2 Die Of CO Poisoning in Home; Legislature Back In Session; 1st Measles Case In 2 Years

Two Dead After Carbon Monoxide Leak

(Princeton Township, MN)    Two people are dead after a carbon monoxide leak in Mille Lacs County.  KSTP-TV reports deputies responded to a home in Princeton Township last night, and found 20-year-old Kylea May and 27-year-old Marcos Larson dead inside.  The person who called 911 was also hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning but their condition is unknown.  A cat that was in the house was killed,  while a dog is being treated at a local vet clinic.  Authorities say there was no power or running water in the house, and the victims were using a gas-powered generator and propane space heaters to keep warm. (24/7 News Source) (KSTP)

>>Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak In Grand Rapids Blamed On Water Supply

(Grand Rapids, MN)    Minnesota health officials have traced a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in Grand Rapids to the city’s municipal water supply.  The Minnesota Department of Health announced yesterday that the water supply is the only common link between the 14 people sickened in the outbreak.  State officials say 11 of the people who became ill were hospitalized but no one has died so far.  Testing found that bacteria in the water supply was “highly related” to bacteria found in patient water samples.  The state is planning additional testing and will be working with the city’s utilities department on possible solutions.(24/7 News Source)

>>Teen Dead After Crash In Norman County

(Fossum Township, MN)    A 17-year-old boy is dead following a crash in northwestern Minnesota.  The Minnesota State Patrol says a semi and another vehicle were involved in the crash yesterday afternoon on Highway 200 in Fossum Township, a small community in Norman County.  Investigators say a teen from the nearby community of Gary died in the crash.  The cause of the crash is under investigation.(24/7 News Source)

>>Lutsen Lodge Owner Asks Public To Stop Speculating About Cause Of Fire

(Lutsen, MN)    The owner of a historic lodge that burned down in northern Minnesota last week is apparently tired of all the gossip about what caused the fire.  Lutsen Lodge owner Bryce Campbell went on social media over the weekend and asked people to stop spreading rumors and creating “unnecessary negativity.”  Campbell said plans are already in place to rebuild the lodge as close as possible to the original structure.  The lodge burned down last Tuesday, and state and local investigators are still trying to determine the cause.(24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota Lawmakers Convene 2024 Legislative Session

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota legislative session is underway.  Policy issues on the agenda include gun control, abortion rights, and whether to make Minnesota a sanctuary state for immigrants.  The majority of the work this session will be developing a package of construction projects in a bonding bill.  The first topic addressed yesterday was a bill passed last year banning school resource officers from using restraints on students.  Under a proposed fix, officers who work in schools would need special training but they woul be exempt from rules that regulate how and when teachers may restrain students.>>MN Lawmakers Return To St. Paul For Session(24/7 News Source)

(St. Paul, MN)  —  State Democratic leaders say they are moving quickly but thoughtfully to fix a law passed last year related to the use of force by school resource officers.  The Minnesota Legislature gaveled into session yesterday with immediate debate over how fast the SRO bill should move forward.  A law approved last year banned the use of some holds meant to restrain students, leading to confusion and a decision in some communities to pull resource officers from schools.  House Republicans lobbied for an immediate floor vote on the measure, while Democrats said the bill would get committee hearings this week and a possible floor vote next week.(24/7 News Source)

>>MDH Urges Vaccinations After Measles Case Diagnosed

(St. Paul, MN)  —  The Minnesota Department of Health is urging vaccinations for children after a case of measles was diagnosed in the Twin Cities.  The agency says the one-year-old child was unvaccinated and recently traveled outside the U.S.  It’s the first case in the state since 2022.  State health officials say the measles vaccination rate for two-year-olds has dropped since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and was below 80-percent last year.(24/7 News Source)

>>St. Cloud State Expanding Cannabis Science Program

(St. Cloud, MN)  —  The first college to offer cannabis-related courses in Minnesota is expanding its program.  St. Cloud State will begin offering online classes on cannabis product development.  The certificate program is designed to give students a grounding in cannabis science so they can learn to create gummies, oils and other products.  The university began offering four other online cannabis-related programs last year.(24/7 News Source)

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