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Starting State Medical-Pot Program No Easy Task

It took years, many false starts and a veto of prior legislation, but Minnesota medical marijuana advocates finally succeeded in getting a bill that’s on track to become law in a matter of days.

05/16/2014

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Project Hopes To Create More Young Swimmers In Mpls.

It’s a skill that can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and city leaders are pushing for a new project – Minneapolis Swims – to help children learn to swim.

04/25/2014

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MDH: Minnesota Traveler Tests Positive For Lassa Fever

Minnesota Department of Health officials have confirmed that a traveler returning to Minnesota from West Africa tested positive for the Lassa fever. The man, who flew in to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on March 31, went to a doctor soon after arriving, complaining of a fever. Due to his travel history, his blood samples were sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and he tested positive for the viral disease on April 3.

04/04/2014

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Minn. Senate Pulls E-Cigs Bill Back Into Committee

Gov. Mark Dayton has broken with his Health Department commissioner over the extent of regulation needed on electronic cigarettes. Dayton said that he is uncomfortable with legislative efforts to put e-cigarettes in the same category as conventional cigarettes when it comes to prohibition of use in public spaces.

03/26/2014

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Plan For E-Cigarette Rules Reaches Senate Floor

A plan to classify electronic cigarettes in the same fashion as the conventional kind survived its toughest committee test Monday and now awaits a Senate floor vote. The bill cleared the Senate Commerce Committee after an attempt to weaken the proposed regulations failed on a 7-6 vote. It would add so-called vaping to state indoor air laws that bar tobacco use in public places and most businesses.

03/24/2014

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Solution To Minn. Synthetic-Drug Plague?

Duluth Democratic Rep. Erik Simonson says a bill written with bipartisan support could be the answer to the synthetic-drug problem that’s plagued Minnesota for years.

03/18/2014

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Poisonings From E-Cigarette Liquid Up Sharply

Minnesota Poison Control System officials say they’re seeing a sharp increase in the number of young people being harmed by e-cigarette liquid. In 2012, the poison center received five reports of e-cigarette-related poisonings for people under 20 years old. Last year, that number jumped to 50.

03/18/2014

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Minn. Patient Satisfaction Survey Gives High Marks

Minnesota officials plan to announce results Wednesday from what they’re billing as the nation’s largest statewide patient experience survey. It’s a joint project of the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Community Measurement.

08/14/2013

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Senate Confirms 5 More Commissioners

The state Senate on Thursday confirmed five more members of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet, but not without a brief fight from Republicans.

02/07/2013

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Report: Serious Falls Rise At Minn. Hospitals

An annual report says a rise in serious falls was the main reason for an increase in accidental deaths and serious injuries to patients at Minnesota hospitals last year.

01/31/2013

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Some Minn. Teens Healthier Than Those In 1990s

A new survey finds substantial declines in rates of sexual activity, smoking and binge drinking among Minnesota teenagers since the 1990s.

12/12/2012

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Health Chief: MN May Be Slipping In Reducing Smoking

Minnesota’s top health official says the state may be slipping in its effort to reduce smoking. State Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said Minnesota has seen a reduction in smoking in recent years but the rate of reduction has slowed.

05/31/2012

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Mail Workers Hold Drill, Prep For Possible Attack

You might be getting an important, unexpected package in the mail this weekend as part of a drill to get the Twin Cities ready in case of a chemical terrorist attack.

05/03/2012

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Health Overhaul’s Anniversary Marked In Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton’s top health adviser is joining Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison to praise the federal health care overhaul on its one-year anniversary.

03/25/2011

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