State court ruling on abortion could speed up process for clinics, patients in Minnesota


Steve Karnowski writes the following for the AP. Clinics and patients will benefit from a court decision that invalidates most Minnesota’s abortion restrictions. However, providers still need to consider all implications of the outcome. The most immediate impact is expected to be on Monday’s ruling. Judge Thomas Gilligan overturned Minnesota’s 24-hour waiting period and required notification to both parents before a minor can have an abortion. The elimination of the rule that only doctors can perform abortions will likely ease access in the future.

Related, MPR’s Michelle WileyMinnesota’s abortion providers are preparing for the expected influx from the Midwest after Roe v. Wade’s repeal. Some doctors are pushing the state’s major health systems to do more, including increasing access to a drug used in abortions.

Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune writer wrote Wednesday’s ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court is a major victory for victim advocacy organizations who claim the law has been inconsistently applied for decades. This ruling reverses the decision by a district judge who allowed court to review any communication between a woman and a southern Minnesota sexual violence advocacy group in a criminal matter.

For MPR, Dan Kraker reports, “Gov. Tim Walz appointed Tadd Johnson, a Native American, to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. This is the first Native American appointment to the Board since its inception more than 170 year ago. Johnson, 65, is a member of Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and lives in Duluth. Johnson, 65, retired last month as the University of Minnesota’s first senior director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations. He said that this job was created in 2019, when he complained about President Joan Gabel about the University’s inability to consult more tribes. He is also a former tribal lawyer, professor, and judge in tribal courts.

Ryan Faircloth wrote in the Star Tribune that Scott Jensen, the GOP candidate for Governor, presented a broad energy plan Wednesday. It included lifting the state’s ban on building nuclear power plants and repealing Gov. Tim Walz’s “clean car” rules will require automakers deliver more hybrid and electric vehicles to Minnesota. … Although Minnesota’s electricity producers are able to produce enough power, other states in the 15-state grid which serves Minnesota don’t have the same power — this puts the entire Midwest power system at risk. Jensen stated that nuclear energy could increase electricity supply. He noted that modern plants emit less waste and are cleaner than the old ones. He said that small nuclear nuclear reactors could be a cheaper option for nuclear energy than large-scale reactors.

MPR’s Cathy Wurzer, Gretchen Brown, and Gretchen Brown said, “It was this day 45 years back — July 13, 1977 — when the small town of Kinney (Minn.) sought independence from the United States.” The headline in Mesabi Daily News read, “Move over Monaco.” The move was a publicity stunt. The town had an old water system. Mineral deposits had led to fires and yellowed linens. Kinney was unable to get a grant for the repair of the system, despite having applied for aid. … However, behind all the novelty, it was an expression of the attitudes of the region and Mary Anderson, the mayor of the town, a outsized character.

KELO-TV South Dakota Jacob Newton states that both South Dakota and Minnesota have high rates of syphilis. Minnesota has reported a 33% increase from 2020 to 2021 while South Dakota reports a 2183% increase over its 5-year-median 29 cases . Angela Cascio is the Infectious Disease Director at South Dakota DOH. She says that South Dakota’s rise began in 2020. As of July 12, South Dakota had 662 cases of syphilis. In 2022, that number was expected to rise to 662. Cascio attributes this increase since 2020 to the pandemic.

The Pioneer Press reports that a camel attacked two employees at a Stearns County Zoo Wednesday. One of the victims was so badly injured that he had to be taken to St. Officials say that the helicopter took Cloud to hospital. According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, Stearns County Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to the Hemker Park and Zoo in Freeport, Minn. at 2:45 pm. They found two injured employees. According to the news release, Roger Blenker, 32 years old was driving the camel through an alleyway when the animal clamped its jaws on Blenker’s head. The animal then dragged Blenker about 15 feet.

This is Joe Nelson from Bring Me The News. Joey Chestnut, a hot dog-eating legend, will compete against the best in the world to bulldoze ribs at the Great Midwest Rib Fest World Eating Championship at Mystic lake Casino Hotel at noon on July 30. Chestnut just celebrated his 15th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest win on the Fourth of July. He ate 63 hot dogs in a matter of minutes. He’ll have 12 minutes to smash as many ribs at Mystic Lake as possible.

According to AP, “A Mississippi defendant in a welfare fraud case stated in a court record that she had directed $1.1 million in welfare money at former NFL star Brett Favre under the direction of former Gov. Phil Bryant. Favre was not charged with any criminal wrongdoing. He has repaid the money. Favre has stated that he did not know that the money he received was from welfare funds and denied that the auditor claimed that he was paid to attend events he didn’t attend.

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