ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota lawmakers Tuesday unveiled a series of wide-ranging laws to fight an opioid epidemic they say has reached crisis levels. The bills coincide with the first-ever “Opioid Awareness Day” at the State Capitol that brought out hundreds of Minnesotans who lost loved ones from opioid overdoses. Drug experts say more people died in Minnesota last year from opioid overdoses than from car crashes. In Hennepin County alone, Sheriff Rich Stanek says he’s counted 144 deaths last year through October, more than the 97 total deaths in 2015– and the tally is not yet complete. The proposed bills make sweeping changes to state law, including:
A mandatory database of patient drug history that prescribers must check before giving out medication.
A 3-day limit on all opioid prescriptions.
And a 1-cent per milligram opioid fee on drug companies for addiction services.
The driving force behind the effort are 2 state lawmakers who each lost a child from overdose. As overdose numbers climb, lawmakers also heard from an emergency room doctor describing an opioid crisis spiraling out of control, who blamed aggressive drug companies and under-informed physicians. The new laws would also require health care professionals like doctors and dentists to prescribe less medication to first-time users, and give patients a way to safely dispose of unused opioids so they are not sitting around the house for someone else to find.
EDEN VALLEY — About 8,300 young turkeys were killed in a barn fire Tuesday morning in Meeker County. It's believed the fire was started by a propane heater in the barn, which was owned by Langmo Farms. According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, the incident was reported shortly before noon in the 61900 block of 363rd Street in Manannah Township near Eden Valley. A 76-foot by 416-foot barn and a tractor were a total loss and there were approximately 8,300 young birds in the barn at the time. No birds survived the fire, according to Sheriff Brian Cruze, who said there were no people hurt as a result of the fire. A dollar loss has not been determined. The Meeker County Deputies, Eden Valley Fire Department, Watkins Fire Department and Litchfield Fire Department responded to the scene.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.— Police in Detroit Lakes have released the name of a 56-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a freight train over the weekend. Police Chief Steve Todd on Monday identified the victim as Lynn Alexander of Detroit Lakes. Authorities were called Saturday night about a pedestrian being hit by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near the train depot in Detroit Lakes. The victim was found dead on the railroad tracks. No other information is being released.
LITTLE FALLS—An 18-year-old Baxter man was arrested Thursday night after drugs were discovered during a traffic stop. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office reports that at 10:49 p.m. Thursday, a sheriff's deputy conducted a traffic stop on a green Ford Escape north of Little Falls, near the Highway 10 and Highway 371 split. The deputy observed a traffic violation, made the traffic stop and identified the occupants of the vehicle. The driver was identified as 18 year old Roger Hegarty, of Baxter. The passenger was a 17-year-old girl from Brainerd. The deputy smelled an odor of marijuana while speaking to the occupants and conducted a search of the vehicle. During the course of the search, approximately 3 pounds of suspected marijuana was located and seized. During the investigation, Hegarty admitted to purchasing the suspected marijuana for $6,000. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen stated in a news release this is a case when the deputy used his drug interdiction training and took thousands of dollars’ worth of illegal narcotic drugs off the streets of Morrison County. Hegarty is being held in the Morrison County Jail pending charges for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.
02/19/17 02:23 COUNTY 10 / 225TH AVE, LONG PRAIRIE, MN 56347 Car Deer
On Sunday 2-19-17 morning at approximately 2:23 am Todd County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car vs deer accident on County 10. Jose Montanez, of Long Prairie, was traveling east when he collided with a deer. No injuries occurred during the collision.
02/18/17 08:40 19180 281st Ave, GREY EAGLE, MN 56336 Burglary
On Saturday 02/18/2017, morning at 8:40 am Kathleen Parker of rural Grey Eagle contacted the Todd County Sheriff's Office to report a burglary at her residence. She report that several items had been stolen, and that there was damage done to several pieces of machinery. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Todd County Sheriff's Office at 320-732-2157.
02/18/17 07:43 COUNTY 14, BROWERVILLE, MN 56438 Car Deer
On Saturday morning 02/18/2017 at 7:43 am , Megan Thibodeau of Clarissa was traveling eastbound on Cty 14 near cty 5, when a deer entered the roadway and struck the passenger side of her vehicle. The vehicle at 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt sustained damage to the passenger side mirror.
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First Presbyterian Church of Osakis invites everyone to the Fat Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Supper on Tuesday, February 28, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Join us for the best pancakes around at the Fellowship Hall at 101 West Oak Street, Osakis. All are welcome! Free will donations accepted...