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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.
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.