Minnesota

What to Know About New Constitutional Carry Law

DELL RAPIDS, S.D.- Several new laws are going into effect July 1st in South Dakota, including the Constitutional Carry Law. It allows people to carry concealed handguns without a permit in South Dakota. KDLT’s Miranda Paige has more on what you need to know before you carry. There’s no place Matt Schlueter would rather be than the gun range. He…

Bikers Ride for Survivors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-You may have seen a group of motorcyclists riding through town Sunday. They were driving on a tri-state trip all for an important cause. The non-profit Survivors Joining For Hope held their second annual Ride for Survivors Poker Run. Over 140 bikers rode in support of families who have been affected by suicide. They started in Sioux Falls…

Vikings Player Spends Father’s Day in Sioux Falls to Tackle Bullying

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s Father’s Day and people are celebrating in many different ways. For one Minnesota Vikings player, he spent his Father’s Day in Sioux Falls promoting a cause important to him. For Father’s Day Linval Joseph, Defensive Tackle for the Vikings celebrated with his four-year-old daughter Elani. He wants to share with her the importance of giving back,…

Walz Open to Special Session to Address Insulin Costs

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz says he’s open to calling a special session to help diabetics who can’t afford the cost of insulin, but lawmakers must first work out a deal. Walz made his comments Wednesday after a discussion with diabetics, advocates and medical professionals. A measure that would have established an emergency insulin program had broad support…

Minnesota Brewing Company to Acquire Sioux Falls Based Hydra Beer Company

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Minnesota company is buying Sioux Falls-based Hydra Beer Company. Lupulin Brewing Company of Big Lake, MN has agreed to acquire Hydra Beer Company. Hydra’s current location in Sioux Falls will become Lupulin Brewing’s newest brewery and taproom. Lupulin Brewing also recently partnered with Global Distributing to distribute its beer in South Dakota. Lupulin Brewing officials…

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Providers Hopeful Despite Losses

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s two medical marijuana providers lost a combined $2.4 million in 2018, continuing the losses that have marked the state’s program since it began. But top executives of both companies tell the St. Paul Pioneer Press they see reason for optimism. They point to changes approved in the recent legislative session that will make it easier for…

2 South Dakota Men Sentenced for Fentanyl Conspiracy

PIERRE, S.D. – Two South Dakota men have been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for trafficking fentanyl from Minnesota. The U.S. attorney’s office says 28-year-old Stuart Siecke, of Worthing, and 37-year-old Dean Bourn, of Vermillion, obtained the narcotic from co-conspirators in Minneapolis for distribution in South Dakota. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug much more powerful…

League Settles Suit, Allows Boys to Dance Competitively

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota State High School League has agreed to a legal settlement that will allow boys to compete on high school dance teams beginning next school year. The Star Tribune says the settlement comes after a ruling last month by a federal appeals court that it must allow two high school boys in Roseville and Hopkins to be…

Omar Cites Death Threats, Says Trump Should Not Incite Them

WASHINGTON – Rep. Ilhan Omar says she’s faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. “This is endangering lives,” she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. “It has to stop.” Her statement late Sunday followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that…

Tribes Emerge as Key Players in Debate Over Sports Betting

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Native American tribes have emerged as key players in the legislative debates over whether states should legalize sports betting. Some oppose the idea because it could threaten their casinos. Others support legalization, but only if they retain a monopoly. In many states, tribes are fighting sports betting or taking a go-slow approach because they worry it…

Couple Rescued From Flood Waters in Lac Qui Parle County

MADISON, Minn. – Sheriff’s deputies have rescued two people stranded in flood water in western Minnesota. Lac Qui Parle County sheriff’s officials say the man and woman drove around a road barricade near Madison Thursday afternoon and attempted to drive through flood water. A strong current pushed them into a field where water was rising quickly inside the vehicle. Deputies…

Minnesota House Passes Bill to Fight Opioid Epidemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota House has voted to hold drug manufacturers responsible for the state’s growing costs for dealing with the opioid crisis. The bill passed 94-34 Monday night. It would support prevention, education, intervention, treatment and recovery strategies. The state would pay for them by sharply raising its annual registration fees for pharmaceutical manufacturers and drug wholesalers…

Minnesota House Votes to Expand State’s Indoor Vaping Ban

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vaping would be banned from bars, restaurants and workplaces across Minnesota under a bill that passed the House on Thursday, a proposal that’s aimed in part at reversing the growing popularity of e-cigarettes among young people. #mnhouse passes HF349 on 100-25 vote. The bill would include vaping devices in the Minnesota Clean…

Minnesota Man Among Plane Crash Victims in Ethiopia

Rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday, March 11, 2019. A spokesman says Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as a safety precaution, following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)ST….

Minnesota GOP Lawmakers Seek $20M More in Flood Relief Money

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Republicans say the Legislature should approve $20 million to replenish an empty disaster aid fund ahead of anticipated spring flooding. GOP lawmakers hold a news conference for Monday to call attention to the need to refill the state’s Disaster Assistance Contingency Account. Rep. Tony Jurgens of Cottage Grove and Sen. Mark Johnson of East…

Minnesota Districts Move to Healthy, Locally Sourced Meals

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota schools are replacing pizza and chicken tenders at lunch with fresher, locally grown foods as education leaders and nutritionists rethink the school meal system. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that more than half of the state’s school districts now have a farm-to-school program. It’s becoming more common for schools to prep food on-site and have local chefs…