Minnesota News

Boating Fatalities Increased in Minnesota in 2015

Minnesota closed out 2015 with its highest level of boating fatalities in a decade. Minnesota had 18 boating-related deaths last year, preliminary figures from the Department of Natural Resources show. That’s the most since 23 people died in 2005 and …

Pedestrian Deaths in Minnesota Rising Again

The number of pedestrians struck and killed is on the rise in Minnesota a year after it had dropped, and officials say distracted walking appears to be a big factor. As of mid-December, the number of pedestrian deaths this year …

High Winds, Tornadoes Damage Parts of Midwest

Several Midwest states have been hit with damaging winds, tornadoes and flooding over the past several days. Forecasters say at least four unconfirmed tornadoes may touched down in western Minnesota when strong storms moved through the state. In Indiana, residents …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Midwest Healthcare Consulting Firm

Itasca, Ill.-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Integrated Healthcare Strategies located in Kansas City, Mo., and Minneapolis, Minn. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. With operations dating back to 1974, Integrated Healthcare Strategies (Integrated) provides strategic human resources consulting services specifically …

Makers of Sanitary Wipes Sued by Minnesota City over Clogged Pipes

A Minnesota city is suing six makers of sanitary wipes, saying their “so-called flushable wipes” are clogging sewer systems. According to the Star Tribune, the lawsuit from the city of Wyoming says flushable wipes stay intact long enough to pass …

Bird Flu ‘Catastrophe’ Growing in Midwest

Deadly bird flu swelled in the poultry industry in Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin amid speculation that winds may be carrying virus particles into facilities housing turkeys and chickens. “This is a catastrophe for both the turkey and the egg industries,” …

Minnesota Manufacturers Relying on Robots Amid Worker Shortage

A growing number of Minnesota manufacturers are turning to robots amid a shortage of skilled workers. Minnesota Public Radio News reports small companies are following the lead of larger manufacturers. Bob Kill, president and CEO of consulting firm Enterprise Minnesota, …

Lewis Named Sales Director at Minnesota’s CHS Insurance

Bryan Lewis has been named director of sales for St. Paul, Minn.-based CHS Insurance, an agribusiness insurance broker and full-service insurance subsidiary of CHS Inc. Lewis will have responsibility for the property/casualty and group benefits sales teams, as well as …

Minnesota Firm Settles Disability Discrimination Claim for $50K

A Minneapolis-based distributor will pay $50,000 to settle a claim that it fired a man after he had a heart attack. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement with Baldwin Supply Co. The lawsuit alleged that Baldwin Supply …

Professors Sue Minnesota College Over Law School Merger

Two tenured professors at William Mitchell College of Law are suing over potential layoffs connected to a planned merger with Hamline University School of Law. The two schools are seeking authorization to create the Mitchell-Hamline School of Law. The St. …