‘If Not Now, When? If Not Jesse Ventura, Who?’

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is doing what he appears to enjoy: teasing that he may run for president. It has been something that Ventura frequently has done since he left office early in 2003. “I’m still weighing the options,” Ventura wrote Monday on a website related to his “Off the Grid” Internet show. “Why…
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Court Would Release Convicted Rapist From Treatment Program

Minnesota’s second-highest court says a convicted sex offender should be released from a state hospital, but only under heavy supervision. The Appeals Court ruled Monday that the Minnesota Department of Human Services did not make a strong enough case to keep Christopher Coker locked up in the state sex offender treatment program. However, the case…
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More Money Changes Nursing Home Attitudes In A Year

Cami Peterson-DeVries was intense when she pleaded with Minnesota lawmakers to find money so nursing homes could boost worker wages. “They can go to the sugar beet plant down the road and get more money,” she told a state House committee. Peterson-DeVries, who was RenVilla Health Center administrator in Renville, was joined on the witness…
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Political Chatter: Privacy Matters To Be In The Open

Every Minnesota legislative session seems to produce one issue no one saw coming, at least to the scale it reaches. Perhaps that issue this year will be privacy. When Minnesotans hear comments like from Rep. Peggy Scott, it could attract attention. “In today’s schools, the highly sensitive and personal information … now is being uploaded…
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Minnesota Legislation Seeks To Keep Electronic Data Private

Students’ iPads and other technology devices may provide personal data that companies can use to target advertising at the youth. Minnesotans’ emails more than 6 months old may be obtained by law enforcement officers without seeking search warrants from judges. Schools and employers sometimes force students and employees to give them access to social media…
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