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ST. PAUL — A record number of Minnesotans have signed up for health insurance coverage through the state’s MNsure program. The program said Wednesday, Jan. 17, that 116,358 residents have enrolled in the individual market from Nov. 1 to Jan. 14, breaking the previous year’s record of 114,810.
ROCHESTER, Minn. --- A 25-year-old Rochester man is being held in jail after he shot and killed a teenager after the two were in a vehicle crash over the weekend in the southern Minnesota city. Alexander William Weiss is being held on probable cause for second degree after he shot Muhammed Rahim, 17, also of Rochester, in the chest, police said. Weiss told police it was in self-defense.
GROTON, S.D. – A 34-year-old man died Saturday afternoon about 1:30 p.m. in a one-vehicle crash seven miles south of Groton. The name of the man is not being released pending notification of family members. He was the only person involved.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. --- When a 23-year-old Burnsville, Minn., man called for a sober driver after his arrest for a DWI earlier this week in St. Cloud, Nathan Henning's father from Brooklyn Center arrived. The Stearns County jail staff then do what they always do. They checked the driver, this time being Richard Henning, 54, with a voluntary breath test for alcohol.
ST. PAUL—With almost 1,800 flu-related hospitalizations and nearly 100 outbreaks in schools and nursing homes, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday, Jan. 11, that it could potentially be a severe flu season. The department said as the flu season climbs toward its peak, residents can still get flu vaccines and it's not true, despite rumors, that the vaccine isn't effective this year. In the report Thursday, the department said flu activity is showing a continued increase across the state.
EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. -- A 42-year-old man who lives in far northwest South Dakota has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for beating up a woman after she refused to give him money for alcohol. Celby Noisy Hawk Jr. of Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation was convicted of assault resulting in serious bodily injury in the incident last June 9. He was sentenced last week.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two Chicago men have been sentenced for distributing heroin in South Dakota -- sometimes trading the drug for firearms.. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier last week sentenced Clifton Curtis Odie, 42, to 20 years in custody and Robert Andrew Lockhart, 48, to almost nine years in prison. Last October, co-conspirators Raleigh Dee Thomas, 26, and Stephen Nathaniel Harris, 38, were each sentenced to five years in prison.
ST. PAUL -- As far as family friendliness goes, Minnesota is near the top in the nation, according to a study by a financial website. A study by WalletHub listed Minnesota as these second best place to raise a family, behind only Massachusetts.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Authorities are still on the hunt for two people wanted in connection with the shooting deaths and robbery of two men in what police believe was a drug deal gone bad Friday, Jan. 5, in north Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls police public information officer Sam Clemens said Manuel Jesus Frias, 34, is wanted for first-degree murder, while Maria Shentel LeClaire, 27, is wanted for accessory to first-degree robbery. Clemens said police believe there was a drug deal that was going to happen and one tried to rob the other — then the shooting began.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two men have died in a shooting in a high-crime area in northern Sioux Falls and police are seeking a man and woman who may be armed and are of interest in the killings. Police said that on Friday, Jan. 5, about 5:35 a.m. someone called police after hearing gunshots outside of an apartment at 700 West Rice Street. Officers found two men with gunshot wounds. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital where he later died from his injuries. Both victims are believed to be in their 20s and detectives were working to identify both men.