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PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—Maybe it's just a breather, but the long-simmering controversy between the R.D. Offutt Farms' potato field expansion project and environmentalists concerned about groundwater and lake pollution may have come to an end or at least reached a turning point.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced Tuesday, July 31, that she will be filing a lawsuit this week to block online publication of 3D-printed gun blueprints. “Proliferation of untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns is a threat to our public safety,” said Swanson, who is running for governor this year. The guns have no serial code and wouldn’t be picked up by metal detectors at all kinds of safety checkpoints.
LAKE SHORE, Minn. -- A 55-year-old Wisconsin woman was arrested Tuesday, July 24, following a crash in which the vehicle she was driving started on fire in northern Minnesota and she was pulled to safety by a nearby resident.
ST. PAUL -- Absentee voting, where Minnesotans can cast their ballots from home or at their county courthouses, is up 150 percent this year so far compared to 2016, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. As of Thursday, July 26, 29,657 voters have cast ballots compared to 11,806 in 2016. In the first year it was available in 2014, 9,062 people had voted by this time.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's financial health appears to be in top shape, according to two national bond rating agencies and Gov. Mark Dayton. In separate announcements on Wednesday, July 25, two national bond rating agencies — Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor's — gave the state its highest bond rating of "AAA."
DULUTH, Minn. -- Children requiring intensive in-patient psychiatric care will no longer have to travel out of state. The Minnesota Department of Health said in a release that a Duluth facility, called the Northwood Children’s Services Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, is now providing mental health services in a non-hospital setting for up to 48 children under age 21.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- The funeral for slain Minnesota state prison guard Joseph Gomm has been set for Thursday, July 26, in Arden Hills, Minn., at 11 a.m. Gomm’s family said they have been humbled by offers of support and help in planning Gomm’s funeral “by the Minnesota law enforcement community, as well as the corrections and law enforcement community nationwide.”
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. -- Authorities are looking for van after an occupant fired a shotgun at the windshield of a passing dump truck on Wednesday, July 16.
NEW YORK -- The NFL has halted implementation of its new national anthem policy under an agreement with the NFL Players Association. The two sides announced the deal Thursday night. The agreement also keeps the grievance filed by the NFLPA over the anthem policy, ratified by the NFL owners at their May meeting in Atlanta, from moving forward, at least temporarily.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Department of Health has announced new grants for nearly one-third of the counties in the state to increase family home visiting. The programs serve at-risk families such as first-time moms and families facing challenges like mental illness, domestic abuse or substance abuse by providing a nurse or other trained professional to provide health and parenting support. Pregnant women and mothers can receive ongoing home visits until the child is 2 to 3 years old.