ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Groups that advocate for minority communities complain they were mostly left out of an initial round of $4 million in grants to groups that are helping uninsured and underinsured people navigate Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace. MNsure's board chair and executive director say they have made efforts to reach minority groups and will continue to do so.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An oversight board has ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton inadvertently failed to account for his use of a state plane on political trips. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board says the violation has since been corrected and Dayton won't be fined. Dayton's campaign has provided updated payment information about trips he took last year that involved political campaigning.
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Burnsville man is charged with taking his former girlfriend and her co-worker hostage last weekend at the gas station where they work. Thirty-one-year-old Ariel Luis Barnett is charged with second-degree assault and kidnapping. Police surrounded the gas station and after a short standoff, an officer talked to Barnett on the phone and persuaded him to surrender. Neither employee was hurt.