Minnesota Senators introduce ban on "ex-gay" therapy, identical bill now pending in both houses of the state legislature

Minnesota senators have introduced a bill that would prohibit those with professional licenses from engaging in “reparative therapy” in regard to sexual orientation and gender identity for those under the age of 18. If the bill passes, therapists who provide such therapies to youth risk losing their licenses to practice.

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Twin Cities campus to go smoke-free in July

The University of Minnesota will become a smoke-free campus this summer.

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Knowing what medical procedures cost important to customers

When I worked for the Citizens League, we did this work (Citizens Solutions) around health care reform and convened hundreds of Minnesotans to talk about i

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Energy coop uses lantern workshops to bring families, communities together

Communities of Light Cooperative is a self-sufficiency, training and assessment organization whose first product is solar energy-related. In 2009 an organization named Communities of Light was formed by several Phillips Neighborhood residents, and in 2010 they began their Solar Lanterns and Solar Generators project/workshops due to great interest in helping to build healthier neighborhoods.

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Did weepy messaging about suffering kids kill real medical marijuana reform in Minnesota?

Much is being made about a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll: Majority support legalization of medical marijuana. That seems like good news for those of us who want marijuana made legal if heavily regulated and available by prescription from doctors.

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Minneapolis Adult English learners to help Allina serve underserved populations

More than 40 adult immigrants in Minneapolis Public Schools’ Adult Education program have signed on to learn more about training so they can help Allina Health serve some patients at one of the most crucial times: death.

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$3.5 million too much to spend to give kids lunch in school

$3.5 million is too much to spend to make sure low income children get to eat lunch at school. I wouldn’t have thought so either, but Sen Sean Nienow has shown me the light: “If the problem is that we have one or two or 10 or 50 or 100 or 1,000 kids that have a parent that [isn't] fulfilling their responsibility, well then let’s look at targeting the resources to fix that problem, and not spend it on all 60,000 kids.”

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What a doula can do: For expectant mothers behind bars, Isis Rising offers much-needed support

Although women have been supporting each other during pregnancy and birth since the beginning of time, the professional role of a doula is more modern. Doulas provide informational, emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. Doulas typically work in homes, hospitals and birth centers, but since 2010, a special group of doulas has been working at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee.

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Communities of color receive 750K to promote MNsure, website frustrations may have 'scared off' some Black enrollees

Open enrollment for MNsure, the state’s health insurance marketplace, closes March 31. Stairstep Foundation President Alfred Babington-Johnson said, “It’s important for MNsure to be able to reach into communities with a sense of uniqueness of those communities, and not some kind of generic, cookie-cutter application [process].

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Prompted by toxic vapors in Southeast Como, new proposal would force landlords to disclose more contaminant test results

The Minneapolis City Council gathered at City Hall on Friday morning. Ward 2 Councilman Cam Gordon introduced a proposal that would require rental property owners to disclose the results of environmental contamination tests to tenants in designated areas, in response to the trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination of the Southeast Como neighborhood. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

After state authorities measured above-normal levels of a potentially harmful vapor in the Southeast Como neighborhood, city leaders are pushing for more transparent chemical reporting in Minneapolis.

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