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WINONA, Minn.—A measles-infected traveler may have contaminated people in southern Minnesota earlier this month, health officials cautioned Wednesday, April 25. A non-Minnesota resident with confirmed measles traveled through Minnesota and may have exposed individuals to the disease in Winona and Albert Lea, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Exposure could have occurred on: • April 13 at a McDonald's located at 172 Main St. in Winona between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
FOREST LAKE, Minn.—Ben Oliver's phone call to his wife Monday night, March 26, was brief: "Honey, there's a fire at the range, I'll be home late. I've got to go. The fire truck is here." Several hours and about 350,000 gallons of water later, the fire was out — but so was the building. Smoke and water damage caused a total loss to Lakes Trading Co., a gun shop and indoor shooting range in Forest Lake, Minn. There were customers inside the building at the time the fire erupted, but no one sustained injuries other than a Hugo firefighter who sprained his ankle.
Before 7-year-old Simon Caquelin died, his family hugged him, kissed him and tucked him into bed. They sang together and said a bedtime prayer. They said goodnight. Then he was gone. A sledding accident a week before had left the 7-year-old in critical condition. Simon had been in the pediatric intensive care unit at Gillette Children’s hospital in St. Paul trying to recover. The St. Paul boy died Monday morning.
A 52-year-old St. Paul man died in Hawaii last week while snorkeling, authorities said. The man, who was not immediately identified, was on a Friday morning boat trip off the west coast of Maui at the time of his death, which remains under investigation by local authorities. His group’s catamaran was anchored at a spot off the beach near Olowalu, where passengers had been snorkeling. Crew members noticed one man in their group who hadn’t moved in a while and went to check on him, according to authorities.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s been flirting with hosting the 2023 World Expo since 2014. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Buenos Aires, Argentina, was announced as the winner, edging out Minnesota as well as Lodz, Poland. Had Minnesota won, it would have been the first time the fair had been in the United States in nearly 40 years. Instead, it will be the first expo in Latin America ever since the Bureau of International Expositions began organizing them in 1931.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and CenturyLink have reached an agreement on the communications company's pricing practices, Swanson's office announced Monday, Oct. 30. In July, Swanson sued CenturyLink, claiming the company had billed customers higher amounts than its sales agents had quoted. On Friday, an Anoka County judge signed a court order requiring CenturyLink to disclose all terms of price at the time of the sale.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — A data breach at an Arden Hills-based financial services company serving Catholic Church members in the upper Midwest has affected nearly 130,000 current and former members. The unidentified hacker accessed the first and last names, mailing addresses, dates of birth, email addresses, insurance policy information, and Social Security numbers of members. Beneficiary information, log-in credentials and other information were not accessed.
MINNEAPOLIS — Ella Dorner was 15 years old when her parents introduced themselves to her. It wasn't her first time meeting them. In fact, she'd spent her entire life living with them. But after falling and sustaining a traumatic brain injury, she had no idea who they were. "The blonde lady's your mom," Jules Dorner would tell her daughter, referring to herself in the third person.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — Misplace your keys, phone or even wheelchair while eating those Pronto Pups at this year's Minnesota State Fair? You are not out of luck, even though the fair closed on Monday, Sept. 4. About 1,000 items were left behind by the nearly 2 million visitors at this year's State Fair. Over the next few weeks, fair staff will run a lost-and-found operation for those seeking to reclaim their lost belongings.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's attorney general filed a lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 16, against two lending firms, accusing them of bilking money from veterans and senior citizens. Future Income Payments, of Delaware, and FIP, of Nevada, reportedly required seniors and veterans to sign over huge portions of their monthly pensions to cover relatively small loans taken out for medical bills, emergencies and basic household expenses. Interest rates were as high as 200 percent, according to the Attorney General's Office.