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Thanks to a new state law, some Minnesota farmers can say goodbye to the ups and downs of the individual health insurance market and say hello to nice, stable group health insurance plans offered through their co-ops. The 250 or so eligible farmers who are members of Community Co-ops of Lake Park, for example, have until Dec. 29 to sign up for the new group health insurance plans offered through a partnership between Land O'Lakes and Gravie, a Minnesota- based health benefits company.
Lake Region Electric Cooperative has axed a proposed wind turbine-solar power array in Dunn Township, near Pelican Lake. "We have cancelled the community based renewable project, which was a wind/solar hybrid project," Lake Region CEO Tim Thompson said in an email. "The project was being developed by Juhl Energy and we would purchase the energy from the project. Based on the feedback from our members, our board of directors decided it was best to not proceed."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A small town police chief in western Minnesota has been sentenced on a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge, for an incident in which he helped a friend avoid a DWI after she crashed her car into a guardrail on Highway 59.
Detroit Lakes native Jeff Johnson came within 5 percentage points of denying Mark Dayton a second term as governor in 2014, and he hopes to again win Republican endorsement and win the governorship next year. A former state legislator and current member of the Hennepin County Board, Johnson said one of his main goals is to change the sometime-overbearing attitude in some state agencies.
Enjoying this early taste of winter? Looks like it might be especially cold and snowy this year. Time to talk Mahube-Otwa Community Action about energy assistance help. Whether you rent or own your home, you can receive from $200 to $1,400 to help pay your heating bills, and up to $600 more later in emergency situations, if you qualify. You can also get your faulty furnace repaired or replaced.
The federal government giveth and the federal government taketh away. With one hand the Trump administration approved $323 million for two years of an innovative Minnesota plan for a high-risk health insurance pool, designed to lower individual premiums by about 20 percent (compared to what premiums would be without it) for MNsure, the state's version of the Affordable Care Act. But with the other hand it stripped away $369 million in funding for MinnesotaCare, an entirely different program which serves 91,000 people often described as the working poor.
Becker County spent $89,000 last year on a Unitrend all-in-one enterprise backup and continuity system for its IT department. Turns out it was money well spent.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—In what looks to be one of the earliest ice-outs ever, most of Big Detroit Lake—one of the most popular lakes in western Minnesota --- was wavy and free again on Tuesday, April 4. A section in the southeast corner was still locked in ice, however. There was no official call on ice-out by the Pelican River Watershed District, which keeps records, on Tuesday. Ice-off dates can be a little complicated, because the melting process tends to be more gradual than the freeze-up process.
Two people were injured, one seriously, in a broadside crash Thursday morning on Highway 106 near Deer Creek. Joshua S. Weekley, 20, of Bertha, Minn. was seriously injured and was transported to Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.
A Little Falls man died and three others were injured, including a Frazee man, in a two-vehicle crash Thursday evening on Highway 71 in Wadena. Adam J. Denny, 23, of...