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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton went on the road Wednesday to sell his tax and spending proposals in Duluth, meeting a mostly friendly audience but also finding critics for his plan to raise taxes on the wealthy and smokers and his support for expanded background checks for guns.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Mayo Clinic officials are working with lawmakers to come up with a Plan B for funding its Destination Medical Center proposal amid criticism about the current financing plan.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Carver County is ranked as Minnesota's healthiest county in a new report while Cass County is at the bottom of the list. The 2013 County Health Rankings were released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Counties were ranked on such factors as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and teen birth rates. After Carver, Minnesota's top five healthiest counties are Steele, Waseca, Dodge and Scott.
OTISVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan medical marijuana facility is partnering with a member of the Grammy-winning rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to cultivate and distribute a new strain of medical marijuana. The Green Oasis and Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse have agreed to work together on "Phifty Caliber Kush," which they say has a noticeable floral taste and is an effective pain reliever. The Flint-area dispensary's owner, Anthony Butler, calls the new pot strain "the best of the best."
LONDON (AP) — Thoughtful workers on London's subway system Wednesday gave the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge a "Baby on Board" badge — in case she ever needs to ask commuters to give up their seats for her. That's not likely to happen, but the former Kate Middleton nonetheless received the badge in good humor, holding it against her coat and joking that she would make sure to wear it at home.
NEW PRAGUE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota have arrested a 12-year-old boy in what they say was a prank call that prompted a school lockdown. The middle school in New Prague, a small town about 45 miles southwest of Minneapolis, was locked down after the 911 call came in about 8 a.m. Wednesday. Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka says the caller claimed there was a person armed with an AK-47 in a school building, and that a few people had been shot.
NEW PRAGUE, Minn. (AP) — A 911 call in which a caller claimed several people had been gunned down at a school in southern Minnesota was likely a hoax, a county sheriff said Wednesday. The call early Wednesday prompted authorities to lock down the middle school, high school and Central Education Campus buildings in New Prague, 45 miles southwest of Minneapolis. Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka said all students and staff are safe. Officers have started to clear the schools' buildings, Studnicka said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The lead guitarist for the rock band Journey has filed a federal lawsuit in Minneapolis that accuses his former mother-in-law of libeling him in her blog posts. Neal Schon says Judy Kozan, the former mayor of Waseca, has "attacked and harassed" him for years through Internet postings and comments in the media. Schon's lawsuit says Kozan suggested that he has failed to support his ex-wife and their two daughters.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last few months of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s traditional look have been as tense and strong as ever. Merely four points in the standings separated first and sixth place when the regular season ended. Perhaps the six teams still alive in the conference playoffs can find a way to top that this weekend. After this year’s WCHA tournament, the league and the landscape of the sport will never be the same. Minnesota State, Wisconsin, Colorado College, North Dakota, Minnesota and St.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Golden Gophers were ranked as high eighth in the country, and then they weren’t ranked at all. They beat No. 1 Indiana, and then they lost to Nebraska. They backed into the NCAA tournament as a No. 11 seed, and will face a banged-up UCLA team on Friday. It’s been a crazy season for the Gophers, filled with significant achievements and embarrassing defeats.