Minnesota

Minnesota Commercial Grain Dryers Lose Propane “Until Further Notice”

Farmers in Minnesota face yet another challenge from the Arctic blast as they try to finish their harvest – the natural gas supply for commercial corn dryers was shut off Monday in an effort to keep enough supply on hand for homes and schools. Farmers are already weeks behind schedule harvesting their fields in temperatures nearly 20 degrees below normal….

South Dakota Tribe Wants 1863 Removal Law Changed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A South Dakota tribe is asking for the state’s help to change an 1863 federal law that technically keeps them from owning land in Minnesota. The law removed Dakota people from Minnesota and relocated them to several states in the Midwest. It was signed by President Abraham Lincoln after conflicts between white settlers and Dakota people…

Krispy Kreme Orders Student to Halt Doughnut Resale Service

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minnesota college student says Krispy Kreme has told him to stop making doughnut runs to Iowa. Twenty-one-year-old Jayson Gonzalez of Champlin, Minnesota, would make weekend runs to a Krispy Kreme store in Clive, Iowa, and pack his car with boxes of doughnuts that he would deliver to customers around the Twin Cities. But less than…

Illegal Vape Name Draws Scrutiny as Illness Spreads

LOS ANGELES – A shadowy but widely sold illegal marijuana vape is drawing the attention of investigators looking into a rash of mysterious lung illnesses around the country. Investigators have not identified a culprit in the outbreak but say patients have frequently mentioned using Dank Vapes. Industry experts say it’s a rogue brand with packaging and hardware easily purchased online….

Tribal Complaints Prompt National Park to Stop Selling Pipes

PIPESTONE, Minn. – The Pipestone National Monument in southwestern Minnesota says it will stop selling pipes following decades of tribal complaints that the sales desecrate sacred grounds. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that Faith Spotted Eagle of the Yankton Sioux Tribe calls the pipestone from which the pipes are carved “the blood of our people.” Superintendent Lauren Blacik says the…

Snowstorms, Heavy Rains, Take Toll On Minnesota Pheasants

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Wildlife managers say late-season snowstorms and heavy spring rains have taken a toll on Minnesota’s pheasant population. The Department of Natural Resources’ annual roadside survey indicates that Minnesota’s pheasant numbers are down 17% from 2018. The index is 11% below the 10-year average and 60% below the long-term average. DNR upland game research scientist Tim Lyons…

Discussing Hemp in South Dakota at Dakotafest

MITCHELL, S.D.-South Dakota is one of three states that does not allow hemp production. However, it’s a crop that’s on the minds of many farmers. Throughout the state, discussions are being held about the plant, including during a panel at Dakotafest. The future of hemp is uncertain in South Dakota. So for now, farmers are discussing the challenges and opportunities…

Minnesotans Question, Praise Trump Drug Import Plan

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota residents are praising and questioning the Trump administration’s plan to allow the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. The proposal would enable states to launch their own drug importation programs as long as they ensure medicines are safe and consumers see a “significant reduction” in costs. The plan says insulin could be imported only if manufacturers…

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…