ROCHESTER, Minn. — Health experts, physicians and pharmacists on Wednesday, Oct. 2, weighed in on why prescription drug prices have ballooned in Minnesota and elsewhere and what the state could do to stave off the increases. The conversation was one of the first meetings of the Minnesota House of Representatives' mini session in the southeastern part of the state. Minnesota lawmakers met with experts at the University of Minnesota Rochester in an effort to draft policy changes based on professional insight.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans should start taking steps to get new identification cards with REAL ID, state and federal public safety officials said on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The push to educate the state comes a little more than a year before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is set to enforce a new federal standard requiring adults to hold a REAL ID card or driver's license to board commercial airline flights.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Monday, Sept. 23 charged 10 people in connection with an alleged scheme to swindle more than $2 million from the state Department of Human Services and Medica through a Hill City assisted living facility. The 10 former owners, managers and employees of Chappy's Golden Shores face a combined 76 counts of manslaughter, assault, neglect, racketeering, theft, operating a comprehensive home-care facility without a license, concealing the proceeds of these crimes, perjury and obstructing the state’s criminal investigation.
ST. PAUL — State regulators next week are set to decide what steps they should take next in weighing the construction of a crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 1, will take up the environmental impact statement for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project and consider what additional hearings might be needed to revise the statement.
ST. PAUL — Tribal elders spoke aloud the names of loved ones murdered or missing and with tears and smiles, they made a commitment: to end the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls. The Minnesota Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force on Thursday, Sept. 19, met for the first time, starting a 15-month timeline to write a report guiding law enforcement and the Legislature on the systemic causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday, Sept. 17, denied a request to weigh in on the adequacy of an environmental impact assessment of a proposed oil pipeline project in northern Minnesota, likely allowing the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project to move forward.
PLATO, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz on Monday, Sept. 16 signed an executive order establishing a Minnesota Biofuels Council, a body that will assess growth opportunities in the industry and advise the administration on potential policy changes. Surrounded by agriculture officials at a farm an hour outside the capital, the first-term governor said the state needs to take the lead in discovering new uses for Minnesota corn and expand ones that have been successful.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota homebuilders urged lawmakers on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to probe the way cities and counties collect inspection fees, alleging some have illegally used the source the revenue as a "cash cow" for local projects at the expense of homeowners.
ST. PAUL — The state's infamous vehicle licensing and registration system is set to get the boot. And with a replacement set to roll out over the next two years, state lawmakers on Monday, Sept. 9, said they were hopeful about the fresh start. Lawmakers and IT experts on the Legislative Driver and Vehicle Systems Oversight Committee got an update from state public safety and IT officials as well as the new contractor set to run the replacement for MNLARS, the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System.
ST. PAUL — Department of Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead held up a granite plaque that read "trustworthy" and set it before her as she stared down more than a dozen lawmakers before her in a crowded hearing room. On her second day in the new position, Harpstead, a former Lutheran Social Services and Medtronic executive, committed to delving into the goings-on at the state's troubled social services agency that takes in more than $18 billion every two years.