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MNSure unveils huge rate increases for 2016

Also: St. Paul Black Lives Matter won’t interrupt the marathon; White Bear Lake on the rise; getting a checkup from Walter Palmer; and more.

Our blood pressure just went through the roof. Tom Scheck at MPR News reports health coverage through MNsure will get a lot more expensive for many people in 2016: “Average rate increases for individual and family coverage will range from 14 percent to 49 percent compared to the 2015, the agency said Thursday. The highest average rate increase — 49 percent — will come from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the state’s largest insurer. Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said when Blue Cross pushed to raise rates by more than 50 percent in June, other insurers wanted similar hikes. The rate hikes by health plans are ‘unacceptably high,’ Rothman told reporters.”
Related: Gov. Dayton’s statement on the increased rates

Kevin Duchschere at the Star Tribune is reporting that after a two-hour-plus meeting between St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and St. Paul Black Lives Matter leader Rashad Turner, the group will demonstrate, but not interfere, with the Twin Cities Marathon this weekend: “Black Lives Matter officials said Thursday that city officials listened to their concerns about the police, which was the group’s goal. ‘I am happy that we have a chance to have this dialogue,’ Coleman said. … ‘Our voices are being listened to,’ Turner said, after the meeting.”

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Valory Schoenecker at the Pioneer Press shares the positive news that the water level of White Bear Lake is finally on the rebound: “The most recent water level, recorded Sept. 18, was at 921.5 feet, which is about 2.5 feet higher than the record low. The latest level, though, is still about 5 feet lower than the lake’s record high, which occurred in 1943. ‘I’m optimistic (the lake level) will continue to increase slow and steady,’ said Mark Sather, White Bear Lake city manager.”

Frank Rajkowski at the St. Cloud Times shares the continuing legacy of Dick Putz, a central Minnesota athletic booster and mentor, who passed away 25 years ago: “’He really epitomized everything that was great about sports,’ [NFL official Mike] Spanier said. ‘He wanted to see the games played fairly. He took a lot of pride when the games went well. He just wanted to see everyone involved get the opportunity to be successful.’ ”

In other news:

‘My wife! My wife!’ Woman run over, killed at St. Paul intersection. [Star Tribune]

Michael Rietmulder gets an exam from dentist and big game hunter Walter Palmer. [City Pages]

There goes my smile. Will Wright: I’m a snazzy dresser in the land of 10,000 slobs. [Star Tribune]

Angry baby Paul Molitor yells at Jose Ramirez to “Get the f$#& off the field” [Deadspin]

Curl Up & Dye: The ultimate crowdsourced map of punny businesses in America [Atlas Obscura]