. Bob Loonan, R-Shakopee, declined to elaborate on the incident that occured last weekend in nearby Jordan. He said he’s never been in this situation before, but is cooperating and is going into a system he trusts. Otherwise, he said he’s deferring to his attorney. Loonan’s attorney, Justin Duffy, declined to comment.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. -- A suicidal 16-year-old with apparent mental health issues is dead after an officer-involved shooting outside his Chanhassen home Friday morning, July 13, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The BCA said Carver County deputies in the southwest Twin Cities suburb were called to the home at about 10 a.m. by a mother who said her son was suicidal and was threatening her with knives and a baseball bat.
PIERRE — Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy has received approval to build a $380 million, 72-turbine wind farm in northeast South Dakota. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week approved a permit with conditions for constructing the 300-megawatt project in Grant and Codington counties along the Minnesota border and in an area about 10 miles northeast of Watertown.. The Dakota Range project is expected to be finished in 2021. The farm is expected to encompass up to 72 turbines across about 44,500 acres.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. - A 28-year-old northwest Minnesota man who reported that he was attacked by three men in his garage and had his pickup stolen has now told authorities that he made up the story. Brian Smith of Mahnomen on the White Earth Indian Reservation admitted his report on Sunday, July 8, was false, according to Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier. Smith, who is recovering in a Fargo hospital from burns, is cooperating with authorities.
FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A Farmington man has been charged with two counts of assault after allegedly attacking his house guest with a machete on July 1. According to the criminal complaint in Dakota County District Court, Giao Cong Bui, 28, told police that the victim had come over to smoke meth with him and his roommate at their home in the 400 block of Walnut Street. Sometime around 10 p.m., Bui said, the man started harassing him and put him in a headlock.
CROSSLAKE, Minn. -- The 60-year-old St. Paul man who drowned on Sunday on the lake where he had been a lifelong cabin owner was identified Tuesday, July 10. The victim was William James Murray, who failed to resurface after jumping off a pontoon on Adney Lake southeast of Crosslake and near Brainerd..