Minnesota colleges attempt to address teen drinking and dangerous temps

Maya Rao at the Star Tribune reports on how state universities have begun to address the issue of underage drinking that leads to tragedy in our frozen climate: “Jake [Anderson] attended an ‘ugly Christmas sweater party,’ where he and other students drank alcohol. Jake disappeared while waiting to walk a female friend home, his mother said. He was found the next morning frozen to death near the Stone Arch Bridge, apparently after slipping on ice and falling down the bank. The temperature was 1 below. Said his mother: ‘It should never happen to anyone.'”

Hail Hale. The Healthy Communities Assessment Tool is an online app that ranks Minneapolis neighborhoods based on more than 40 physical, social and economic conditions of community health. Hale tops the list, while Hawthorne gets a participation ribbon.

All in, crapped out. Katharine Grayson at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal notes that, according to financial filings released Monday, Golden Valley-based PreferredOne’s individual-plan business lost $139 million last year by offering some of the cheapest premiums nationwide under MNSure.

I thought we were all supposed to learn how to drive in the stuff last winter. Paul Walsh and Tim Harlow at the Star Tribune report Tuesday morning’s snowfall prompted state transportation officials to close 5 miles of Interstate 94 in both directions between the Hwy. 24 exit near Clearwater and Hwy. 8 in western Wright County.

Not as exciting as runaway llamas. WCCO is reporting a red angus calf was running loose along Highway 71 near Highway 28 in Sauk Centre Township on Monday night.

Welcome to the Carl’s Jr. Amnicon Falls State Park. The Associated Press is reporting Wisconsin’s DNR secretary is considering naming rights to state parks.

In other news…

Minimum wage backers to stage a Target protest at 5 p.m. Tuesday [Star Tribune]

Rochester picks Knutson for $85M Mayo Civic Center expansion [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Duluth mayor delivers final state of the city address [MPR News]

Next semester, some journalism students will be reading David Carr for credit [Poynter]

North Star bike festival will return this summer [MPR News]

Former Twin Cities newscaster Paul Magers shows off his dance moves [h/t @DeRushaJ]

Minneapolis council moves to ban city investments in Big Oil [MPR News]

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