The Department of Health reports there were 11,071 abortions performed in Minnesota last year -- the lowest annual total since the state first started keeping track in 1975. The 2011 abortion rate among women ages 15 to 44 was also the lowest ever recorded by the state agency.
2 charged for fentanyl overdose death of 19-year-old
The-19-year-old died from a fentanyl overdose last month.
Severe thunderstorm watch: Hail, 65 mph gusts, tornadoes possible
The watch is just north of the Twin Cities metro area.
The staggering rise of Minnesota's most famous lakes this spring
Imagine dumping Lake Minnetonka into Lake Superior 47 times.
Minnesota Senate shoots down latest marijuana legalization attempt
The bill didn't receive the required votes for further consideration on Wednesday.
Minneapolis wants to use $1M in federal cash to plant 200,000 trees
The goal is to have these trees planted by the year 2040.
MOA theater to debut wrap-around, 270-degree movie screen
The new technology will expand the movie screen onto the side walls of the theater auditorium.
Alcohol, no seatbelt possible factors in deadly southwest MN crash
The crash happened just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Target shares plunge on profit drop, as costs grow and customers spend less
First quarter profitability declines 52% year-over-year.
Driver ejected in fatal Roseville crash identified as 30-year-old
The crash temporarily shutdown westbound Highway 36.
Endorsed candidate's campaign video used antisemitic trope at MN GOP convention
The video aired before GOP-backed secretary of state candidate Kim Crockett's speech at the state party convention.
Brooklyn Center rejects plans for MN's first ever 'car vending machine'
The proposal by Carvana was rejected in a split vote.
DNR: Duck hunters drop to lowest number in over three decades
The Pioneer Press reports the high costs, hard work and overall loss of hunting in society are behind the drop. Only about 87,000 duck stamps were purchased last year -- that's the lowest number since the state started the duck stamp program in 1977.
Overall HIV cases drop in state
A total of 292 new HIV cases were reported in the state in 2011 compared with 331 cases in 2010, representing a 12 percent decline, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). However, health officials cautioned that certain population groups have seen increases.
Number of Minnesota children with dangerous lead levels drops
The number of children in the state with "elevated" lead levels – 10 or more micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood – dropped from more than 4,000 in 1995 to 584 last year, the Star Tribune reports. But there's a catch to what seems like good news: Federal health officials now say that a lead level of 5 or higher is the new benchmark for safety, and more than 3,000 children in Minnesota had lead levels at least that high.
Violent crime in Rochester drops to the lowest number since 1999
The total number of violent crimes reported in 2011 fell 8.3 percent from the year before, according to data published in the Post Bulletin. The executive director of a Rochester neighborhood advocacy group says "it's calmed down a lot from two years ago." However, the number of burglaries recorded last year went up 6 percent compared to 2010.
Minnesota traffic deaths continue to drop
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the 368 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2011 represents a fourth consecutive annual drop in road fatalities and the lowest death count on record since 1944 when 356 were killed. The 368 deaths mark a 44 percent decrease from 10 years ago.
The abortion rate in the U.S. is the lowest it's been since Roe v. Wade
The abortion rate dropped in Minnesota too.
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