- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Minn. couple arrested in Florida for welfare fraud

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota couple who allegedly lived in expensive homes and owned a yacht while taking more than $160,000 in state welfare benefits has been arrested.

Colin Chisholm III, 62, and Andrea Chisholm, 54, are being held in Florida, according to WCCO-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1s4Cb87).

They were deported from the Bahamas on Monday and arrested when they landed near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. The Chisholms’ son and dog were turned over to family members.

They are expected to appear in extradition court Wednesday to say whether they will fight extradition.

The Chisholms are charged with a one count of wrongfully obtaining public assistance more than $35,000, a felony charge.

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NBA owner Taylor signs letter to buy Star Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Timberwolves owner and printing company billionaire Glen Taylor has signed a letter of intent to buy the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the newspaper announced Tuesday.

Details of the cash offer weren’t announced, and Taylor wouldn’t elaborate in an interview with The Associated Press. He said he expected the deal to close in May following due diligence.

“I think it’s going to be a good business decision and also because it’s a Minnesota type of asset,” Taylor said. “I just think it’s something we can do very well in the state and get it back to private ownership and I think the challenge of it is something that just excites me.”

The sale would put Minnesota’s largest newspaper in the hands of one of the state’s richest men. Forbes estimated Taylor’s net worth to be $1.8 billion. Privately held Taylor Corp. has 80 subsidiaries and 9,000 employees working in a range of printing and marketing businesses. Taylor, 72, also owns the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.

Like many U.S. newspapers, the Star Tribune endured difficult financial times in the past decade. It fell into bankruptcy, emerging in 2009 under the ownership of its lenders. Wayzata Investment Partners and GE Capital together own about 75 percent of the Star Tribune.

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Minnesota says 169,251 sign up for health coverage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A total of 169,251 Minnesota residents signed up for health insurance coverage by the end of the first open enrollment period, state officials said Tuesday, exceeding the goal set after the troubled launch of the website in October.

Scott Leitz, interim CEO of the MNsure exchange, said that number will grow as people who began the process by Monday night’s deadline complete enrollment.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era of health coverage for Minnesotans. We have turned the corner and are able to provide Minnesotans with quality, affordable coverage - many for the first time ever,” Leitz told reporters.

Computer glitches and long call center waits frustrated many consumers in the first months after the online health care marketplace went live Oct. 1. Leitz said one of their priorities is a better experience for shoppers next time.

Minnesota was one of 14 states plus the District of Columbia that opted to set up their own exchanges instead of sending their citizens into the federal exchange. MNsure’s board in October set a goal of 135,000 signups.

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Twins fans have more food choices at Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Twins fans now have more food choices at Target Field.

Among the notable additions are beef rib tips, a Porketta “Slugger,” made with pork and cream cheese rolled in an egg roll and red sauce and a crispy belly bacon dish.

The Pioneer Press reports other new food includes an Italian burger and a smoked meat sandwich with vinegar slaw and maple syrup hot sauce.

Among the desserts is hand-scooped ice cream with flavors of salted caramel, berry and vanilla.

The Star Tribune reports there are also new local craft beers, Knob Creek bourbon and Jim Beam cocktails.

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