Minnesota News

Bilot, Knutzen Lead Advocate Reinsurance Partners’ Minneapolis/St. Paul Office

Advocate Reinsurance Partners LLC, a privately owned reinsurance intermediary firm based in Dallas, announced the appointments of Daniel Bilot and Jon Knutzen as partners in the firm’s new Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., office. The appointments further extend the firm’s capabilities and …

Gaylord, Sibley County in Minnesota Settle Racial Profiling Lawsuit

Officials in the south-central Minnesota city of Gaylord have agreed to pay tens of thousands of dollars to a Mexican immigrant to settle a federal lawsuit that alleged racial profiling. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that Gaylord and Sibley County …

Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report

Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

Report: Errors Increase in Minnesota Hospitals but Deaths Decrease

An annual report on patient safety shows more errors but fewer deaths in Minnesota hospitals in the past year. The Department of Health found 277 so-called “adverse events” in categories long been tracked, such as wrong-site surgery or foreign objects …

Associated Banc-Corp Completes Purchase of Ahmann & Martin Co.

Green Bay, Wis.-based Associated Banc-Corp reported it has closed the previously announced acquisition of Ahmann & Martin Co., a risk and benefits consulting firm in Minnesota, through a merger with and into Associated’s subsidiary, Associated Financial Group LLC. Associated Financial Group …

Minnesota Lawmakers Expected to Debate Rideshare Insurance Gap

Minnesota lawmakers could decide whether to regulate the ride-hailing industry this year. House and Senate legislators say they plan to introduce bills soon to toughen insurance regulations for companies like Uber and Lyft. That would add Minnesota to the growing …

February Roadway Deaths Already Exceed January Total in Minnesota

State public safety officials say it’s been a deadly start to the month on Minnesota roads. The Department of Public Safety says 13 people have died since February 1. Seven of those deaths happened during a four-day stretch, from Feb. …

Jury: Toyota Must Pay $11M Fatal Minnesota Crash

A federal jury in Minneapolis found that Toyota Motor Corp. must pay nearly $11 million to victims of a fatal 2006 crash after deciding that a design flaw in the 1996 Camry was partly to blame for the Minnesota wreck. …

Minnesota Jury Awards $13.5M to Family in Day Care Assault

A jury in Hennepin County, Minn., has awarded more than $13 million to the family of a young boy who was beaten and sexually assaulted at a child care center at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs in 2008. A lawyer …

Builders Association Sues over Minnesota’s Residential Sprinkler Law

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities is suing the state over a new sprinkler mandate. The law which took effect requires a sprinkler system for all new homes that are 4,500 square feet or larger. The Builders Association says …