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ST. PAUL — A record number of Minnesotans have signed up for health insurance coverage through the state’s MNsure program. The program said Wednesday, Jan. 17, that 116,358 residents have enrolled in the individual market from Nov. 1 to Jan. 14, breaking the previous year’s record of 114,810.
ROCHESTER, Minn. --- A 25-year-old Rochester man is being held in jail after he shot and killed a teenager after the two were in a vehicle crash over the weekend in the southern Minnesota city. Alexander William Weiss is being held on probable cause for second degree after he shot Muhammed Rahim, 17, also of Rochester, in the chest, police said. Weiss told police it was in self-defense.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Zac Brown Band is coming to the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls this summer, with tickets going on sale next Friday, Jan. 19. The Sioux Falls stop will be the second city on the band’s new 27-date tour on Saturday, June 9. The band will also have a concert later in the summer, Aug. 10, at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. --- When a 23-year-old Burnsville, Minn., man called for a sober driver after his arrest for a DWI earlier this week in St. Cloud, Nathan Henning's father from Brooklyn Center arrived. The Stearns County jail staff then do what they always do. They checked the driver, this time being Richard Henning, 54, with a voluntary breath test for alcohol.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—One of the suspects accused of being connected to a double murder in Sioux Falls has been arrested in neighboring Minnesota. Sioux Falls police reported Thursday night, Jan. 11, that Maria Shantel LeClaire, wanted on a $500,000 cash bond for being an accessory to first-degree robbery, was found in eastern Minnesota in the city of Red Wing. Police said a citizen saw the 27-year-old Leclaire and notified local law enforcement. She was taken into custody without any problems and is being held at the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—A 63-year-old Canadian woman is the second person to enter a guilty plea regarding a scheme to defraud consumers by selling light-emitting devices as a treatment for more than 200 different diseases and disorders, the Department of Justice announced Thursday, Jan. 11. Irina Kossovskaia, of Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty in federal court in Sioux Falls on Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to introduce misbranded medical devices into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead.
ST. PAUL—With almost 1,800 flu-related hospitalizations and nearly 100 outbreaks in schools and nursing homes, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday, Jan. 11, that it could potentially be a severe flu season. The department said as the flu season climbs toward its peak, residents can still get flu vaccines and it's not true, despite rumors, that the vaccine isn't effective this year. In the report Thursday, the department said flu activity is showing a continued increase across the state.
ST. PAUL -- As far as family friendliness goes, Minnesota is near the top in the nation, according to a study by a financial website. A study by WalletHub listed Minnesota as these second best place to raise a family, behind only Massachusetts.
AMHERST, S.D.—Although studies are continuing, a preliminary report said a problem that started during construction of the Keystone pipeline almost 10 years ago may have led to the leak of 210,000 gallons of crude oil in a prairie grass field near the South Dakota-North Dakota border in November. A report said the pipeline rupture may have been caused by a half-moon-shaped concrete weight placed on the 30-inch pipeline to hold it in place in the field near Amherst in northeast South Dakota where there was shallow groundwater.
HIBBING, Minn. -- A 35-year-old Hibbing man died from a medical emergency after his car crashed in Hibbing on Christmas Eve. Dennis Jay Dix was southbound with a passenger on U.S. Highway 169 when the driver suffered a medical emergency. His 1993 Buick Park Avenue entered the median ditch about 6:45 p.m. and crossed over the northbound lanes, coming to a stop in the ditch, said the Minnesota State Patrol. His 8-year-old son was with him. He wasn’t injured.