The news story provoked national outrage as school children in Utah had their lunches tossed in the garbage because they didn’t have enough money to pay for them. But it turns out something similar is happening in Minnesota, as well.
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly 75 percent of kids have caffeine every day. But it’s not just coming from soda. Kids are also drinking more coffee and energy drinks. Experts say that’s a concern because those beverages can contain much higher amounts of caffeine than soda and iced tea. Dr. Elissa Rubin from Happy and Healthy Pediatrics in New York echoes the sentiment from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Health advocates are speaking out after a Twin Cities suburb voted down a permit to open a mental health facility for teenagers. “Lifespan,” which treats clients for ADHD, schizophrenia and autism disorders, wants to open a facility in a vacant property along Pennsylvania Avenue in Golden Valley, but council members voted down a permit this week after neighbors voiced safety concerns. Mayor Shep Harris apologized Saturday for the hurtful comments made during the council meeting.
Many school districts across the state canceled classes because of the extreme cold, which meant getting the word out to families, so they could make arrangements. But still, school officials know that sometimes not everyone gets the message.
A St. Louis Park gymnastics center has been evacuated after a CO2 leak Monday morning, according to a city representative. Now, four children are being monitored on site for possible hospitalization as a precaution.
A St. Paul woman was behind bars Thursday, accused of using an electrical cord to discipline her three young children. Twenty-eight-year-old Khima McAdory told police she struck her children with the cord because they did not clean their rooms properly.
Minnesota’s largest school districts aren’t taking any chances with this bone-chilling cold. Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis, and St. Paul Public Schools will all be closed again Tuesday. The superintendents say it’s just too cold for students to wait for buses or walk to school.
Governor Mark Dayton closed every Minnesota school Monday because of the weather, but he’s allowing school districts to make their own decisions on Tuesday. State officials say the governor called off schools because the dangerous cold came while districts were not completely prepared after coming off of a two-week holiday. Many local districts are opting to close for a second day, including Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis and St. Paul.
With no school again Monday and Tuesday in Minnesota, winter break just got a little longer. That little bit of panic set in for working parents: What to do with your kids?
Amid partisan conflict in Congress, dozens of lawmakers from both parties — including staunch liberals and conservatives — have united behind a bill that supporters say addresses a heart-rending issue beyond politics: the millions of foreign children languishing in orphanages or otherwise at risk because they have no immediate family.
For years, parents in the Somali community in Minneapolis have said autism is unusually common in their kids. Now, a University of Minnesota study confirms those claims. The study used data from 2010 to determine if more Somali kids, ages seven to nine, had autism than other kids in the state’s largest city. Idil Abdul has a son with autism. “I knew what they said today in 2008,” Abdul said.
A third child has died from injuries suffered in a collision between a truck and an SUV near Prescott in western Wisconsin. The Pierce County medical examiner says 5-year-old Laynie Jo Amos, of Amery, died around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
One of the children involved in a deadly pond accident in St. Louis Park, Minn. is taking a big step towards recovery. Six-year-old Zarihana Rennie is expected to have her breathing tube removed on Monday. Her mother, Shaniece Thompson, sees it as a sign that her daughter’s health is improving.
Thousands of children in the Twin Cities are proud owners of a new set of wheels. Free Bikes 4 Kidz held its annual bike giveaway this weekend.
A family in western Minnesota is dealing with a tragic loss. The bodies of two of their children, who were unaccounted for after a fire started in their home, have been recovered.