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Klobuchar, Emmer look into Minnesota soldier’s sexual assault, suicide

Also: Medicare scams proliferate; Radinovich and Stauber get testy over emails; North Mankato’s Halloween costume empire; and more.

Looking for answers. KSTP has a follow-up on Minnesota politicians’ actions following the sexual assault and suicide of a Minnesota soldier: “In a letter sent to the Secretary of the Army, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Representative Tom Emmer asked the Army to track the time it takes to transfer victims of sex assault to another military base, citing the ‘unfortunate delays’ in the transfer of Pvt. Nicole Burnham. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS obtained a copy of the Army’s investigation into Burnham’s death. It took the Army 82 days – nearly three months – to transfer the 21-year-old veteran from Camp Casey in South Korea last year after she reported a sex assault by another soldier, according to those records.”

Health scare. Christopher Snowbeck at the Star Tribune reports on deceptive advertising and sales offers during the current shopping season for health plans: “’When looking for Medicare on the internet, make sure you go to the official website at,’ the state Commerce Department said in the release. ‘Don’t be fooled by private websites with similar addresses such as, and’”

Barnstorming Republicans. Trey Mewes at the Free Press is covering Jeff Johnson and other Republican candidates’ swing through Mankato on Tuesday afternoon: “‘We are going to start holding state government actually accountable to taxpayers again,’ Johnson said during a visit at the Mankato Regional Airport.”

Debating emails again. Jack Nissen at the Duluth News Tribune covered the CD8 debate last night, following the publication of GOP candidate Peter Stauber’s emails to the National Republican Congressional Committee: “‘I think what this shows is throughout the course of this campaign, Pete has failed to be honest about this incident and it calls into question his answers on pre-existing conditions, social security and medicare issues,’ said the DFL candidate.… Stauber fired back at Radinovich, when he said the reason the issue was being discussed was because of the DFL candidate.”

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Dark web. Christiane Cordero at WCCO takes off the mask to reveal the largest online retail center for Halloween costumes: “The largest online retailer for Halloween costumes has nothing to do with Amazon or Minneapolis-based Target. It exists, rather, in a North Mankato warehouse and has a momentum as appropriate as its name: President and CEO Tom Fallenstein predicts will do close to 90 million dollars in online sales in 2018.”

In other news:

Pedaling for a cause:St. Paul Woman Completes 1,500 Mile Journey on Mississippi River” [KSTP]

Pressing the flesh: “Candidate’s reported assault is potentially a felony” [St. Cloud Times]

Higher education: “Following Racist Graffiti, St. Thomas Cancels Classes For Campuswide Discussion” [WCCO]

Road rage: “Olympian Diggins says angry driver nearly killed her as she roller-skied near Afton” [Star Tribune]

Not all heroes wear capes:This Minneapolis company could be the secret reason we have one of the country’s best coffee cultures” [City Pages]

Performing “Sweat” in a public library:Will It Play in St. Cloud?” [Slate]

Could get 1/4 of a stadium for this price:Bloomington floats plans for MOA water park as no risk to taxpayers” [Star Tribune]

Rolling hot: “Bryant-Lake Bowl changes hands without changing much else” [Southwest Journal]