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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.
ST. PAUL -- The arrest of one woman with a blood-alcohol content of 0.21 driving to a dentist’s office with her 3-year-old child in Alexandria was just one of 1,369 such arrests Minnesota law enforcement made during a campaign targeting drunken drivers. Extra drunken driving enforcement Aug. 17-Sept.2 yielded just one less arrest than last year’s campaign total, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a news release. Authorities issued 1,244 seat belt violations, a drop of 286 from the 2017 campaign.
ST. PAUL—Tobacco use among Minnesota high school students increased for the first time in 17 years and state health officials attribute the rise to the popularity of e-cigarettes. The Minnesota Department of Health has now issued a health advisory regarding the latest evidence that early nicotine use increases the risks of addiction for youth now and later in life.
FARGO — Minnesota ranked third and North Dakota fourth in WalletHub's 2018 Happiest States in America report. To determine where Americans are happiest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 indicators. The data set includes emotional health, job satisfaction, income growth and safety. The top 10 happiest states are • Hawaii • Utah • Minnesota • North Dakota • California • Idaho • Maryland • Iowa • South Dakota • Nebraska
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Video of a broken play that turned into a touchdown has put a Minnesota high school team into the national spotlight. The video from the Friday, Sept. 7, game with Alexandria Area High School hosting Sartell was captured by Alexandria Echo Press sports editor Eric Morken who shared it on Twitter, where it streaked in popularity.
BISMARCK — After additional review ordered by a federal judge, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday, Aug. 31, the Dakota Access Pipeline won't have "significant impacts" to hunting and fishing resources. The Corps, in a court filing, said the risks of an oil spill are low "and any impacts to hunting and fishing resource(s) will be of limited scope and duration." It also said the pipeline wouldn't result in "disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority populations."
A study ranks South Dakota first and Minnesota second for overall best community college systems. The WalletHub study compared 715 colleges by cost and financing, and education and career outcomes. Pennsylvania came in last.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota governor candidate state Rep. Erin Murphy suggests using money collected from online sales to be used to expand the state's high-speed internet broadband network. The Democrat said that should provide more than $100 million a year for broadband. State officials expect $132 million to $206 million annually from new sales tax collections. The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled that businesses not inside the state still must pay sales tax.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota will require businesses to begin collecting taxes on most online sales Oct. 1. The Revenue Department announced Wednesday, July 25, the date it will enforce existing state law. The decision came after a June 21 U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a South Dakota case that states can require businesses not located with their boundaries to collect the tax. Before the ruling, often only businesses within states were forced to pay sales taxes, although some online firms did collect them.
MINNEAPOLIS—The final grants, coming from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee's legacy fund of almost $77,000, were awarded to 52 organizations. The Legacy Fund invested more than $5.5 million to communities across the state in the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII last February at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The final dividend grants, at $1,475 each, will be used to supplement previous grants to those 52 organizations by the host committee.