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Health Department investigating TB outbreak at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Plus: more than 1,000 furloughed federal workers apply for unemployment benefits in Minnesota; UnitedHealth subsidiary Optum suing over departure of executive; Minnetonka hockey star hit with frostbite after outdoor games; and more.

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union
Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union

TB alert. The Star Tribune’s Liz Sawyer reports: “The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a tuberculosis outbreak among eight people associated with Minnesota State University, Mankato. … State health officials are asking clinics to look out for tuberculosis symptoms in college-aged individuals who have spent time at the university since August 2016.

And still no end in sight. WCCO reports: “State officials say that more than 1,000 furloughed government workers in Minnesota have applied for unemployment benefits. … A spokesperson for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) says that 1,221 unemployment insurance applications have been received by from furloughed workers in Minnesota.”

Related: Eater rounds up Twin Cities restaurants offering deals to furloughed workers

Should be good for your premiums. The Star Tribune’s Christopher Snowbeck reports: “Optum is alleging breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets in a lawsuit against a former company vice president who jumped to a high-profile startup launched by celebrity CEOs at Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase — a new venture that some think could significantly shake up health care.”

Don’t mess around with the cold. The Star Tribune’s David La Vaque reports:Dangerously cold temperatures during Hockey Day Minnesota’s outdoor games last weekend resulted in frostbite for a standout Minnetonka player. … Junior forward Teddy Lagerback, who gave a verbal commitment to Arizona State, suffered the injury when his team played Andover on Saturday morning in Bemidji with the temperature near 20 degrees below zero.”

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