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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he believes progress has been made on fixing problems with Minnesota's health insurance marketplace but knows challenges remain. Dayton said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press that he's keeping tabs on MNsure nine days into its new leadership. The Democratic governor has a conference call Friday with new CEO Scott Leitz, and is scheduled to visit MNsure headquarters next week. Last week, MNsure extended an enrollment deadline for Minnesotans who want coverage starting Jan. 1.
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EXCELSIOR, Minn. (AP) — As many as 1,000 people are expected to welcome the new year by diving into a hole in the ice of Lake Minnetonka. The 24th annual ALARC Ice Dive gets underway at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at Bayview Event Center in Excelsior. First-time jumpers are known as Guppies.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Zoo wants a couple of rhinoceroses, of the sculpted variety. The zoo says it wants the sculptures to put outside the entrance to its Tropics Trail. The zoo posted a solicitation in this week's State Register that seeks responses by Jan. 20. Officials are planning to install life-size sculptures of an adult and a calf. It's part of a broader campaign from the zoo's conservation department. The department is involved in a campaign to save black rhinos in Namibia.
The Minnesota Department of Health says across the state, 36 people were newly hospitalized with influenza during the week ending Saturday. That brings total hospitalizations in the state to 104 so far this season. The new hospitalizations were a 50 percent increase over 24 new hospitalizations the previous week, according to numbers released Thursday. Health department spokesman Doug Shultz tells the St.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new television ad from a conservative group is targeting Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan's votes around the nation's new health law. Americans for Prosperity said Thursday the ad was part of a broader campaign against Nolan, a Democrat from northeastern Minnesota who won an expensive 2010 race. In the ad, a man from North Branch says he is worried about his own coverage after being told by his insurer that his old plan is canceled.
CALEDONIA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Minnesota say a fire broke out in a rural trailer park early Christmas morning, leaving one woman dead and two homes destroyed. The Caledonia volunteer fire department in Houston County was called to a trailer park Wednesday just after 1 a.m. Fire Chief Chuck Gavin says firefighters arrived to find one home fully engulfed, and the wind had blown the flames onto the second home. Neighbors had already helped residents of the second home evacuate.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — A Chanhassen mother who has been baking cookies for the kids on her children's bus for 15 years has been shut down by an anonymous complaint. Every Friday, Anne Tabat has met the school bus in her subdivision with a basket of cookies. It began as a thank you to the bus driver. And, Tabat said, she couldn't give the driver a cookie without giving one to every child on the bus. Tabat said the cookies were also a way to get to know her neighbors. "I didn't live in the suburbs until I turned 40," she said.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton isn't saying if he asked for the resignation of Minnesota's health insurance exchange's director, but says he's ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the venture. Dayton was asked several times at a news conference Thursday if he pushed for the exit of MNsure director April Todd-Malmlov, who resigned on Tuesday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Canadian company that makes sophisticated heating and ventilation systems will locate a research facility in a Twin Cities suburb. A top executive from Price Industries joined Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday in announcing the project, which grew out of a personal courtship by the governor and a $700,000 state grant toward the facility's construction. The Winnipeg-based company will put 40 jobs with average pay of $80,000 apiece in Maple Grove. Hiring is already underway.