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UPDATE 7:05 p.m. Wednesday w/video: Alexandria chase suspect in deeper trouble
Don't burn today or Friday
Law enforcement blotter: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Large wildfire ignites north of Staples
Beware of 'sweepstakes' scam
Osakis girls look ready for true team
Sports schedule for Thursday, May 5
Boys golf: Osakis runner-up in second CMC meet
Osakis boys track first at home quad
Growing with experience: Alex boys track focused on progress each meet
Destination ImagiNation teams perform well at regionals, state
Local Math Masters teams dominate top 10 at regionals
Mother's Day concert features family harmony
Luncheon serves up fun at senior center
Connecting Faith to Life: There's more to people than what meets the eye
Wedding - Capp and O'Leary
Engaged - Kading and Poole
Engaged - Bosek and Guetter
Engaged - Schaffer and Schultz
Births - April 29, 2016
Youth Outdoor Activity Day gets a boost
State park taking reservations for all sites
Greengo, Pederson, Knight perfect in week two for Alex shooters
Slowing the spread of emerald ash borer
Morken: A perfect morning, minus the ending
Donald D. Schaffer
Ervin H. Meyer
Leo J. Berning Jr.
Douglas V. Jewson, M.D.
LETTER: Questions some of the 'facts' referenced
LETTER: Westrom prison bill is wrong
IN THE KNOW: Gains in economic development are realized over decades
From the archives: 1916 - Glee Club girls picnic on Lake Geneva with gentlemen friends
EDITORIAL: Don't be fleeced by door-to-door solicitors
Taking a bite out of wasted pumpkins
New loans offered for portable storage, equipment
USDA seeks input from local food producers
Gardening Tips: Extend garden season with bulbs
Spring styles displayed in fashion show
Robotics Showcase highlights student teams, videos
Knute Nelson named in Top 100 Best Companies to Work For
ALP Utilities recognized for protecting drinking water supply
Take action against hunger
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March 1, 2016
Minnesota uninsured rate drops nearly in half
By Forum News Service A new report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the University of Minnesota finds that Minnesota cut its uninsured rate nearly in half between 2013 and 2015The rate of Minnesotans without health insurance has now reached an all-time low at 4.3...
March 1, 2016 - 8:23am
February 24, 2016
Food illness linked to alfalfa sprouts
State health and agriculture officials are investigating an outbreak of foodborne illness associated with alfalfa sprouts produced by Jack &...
February 24, 2016 - 3:49pm
February 28, 2016
The pros and cons of consuming diet soda
By Wade Rupard, Forum News Service With obesity continuing to rise in the U.S., more and more people are turning to diet soft drinks to avoid packing on extra pounds. Though diet drinks have some benefits, Lynn Holum, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator...
February 28, 2016 - 10:00am
February 14, 2016
SAD a form of depression related to season changes
By Anna Erickson, Forum News Service As the winter drags on, some people might experience more than just the winter blues. Seasonal Affective...
February 14, 2016 - 2:00pm
February 4, 2016
Wear red on Friday -- it could save lives
You'll be seeing red tomorrow -- for a good reason. The American Heart Association (AHA) is kicking off American Heart Month with "National Wear Red Day" on Friday, Feb. 5. The goal is to raise awareness and save lives. For more than 10 years, the AHA has been working to let more...
February 4, 2016 - 8:10am
January 29, 2016
LETTER: We need single-payer health insurance
To the editor: The current health insurance system is a national disgrace. The United States is the only major country that does not guarantee health care to all people as a right. Millions of citizens go without care or adequate coverage. Deductibles are rising as are the soaring...
opinion / letters
January 29, 2016 - 12:00am
January 22, 2016
COMMENTARY: Building a healthier tomorrow for Minnesota, today
By Dr. Jack Weiss, Regional Chief Medical Officer for Central and West Regions, United Healthcare, Scottsdale, AZ In an annual checkup of our nation’s health, Minnesota ranked fourth among all 50 states in 2015. As a state, we have a low percentage of uninsured population and have...
opinion / commentaries
January 22, 2016 - 12:00am
January 8, 2016
Help is available if health claim is denied
Under federal and state law, Minnesota consumers have the right to appeal an insurance company’s denial of coverage for medical treatment. This includes both retrospective denials (refusal to pay for treatment that has already been performed) and prospective denials (refusal to...
January 8, 2016 - 12:00am
Free help to quit smoking offered to MA enrollees
Minnesotans who receive government-funded medical care can get free tobacco treatment beginning this month. Those on Medical Assistance, Minnesota’s version of Medicaid, and MinnesotaCare subsidized insurance are eligible for treatment under changes legislators made earlier this...
January 8, 2016 - 12:00am
January 5, 2016
Sauk Rapids meat company recalls beef products
Huisken Meat Company, a Sauk Rapids, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 89,568 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous wood materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Monday. The Sam’s...
January 5, 2016 - 7:39am
December 31, 2015
Minnesotans on medical assistance can get free help to stop smoking
Minnesotans who receive government-funded medical care can get free tobacco treatment beginning next month. Those on Medical Assistance, Minnesota's version of Medicaid, and MinnesotaCare subsidized insurance are eligible for treatment under changes legislators made earlier this year....
December 31, 2015 - 1:00pm
January 1, 2016
Highs and lows define first 6 months of Minnesota’s medical cannabis program
By Robb Jeffries, Forum News Service The first six months of medical marijuana in Minnesota have been a mix of ups and downs, stakeholders said this week. The rollout of the program since July 1 has largely been successful for Minnesota Medical Solutions and LeafLine Labs, but a lot...
January 1, 2016 - 8:08am
December 30, 2015
Local health improvement efforts get SHIP funding
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has awarded $456,555 in funding through the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) to Horizon SHIP through October 2017, which serves the counties of Douglas, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Grant. SHIP funding is available to community health...
December 30, 2015 - 12:00am
December 22, 2015
New strain of norovirus hits Minnesota
A new strain of norovirus, the most common cause of sudden intestinal illness, has shown up in Minnesota, and that could mean more norovirus illnesses this winter, state health officials warned today.The new strain, called GII.17 Kawasaki, caused many outbreaks in Asia last winter...
News / state
December 22, 2015 - 1:22pm
December 4, 2015
Five things to know about MNsure open enrollment
With the 2016 open enrollment period under way, MNsure is reminding Minnesotans about five things they should keep in mind when shopping and comparing health insurance coverage options for themselves or their family. 1. MNsure can save you money. The Minnesota Department of Commerce...
December 4, 2015 - 12:00am