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ST. PAUL -- Last week, MNsure CEO Allison O’Toole assured anxious customers that the health exchange would send out a “significant” batch of 1095-A tax forms by March 15, as it tried to clear a backlog of nearly 18,000. The actual number of forms processed over the weekend: 555.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minneapolis Planning Commission balked Monday at a proposal by the Vikings to rename a stretch of Chicago Avenue in front of U.S. Bank Stadium after the team.
WALKER, Minn. --A 27-year-old Maplewood man will serve 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old female and impregnating her during the assault that took place in August of 2014 at the Palace Casino in Cass Lake, court documents stated. Travion Jarel Allen pled guilty last December in Cass County District Court to first-degree criminal sexual conduct by using penetration with a victim under age 13 and was sentenced Monday.
BRAINERD -- A veteran of the Iowa caucuses will lead Stewart Mills’ congressional bid to represent the 8th District. Mills’ campaign announced Charlie Szold as its campaign manager on Monday. Mills is taking on two-time incumbent Rick Nolan, DFL-Crosby, after having won unanimous endorsement by the 8th District Republicans in February. This is Mills’ second straight bid for the 8th District seat, having lost to Nolan in 2014 by 1.4 percentage points in what was a hotly contested campaign.
The White Earth Tribal Police Department responded to a person in possession of a possible pipe bomb on Friday, March 11 at a residence in the City of Mahnomen. Tribal police arrived on scene and took a picture of the suspected bomb and sent it to the Crow Wing County Bomb Squad (Brainerd, Minn.). Bomb squad officials confirmed it was a pipe bomb. Tribal police secured the scene until the Crow Wing County Bomb Squad arrived. The bomb squad took possession of the pipe bomb and detonated it at a remote gravel pit.
CROOKSTON, Minn — The Crookston Police Department is releasing few details about a search warrant that was executed Sunday morning. A press release says authorities were dispatched to the 700 block of Stuart Avenue in Crookston at 7 a.m. Due to the circumstances surrounding the investigation and nature of the incident, the Grand Forks Regional Special Operations Group was called upon to help gain entry to the home.
RED WING, Minn. -- The search continued Monday for a missing Wisconsin woman last seen in Red Wing. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as 23-year-old Marya Ann Christiansen of Hager City. Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove said sheriff's deputies won't be leading a search party today, but her office will review video surveillance, conduct more interviews and check Christiansen's bank activity for clues to her whereabouts. Red Wing police are assisting in the investigation.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Most owners of grocery stores in small Minnesota towns don’t expect to still own their stores longer than five more years, a newly released survey says. Rural Minnesota grocery store owners and operators are facing a growing number of challenges according to a study conducted by the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and the Minnesota Center for Survey Research.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Tom Emmer will join President Obama when he visits Cuba on March 21. This will mark the first visit to Cuba that a sitting president has made since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. Klobuchar is the lead Senate sponsor on Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, which would lift the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba. Emmer is the lead sponsor of a similar bill in the House.
WADENA — A 39-year-old Wadena man is accused of making sexual advances toward a female juvenile under age 13. Jason Lee Bergeson, 39, was charged last week in Wadena County District Court with three felony criminal sexual conduct counts following a child protection report filed by Wadena County Human Services.