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  • Panel grills Minn. commissioner over Medicaid

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A congressional panel had sharp questions for a top official in Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration about Minnesota’s Medicaid program. Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson testified Wednesday before the U.S. …

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    26 Apr 12
  • Minn. nurse sentenced for stealing painkiller

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A St. Paul nurse has been sentenced to four years probation for stealing a painkiller from patients at an assisted living facility where he once worked. Thirty-six-year-old Travis Bourbonnais was sentenced Wednesday …

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    26 Apr 12
  • State protected by contract with new parks vendor

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The company that won the contract for a new reservation system for Minnesota’s state parks made big promises for vastly improved functionality at a lower price than the state sought. But when …

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    20 Apr 12
  • North Dakota bridles at neighbor’s Capitol insult

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s governor has bitten back at a Minnesota lawmaker who compared his state’s Depression-era Capitol building to an insurance office, calling the critic ignorant of classic architecture. The Capitol in …

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    20 Apr 12
  • Douglas Co. deputies investigate suspicious death

    ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) – Douglas County sheriff’s deputies are looking for an acquaintance of a woman found dead in her Alexandria home. Authorities say 38-year-old Sharon Christina Love died of unnatural or suspicious causes. Her …

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    20 Apr 12
  • Tattoo rule eased, more blood donors expected

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Red Cross expects hundreds more blood donors each year now because a tattoo waiting period has been lifted. People with tattoos used to have to wait 12 months …

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    20 Apr 12
  • Drivers switch, both charged with DWI

    DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – A driver and a passenger accused of switching seats before they were pulled over near Duluth are both charged with drunken driving. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper says a vehicle recently …

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    20 Apr 12
  • Survey: Higher fuel prices slowing rural growth

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Higher fuel prices may be applying brakes to the economy in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states. A monthly survey index of rural bankers dropped to 57.1 in April …

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    20 Apr 12