>>Minnesota To Announce $6M In Grants To Help Fund Child Care Programs

(Minnetonka, MN) — Governor Tim Walz is expected to announce this afternoon that $6 million in grants will be available to assist child care services in Minnesota. The funds are expected to come from the Department of Employment and Economic Development and are aimed at helping families have more childcare options. The funds are expected to open up more than 2,200 childcare positions statewide. Governor Walz is scheduled to announce at 1:30 p.m. in Minnetonka.

>>Stabbing Under Investigation In Blue Earth County

(Mapleton, MN) — Police in southern Minnesota are currently investigating a stabbing incident that resulted in serious injuries to a teenager. The incident took place at a residence in Mapleton on Monday night, where an acquaintance reportedly stabbed a 13-year-old boy. The 16-year-old suspect remained inside the victim’s home for approximately three hours before being apprehended by the police. He has been charged with multiple counts of assault. The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office is providing assistance in the investigation.

>>Man Rescued from Grain Bin in Southwest Minnesota’s Murray County

(Balaton, MN) — Authorities in southwest Minnesota report a man rescued from a grain bin Tuesday afternoon in rural Balaton. The Murray County Sheriff’s Office says the man was partially submerged in the grain, and people at the scene couldn’t locate him. Deputies say firefighters and paramedics arrived and were able to extricate the victim. His current medical condition is not available. Investigators are trying to determine what led to the incident.

>>MN DOC Announces Fine, Consent Order Against UnitedHealthcare

(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Department of Commerce has agreed with UnitedHealthcare regarding the company’s mental health coverage. The consent order, announced yesterday, followed an investigation into the company’s payment of mental health and substance abuse claims. The state accused UnitedHealthcare of uneven reimbursement and failing to inform patients of their right to appeal denied claims. The state will monitor the company until March next year to ensure changes are made. Additionally, the company will pay a $300,000 fine, which could increase to $450,000 if it fails to meet state guidelines.

>>Wildcat Sanctuary Breaking Ground On New “Catio Town”

(Sandstone, MN) — The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone has launched a new “Catio Town” project to provide a home for 50 small cats. This $1.2 million project will offer indoor and outdoor spaces for small and hybrid cats that cannot find a home elsewhere. The sanctuary often rescues these animals from private owners, roadside attractions, and police seizures. Fundraising for the project is ongoing; officials need about $240,000 to complete it.

>>Minnesota Vikings to face New York Jets in London on October 6th

(Eagan, MN) — The Minnesota Vikings’ full 2024 schedule will be released tonight (Wednesday, 7 p.m.), but we know the Purple will be part of this year’s International Series. The N-F-L announced that the Vikes will host Aaron Rodgers and the Jets on October 6th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Minnesota is 3-0 in regular season games in England. The last win in London was a 2022 victory over the Saints. Fans interested in tickets and travel packages can sign up at Vikings.com/london.

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