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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota attorney general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, Oct. 16, against three major U.S. manufacturers of insulin, allegeding them of deceptively raising the list prices of insulin and making it less affordable to patients in high deductible health plans, the uninsured and senior citizens on Medicare. “Insulin is a life-or-death drug for people with diabetes. Many people can’t afford the price hikes but can’t afford to stop taking the medication either,” Attorney General Lori Swanson said in a statement.
BARRON, Wis.—A 13-year-old girl is missing and considered endangered, and two adults were found dead in a home in Barron County in northwest Wisconsin early Monday morning, Oct. 15. Authorities are searching for Jayme Closs, 13, who is described as 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, with green eyes and blond or strawberry hair. Anyone with information about her is asked to contact the Barron County Sheriff's Department at 715-537-3106.
FARGO — A sentencing date of 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, has been slated in the case of William Hoehn, who's pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit kidnapping and one count of lying to police in the death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. Hoehn was acquitted at trial in September on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of LaFontaine-Greywind.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans can use a new online health insurance plan comparison tool offered by MNsure before its open enrollment period begins Nov. 1. The tool allows eligible residents to compare plans by premium, co-pay, deductible, out-of-pocket maximum and covered prescriptions. Also, the new tool helps Minnesotans determine if they are eligible for financial assistance, which could save thousands of dollars.
ST. PAUL—Nearly 5,000 young hunters 10 to 15 years old will take to the fields and forests this weekend during Minnesota's youth deer season, the Department of Natural Resources said. The DNR offers the annual hunting opportunity to help develop Minnesota's next generation of hunters.
RURAL PONSFORD, Minn. — A 15-year-old boy with special needs was flown to a Twin Cities area hospital to be treated for hypothermia after he went missing for several hours Monday, Oct. 15, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Office. About 12:36 a.m. Monday, the sheriff's office received a report that the boy had left his home in rural Ponsford. The temperature was 28 degrees and the wind chill was 18 at midnight in Park Rapids, a town about 20 miles from Ponsford, according to the National Weather Service.
FARGO — A Norwegian reality show is once again looking for Norwegian-Americans for the experience of a lifetime. Casting is now open for the 10th season of “Alt for Norge” (“The Great Norway Adventure”), in which contestants travel to Norway to chase down their ancestral roots, experience a little culture shock and try to win $50,000.
PLEASANT VALLEY, Wis. -- A Hammond woman and a horse were killed Friday morning, Oct. 12, after the animal was struck in the middle of a St. Croix County road. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 53-year-old Diane G. Johnson, the driver of a 2009 Chevy Impala. According to a news release, deputies responded at 6:42 a.m. Oct. 12 to County Road T about three miles south of Hammond — for a single-vehicle crash. Preliminary investigation found the brown horse was in the middle of the road when Johnson collided with it.
DULUTH—Residents and tourists slowly made their way around pieces of the Lake Superior Lakewalk strewn around the Duluth shoreline Thursday, Oct. 11, as they gawked at the damage done by Wednesday's storm. A group of tourists stopped to read informational signs about Lake Superior as they walked on rocks pushed onto the Lakewalk by the waves. All along the way, people were making comments about how sad it was to see the damage and how powerful the storm had to be to cause it.
ST. PAUL -- Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Walker Lake near Ottertail, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday, Oct. 11. The lake is connected to Otter Tail Lake, which also was confirmed to contain zebra mussels in 2016. The DNR said a lake property owner contacted them after finding five adult zebra mussels on an irrigation intake while removing it for the season. DNR invasive species staff found more zebra mussels on other equipment in the same area of the lake and where Walker Lake outlets into Otter Tail Lake.