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ST. PAUL — Autism and obstructive sleep apnea will be qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use in Minnesota next summer, the regulating state agency announced Thursday, Nov. 30. Beginning July 1, 2018, patients with those conditions will be able to enroll in the state's medical marijuana program, with approved patients allowed to receive medical cannabis starting Aug. 1. The conditions become the 12th and 13th qualifying conditions for the Minnesota Department of Health program that started in 2014.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman resigned Friday, Nov. 17, to launch a campaign for state attorney general. Rothman made the announcement in a press release, stating he wanted to avoid any conflicts of interest that may arise during the campaign. "I am extremely proud of all we have accomplished together to protect consumers, advance Minnesota's clean energy economy, enhance financial education and outreach, and protect the public interest," Rothman said in the press release.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins on Wednesday, Oct. 18, informed closer Glen Perkins they will not pick up the $6.5 million option on his contract, making the left-hander from Stillwater a free agent. Perkins, 34, will be paid a $700,000 buyout.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Vikings moved into first place in the NFC North on Sunday, Oct. 15, with a 23-10 win over the Green Bay Packers. The Packers took an even bigger blow than a divisional loss, losing star quarterback Aaron Rodgers midway through the first quarter after a hit from linebacker Anthony Barr. Rodgers reportedly fractured his collarbone and could miss the rest of the season. The Vikings defense held the Packers to just 227 yards of total offense, shutting down the Green Bay offense with fourth-year backup Brett Hundley under center.
MINNEAPOLIS — The NFL is a passing league, but that doesn't make setting your wide receiver slots easy in fantasy. Some of the league's big-time fantasy contributors — Julio Jones, Michael Crabtree, DeVante Parker, etc. — have missed playing time due to injury, while others have seen roles diminish thanks to the emergence of pass-catching running backs.
CHICAGO—Two passers throwing their first career touchdowns. A double reverse pitch to the quarterback for a two-point conversion. A fake punt pass. The Chicago Bears pulled out all the stops Monday night, Oct. 9, but it was the Minnesota Vikings walking away with an NFC North divisional victory, 20-17.
MINNEAPOLIS — For some fantasy football players, the arrival of NFL bye weeks present the first real challenge of the season, as their drafted players have propelled them to the top of their leagues. For the rest of us — who, incidentally, hate those lucky few — it's a chance to flex our waiver muscles and claw back from a poor start to the season.
MINNEAPOLIS—The flashy yellow gloves of Adam Thielen helped vault him among the NFL's leaders in receiving yards this season, but they let him down late Sunday, Oct. 1, against the Detroit Lions. Down by seven in the fourth quarter, the fourth-year receiver hauled in the first play of Minnesota's final push to close the deficit. But as Thielen turned upfield, Detroit safety Glover Quin punched the ball out from behind. Tahir Whitehead fell on the ball for the Lions, and the Vikings fell to 2-2 on the season with a 14-7 loss at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—A week after making a rocky season debut, Vikings quarterback Case Keenum set a career high in passing yardage en route to leading Minnesota to a 34-17 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, Sept. 24. Keenum connected for three touchdown passes for the Vikings (2-1), twice to Stefon Diggs and another to Jarius Wright, while throwing for 369 yards and no interceptions. Running back Dalvin Cook added 72 yards receiving to go along with 97 yards rushing.
MINNEAPOLIS — If you had to bet money before the season started, who would you pick to have the most fantasy points scored by a quarterback through the first two weeks? Tom Brady? Aaron Rodgers? Drew Brees? Well, the answer is Trevor Siemian of the Denver Broncos. If you say you would have picked him, you are: • Lying, • Throwing a dart at a dartboard and you luckily hit Siemian's section, or • A complete homer who loves the Broncos and your judgement is questionable.