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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's largest private insurance companies are opposing President Barack Obama's plan to let people keep existing insurance for at least a year under his health care law. The Minnesota Council of Health Plans explained the opposition in letters Monday to Gov. Mark Dayton and his commerce commissioner.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a St. Anthony man who died in a confrontation with police had some hostility toward the Minnesota doctor he's suspected of killing. Beyond that, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek gave few details about what led 30-year-old Ted Hoffstrom to kill Dr. Stephen Larson in Larson's Orono home on Friday. Stanek did not describe the nature of Hoffstrom's hostility, but said it appears to stem from the fact that a member of Hoffstrom's family was once one of Larson's patients.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is finalizing an agreement with a blood bank in Missouri that would give parents the option of donating their baby's umbilical cord blood, a source of lifesaving stem cells. Even though the university has been a pioneering center for cord blood transplants and stem cell research, umbilical cord blood donations haven't been an option for years. The American Red Cross used to bank cord blood from hospitals in Minneapolis, Coon Rapids and Mankato, but dropped that practice six years ago.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A son of a Minneapolis man accused of commanding a Nazi-led SS unit during World War II says his father has no comment on newly uncovered testimony. The Associated Press found testimony that says Michael Karkoc (KAHR'-kahts) ordered an attack a Polish village in 1944, contradicting family claims he wasn't there when 40 civilians were massacred.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say an armed suspect was shot by an officer and critically wounded in St. Paul and a man in a nearby house was grazed by a stray bullet. Authorities responded to a burglary call about early Sunday and heard shots nearby. An officer tried to stop a suspicious vehicle, but the driver took off and the sergeant pursued it. Police say when the vehicle slowed down, an armed suspect bailed out and fled. KSTP-TV reports the officer followed and fired multiple times, hitting the suspect.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate committee is holding a hearing on the legally imperiled Minnesota Sex Offenders Program. The Judiciary Committee convenes Monday morning at the Capitol. They're scheduled to talk about an issue that's likely to be a contentious one when the entire Legislature returns to St. Paul early next year. A federal judge has put Minnesota on notice that its treatment program for sex offenders needs to be significantly changed or else could be dismantled by the court.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Paul and Babe are back in new TV ads from Minnesota's health insurance exchange. MNsure, the state portal for delivering federal health insurance changes, has been employing mythical Minnesota icons Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in a series of spots that playfully describe the state as the "Land of 10,000 Reasons to Get Health Insurance." In one new ad, which starts airing statewide next week, the plaid-shirted Paul finds himself partially submerged in a freezing lake after an ice fishing mishap.
WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — The deputy chairwoman of Minnesota's Republican Party says she'll run for an open state House seat in Woodbury. Kelly Fenton filed paperwork Friday to run for House District 53B. It's the seat being vacated by Republican state Rep. Andrea Kieffer, who is stepping down after two terms. Fenton is a former public schoolteacher, and has been deputy chair of the state Republican Party since December 2011. The suburban district east of St.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's puffy-topped Metrodome that has hosted monster truck rallies, the Final Four and the Super Bowl will soon hold its final event. Ahead of its demolition, historians and others are sizing up what should be saved. The Metrodome will be razed to make way for the new Vikings stadium after the team finishes its current season. Minnesota Public Radio News reported Friday that the state Historical Society is among those scoping out items, including a portion of the roof. The Dome was one of the first to have a roof sustained through pressurized air.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A flock of elite racing and breeding pigeons has been stolen from the backyard of a home in St. Paul's Como neighborhood. Owner John Kaiyalethe says 45 pigeons were taken this week by someone who broke the lock on their lofts.