ST. PAUL (AP) -- A polio expert with the World Health Organization has been named Minnesota's new epidemiologist in the state Department of Health.
Dr. Harry Hull will succeed Michael Osterholm, the high-profile disease detective who left the state epidemiologist post last year to start a consulting firm.
Hull is a senior adviser to the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Hennepin County jury found a former corrections officer at the County Home School innocent of having sex with a teen-age male resident.
Beth A. Giwojna, 39, of Chanhassen had been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 17-year-old on allegations that she had sex with him in October at the Minnetonka school.
During closing arguments Tuesday, defense attorney Marsh Halberg argued that the boy's story shouldn't be believed because he gave several versions of it to authorities before saying he had sex with Giwojna.
Giwojna expressed relief after the verdict. She would have faced four years in prison.
Attorney's work led to redistricting
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Funeral services will be held Thursday for a Twin Cities attorney considered "the strategic brain" behind a lawsuit that led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on legislative redistricting.
After losing a bid for state Senate in 1956, Frank S. Farrell filed a federal lawsuit. He argued that the Legislature's failure to reapportion since 1913 had resulted in gross disparities between districts to the disadvantage of growing districts in the metropolitan area.
The courts ordered the Legislature to redistrict and his argument later was the basis of a Tennessee case, Baker vs. Carr, that became the Supreme Court's "one man, one vote" decision in 1962.
GRASSTON, Minn. (AP) -- A police chase that began in Wisconsin ended in eastern Minnesota with the death of a 35-year-old Milwaukee man.
The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. Monday in Kanabec County.
A deputy in Wisconsin's Burnett County began chasing what he suspected was a stolen vehicle. The chase resumed in Minnesota's Pine County, where a deputy lost sight of the vehicle, later finding it overturned in a field.
Authorities said John Washington of Milwaukee was dead at the scene near Grasston, about 10 miles west of the Minnesota-Wisconsin border and about 60 miles north of Minneapolis.
Ventura travels to Iron Range
MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura toured a taconite plant and mine Tuesday to learn more about Minnesota's Iron Range, after acknowledging on national TV that he knows little about one of the state's important industries.
He and his cabinet toured the USC Corp. Minntac plant and mine at Mountain Iron.
"I rode in the big truck and went in the loader and all that stuff," he said. "It's like adult Tonka Toys. That's how fun it is to work there. It's like kids getting to use big toys. We were carrying 247 tons in that one truck."
Ventura also had stopped by Minntac to campaign on the day before his 1998 election.
His knowledge of iron ore mining has been a topic of conversation since he appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and mentioned the closing of LTV Steel Mining at Hoyt Lakes. When Leno asked him what taconite was, Ventura replied that he didn't really know except to say it is "little iron balls they make stuff out of."
He said Tuesday that the tour was a "way for us city guys and my commissioners to see what goes on in the mining area. ... It gives us a better perspective of what's been the mainstay for northeastern Minnesota."
Ventura and state officials are scheduled to discuss the economy of the area at a meeting Wednesday morning with business and community leaders at The Lodge at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, where he golfed Tuesday.
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