WASHINGTON — A pair of Minnesota business development leaders shared with members of Congress effective efforts they'd taken to boost broadband access in their communities and urged the panel build out the infrastructure that helps people connect to the internet. The comments came as the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit discussed broadband access in rural America and what could be done to connect more people to the internet.
ST. PAUL — Opioid overdose deaths fell in Minnesota between 2017 and 2018, early data show, potentially bending a nearly decade-long trend in painkiller-related deaths. And for the first time, synthetic opioids like fentanyl were recorded as the cause of the most opioid-related overdose deaths over commonly prescribed opioids and methadone.
ST. PAUL — Incidents of violent crimes including murder decreased last year as compared to 2017, but rape offenses reached their highest level in almost a quarter-century, according to a state crime report. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Monday, July 8, released its Uniform Crime Report for 2018. The report provides the most comprehensive look at crime in Minnesota.
ST. PAUL — Eight years to the day after Lexi Reed Holtum's fiancé Steve Rummler died of a heroin overdose, Reed Holtum watched as Gov. Tim Walz signed a copy of a new law holding drug companies responsible for the fallout of the opioid crisis in Minnesota. "I'm just really blown away at the fact that we got it done," she said, standing at a podium surrounded by others who'd lost loved ones to opioid addiction.
ST. PAUL — Fewer women sought induced abortions in Minnesota in 2018 as compared to a year earlier, state statistics show, but the number of women from outside the state seeking the procedure grew during that timeframe. The figures come from a Department of Health report published on Monday, July 1, outlining induced abortion procedures in Minnesota. The data is the most recent available.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota hunters and farmers could soon carry handheld tools to test deer for fatal brain disease in the field. In labs across the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, scientists are months away from making that a reality. After lawmakers and the governor approved $1.8 million to fund the creation of a test to detect chronic wasting disease within hours, rather than days, a team of veterinary experts, microbiologists, genomics professors and engineers started a two-year timeline to create a breakthrough tool to test for the disease.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz on Monday, June 17, announced that he would undergo knee surgery this week and temporarily transfer the power of his office to Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. In a letter to Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate President Jeremy Miller, Walz said he planned to transfer his powers and duties while he is in surgery for a medial meniscus tear on Thursday. He will be placed under general anesthesia for the knee orthoscopy procedure and is expected to return to the office June 24 following a recovery period.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday, May 23, announced that he would call lawmakers back to the Capitol to approve the bulk of a $48 billion spending plan despite growing concern about rushing the bills to a vote hours after they were crafted. Walz and legislative leaders announced the special session set to start Friday at 10 a.m. But minority leaders, who had new leverage in the conversation, said passing the spending bills without giving lawmakers enough time to read them would be a mistake.
ST. PAUL — Drug distributors and manufacturers will be required to help pay for some of the aftermath of the opioid epidemic in Minnesota after Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday, May 22, signed into law a sweeping package of legislation. The DFL governor announced that he signed into law the package that would require opioid distributors to pay fees expected to total more than $20 million. Those funds would be used to provide education and prevention programs as well as treatment programs.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives on Monday, May 20, approved a proposal to hike the fee on drug manufacturers to pay for the impacts of the opioid epidemic. In the final hours of the legislative session, a conference committee put up a last-minute deal that would require the manufacturers and distributors to pay fees expected to total more than $20 million. Those funds would be used to provide education and prevention programs as well as treatment programs.