A new program in Minnesota aims to help the poor, elderly, and those with disabilities to stay in their own homes.  The Department of Human Services announced yesterday they would be rolling out new services to help seniors and people with disabilities avoid expensive institutional care.  The program will be funded by state-federal Medicaid insurance.  New services will be offered beginning in July of 2020 to assist thousands of Minnesotans.

Fair officials are putting the final touches on new exhibits at the Minnesota State Fair.  The Great Minnesota Get-Together is just a week away.  A new 12-thousand square-foot event center on the North End will host a different theme each year.  This year’s theme is Angry Birds Universe: The Exhibition.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey reveals his 2020 budget proposal.  The plan includes a nearly seven-percent property tax increase to help bolster the one-point-six-billion dollar spending package.

A 10-year-old Willmar girl who was reported missing on Wednesday night was found at a friend’s house on Thursday morning. Willmar Police had searched all night for Jahayra DelaCruz. According to the West Central Tribune the girl had gone to an unapproved and unplanned sleepover.

St. Cloud police are going to out and about looking for those violating the new hands-free cell phone law.  As of Wednesday, officers using unmarked cars pulled over 23 drivers, have written six tickets and have given out 17 warnings.

The construction on the very first roundabout in Willmar will be completed at the start of September. The roundabout will be on the Southwest portion of the city at the intersection of Kandiyohi County Roads 5 and 15 which is also known as 19th Avenue Southwest in the city. The construction had 19th Street Southwest bogged up tight for the past couple of weeks which has been a nightmare for some, since over 12-thousand vehicles use the road daily.

The state’s unemployment rate is on the rise.  Minnesota saw 13-hundred seasonally adjusted jobs lost in July.  That bumped the unemployment rate from three-point-three-percent to three-point-four-percent.

A new hotel is now open in Duluth.  The Tru by Hilton opened its doors for the first time yesterday.  The hotel located between downtown Duluth and the Miller Hill Mall has 101 rooms, a pool and workout room, and an eat-and-sit market that is open 24 hours.  A grand opening event and ribbon cutting is scheduled for October.

A woman is safe after being reported missing in Edina.  Authorities were looking for Melinda Ann Larson this week after she walked away from an assisted living facility on Tuesday morning.  She had gone over 24 hours without her medication while she was away.  No details were given on where or when she was located.

Disease investigators have now identified at least 49 people who became ill after swimming at Lake Nokomis. According to the Minnesota Department of Health those became sick swam in the lake between mid-July through mid-August. No one has been hospitalized but there are three lab confirmed cases of E. coli. Anyone who swam in the lake from during that time is being asked to monitor any symptoms and to fill out an online survey. The beaches will remain closed for the rest of the swimming season.

No one was injured when a SUV crashed into a building in the West Seventh neighborhood this afternoon. The St Paul fire department says it happened shortly before 1pm at the intersection of West 7th and Leech Streets. Investigators are still trying to pinpoint the cause of the accident. Crews are also accessing the structural integrity of the building.

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