Dec. 18, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
This year's flu season is hitting hard. Learn how to protect yourself and others. Best practices
- Minnesota's volunteers are a generous bunch, but there are fewer of them
The volunteer rate in Minnesota remains higher than other states -- but it is falling. | Employers eager to support paid volunteer time
- Four Minnesota laws that start Jan. 1
Many laws passed during the 2014 Minnesota legislative session take effect Jan. 1. Here's a look at a few of the more interesting changes.
- Dayton urges swift action on flood aid package
Minnesota's governor intends to ask legislators to OK a relief package related to last summer's severe flooding because an existing disaster-aid account ran dry this week.
- 18-year-old Washington man ID'd in I-694 police chase, shooting
Authorities have confirmed the identity of two men who died Wednesday in a string of incidents that included an apparent killing at a Maple Grove rest stop and a fatal police shooting.
- Apostle Islands ice cave visitors will have to pay $5 fee
The National Park Service will charge the fee for visitors ages 16 and older, assuming the caves form again this winter. A $10 season pass will also be available. | Photos: Inside the majestic ice caves
- Judge allows consumers' claims against Target to continue
U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled that the consumers suing Target over last year's data breach can proceed with most of their claims, based on consumer protection laws.
- Minn. utilities, clean energy advocates, work on energy options
The coalition's recommendations to the Legislature would give consumers more choices about how their energy is produced. They also aim to keep energy reliable and affordable. | Environment
- Cubans in Minnesota ready for warmer U.S. relations
Famous, and not-so-famous, Minnesotans with ties to Cuba are applauding the president's move to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations and see it as positive for both nations. | 6 things to know about Cuban cigars
- For a Bemidji bike messenger in winter, at least there's no competition
Hazards are high and the pay is low, but for a bike enthusiast it's the perfect gig.
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