ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Longtime Republican Sen. Michelle Fischbach has been sworn in as lieutenant governor after months of resisting the role. Fischbach took the oath of office Friday, joining Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration as his No. 2. It's a change of heart for Fischbach, a Republican who was automatically elevated to the role after Dayton appointed Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate. Fischbach had sought to hang on to her Senate seat with Republicans holding just a one-seat edge in that chamber.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis is raising the age for legally buying tobacco products to 21. The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Friday to raise the legal age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21. Mayor Jacob Frey signed the ordinance, which takes effect Oct. 1. Supporters of the new law say a majority of adult smokers started the habit before they turned 21. The Minnesota Retailers Association opposes the ordinance. The group argues state lawmakers should make such decisions, not local governments.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Prosecutors say no charges will be filed against a school bus driver involved in a fatal crash with a bicyclist in St. Paul earlier this month. The Ramsey County Attorney's office said Friday that based on information provided by police, prosecutors cannot prove the 80-year-old driver operated the bus in a grossly negligent manner. Two witnesses reported the bus driver had the right of way and that the 75-year-old bicyclist, Alan Grahn of Minneapolis, went through a red light and struck the bus.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The Coast Guard says two teenagers are safe after their float went adrift on Lake Superior off Duluth's Park Point. Several agencies were called around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Officials say the teens were on an inflatable raft and were out on the lake about a half-mile off shore but were unable to swim back. The women, ages 18 and 19, were back on shore about a half-hour later. No one was hurt.
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