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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State health officials are concerned that Minnesotans aren't getting the message about safe sex and about testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

The Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday reported the rate of sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota rose 10 percent from 2012 to 2013.

But the increases were much higher for some diseases, with syphilis up 64 percent and gonorrhea up 26 percent.

The Star Tribune reports there were a record 18,724 cases of chlamydia in Minnesota in 2013, a 4 percent increase from the year before.

State health commissioner, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, says untreated STDs can have serious health consequences.

Since most STDs don't show symptoms, Ehlinger says it's important for sexually active people to get tested each year or when involved with a new partner.

Local Attorneys Named as Candidates for Third Judicial District

(ABC 6 News) -- There are currently two open judicial position in Minnesota's Third District Court, and the number of candidates recommended by the Commission on Judicial Selection is down to four.

Erin Felten is an attorney and shareholder at Patton, Hoversten & Berg, P.A., where her practice consists of family law, child protection, probate, employment law, corporate matters, and criminal defense of misdemeanor through felony charges. Previously, she was an associate at Olup & Associates, L.L.C., and, prior to that, was an associate at Adams, Rizzi & Sween, P.A. Ms. Felten currently serves as a volunteer attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the Mower County United Way.

One Person Killed in House Fire

(ABC 6 News) --  One person is dead following a morning house fire in rural Olmsted county just northeast of Dover.

The fire broke out around 10 a.m. Wednesday. It was called in by a passerby who saw smoke and heard some sort of explosion. 

The home off County Road 107 is at the end  of a long private driveway and not visible from the road.

Crews say it was fully engulfed when they arrived and multiple units worked to get the fire out.

"We had a person that was unaccounted for from the family that lives in that residence and later this afternoon we were able to recover a body," Olmsted County Sheriff Dave Mueller said.

The name of the person killed hasn't been released. The state fire marshals office is investigating how the fire started.

MNsure Chooses Deloitte as Lead IT Vendor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace has chosen Deloitte Consulting LLP as its main information technology vendor to overhaul its troubled website and computer systems, citing Deloitte's record of success in other states.

MNsure spokeswoman Jenni Bowring-McDonough says the exchange's contract with Deloitte is worth $4.95 million and will run for nine months. Details of Deloitte's plans will be presented to MNsure's board of directors Wednesday afternoon.

New York-based Deloitte was one of the original bidders for the contract to build the exchange, but Deloitte wanted $20 million more than the state was willing to pay. The contract went instead to Reston Va.-based Maximus Inc.

Technical problems marred the launch of the exchange last October and persisted for months, frustrating thousands of health insurance shoppers.

Officials Warning of Jury Duty Scam

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota judicial officials are warning of a phone scam that involves jury duty.

Residents in Olmsted, Rice, Dakota and Ramsey counties have reported getting phone messages saying they had failed to return a jury summons. The message asks for a return call. When the call is returned, someone named Angel answers the phone and asks probing questions.

The Star Tribune says prospective jurors in Scott County have reported getting calls from someone who says that he's Major Paul Stevens and that there's a warrant out for their arrest.

State Patrol Using New Tactic to Catch Distracted Drivers

(ABC 6 News) -- Law enforcement is cracking down on distracted driving this week, using tactics that have never been used in our area before.

In the first three days of the distracted driving extra enforcement, preliminary numbers show more than 130 tickets have been issued statewide for texting while driving.

We road along with the Minnesota State Patrol Monday. Where it’s more than just law enforcement helping to curb the problem.

Texting while driving, or any type of distraction, isn't so easy for law enforcement to catch in action. "If we don't see them using the phone or see what they’re doing in that vehicle, unless they admit the violation to us, it's difficult for us to say this is what happened,” said Lt. Heath Dienger, Minnesota State Patrol.

Another Successful Year for Dancing for the Arts

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(ABC 6 News) -- From cowboy hats to bedtime slippers, local celebrities broke out of their element and put on a show for Rochester's own Dancing for the Arts.

Ten well-known public figures in the Rochester Area teamed up with local and professional dancers for a high-class competition.

Three Rochester City leaders judged the ten pairs of dancers. The dancers trained for ten weeks beforehand.

This competition is also a fundraiser for area schools.  Our very own Laura Lee hosted the event. Winners were Dan Litzinger and Katy Jablonski. They also raised the most money.  And the Judges' Choice Award went to Jennifer Koski and partner John Vitek.