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ALBERTVILLE, Minn. — The former publisher of several nationally recognized fishing publications and websites will lead Forum Communications Co.’s expansion of its outdoors coverage. Steve Hoffman began Monday, Nov. 5, as Forum Communications Co’s outdoors editor. He will be based in Albertville and work for Forum News Service, which is operated by the family-owned company. Forum Communications owns properties in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.
ST. PAUL -- More than 300 people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year, an increase over 2017 figures by Oct. 22, preliminary numbers released Monday by the state said. The Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety reported 302 deaths, which includes 195 vehicle occupants and 58 motorcyclists. Last year, traffic deaths in the state did not reach 300 until Oct. 31. Twenty-nine pedestrian deaths have been reported, matching 2017 figures to date, the DPS said.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota attorney general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, Oct. 16, against three major U.S. manufacturers of insulin, allegeding them of deceptively raising the list prices of insulin and making it less affordable to patients in high deductible health plans, the uninsured and senior citizens on Medicare. “Insulin is a life-or-death drug for people with diabetes. Many people can’t afford the price hikes but can’t afford to stop taking the medication either,” Attorney General Lori Swanson said in a statement.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans can use a new online health insurance plan comparison tool offered by MNsure before its open enrollment period begins Nov. 1. The tool allows eligible residents to compare plans by premium, co-pay, deductible, out-of-pocket maximum and covered prescriptions. Also, the new tool helps Minnesotans determine if they are eligible for financial assistance, which could save thousands of dollars.
DULUTH -- Wind gusts of 50 mph were common across northeast Minnesota on Wednesday, Oct. 10, but there was one report of a gust as high as 86 mph on Lake Superior. The winds and snow were part of a strong fall storm that caused power outages, swamped roads with large waves and flooding along Lake Superior’s shore. Water-swollen roads in Canal Park didn’t deter the wave-watchers from making their way to the shore, where waves crashed over the large boulder wall and the water flowed through the Lighthouse parking lot and onto Canal Park Drive.
BISMARCK — A large wind farm is planned for south central North Dakota, according to documents filed with the state's Public Service Commission. The 298.1-megawatt project will consist of up to 123 turbines and is slated for northeastern Emmons County and southwestern Logan County, about 41 miles southeast of Bismarck. The project is being proposed by an indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, and the company is seeking a siting permit from the PSC.
WASHINGTON -- Midwest U.S. senators are pleased with the news that President Donald Trump’s administration will initiate the process to make 15 percent ethanol-blended fuel — commonly known as E15 — available year-round. Republicans John Thune and Mike Rounds each said that the change would benefit South Dakota farmers and consumers. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said farmers will have an increased market for their products and consumers will have more options at the pump.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board has announced funding of its Maternal and Child Health Department for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, located in northeastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota. The funding kick starts the Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program on the Lake Traverse Reservation. The project aims to improve healthy development, family support and early childhood learning among Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate women and children.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A two-hour documentary, “The Mayo Clinic: Faith-Hope-Science,” created by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns will air on public television on at 8 p.m. Central Tuesday night. The documentary tells the story of the Rochester clinic that has been called a “place for hope where there is no hope,” according to Burns’ website.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a statement on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to remind residents that state law prohibits the placement of private signs of any kind on a highway right of way. “With political campaigns underway for November elections, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds campaigners that state law prohibits placement of private signs of any kind,” the press release said.