The federal government has twice denied Minnesota’s request for an extension to comply with the Real ID federal standards for driver’s license security rules. And twice the federal government has said no. But now that Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a law that the state must comply, he asked the federal Department of Homeland Security one more time for some extra time.
Three new cases of measles were confirmed in Crow Wing County, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the north-central Minnesota county to four - although all appear to be from the same household. The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday the cases are linked to the original Crow Wing County case that was confirmed May 4. The new cases were announced in a release from Crow Wing County Community Services.
On Saturday, May 13, the Pequot Lakes Library will host 25 Minnesota authors for "Made in Minnesota: A Celebration of Local Authors." Community members will be able to meet the authors and purchase signed copies of their books from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there will be an author-hosted Children's storytime at 10:30 a.m.
BRAINERD, Minn. --The unvaccinated child in Crow Wing County with measles is a student at a local Catholic school, a letter to parents from the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday. "This letter is to inform you that measles has been diagnosed in a child who attends St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School," the letter read. "Your child may have been exposed to measles. Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus."
The defense team for the St. Anthony police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile is making another attempt to have his trial moved outside the Twin Cities. Defense attorneys have suggested moving the trial to Brainerd or Duluth.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A 12-year-old girl died Friday in an apparent drowning in a swampy area between two lakes near here. JaLysa Anne Cook of Alexandria was found in about 3 feet of water about 6:10 p.m, according to authorities.
The death of a 3-year-old Park Rapids girl last week is under investigation. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes did not release the name of the child or any other information related to the death. County Attorney Jonathan Frieden said he could only confirm that a 3-year-old child from Hubbard County died on April 20, and state law requires authorities to investigate the matter.
State Rep. John Lesch, a veteran lawmaker from St. Paul, is launching a bid for Minnesota attorney general. A longtime prosecutor for the city of St. Paul, Lesch was first elected to the Minnesota House in 2002. After an unofficial trip to Iraq in 2006, Lesch enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 2009, when he was in his late 30s.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has listed the provisional manner and cause of death of a Brainerd man missing since the fall of 2014 as undetermined, Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston stated Tuesday in an email. The body of Mark Weizant was found March 25 on private property not far from the Mississippi River in a undeveloped wooded area about two miles south and west from where he was last seen in Brainerd.
A promising new effort is underway to provide the public with a truer understanding of what happens in courtrooms. Not hyped-up drama or silly Judge Judy stuff, but actual cases with real-life procedures, outcomes and consequences. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have introduced bipartisan legislation to allow cameras in federal courtrooms.