Minnesota AP Updates



ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Obama administration says Minnesota has the lowest average premiums nationwide on three health insurance plans that will be sold under the federal health care overhaul. The U.S. Department of Human Services has released information comparing weighted average premiums among 47 states and the District of Columbia. MNsure.com will be the state's health plan portal. It launches next week.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official plans to tour Powderhorn Lake in Minneapolis on Wednesday for an up-close look at turnaround strategies for once-impaired waters. A decade ago, the lake was considered impaired. But as of last year it was deemed restored. The turnaround is attributed to storm water treatment, rain gardens and other steps to reduce algae.

CENTER CITY, Minn. (Star Trib) — Minnesota-based Hazelden and California's Betty Ford Center have agreed to merge. Terms of the agreement between two of the country's leading addiction treatment centers were not disclosed. The Star Tribune reports the new entity will be named the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Hazelden also will rename its Women's Recovery Center in Minnesota to honor former first lady Betty Ford.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a grant to provide safety training for more than 2 million young people involved in agricultural production. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsak says the department wants to make sure young people can help out on the farm while staying safe. The grant is being announced Wednesday at the North American Agricultural Safety Summit in Minneapolis.