Skip to main content

Tobacco compliance reaches record high

The Minnesota Department of Human Services reports 97.6 percent of retailers checked selling tobacco products are following underage tobacco laws. In order to receive federal funding for prevention and treatment efforts, Minnesota is required to have a least an 80 percent compliance rate. During the 12-month survey, law enforcement agencies issued about 600 citations to store owners.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Minnesota Department of Human Services reports 97.6 percent of retailers checked selling tobacco products are following underage tobacco laws. In order to receive federal funding for prevention and treatment efforts, Minnesota is required to have a least an 80 percent compliance rate. During the 12-month survey, law enforcement agencies issued about 600 citations to store owners.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-01-27 at 9.15.45 PM

Buckeyes crash the glass, fend off Gophers

E.J. Liddell dominated in the paint to help No. 16 Ohio State.

nicolas blouin flickr fire hose

Fire departments decry drivers running over hoses, endangering crews

It happened in two separate Northland cities this week.

All Energy Solar - Bringing Panels to Roof

All Energy Solar reaches growth milestones with higher goals yet for 2022

Minnesota solar company continues to thrive through building a strong workforce

Royal Canadian Mounted Police maintoba crossing crop

Authorities ID family found frozen to death at MN-Canada border

They're still trying to unravel how they got there and who might have helped them.

covid

Mayo Clinic specialist: 'The omicron surge is not over'

Experts expect a rapid decline over the next month followed a period of calm.

police lights

Charges: Man in stolen Jeep leads police on 110 mph chase

He crashed into a light post near the Capitol and then fled on foot, the complaint says.

kua dog go fund me

Puppy in back of stolen Audi found, reunited with owner

The 4 1/2-month-old bullmastiff had been missing more than a week.

Fuzzy Gerdes Flickr Franks Diner Kenosha

WI's best 'hole-in-the-wall' diner is Guy Fieri-approved

Come for the "garbage pile," stay for ... even more breakfast food.

FKISmwPWUAYZJW6

Minnesota's pre-pro women's soccer team unveils name, logo

The new name and look was unveiled after community owners voted on a winner.

fentanyl DEA

21 people charged in connection to drug trafficking in northern MN

Police say the organization sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl in northern Minnesota.

Band Box Diner Courtney Mault Flickr

MN's 'best hole-in-the-wall diner' is, sadly, currently closed

MSN recently published its pick for best diner in each state.

Related

12 Minneapolis restaurants to be checked for ADA compliance

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Minnesota says 12 high-traffic restaurants on or adjacent to Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis will be checked to make sure they are in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. The check does not suggest the restaurants are out of compliance, a spokeswoman with the office says.

Motorcycle ridership reaches record high in Minnesota

Safety officials say there are now more than 400,000 people licensed to ride in Minnesota, and they're spreading information about training programs in hopes of cutting back on the number of fatalities. The Public Safety Department says motorcyclists make up about one in 10 deaths on the roads every year.

STDs reach record high in Minnesota

Health officials are urging sexually active people to practice prevention and get tested regularly after the latest data shows the rate of infection climbing to an all-time high.

Banks on watch list still at record high

Only two banks in Minnesota have failed so far this year, but officials are still keeping a close eye on a record number of them. More than a third of FDIC-insured banks in Minnesota are on the watch list.

State Dept. of Health says Minnesota reaches school vaccination goals

The Minnesota Department of Health is encouraged by new numbers from federal officials regarding early childhood vaccinations. Data from 2011 in a new survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that an estimated 96 percent of Minnesota children ages 19 to 35 months were vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella through last year, which the state says is better than the national average.

Republicans introduce bill to raise tobacco tax

A bill from two senators would raise the tobacco tax from 35 percent to more than 47 percent. The money would go toward the state's general fund.

Minnesota to give up $1B in tobacco bonds to plug budget deficit

The state government will only get about half of that sum by asking for the money now in order to temporarily plug the state's budget deficit. Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers voted to borrow against the tobacco money in order to avoid tax increases and additional spending cuts.

Homelessness reaches record high in Minnesota

Homeless numbers rose by 10 percent in the space of 3 years.