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ST. PAUL – Complaints have piled up since Jan. 1 that rural Minnesota’s poor, disabled and elderly struggled to arrange rides to their medical appointments, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota decided to fix that on Thursday by reverting to a system that worked in 2013. Blue Cross announced it will again coordinate Medicaid transportation needs throughout much of rural Minnesota, like it did before it hired MTM, Inc. to handle ride scheduling. Since the first of the year when patients had to call St.
WARREN, Minn. - Jon Linnell was sound asleep Tuesday morning when he heard what he says sounded like an earthquake. His wife woke him up and told him there was a deer in their northwest Minnesota home. Linnell found the doe leaping through his living room after crashing through the sliding glass door.
FARGO – A federal judge Wednesday sentenced a Fargo man to 30 years in prison for sexually molesting and taking pornographic videos and photos of young girls between 2 and 6 years old – images that were discovered only after he lost his cellphone at a Fargodome concert last fall. Victims’ family members, the federal prosecutor and even U.S.
HAWLEY, Minn. – A fire destroyed a 100-year-old farmhouse near here Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported by a rural mail carrier, according to Clay County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Todd. By the time the first fire truck arrived, the house was fully engulfed, said Hawley Assistant Fire Chief Justin Martin. The roof collapsed minutes later, he said. Todd said no one was home at the rural farmhouse at 24401 43rd Ave.
PINE ISLAND, Minn. -- The deaths of two college students found in a rural Pine Island shed have been ruled a homicide-suicide. Kayla Jill Koranda, 18, of Rochester, was found dead at the scene late Monday afternoon. Nicholas Bryan Roecker, 19, who lived at a home on the property, died later at a Rochester hospital. The two graduated from a Rochester high school last year. The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office reported that a “medical call” came in at about 4:30 p.m. Monday. Details of the incident were not released. Don Davis, INFORUM
After blizzard conditions swept through the lakes area Friday night, it looked like the J&K Marine Beach Bar 200 USXC Late Model Cross Country Snowmobile Races, set for Saturday morning in Detroit Lakes, might be in jeopardy. “When I went to bed Friday night, I was wondering if we were even going to have a race Saturday,” said Brian Nelson, owner of USXC Racing. But as luck would have it, the following morning dawned clear and chilly, with blue skies persisting throughout the day.
DULUTH – The 19-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student found in subzero temperatures in mid-December in Duluth had surgery Monday to remove parts of her feet. Alyssa Lommel’s mother, Teri, wrote on her daughter’s CaringBridge site Monday night that the surgery at Regions Hospital in St.
Meteorologists say that what they call a “polar vortex,” and the rest of us call bitterly cold weather, is beginning to ease up in the Upper Midwest. That means the...
MOORHEAD – Drivers going too fast on slick roads Friday contributed to many crashes throughout the area including one fatal crash near Alexandria on Interstate 94. Minnesota State Patrol Sgt.