VINE Faith in Action in partnership with Moments Hospice is offering a free presentation from Embrace LLC called, Aging, Dementia, Caregiving OH MY! Thursday, September 26 from 5:30 – 7 pm at the VINE Adult Community Center. Embrace Caregiver Specialist, Krisie Barron, LSW will answer questions that you don’t know how to ask when it comes to aging, dementia and caregiving. What is normal along this aging journey and what is not? Are you a caregiver and having feelings that don’t feel normal and thoughts that continue to make you feel vulnerable, angry and guilty? The 90-minute program will give you [...]
Minnesota's new task force on the opioid crisis will hold its first meeting next week on how best to spend $20 million from new licensing fees on the pharmaceutical industry. The Department of Human Services on Wednesday announced the 19 members of the Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council. They include legislative and tribal leaders; health care professionals; experts in addiction, mental illness and public health; individuals in recovery and chronic pain sufferers. The task force is due to issue its first report and recommendations for project funding in March 2020. The money will come from sharply higher fees imposed by the 2019 Legislature on drug manufacturers and distributors. The [...]
Crack cocaine, a half-pound of heroin and enough fentanyl to kill 12,000 people was seized at a Moorhead residence. Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting: "We're seeing more and more of it and then the fentanyl and things like that in our area. So our drug task force members are definitely hitting the area hard. And they are doing what they can to get this stuff out of our area. We don't want it here obviously." Arrested were 33-year-old Donald Quin Jr. and 30-year-old Candi Wilson. They're facing several drug-related charges.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota police say a man who was leaving a Bible study with his young daughter and father was fatally shot outside his church in St. Paul. The homicide Wednesday night is the sixth fatal shooting in St. Paul this month. Police don't believe the latest shooting outside St. Albans Church of God in Christ was random. The victim's father, who has a permit to carry, pulled out a handgun and returned fire as his son ran away. The Star Tribune reports officers following a trail of blood that led to the victim, who died at the scene next [...]
Republicans in the Minnesota Senate roll out their plan this morning (1030am) to address the high cost of insulin, even as Democrats push for a state-run assistance program partially funded by fees on drug manufacturers. House Speaker, Democrat Melissa Hortman contends: "This is not a complex product to produce. It's a life-saving product. People's lives are dependent on being able to access affordable insulin, and so the pharmaceutical industry has a responsibility to participate." Republicans have said the end of the insulin price crunch is in sight after several large H-M-O's took steps to limit out-of-pocket costs for their [...]
Find ways to stop an epidemic of violence against Native women -- that's the assignment for a special task force established by the Minnesota Legislature that has its first meeting Thursday (9am-4pm) in Saint Paul. Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein, a Democrat from New Brighton, is helping spearhead the effort that brings together people from a variety of backgrounds: "I'm going to really count on some of the members who work directly with the community, especially community women who have been victims and survivors." Governor Tim Walz will do a ceremonial re-signing this morning of the bill setting up the task force to [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis man is charged with attempted murder and assault after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend and set her on fire. The criminal complaint says the woman escaped and drove herself to the hospital, while her hair and body were still smoldering. She's now in a medically induced coma after Monday's attack. Forty-six-year-old Richard Bullock was charged Wednesday. Court documents do not list an attorney to comment on his behalf.
Minnesota Veterans for Cannabis, an organization advocating access to cannabis for Minnesota's over 327,000 veterans, announced it will hold a Cannabis Town Hall Forum in Mankato. The town hall will begin at 6 pm on October 3 at the Loose Moose Saloon and Conference Center and run until 8 pm. The intent is to bring people who are on both sides of the issue together to discuss it. The town hall will focus on the medical side but will look at how the legalization of adult personal use Cannabis affects the medical side.
Senator Amy Klobuchar is touting a jump in her poll numbers to eight percent in a post-debate survey in Iowa. Carleton College analyst Steven Schier says Klobuchar's presidential campaign now has "new life": "Iowa is essential to her strategy. She has to finish well there in order to proceed further in the presidential selection process. So this is a good day for Amy Klobuchar." But Schier adds fellow Democratic moderate Joe Biden is still "very much in her way" and puts a ceiling on how far Klobuchar can move in the polls. Klobuchar is beginning a campaign sweep of so-called [...]
Greater Mankato Area United Way has announced the speaker for its 6th annual Men’s Event. John Kriesel, a decorated Minnesota veteran, sports radio personality, former legislator and acclaimed motivational speaker, will headline the event on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Kato Ballroom, presented by MTU Onsite Energy. In 2006, Kriesel was catastrophically injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq and lost both his legs. He will share his story and how having perseverance, a strong support system, sense of humor and positive outlook has made him stronger than ever. Tickets on sale soon. The annual Men’s Event welcomes regional men ages 21+ [...]