Minnesota may be taking a big step to stop the sale of synthetic drugs in the state. A special committee of lawmakers approved a sweeping set of changes Wednesday to end what some describe as an “epidemic.” They are substances sold in head shops around the state as incense and bath salts, but they’re extremely dangerous when ingested. The drugs have exotic names and seductive websites, but they’re easily available on Minnesota Main Streets.
A Minneapolis Police officer battling lupus and kidney failure received a life-changing transplant this week. Carlos Escobar, 35, is recovering at Hennepin County Medical Center. He spent two years on a waiting list for a kidney donation. After working a full day as a police officer, he would come home and spend seven hours on dialysis, hoping and praying a donor would come through. “I never expected it to be too soon because they told me with my blood type, it could be seven years,” Escobar said
A number of inter-faith groups are coming together to help save the life of a five-year-old boy. Omar Ahmed was diagnosed with end stage renal disease. His family has no insurance, and they’ve traveled from Egypt to Minnesota looking for help with the cost of treatment. One look at Omar and it’s hard to tell that he’s in such dire need.
As a quarterback, Scott Kirchoff led his Hutchinson team to a state title. He took his winner’s mentality to Bethel, where he won consistently.