GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — MN State Fair linked to E. coli outbreak
The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of E. coli associated with the Minnesota State Fair. Investigators identified 11 cases among Minnesota residents who visited the fair prior to becoming ill. Evidence collected from those infected suggests that contact with livestock is a key factor. Those infected range in age from 2 to 43 years of age. Six patients have been hospitalized, and one developed a potentially fatal complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome. One person remains hospitalized.
A Wisconsin man suspected of running an illegal operation to manufacture vaping cartridges flew to California last month to get THC oil in bulk to fill thousands of cartridges to sell, prosecutors said Monday in charging documents. Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, arrested 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines on Sept. 5. His arrest came as health officials across the country investigate hundreds of cases of a severe lung disease with ties to vaping. No illnesses have been tied to Huffhines' operation, and police say tests to determine what was in Huffhines' cartridges are pending.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is proposing a new alternative to cash bail in the 2020 city budget. Frey plans to unveil the plan this afternoon at an event with city leaders, criminal justice reform advocates and people impacted by the bail system in the state. The proposal would include $75,000 in funding to develop and implement alternatives for people charged with non-domestic, non-DWI misdemeanor offenses in the city. According to Mayor Frey's office, the cash bail alternative would fund "individualized release" plans for people subject to the bail system. Social workers from Hennepin County Community Corrections would work on these plans, and offenders would be connected with social services on a voluntary basis.