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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota opens it second wolf hunting season Saturday since the animals came off the endangered list. The Department of Natural Resources has set the target harvest at 220 wolves, down from 400 for last year's inaugural season when hunters and trappers killed 413. The DNR lowered the target in response to a new population estimate of 2,211 wolves in Minnesota as of last winter, down about 25 percent from 2008. Applications for wolf licenses dropped by almost half this year to about 13,000.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor says leaders of the state's new health insurance exchange could have done more to prevent the disclosure of Social Security numbers of about 1,600 insurance agents. The auditor released its inquiry Thursday into the September data breach by MNsure. The report finds it was unintentional and that the agency responded properly.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — At the age of 8, Christian Yang knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. "When I grow up, I want to be in law enforcement or a firefighter. I want to help people," Christian would tell his father, Tony Yang. Christian never got the chance to fulfill those career dreams. But the Rochester boy did help the lives of five people he never met. After Christian suffered a fatal brain aneurysm on Oct.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is joining those urging former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to try for the presidency in 2016. Dayton on Thursday signed onto the "Ready for Hillary" group that is trying to lay the groundwork for a Clinton campaign. She hasn't said whether she will make a second try for the White House. In a news release, Dayton called Clinton "the most qualified person" to be the next president.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Fourth-grade students in Minnesota scored at the top nationally in math and above the national average in reading, according to national test results released Thursday. The National Assessment of Education Progress, known as the "Nation's Report Card," also shows Minnesota made some progress in eliminating disparities between white and non-white students.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — American Indian activists and others plan to demonstrate against the Washington Redskins' nickname ahead of the team's game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night. The groups plan to march to the Metrodome for a rally. Six members of the Minneapolis City Council recently sent a letter to the team's owner and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, calling the team's nickname and mascot racist. The D.C. Council also has called on the team to change its name. Opponents contend the name is a racist slur.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is making his first public appearance after a recent medical procedure to discuss the performance of Minnesota students on national tests. Dayton and his education commissioner are holding a press conference Thursday morning at the Capitol.
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is a boon to the regional economy. The service says the refuge generated over $161 million in economic benefits for a 19-county area in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois in 2011.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Transportation planners, public health officials and others are meeting in St.