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CHICAGO—Two passers throwing their first career touchdowns. A double reverse pitch to the quarterback for a two-point conversion. A fake punt pass. The Chicago Bears pulled out all the stops Monday night, Oct. 9, but it was the Minnesota Vikings walking away with an NFC North divisional victory, 20-17.
MINNEAPOLIS — Researchers have completed a unique study of sex trafficking in Minnesota that could set the stage to develop the country's most in-depth model to combat the trade. The University of Minnesota's Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center used a qualitative approach to better understand the patterns of sex buying in Minnesota, interviewing more than 150 social service personnel, law enforcement officials and prosecutors in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
State health officials are concerned about the sharp rise in sexually transmitted diseases and drug-related infections. According to a Minnesota Department of Health's annual report, the state saw a steep increase in syphilis, gonorrhea and hepatitis C cases, each of which increased by at least 25 percent in 2016.
Danny Heinrich, the killer of Jacob Wetterling, is expected to serve the remainder of his prison sentence at a federal prison outside Boston. Heinrich is an inmate at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Mass., about 40 miles northwest of Boston. FMC Devens is a prison for male inmates who require specialized long-term care, according to the prison’s website.
Minnesota has long been recognized as a great place for hockey and manners, but a recent report places the North Star state above all its peers as the top state for business. CNBC's annual rankings of states by multiple factors placed Minnesota ahead of Texas for the No. 1 spot. Across 10 different categories of metrics, Minnesota ranked in the top half of eight of them, including second-best in education and third in quality of life. The other states in the Upper Midwest also had strong showings.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Friday granted one of two necessary permits to Enbridge for its proposed Sandpiper pipeline, a project that has been met with repeated protests in Minnesota. The certificate of need unanimously granted by the commission verifies Enbridge subsidiary North Dakota Pipeline Company demonstrated a need to ship crude oil via pipeline from the Bakken oil fields to Enbridge's existing infrastructure in Superior, Wis. The certificate of need approves a 24-inch diameter pipeline - which can carry up to 225,000 barrels of oil per day - from the North Dakota