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FARGO — The Dakota Access Pipeline is up and flowing, the pipeline's operator said Thursday, June 1. The $3.8 billion pipeline began transporting oil for customers despite pending litigation against its operator, Energy Transfer Partners, in Washington. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe maintains the pipeline operator did not complete a full and public environmental review, and that President Donald Trump ignored the treaty rights of the tribe by taking executive action to approve the pipeline.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota medical marijuana patients report significant benefits of its use, according to a recent survey released by the state. A majority of patients said they believed the benefits of switching from other medication to medical cannabis have been substantial, according to early data from a Department of Health survey of patients from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.. Using a rating scale from 1 (no benefit) to 7 (great deal of benefit), 64 percent of respondents gave a 6 or 7 when asked how much benefit they think they received from using medical marijuana.
ST. PAUL — State health officials are concerned about the sharp rise in sexually transmitted diseases and drug-related infections. According to a Minnesota Department of Health's annual report, the state saw a steep increase in syphilis, gonorrhea and hepatitis C cases, each of which increased by at least 25 percent in 2016.
ST. PAUL — Top state health officials have been working with pharmacies across Minnesota to make it easier for Minnesotans to get opiate overdose medication. Naloxone, also commonly known by the brand name Narcan, has been shown to be an effective counteragent to overdoses of heroin, fentanyl and other street and prescription opioids, Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said during a press conference Friday, April 14.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings will have a primetime matchup included in their slate of preseason games for the 2017 season. The team's third preseason matchup — traditionally the game in which the starting players see the most time on the field — will be a Sunday Night Football tilt at home against the San Francisco 49ers. That game will be broadcast nationally on NBC at 7 p.m. Aug. 27.
ST. PAUL — A Prior Lake, Minn., contractor was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 1, in U.S. District Court to nearly seven years in prison for a series of fraud and money laundering schemes he used to acquire at least $3 million during the early 2010s. Gerard Leonard Roy, 56, received 82 months in prison for using seven construction companies he owned to fraudulently receive public and governmental contracts between 2010 and 2015, according to a state Department of Commerce press release.
AYER, Mass. — Danny Heinrich, the killer of Jacob Wetterling, is expected to serve the remainder of his prison sentence at a federal prison outside Boston. Heinrich is an inmate at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Mass., about 40 miles northwest of Boston. FMC Devens is a prison for male inmates who require specialized long-term care, according to the prison’s website. Heinrich, 53, is listed as inmate No. 18854-041, with a release date of March 28, 2033, on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons database.
BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum said Tuesday, Jan. 17, he supports efforts to streamline North Dakota oil spill reporting to make information more accessible to the public. The comments came as Burgum led his first meeting as chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission during discussion on a bill related to reporting on oilfield spills.
MINNEAPOLIS — Defensive tackle Linval Joseph will become the fifth Minnesota Vikings at this season's Pro Bowl. Joseph was added to the NFC roster Thursday, Jan. 12, replacing Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald, who will miss the game due to injury. The seventh-year player will play in his first career Pro Bowl on Jan. 29 in Orlando. He will be joined by defensive end Everson Griffen, kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrison Smith.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate overwhelmingly rejected a resolution that would have, if approved by voters, removed the State Hospital from the state Constitution Tuesday, Jan. 10. The change would have struck language from a section of the North Dakota Constitution that lists the State Hospital in Jamestown as one of the public institutions “permanently located” across the state. The resolution would have put the change to voters in 2018.