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WASHINGTON — Here is a copy of U.S. Sen. Al Franken's speech, provided by his office, as prepared for delivery: A couple of months ago, I felt that we had entered an important moment in the history of this country. We were finally beginning to listen to women about the ways in which men's actions affect them. That moment was long overdue. I was excited for that conversation, and hopeful that it would result in real change that made life better for women all across the country and in every part of our society.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A Duluth lakeside gift shop I Love Duluth has stopped selling a T-shirt targeting immigrants after a photo of the shirt was widely shared online, prompting a backlash. In all capital letters on a crudely drawn silhouette of the country, the shirt reads “F--- off we’re full.” An employee said on Tuesday the shirt had been taken down in response to criticism.
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton had a bit of good health news to share and he used the opportunity to encourage his fellow Minnesotans to look after themselves. Dayton announced that he is currently cancer free during a news conference Monday, Dec. 4. As he made the announcement, he proclaimed this to be Cancer Screen Week and encouraged others to be screened for early signs of cancer.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans can now text emergencies to 911 for help. The Text-to-911 system network provides an alternative to calling during an emergency when it’s unsafe to speak, or for those with hearing loss. The state’s Department of Public Safety unveiled details of the new service Tuesday, Dec. 5. “Imagine having to hide from an intruder in your bedroom closet or witnessing a domestic
HIBBING, Minn. -- Homicide is suspected in the death of a 71-year-old rural Hibbing woman, authorities announced Monday. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said Courtney Lee Fenske was found dead last week in her residence, just southeast of Hibbing. No arrests have been made in the case, and authorities released few other details Monday.
WALKER, Minn.—Authorities have released the name of the woman killed Nov. 12 in a shooting at a Cass Lake residence. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch identified the victim as Brandi Lynn Shank, 25, of Cass Lake. The sheriff's office received a report of a shooting at 8:17 a.m. Nov. 12 at a home in the Cass Lake area. When Cass County deputies arrived, they located Shank with a gunshot wound to the head inside the home. Lifesaving efforts were performed, but she died at the scene.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Eight deer ventured out onto the ice of South Long Lake southeast of Brainerd on Saturday morning. Three fell through the ice and died and four were able to walk off the lake on their own. The eighth deer, too, fell through the ice, but was rescued by lake residents.
ST. PAUL—The price tag for treating older Minnesotans for chronic diseases is projected to increase by billions over the next 10 years, according to a study released on Monday. Analyzing the state's data on health insurance claims, the Minnesota Department of Health study concludes treating Minnesotans older than 60 for chronic diseases will cost $16.1 billion by 2023, up 65 percent from the $9.8 billion paid in 2014.
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STAPLES, Minn. — The 17-year-old boy who was driving a horse and buggy that was hit by a semi-truck in northern Todd County has died, the Minnesota State Patrol reported Friday, Dec. 1. David Miller of Staples was driving the horse and buggy west on Highway 210 between Hewitt and Staples on Thursday. A semi-truck driven by Douglas Calkins, 60, of Deerwood, also was westbound and rear-ended the horse and buggy.