ST. PAUL — Two Upper Midwest governors have issued emergency orders to help their residents deal with a propane shortage, with prices at the highest levels ever, while those in the region who depend on the gas for heat face continued bitterly cold temperatures. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Monday night declared a propane emergency. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took similar action during the weekend. Both governors have ordered their state agencies to do whatever they can to help residents cope.
ST. PETER — A man with a criminal history on the Red Lake Indian Reservation and in Bemidji is in jail after the death Wednesday night of a fellow state hospital patient. Darnell Dee Whitefeather, 31, was taken to the Nicollet County Jail after Michael Douglas, 41, of Blue Earth County, died in his room of the Minnesota State Security Hospital in St. Peter, a facility that houses mentally ill patients. Gov. Mark Dayton has asked to be kept up to date on the investigation.
A U.S. Supreme Court hearing that could affect a Minnesota law allowing child care workers to join unions took on broader interest during Tuesday’s arguments when it became apparent that justices could make a decision to ban forcing government workers to join unions. The case from Illinois dealt with whether home medical care workers should join unions. The issue is similar to a Minnesota law, passed by a Democratic-controlled Legislature, that allows home child care workers to join unions. A court case over the Minnesota law is on hold until the U.S.
ST. PAUL — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. John McCain’s wife, Cindy, met with National Football League officials Friday, trying to reduce sex trafficking that usually accompanies Super Bowl games. “We often think of human trafficking as a problem that occurs half a world away, but the reality is it’s happening in our own backyard, including at big events like the Super Bowl,” said Klobuchar, D-Minn.