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ST. PAUL — A Shoreview man charged with taping and sexually assaulting his impaired date faces new charges in Hennepin County. Jeffrey Mark Eldred was charged Friday, Nov. 30, with one count of stalking and three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for his alleged treatment of a second woman in Bloomington.
ST. PAUL — Plans for a second daily passenger train from St. Paul to Chicago could chug forward with Democrats in control of the House and the governor’s office. Will talks for a high-speed service also be revived? Gov.-elect Tim Walz is on board. He says passenger-rail expansion could help accommodate a growing population and reduce carbon emissions. “There’s a desire to make sure that we’re moving to a transportation system that serves us into the next century,” Walz said. “I think those who see … a renewed opportunity here, or renewed interest, that’s real.”
ST. PAUL — Young adults with diabetes are struggling to manage their blood sugar levels, putting them at greater risk of ending up in the hospital than older adults, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The research, released Monday, Nov. 26, found young adults age 18 to 44 were more likely to have high blood sugar. They also are three to five times more likely than older adults to be hospitalized due to out-of-control blood sugar levels.
ST. PAUL -- Going green could take on a new meaning in Minnesota if incoming Gov. Tim Walz has something to say about it. As more states legalize marijuana, Walz says it’s time for Minnesota to follow suit. He’s argued that legalizing pot could bring in a new source of tax revenue if regulated properly, and it could reduce the number of people locked up for drug offenses.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s congressional delegation will look much different come January, when five new members set up shop at the U.S. Capitol. The last time Minnesota sent this many freshmen to the U.S. House was in the 1930s, when the state had nine congressional seats. Democrats Angie Craig, Dean Phillips and Ilhan Omar are joining the fold, as are Republicans Pete Stauber and Jim Hagedorn.
ST. CLOUD -- U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer will lead the National Republican Congressional Committee for the next two years as the party looks to take back control of the House in 2020. The third-term Minnesota congressman was appointed chairman of the NRCC by his GOP colleagues on Wednesday, Nov. 14, after running unopposed for the position.
MINNEAPOLIS—At a time when U.S. voting systems have been under assault, an online program at the University of Minnesota is teaching students how to run secure elections and fend off cyber attackers. The 12-credit Certificate in Election Administration program is offered by the university's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Now in its third full year, the program has expanded its course offerings to include cybersecurity education. Administrators have formed a national steering committee comprising leaders in the field.
ST. PAUL — An unexpected shuffling of Minnesota's political landscape has put two rural congressional districts held by Democrats up for grabs, drawing the attention — and money — of national interest groups.
ST. PAUL — In front of a packed room at the Germanic-American Institute in St. Paul, Fred Amram reclaimed a part of his identity that he thought he would never get back: his German citizenship. Amram was just 2 years old when the Nazi Party passed the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws in 1935, which stripped him and other German Jews of their citizenship. He and his parents later fled to the United States and became American citizens.
MINNEAPOLIS — Fred Amram faced horrors growing up as a Jewish boy in Nazi Germany. He witnessed the national wave of violent anti-Jewish attacks known as Kristallnacht and the Gestapo raiding his home; he watched British bombers from his balcony, when Jews were banned from air-raid shelters; he saw his father forced into slave labor; and he lost extended family members in the ghettos and concentration camps.