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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Police chief arrested in prostitution sting

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. -- A prostitution sting in Coon Rapids in February led to ten arrests, including the police chief of nearby Robbinsdale. Arresting officers were not aware at the time of the arrest that Steve Smith was a member of law enforcement. The Robbinsdale city council received Smith's resignation and notification of last months arrest on Saturday. Captain Jim Franzen has been appointed Acting Chief. Smith will be in court today (Mon).


State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans is scheduled to discuss the recently approved tax bill which could affect 2013 tax returns for many Minnesotans. The bill, signed Friday by Governor Dayton, provides potential tax cuts for married couples, working families, students, employers and others. Frans is holding a news conference today (MON 11 am) in St. Paul to offer guidance to the more than one million taxpayers who still need to file, and to those who already have filed. 


A 23-year-old Bemidji man could be charged today after leading authorities on a 10-mile chase over the weekend. Becker County Sheriff's deputies located the suspect in his vehicle following a liquor store theft in Detroit Lakes. When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the man fled. After his vehicle was disabled with spike strips, the suspect, armed with a shotgun, approached two deputies, who took cover behind a squad car. The suspect got in the squad car and both deputies fired their weapons at him as he took off in the car. The suspect was stopped and taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries. He was taken into custody on suspicion of possessing a stolen firearm and could face several other charges. No officers were injured in the incident.


Bloomington-based HealthPartners is contacting members to let them know about a data breach that occurred between 2008 and 2010. The company says information was wrongly shared by an employee with a family member in order to get help formatting files. The files were then copied to multiple devices so the employee could work from home. As a result, some members' names, dates of birth, gender and category of services were compromised. HealthPartners says the information shared did *not* include financial or credit card information, medical records, phone numbers, addresses or emails--and in only one case was a member's social security number shared. The company is offering one free year of identity protection to any member whose information was included in the breach.


As part of law enforcement's current Click it or Ticket campaign, officials are reminding parents to double-check those child seats for proper installation. Heather Darby with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says three out of four child seats are not used correctly. She says that could mean something as simple as the seat not being installed in the vehicle tight enough or even not being installed at all. Darby says Minnesota law requires all children under age eight and shorter than four-feet, nine-inches tall must be fastened in a child safety or booster seat that meets federal safety standards. And she says children under age 13 should always ride in the back seat of a vehicle.


 The Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund annual fundraising dinner is tomorrow (Tues) night Bloomington. MMAF co-founder Skip Krawcyzk says this is the non-profit's biggest event of the year and will have about 420 or 430 people with a goal of raising around 500-thousand dollars. THe money is used for grants. Krawcyzk says any veteran who served in a combat zone since 9-11 is eligible for a grant while wounded service members and families of those killed in action receive larger amounts. There are still seats available for the MMAF dinner online at


A Mayo Clinic clinical trial may be paving the way toward a less invasive means of detecting colon cancer Lead researcher Dr. David Ahlquist says Cologuard uses a collection kit that allows patients to send stool samples to a high-tech lab for screening rather than undergoing a colonoscopy, and the detection rates were comparable with 94 percent detection for the earliest stage cancers. Colorectal cancer has become the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, but it is highly treatable if found early.