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Keillor fired by MPR over improper behavior allegation

Plus: Minnesota faces medical marijuana shortage; state hires private firm to help with licensing system upgrade; faster Great Lakes cleanup called for; and more.

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Big news. The Associated Press reports:Garrison Keillor, the former host of ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ says he’s been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior. … Keillor told The Associated Press of his firing in an email. In a follow-up statement, he says he was fired over ‘a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.’ … He didn’t give details of the allegation. Minnesota Public Radio didn’t immediately respond to messages.”

If only there were some other way to produce this stuff. The Star Tribune’s Jeremy Olson reports: “A distribution glitch at one of Minnesota’s two medical marijuana providers has left some patients with little or no supply left for treatment of conditions such as chronic pain, epileptic seizures and Tourette syndrome. … One patient, Katie Kennedy, said she called LeafLine Labs on Monday because she had no cannabis left for the management of her chronic pain and only a two-day supply left for the management of her son’s Tourette and autism. She said a LeafLine representative replied that it had none available until Friday, though it later provided a small quantity to get her son through the week.”

They could use a little help. The Star Tribune’s Erin Golden reports: “Following the bumpy rollout of a new vehicle licensing system, the state of Minnesota is hiring a private firm for similar upgrades to its drivers licensing operations. … Officials with Minnesota IT Services and the state Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that they’ve signed a $26 million contract with Fast Enterprises, a firm that has helped manage drivers licensing services in other states. In a statement, the leaders of the two departments said they expect the company will help ensure Minnesota is ready to begin issuing new licenses that comply with the federal Real ID law by October 2018.”

Water you waiting for? The Duluth News Tribune’s John Myers writes: “The governments of Canada and the U.S. are making ‘considerable progress’ in cleaning up the Great Lakes but should set time-specific targets for fixing wastewater and drinking water systems, reducing agricultural and urban runoff and eliminating toxic pollutant releases into the lakes. That was the assessment Tuesday by the International Joint Commission, the quasi-government, cross-border group charged with overseeing U.S.-Canada border water disputes and with monitoring the health of the Great Lakes.”

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