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Published January 28, 2014, 12:00 PM

WDAY News - Noon Update

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By: Lane Zyvoloski, WDAY

Thank you for joining us for the WDAY 6 news update at noon.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency because of a severe shortage of propane and other home heating fuels. State agencies will help local governments respond to and recover from the emergency. The governor will meet with suppliers today.

A Barnesville man who sexually assaulted a quadriplegic, vulnerable Fargo woman, is sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison. 46-year-old Michael Herbst was convicted of criminal sex conduct. The woman was 21, but functioned at a 5-year-old level.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth student recovering from severe frostbite has received a lot of support. Now, her co-workers are joining in. Alyssa Lommel is a Latchkey Teacher at St. John's School in Duluth. Her fellow teachers are selling bracelets and key chains for $3 and $5 this week to help with medical costs. Lommel is still in the hospital after spending the night outside last month following a night of drinking. She's not fighting the battle alone.

"We really think that for her, you know, that support of her faith community here at St. John's and these kids that she's worked with for the past couple years means a lot in supporting her in her recovery process and we'd like to help the family monetarily as well,” said teacher Leah Kilsdonk.

Lommel is expected to be out of the hospital next month.

The Fargo city attorney has decided not to prosecute a local reporter for walking into elementary schools with a hidden camera, without permission. This past December, the station aired the hidden camera report, showing the reporter walking into 3 schools. In Fargo, it is a violation of a city ordinance to go into a school without checking into the office. West Fargo has not yet decided if it will press charges.

The Farm Bill is making its way to the finish line. Ag Conference Committee members voted on a compromised bill that will be presented to the House and Senate floor as early as next week. This agreement came after weeks of Senator John Hoeven pushing committee members to vote on compromises rather than debate. The compromised 5 year farm bill focuses on crop insurance, the sugar program, and saves $24 billion.

No longer about bold ambitions, the State of the Union address will focus more on what's achievable.

President Obama plans to announce executive actions on job training, retirement security and help for the long-term unemployed in finding work. More on that tonight on WDAY 6 News.

Here's what you'll find in today's Forum: Learn how the Canadian pipeline explosion is calling attention to a need for preparations in case of widespread heating outages.

And on WDAY 6 News tonight, reporter Kay Cooley tells us how the high propane prices are impacting small family businesses.

Now time for our retweet of the day. It's a two part retweet. Both are from Good Morning America today.

Of course the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will face each other at the Super Bowl this weekend, but who says you can't start the festivities with a stadium of food a little early? Although I'm not sure I'd want to get too close to that sea green field.

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