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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Standing at the front of a small classroom on the fourth floor of St. Paul's library, Maureen O'Connell attempted to help the five people at the "MNsure Crash Course" understand how federal health care reform affects their lives. "So does anybody know what actuarial value means?" O'Connell asked with a smile. No one was sure.
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — After construction that took more than three years, local, state and federal officials are getting ready to dedicate the brand new, $130 million Hastings Bridge over the Mississippi River. The dedication ceremony is Friday morning in the southeastern Minnesota town. Officials including Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. John Kline, state Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle (ZELL'-ee), state lawmakers and local officials are scheduled to attend.
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says the mother driving a car in which five children became trapped under water did not have a valid driver's license. Marion Guerrido's car left a ramp at Highways 100 and 7 Thursday morning, traveled down a slope and into a storm water pond. Guerrido made it out of the car. The children did not.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who claims he was abused by a priest on the White Earth Indian Reservation is suing the Diocese of Crookston and the priest's religious order. The man is identified in the lawsuit as Doe 19. He claims he was 8 or 9 years old when a priest at St. Anne's in Naytahwaush sexually abused him in 1984. The priest wasn't criminally charged. He died in 2009. The lawsuit says the priest was accused of molesting three children before going to St. Anne's.
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — A car veered off a rain-slicked highway ramp in suburban Minneapolis early Thursday, landing in a nearby holding pond and trapping five children underwater for up to 45 minutes until a tow truck could pull it out, authorities said. The Minnesota State Patrol said the children were seriously injured, but did not give details on the nature of the injuries or how the injuries happened. St.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — For the first time in two months, Minnesota officials will appraise the state job picture. The Department of Employment and Economic Development was releasing two months of unemployment data Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police raided eight homes and seized 15 dogs in a suspected canine fighting operation. One person was arrested. Officers say they found dog fighting paraphernalia and fight training manuals. Authorities say the dogs, including five puppies, were taken from kennels in Minneapolis and New Hope Wednesday. Sgt. Lindsay Herron says the dogs, all American pit bull terriers, where chained inside outdoor kennels and did not have water.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 9-year-old boy who hopped a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas last month won't return to his home yet. A brief hearing was held Wednesday on a child protection petition.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has received approval from the federal government to direct $58 million over four years into services meant to help senior citizens and people with disabilities in their homes. The Department of Human Services announced the federal approval Wednesday. It's part of a bipartisan initiative to help more Minnesotans who rely on Medicaid to move away from costly institutional care. Additional money will benefit support services for people with disabilities in job searches.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's firearms deer harvest so far this season is down 6 percent from the same point last year. Two weekends into the season, the Department of Natural Resources says hunters have registered 128,814 deer. The season ended Sunday for all but northeastern Minnesota, where the season runs through this coming weekend. A late firearms season begins in southeastern Minnesota on Saturday and runs through Dec.