Watching the sunrise over a marsh is an awe-inspiring experience, a memory bank deposit that for many duck hunters is as valuable as the number of birds they bag. Yet, every year some duck hunters find themselves in bad situations, the result of falls into cold water, mishaps with their firearms, or other incidents that may forever cloud what’s supposed to be an enjoyable experience. As Minnesota’s waterfowl hunting season gets underway Saturday, Sept. 21, Department of Natural Resources conservation officers remind hunters to ensure their hunting and safety gear is in good condition before heading afield. Once they’re hunting, adhering [...]
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding lake property owners to carefully check boats and trailers, docks and lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when removing equipment for seasonal storage. This is important, as several new zebra mussel confirmations in recent years were initially reported by people removing docks, boats and boat lifts. “These late summer/early fall confirmations are the result of Minnesotans being more vigilant and checking for invasive species when taking equipment out of the water,” said DNR Invasive Species Unit supervisor Heidi Wolf. It’s especially important to follow Minnesota’s law and keep docks and [...]
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/19/2019) — September 25 is Women’s Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages. Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., whose research focuses on physical activity, sedentary behaviors and obesity prevention, answers five questions about why exercise is important and how people can make it a part of their routine, regardless of obstacles. Q. Why is exercise important? Prof. Barr-Anderson: The benefits of exercise, or rather physical activity, are numerous. From psychological to physical — as well as mental, emotional and social positive effects — moving your body on a regular basis is essential for overall health. Exercise is important [...]
Four-year-old Ethan Delaske of Janesville has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. He's currently undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. My Happy Place is a non-profit based out of Mason City. They will be coming to Janesville for the makeover of his room and the big reveal later in October. For a list of ways you can help the family, including a list of items needed and monetary funds, head to http://myhappyplacemc.com/.
“ASK A TROOPER” by Sgt. Troy Christianson of the Minnesota State Patrol Question: I was told the fine for passing a school bus, when the red lights are activated and the stop arm is extended, had recently increased. Answer: State law requires all vehicles to stop for school buses when the bus driver activates the flashing lights and has the crossing arm fully extended. Red flashing lights on buses indicate students are either entering or exiting the bus. In 2017, the fine for a school bus stop arm/red lights violation in Minnesota increased from $300 to $500. Motorists must [...]
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Officials have postponed a forum on hate crimes in St. Cloud over safety concerns. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the St. Cloud Area Regional Human Rights Commission postponed the forum scheduled for Wednesday. State Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero says she is "heartbroken by the attempts to silence discussion on hate crimes."
Community support is pouring in for the Madelia teenager who died on Sunday. Several area businesses set up collection jars for Johnny David Godoy Ramos. A Go Fund Me page says the money raised will go toward sending his body to Honduras for burial. His parents live there. The page says the 17-year-old died due to a tragic accident. Police say he was found unresponsive at a Madelia home.
The Rural Forum is set for December 5, 2019. This year’s forum entitled “Navigating Perspectives” will be held from 4 – 9 pm at the Mankato Civic Center Ballroom at 1 Civic Center Plaza. The premier annual reception and dinner event joins key public leaders with a wide range of attendees – farmers, professionals from ag and business, college students, ag organizations and more – when it comes to rural Minnesota nearly everyone is connected to agriculture in some way. This Forum provides an opportunity to have important conversations about the key issues facing the rural economy and potential solutions. Hear [...]
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 [...]