ST. PAUL — The revolving door at the Minnesota Department of Human Services remained in motion this week as top-level officials resigned, provoking deputies at the agency to stay on after announcing they'd leave. At week's end, former DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey was out, along with his chief of staff Stacie Weeks. And deputy commissioners Chuck Johnson and Claire Wilson said they'd rescind their less than week-old resignations.
ST. PAUL — A deputy commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Corrections on Friday, July 19, submitted her resignation six months into her tenure there, citing a desire to advance "wide-spread reform" outside the department. Sarah Walker, who served as deputy commissioner of community services, resigned effective immediately on Friday, July 19, and in her letter of resignation said she was pleased with some of the work she'd accomplished within DOC, but she wanted to do more.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan is set to lead a delegation of scientists, lawmakers, farm leaders and energy industry officials to Germany for an international seminar on renewable energy.
ST. PAUL — Eight years to the day after Lexi Reed Holtum's fiancé Steve Rummler died of a heroin overdose, Reed Holtum watched as Gov. Tim Walz signed a copy of a new law holding drug companies responsible for the fallout of the opioid crisis in Minnesota. "I'm just really blown away at the fact that we got it done," she said, standing at a podium surrounded by others who'd lost loved ones to opioid addiction.
ST. PAUL — Fewer women sought induced abortions in Minnesota in 2018 as compared to a year earlier, state statistics show, but the number of women from outside the state seeking the procedure grew during that timeframe. The figures come from a Department of Health report published on Monday, July 1, outlining induced abortion procedures in Minnesota. The data is the most recent available.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota farm and food industry groups on Tuesday, June 18 pressed U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky for answers about a possible end to ongoing trade fights between the United States and China, as well as Canada and Mexico. And while he offered possible paths out of the tumultuous trade negotiations, Censky didn't have a clear answer for the dozens of agricultural leaders.
ST. PAUL — The process of greenlighting pending applications for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project in northern Minnesota will again be delayed as state agencies wait for a revised environmental impact statement. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday, June 18, said they would wait to take final action on the Line 3 replacement project as well as on pending permit applications until the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission takes up a deficiency in the application identified by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota hunters and farmers could soon carry handheld tools to test deer for fatal brain disease in the field. In labs across the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, scientists are months away from making that a reality. After lawmakers and the governor approved $1.8 million to fund the creation of a test to detect chronic wasting disease within hours, rather than days, a team of veterinary experts, microbiologists, genomics professors and engineers started a two-year timeline to create a breakthrough tool to test for the disease.
ST. PAUL — Reproductive rights advocates, religious and health care groups are banding together to take a new tack at rolling back state restrictions on abortions: attempting to root them out in the courts. In a complaint filed Wednesday, May 29 in Ramsey County District Court, the groups challenged a slate of state laws that restrict access to abortion and limit advertisement of treatments for sexually transmitted infection, alleging they run afoul of the Minnesota Constitution.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans won't see a tax hike on gasoline but will see tougher restrictions behind the wheel for those using a cellphone. A tax on medical providers will remain in place but a state-run health insurance buy-in option won't be available in the next couple years. Minnesotans who vape won't be able to use e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants but people 18 and older will still be able to buy them.