The state House of Representatives has released information on three new laws going into effect January 1. They impact pharmacies, opioid prescribers and those involved in selling and trading animal products. Pharmacies that administer prescription drug benefits for health carriers and employers must now have a license to do so. Anyone who prescribes opioids, like physicians, is now required to take at least two hours of continuing education on controlled substances to renew their licences. And selling or trading a tooth or horn product from animals like whales or rhinos will be prohibited in Minnesota.
After a historic 2019 for the Minnesota Gophers football team, it was only fitting for their star receiver to light the way entering the New Year. Tyler Johnson, playing in his final game with the Gophers, hauled in two touchdown catches including a 73-yard score early in the fourth quarter. Johnson also set the school record for career receiving yards, surpassing former Gopher standout Eric Decker. The Gophers beat the Auburn Tigers 31-24.
Former KARE 11 weatherman and longtime TV personality Barry ZeVan has died. According to his family, ZeVan passed away at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2020, at the age of 82. ZeVan's career started when he was only 5-years-old, singing on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. He went on to pursue acting and appeared in movies and commercials across the country. After a time ZeVan became discouraged with the industry and moved into television news and weather. He worked in the area for both KARE 11 and KSTP, finally retiring from TV news in the late 80's.