Minnesota roundup: Huge tank falls off truck, leaks fuel, blocks Minnesota highway; Major June concert announced for St. Paul Xcel Center; plus 2 more state news stories
VICTORIA, Minn.—Part of Minnesota Highway 7 is expected to be closed until at least 6 p.m. Wednesday after a semi-tanker lost a 368,000-pound tank on a stretch of the highway just west of Minneapolis.
The State Patrol says a commercial vehicle lost the tank just before 3:30 a.m. in Victoria. Officials are rerouting traffic to U.S. Highways 12 and 212 and State Highway 5 as they build a crane to lift the tank onto a new trailer.
The Patrol says it is still unsure why the tank fell.
"The truck carrying the load leaked both diesel fuel and hydraulic fluids. It is unknown how much fluid was lost in the leaks, but all leaks are now contained," the Patrol said.
Victoria is about 30 miles west of the Twin Cities on Minnesota Highways 7 and 5.
Group of independent clinics loses BCBS contract
DULUTH, Minn.—A Duluth-based network of specialty clinics and primary clinics, located mostly in small towns in Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, will be out of Blue Cross Blue Shield's insurance network as of Feb. 1.
"Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting off access to good health care providers in order to pad their bottom line," said Jeffrey Tucker, president of Integrity Health Network, during a news conference on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Integrity represents more than 200 doctors and providers in 47 clinics and facilities located in 23 communities.
Integrity Health handles quality improvements, cost-of-care contracting, health plan and group purchasing negotiations and some "back-office operations" on behalf of all of the providers in its network, Tucker said.
Integrity does not represent Essentia Health or St. Luke's.
Major June concert announced for St. Paul Xcel Center
ST. PAUL—The New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul joint 2017 tour that opens in Ohio and closes in Florida will make a stop in St. Paul.
Billed as "The Total Package Tour," the 44-city trek will run from May 12 to July 16.
The tour will make a stop at the Xcel Center on June 14.
"Our fans know we love to bring them a party, and this tour is no exception." said New Kids' Donnie Wahlberg, 47. "It's not just a show; it's an experience. Paula Abdul is such a pop icon, and Boyz II Men are one of the best R&B acts of all time. It's going to be a night of hit after hit, and we can't wait to deliver the 'Total Package' to our fans!"
Former "American Idol" judge Abdul, 54, has not embarked on a major tour since 1991. "The Total Package Tour's" name is inspired by 2013's "The Package Tour," which featured New Kids, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.
Tickets for "The Total Package Tour" will be available to the general public Saturday at noon through ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
3 Minn. men jailed for up to 35 years in Islamic State case
Three Somali-American men in Minnesota were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 30 to 35 years on Wednesday for conspiring to aid the Islamic State militant group, according to the Department of Justice.
The three men—Mohamed Farah, Abdirahman Daud and Guled Omar—are part of a larger group of nine Minnesota men sentenced this week for attempting to assist the Islamic State in 2014 and early 2015.
Farah and Daud, both 22, were sentenced to 30 years in prison. Omar, 22, received 35 years, the harshest sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Michael Davis, the Justice Department said in a statement.
The Islamic State holds territory in Iraq and Syria and has sympathizers and recruits around the world who have carried out shootings and bombings of civilians.
Farah was convicted in June of conspiring to commit murder in Syria on behalf of the militant and for lying to a grand jury and FBI agents.
Daud was also convicted of conspiring to aid the Islamic State in June, but jurors acquitted him of a perjury charge.
Omar, in addition to conspiring to help the militant group, was also convicted in June of using $5,000 of student financial aid to help finance the plot to assist the Islamic State.
Six others in the group were sentences ranging from time served to 15 years in prison on Monday and Tuesday.