Ryan Faircloth / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s largest supplier of the lifesaving opioid overdose antidote naloxone will no longer receive state support for its efforts. The state Department of Human Services will allocate $1 million in federal grant money to five community agencies over the next year to provide naloxone kits and training to those who need them. The money comes from a two-year, $17.7 million grant that Minnesota received to fight the opioid crisis.
STILLWATER, Minn. — A robber. A gang member. A cop killer. They were convicted of the unthinkable and sentenced to life in prison. Decades later, these Minnesota inmates say they have changed for the better and deserve a second chance. Will they get one? Calvin Everett, Pepi McKenzie and Jeff Anderson pondered this question as they sat inside a brick chapel within the Stillwater prison last week. They were among a support group of a dozen “lifers” who discussed the steps they have taken to rehabilitate themselves and the hopes they have for parole.
As Minnesota deals with an early summer spike in drug overdoses, some of the suppliers who put the lifesaving Narcan treatments on the street are finding out their government funding is being cut, if not eliminated. Valhalla Place and the Steve Rummler HOPE Network are Minnesota’s largest community providers of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. They provide naloxone kits and overdose training free of charge to those who need them, serving everyone from addicts and families to homeless shelters and reservations.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota students who have unpaid lunch debt cannot be blocked from walking in their graduation ceremonies, Attorney General Keith Ellison said Wednesday, May 15. Ellison issued a written opinion and cited two state statutes — the Minnesota Public School Fee Law and the Lunch Aid Law — to back his conclusion.
ST. PAUL -- A group of Minnesota citizens with diabetes made an eleventh-hour plea on Monday, May 13, for lawmakers to address the rising costs of insulin. During a news conference at the state Capitol, the women urged lawmakers to unite behind a proposal that would give people with diabetes an emergency supply of insulin if they cannot afford it. The “Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act” provision is wrapped into the House and Senate health and human services bills, but the versions are slightly different.
ST. PAUL — Paul Schnell let out a warm smile as he greeted a class full of some of Minnesota’s most dangerous men. The new state corrections commissioner struck up candid conversations with several inmates during a visit to the maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights earlier this month. One asked for more educational and vocational classes like the one they were in, while another said he wished there were more psychology services to help him reflect on his actions.
ST. PAUL -- Democrats in the Minnesota House want to give more state grant money to undocumented immigrants who are attending college but do not qualify for federal aid. Students who are not legal citizens can receive state grants, but they do not qualify for federal Pell Grants. Under a proposal in the House higher education omnibus bill, undocumented students would be eligible for more state grant money to make up for the gap in federal aid.
ST. PAUL — State lawmakers have yet to come together to appoint four new members to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. They have until the last day of the legislative session, May 20, to do so. But the odds that they will are looking more and more unlikely. If the two chambers do not call a joint convention — a gesture that is meant to be bipartisan — DFL Gov. Tim Walz will fill the four vacancies. The openings include a 5th Congressional District seat, two at-large seats and a student seat. So what’s the holdup?
President Donald Trump is expected to visit the Twin Cities on Monday, April 15, according to a GOP official who wished to remain anonymous because details are still being finalized. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a “ VIP Movement Notification ” for Minneapolis for Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS — Tens of thousands of college basketball fans trekked to Minnesota this past weekend for the NCAA Men’s Final Four, taking in the sights and sounds of the Twin Cities before they got a front-row seat to sports history. The weekend was filled with festivities in Minneapolis — open practices at U.S. Bank Stadium, free concerts at the Armory and on Nicollet Mall, an interactive sports playground dubbed “Fan Fest” inside the Minneapolis Convention Center and more.