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Jury Mostly Sides With MN Pharmacist Who Denied Woman Contraception

An Aitkin County jury determined on Friday that a pharmacist’s refusal to provide emergency contraception to a woman because of his religious convictions did not constitute a violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The jury did decide that McGregor resident Andrea Anderson is entitled to $25,000 in emotional...
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SWCD manager may be retired but legacy lives on

Steve Hughes liked his job so much he stayed for nearly 40 years. Hughes began as a forest inventory technician for the Aitkin County Land Department in 1980 and became the district manager of the Aitkin County Soil and Water district (SWCD) in 1986. It was that position he retired from on July 31. Hughes grew up in Grand Rapids, graduating from high school there in 1978. He was in...
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McGregor woman sues local pharmacist

Andrea Anderson, a mother of five from McGregor, sued a pharmacist under the Minnesota Human Rights Act after the pharmacist, based on his religious beliefs, refused to accommodate her request. State law prohibits discrimination based on sex, including issues related to pregnancy and childbirth. The trial in the civil case came amid national political debate about contraception under federal law with the U.S. House recently passing a bill that would guarantee the right to contraception. Democrats pushed through the measure in response to concerns that...
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Wright County man murdered in Aitkin County

On July 26, Daniel Bzdok, 62, was reported missing in Wright County, Minnesota, his primary address. In a complaint filed July 29 in Aitkin County, deputy Cody Schwinghammer was dispatched to conduct a welfare check at Daniel Bzdok’s cabin in Fleming Township, rural Aitkin. It was reported to the officer that Bzdok had been at the cabin recently with his son, Ronald Bzdok. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office told Schwinghammer...
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Jury rules that Minnesota pharmacist did not discriminate against woman when he denied her access to morning-after pill

AITKIN COUNTY, Minn. -- A jury in Aitkin County found that a pharmacist did not discriminate against a woman when he refused her request in 2019 to fill a prescription for emergency contraception, citing his beliefs.Andrea Anderson sued the McGregor Thrifty White pharmacy under the Minnesota Human Rights Act after pharmacist and local pastor George Badeaux refused to accommodate her request. She had called her health care provider to ask for a prescription to Ella, an emergency contraceptive tablet, after her primary method of birth control failed. State law prohibits discrimination based on sex, and the lawsuit said - because emergency...
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Minnesota woman denied morning-after pill by pharmacist wins $25K

(FOX 9) - In a landmark case, a jury found a Minnesota pharmacy didn't discriminate against a woman who was denied the morning-after pill in 2019, but the jury did award her $25,000. The lawsuit, which was filed in December 2019, alleged McGregor Pharmacy (formerly Thrift White) violated the Minnesota...
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