A new program is providing rewards for teenagers who stay alcohol-free during pregnancy. An organization called Healthy Brains for Children is heading the effort. Expecting teenagers are given a cell phone as an incentive but also a Breathalyzer that they will be required to blow into during the day.
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for teenagers across the country, which is why one group is working to help keep them alive behind the wheel. The Tire Rack Street Survival program was held Saturday at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. The program was created to improve driver competence through hands-on experience. Students learn how to manage driving hazards, obstacles and challenges on an advanced driving course.
A new survey reveals how many Minnesota teenagers are increasing their risk of getting skin cancer. A new study from the Department of Health found 34 percent of white girls in the 11th grade admitted to using tanning beds over the last year. More than half of them tanned indoors 10 or more times.
Eric Zajkowski’s social studies class had a unique assignment on Thursday. The students spent their day outside on a cold parking lot in Arden Hills, which more closely resembled a Hollywood movie set. Sophomores, juniors and seniors in Zajkowski’s class at Hmong College Prep Academy in St. Paul are making public service announcement videos, and a powerful statement that can save lives.
Three teenagers were indicted Friday in connection with the West. St. Paul shooting death of 31-year-old Luis David Reyes-Galvan on Jan. 11, 2013, according to Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.
Two Willmar teens have been indicted in the death of a 79-year-old woman, according to a Kandiyohi County court. Brok Nathaniel Junkermeier, 19, and Robert Innocencio Warwick, 18, were each indicted with two charges — first-degree premeditated murder, and first-degree murder while committing burglary.
An 18-year-old man from Burnsville pleaded guilty in juvenile court Tuesday for his role in a crash on Buck Hill that killed two teenagers and injured two other teens. The driver – a 17-year-old juvenile at the time of the June 2012 crash – pleaded guilty to two felony counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide, one felony count of Criminal Vehicular Operation, and one count of gross misdemeanor count of Criminal Vehicular Operation.
A recent study found that when parents discipline their teenagers by yelling, swearing at or humiliating them two or more times a week, the teens were more likely to act up in school, lie to parents, steal, fight or show signs of depression.
Many kids will soon feel the heat as they head back to school. Starting can be so stressful. Then once you get into the schedule, things pile up, sports practices, tests, homework. One local yoga studio wants students to breathe and feel the heat in a different way.
Major League Baseball has suspended Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez through the 2014 season. The expected announcement came after he was linked to a biomedical company suspected of providing performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to players. Use of PEDs is not just a problem with professional athletes. According to Dr. Anne Moore of Tria Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington, more and more teenagers are now experimenting with them because of easy access. “If you want to find it you can find it, is how things operate,” Dr. Moore said.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says springtime is a good time for parents to talk to teens about safe driving habits.
Gay and lesbian teens who may feel uncomfortable attending a traditional prom at their high school have another option — an alternative prom in the St. Cloud area that’s open to LGBT teens from across the state.
The name says it all: TXT4Life. Minnesota lawmakers are moving to add the text message-based suicide prevention program to the existing statewide phone hotline, citing figures from a pilot program in northeastern Minnesota that show teens would rather send a text than make a call for help.
The real lesson of Minneapolis police officer Bradley Schnickel’s arrest on six felony counts of luring and having sexual encounters with young girls is that social networking makes this predatory behavior so much easier than it used to be.
A 32-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting teen girls he met on social media sites while working as a Minneapolis Police officer, including one he allegedly got intoxicated before assaulting.