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ST. PAUL — Despite a nation-leading 11.8 percent statewide pay increase, South Dakota’s teachers continue to be among the least compensated educators in the country.
CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Prosecutors have decided to not press charges in the 2016 overdose death of pop icon Prince. Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was 57 when found unresponsive in his estate in Chanhassen on April 21, 2016. An autopsy showed he died from an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic drug that has caused several deaths across the Upper Midwest in the past few years. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz told the media Thursday, April 19, Prince's death was an accidental overdose.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their preseason opponents for the 2018 season. The opening week will feature a reunion of sorts, with the Vikings traveling to Denver to face quarterback Case Keenum and the Broncos, to be played sometime between Aug. 9 and 13. Minnesota follows up with home matchups against Jacksonville (Aug. 16-20) and Seattle (Aug. 23-26), finishing with a road date at Tennessee (Aug. 30) for their final tune-up game.
MINNEAPOLIS — A hundred days out from X Games Minneapolis 2018, ESPN has announced the pinnacle of extreme sports competition will remain in the Twin Cities through the end of the decade. Already booked for this summer, Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium will host the yearly event in 2019 and 2020, ESPN said Tuesday, April 10. "Following the success of the ESPN X Games in Minneapolis in 2017, we're excited to announce the X Games will stay in Minneapolis through 2020," said Melvin Tennant, executive director of Sports Minneapolis and Meet Minneapolis president and CEO.
ST. PAUL — It wasn't exactly a kumbaya moment, but Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton wrapping his arm around Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt for a selfie set a tone of congenial cooperation at the start of a Tuesday, Feb. 13, media briefing ahead of the upcoming legislative session.
MINNEAPOLIS — Curious passersby decked out in Minnesota Vikings purple gave Nick Alton's fourth grade class a puzzled look as they did a cheer for their new hero. "Who dat?" they yelled, followed by a familiar clap and a hearty "skol." The class from Rossman Elementary School in Detroit Lakes, Minn., now has two favorite teams, the locals and the New Orleans Saints, thanks to Saints punter Thomas Morstead.
MINNEAPOLIS—A 61-yard connection from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs as time ran out gave the Minnesota Vikings a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jan. 14, in what will go down as the most memorable game in the U.S. Bank Stadium's short existence. While under pressure, Keenum threw off towards a streaking Diggs on the home sideline. Diggs leaped high to make the catch and used his hand to keep his balance while tip-toeing along the sideline en route to the winning score as the clock expired.
ST. PAUL — Autism and obstructive sleep apnea will be qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use in Minnesota next summer, the regulating state agency announced Thursday, Nov. 30. Beginning July 1, 2018, patients with those conditions will be able to enroll in the state's medical marijuana program, with approved patients allowed to receive medical cannabis starting Aug. 1. The conditions become the 12th and 13th qualifying conditions for the Minnesota Department of Health program that started in 2014.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman resigned Friday, Nov. 17, to launch a campaign for state attorney general. Rothman made the announcement in a press release, stating he wanted to avoid any conflicts of interest that may arise during the campaign. "I am extremely proud of all we have accomplished together to protect consumers, advance Minnesota's clean energy economy, enhance financial education and outreach, and protect the public interest," Rothman said in the press release.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins on Wednesday, Oct. 18, informed closer Glen Perkins they will not pick up the $6.5 million option on his contract, making the left-hander from Stillwater a free agent. Perkins, 34, will be paid a $700,000 buyout.