A Minnesota woman has gone on television in Russia with an emotional appeal for an exception to be made to that nation’s year-old ban on adoptions by Americans. She and her husband adopted a boy from Russia in 2008 and refuse to give up long-standing efforts to also adopt their son’s biological brother from an orphanage in the city of Kursk. Renee Thomas was featured on TV Dozhd (TV Rain), Russia’s top independent station, in an 11-minute segment that aired Thursday, a day before the opening of the Olympics in Sochi. At the close of the segment, she breaks into tears as she explains her family’s determination.
A year after Russia imposed a ban on adoptions by Americans, some affected U.S. families are reluctantly looking elsewhere to adopt. But not Renee and John Thomas of Minnetrista, Minn., who adopted 8-year-old Jack Thomas from Russia in 2008.
It’s day two for the roll-out of MNsure, but some who are shopping online for health insurance plans said they are running into technical glitches and delays. MNSure officials said the system is running smoothly, after a bumpy start Tuesday when it launched — so far about 2,500 accounts have been created.
With snow on the ground in many areas, it’s hard to think about growing fresh vegetables. But across the Upper Midwest CSA farms are not only thinking about it, they are planting.
Some students and parents at Mound Westonka High School are demanding the school’s athletic director, Dion Koltes, be fired.
Jonathan Markle turned himself in to authorities to face possible legal punishment. But according to Markle’s attorney, Joe Friedberg, the felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide pales in comparison to the regrets and guilt he’s already feeling.
Authorities say nobody was injured but a home suffered significant damage after a fire west of the Twin Cities Friday morning.
Election results show that Hennepin County had a voter turnout of 84 percent, officials say.
Police are searching for the driver of a truck who crashed overnight in Minnetrista.
A judge decided the U.S. Attorney’s office can seize a house purchased with money from the Tom Petters Ponzi scheme.
Authorities have identified the man who died in Minnetrista Sunday evening after being crushed by a boat.
One person is dead after a boat fell on top of him or her in Minnetrista Sunday evening, according to the Minnetrista Fire Department.
A quiet channel on Lake Minnetonka has been turned into a dump site. It’s happening in Minnetrista, near what’s known as Enchanted Island.
A man died after getting trapped in a garbage truck early Wednesday morning in Minnetrista.
Most owners of valuable art collections might be nervous about having children play around them — not to mention children with golf clubs.