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William Melchert-Dinkel

Judge Convicts Ex-Nurse Of Assisting Suicide

An ex-nurse who admitted going online and encouraging people to kill themselves was convicted Tuesday of assisting the suicide of an English man and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman, following a legal battle that has spanned more than four years and led to the reversal of part of a Minnesota law that outlaws the practice.

09/09/2014

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What Robin Williams’ Death Tells Us About Parkinson’s Disease

Williams passing has shed light on his overall health; both mental and physical.

08/14/2014

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Doctor: Depression Is Treatable, Especially If Caught Early

The death of Robin Williams is sparking important discussions about depression across the country. It’s a disease that many don’t understand, but one that affects almost all of us.

08/12/2014

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Robin Williams Had Recently Visited Hazelden

Movie fans across the country are mourning the death of actor Robin Williams. The legendary comedian and actor was found dead Monday in an apparent suicide. Williams’ death comes less than two months after he posed for a picture with an employee at a Dairy Queen in Lindstrom, Minn.

08/12/2014

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Actor Robin Williams Found Dead In Apparent Suicide

Actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead Monday in his northern California home, in what was suspected to be a suicide.

08/11/2014

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Online Suicides Case Back In Lower Court

Prosecutors in Minnesota argued Friday that a former nurse should be convicted of assisting suicide for sending emails and other online communications in which he urged two people to kill themselves and gave them information on how to do it.

08/08/2014

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Winona Man Paddles Away 2 Tours In Afghanistan

Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz. The former Marine was injured in a roadside bomb. He lost friends in combat, and later, to suicide. When the Winona, Minn. resident returned from the war eight years ago, he was coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD,

08/07/2014

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Woman Hit, Killed By Train Identified

Authorities said a 41-year-old woman was killed Friday when she was hit by a light rail train while crossing the street in Minneapolis. Police responded to the area of Hiawatha Avenue and 35th Street E. at about 2:51 p.m. on a report of a pedestrian being hit by a Blue Line light rail train.

06/22/2014

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Reality Check: What’s It Really Like For Veterans In MN?

Thousands of Minnesota veterans return home from combat duty every year. But when they get here, it’s sometimes tough to get a job. That’s only one of the struggles veterans face. Finding a job, getting health care services, fighting homelessness.

11/11/2013

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Veterans Marching To Raise Awareness Of Solider Suicide

Two combat medics who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan plan to march 23 miles with other veterans through Minneapolis and St. Paul Friday to raise awareness that nearly two dozen soldiers die each day by suicide.

10/24/2013

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Extramarital Affair May Have Led To Roseville Murder-Suicide

Roseville Police have identified the two men involved in a murder-suicide that happened Thursday afternoon. Police say 44-year-old Cheng Vang from Roseville shot and killed his wife’s co-worker – 33-year old Joseph Yang from Brooklyn Park – before turning the gun on himself. The incident happened at 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot of CPI Card Group in the 1900 block of West County Road B2, where Cheng’s wife, Yong Vang, worked with Yang.

09/06/2013

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Ohio Man Who Held 3 Women Captive Commits Suicide

Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade has committed suicide at a state prison facility. Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says 53-year-old Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.

09/03/2013

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Suicide On The Rise In Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says the state’s suicide rate is inching upward. The rate rose to 12.4 per 100,000 people last year, up from 11.2 from 2011. The new rate mirrors the national average. The MDH says 684 people killed themselves in the most recent period. To put that number in perspective, Minnesota had 368 traffic-related deaths in 2011. The data shows a general upward trend apart from a short-term dip around 2009.

08/30/2013

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Committed Sex Offender Kills Himself At Moose Lake

The Department of Human Services says a man committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program has killed himself. Deputy Commissioner Anne Barry says he died Saturday at the program’s Moose Lake facility. She says it’s the only known suicide in the history of the sex offender treatment program. Citing privacy laws, the department declined to identify him or say how he killed himself. Sex offenders who are civilly committed to the program when they complete their prison sentences are considered patients, not inmates.

08/05/2013

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Sheriff’s Dept.: Couple Found Dead In Shoreview Shooting

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department says they are investigating after a shooting incident left two dead and two injured Tuesday morning in north Shoreview, Minn. Reports say the incident happened near County Road J in a private home in that neighborhood.

06/04/2013

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