Category: Health

Drops in Teenage Drinking

Teen drinking rates in Minnesota have continued to drop over the years, according to new data from the Minnesota Department of Health. The Data shows that students who feel comfortable consulting their parents about issues or problems are less likely to consume alcohol. Students reporting experiences of trauma caused by abuse are more likely to have consumed alcohol before the […]

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Increased Violence in State Prison

Ten Oak Park Heights employees were sent to the hospital last month, with injuries caused by inmates. Last months injuries totaled more than the last five years combined. Records show that attacks on employees have gone up over 80 percent between 2013 and 2017. Attacks against other inmates has also continued to rise. State Representative Jack Considine considers resolving the […]

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Drug Take Back Box

Drug Take Back Box

Cold medicine, vitamins, and medication are a common staple in any given household, but how to handle these products after you are done using them or they have expired is more difficult and not well known. St. Cloud State Universities Student Health Services kicked off their Drug Take Back Week this Monday in an effort to help teach people how […]

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Unpaid Healthcare Premiums

Over 30 million dollars in MinnesotaCare Premiums were not paid, due to a computer issue that has been going on for almost four years. State officials say they have decided not to pursue collecting the 30 million dollars because identifying and locating those who did not pay could potentially cost more than the 30 million dollars owed. Another concern is, […]

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Salmonella Outbreak Leaves One Dead, More Sick

Salmonella Outbreak Leaves One Dead, More Sick

Chicken salad contaminated with salmonella has resulted in the death on one person and has sickened 265 more. The outbreak started in Iowa based food company Triple T Specialty Meats and was distributed by Fareway Stores. Nearly 50 people are filing lawsuits against the two companies and will be represented by Bill Marler and Steve Wandro, two food safety attorneys. […]

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Traffic Drug Stop

On Monday, April 2nd, a Benton County Police Sergeant pulled over Joseph Elwin Depa for a broken tail-light on his green sedan. After approaching the car, the officer recognized one of the passengers as Lisa Robin Platz, who had an outstanding felony warrant. While speaking to the driver, officers became suspicious that there may be drugs in the vehicle. With assistance […]

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Minnesota UnitedHealth Announces Partnership

Minnesota UnitedHealth Announces Partnership

Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group has announced that they will be partnering with several rival health insurers. UnitedHealth will be working with Humana, Quest Diagnostics, and MultiPlan using blockchain technology originally designed for exchanging financial information. The goal of this project is to streamline data and patient transfers more accurately. The first objective will be to ensure that the technology can transfer […]

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Watershed experts respond to nitrate runoffs

Watershed experts respond to nitrate runoffs

Wetlands and woodchips are expected to be used in an attempt to reduce nitrate runoffs in the Vermillion River and other Minnesota waters. The Vermillion River watershed experts have already implemented a three-acre artificial wetland to resolve nitrate pollution. The wetland, with woodchips mixed into the topsoil, is expected to filter out the nitrates.  Nitrates, according to Minnesota Public Radio, have polluted the […]

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Minnesota Seeks to Reduce Youth Suicides

Minnesota Seeks to Reduce Youth Suicides

The Minnesota Department of Health is working to reduce youth suicides across the state as recent figures indicate that the state has a higher average for people ages 10 to 24 than the national average. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people in that age range, with 111 dying in Minnesota in 2016. To work towards what […]

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Snowmobile Law

The Minnesota House Transportation Committee has approved a bill that would limit what vehicles may be operated after being charged with a DWI. The bill’s approval is said to be inspired by the death of an eight-year-old boy, who was hit by a snowmobile on Chisago Lake. The boy was hit by Eric Coleman, who was intoxicated at the time and […]

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