Thoughts on the VA hospital system

My family is chock-full of military veterans, including myself, thus the word “VA” is a readily recognized acronym.

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Toxic Tater Coalition spreads the word, NOT the fungicides

They had me with their branding – the Toxic Taters Coalition. In my world potatoes are equated with manna from heaven. And any pesticide that comes between me and potatoes is toxic by definition! So when I heard that the Toxic Taters Coalition will be visiting Minneapolis on Wednesday, June 4, it was a call to action. It didn’t take long for me to discover I had much to learn.

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Dayton may stage medical marijuana signing ceremony later, but patients to hold commemoration at Mark's place

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the state's new medical cannabis law Wednesday without ceremony, but that's not stopping angry patients and families hoping for a more inclusive bill from staging a public event of their own.

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U of M offering free blood tests to SHARE program participants after blood-screenings exposed some to risk of diseases

The University of Minnesota is searching for past and current residents of the Skyline Tower in St. Paul who could be at risk for infectious diseases after misuse of equipment at blood-sugar screenings.

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Fight for 'health equities' went to state capitol

Until recently, health equities has not been a subject in Minnesota that has received a lot of publicized attention. It represents the goal of groups working to address the health inequities that are well documented between communities of color and Whites in Minnesota.

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What would Jesus vape? Will manufacturer that helped write Melin's bill get one of two spots?

Readers may remember that in Pass the stealth dutchies: Melin disses former allies in pediatric cannabis Facebook group, Bluestem reported that the Hibbing DFLer warned members of a closed pediatric cannabis Facebook group against those medical cannabis advocates who might favor full-scale legalization of medical marijuana.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: Race, culture and mental health

This weeks episode is about mental health and multicultural communities. Julia's guest is Nneka Onyilofor, co-author of the children's book My Brother Adam, about a family dealing with schizophrenia. [Audio below]

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A Minnesota first you might have missed

With all of the news about Minnesota’s minimum wage, women’s economic security act, safe schools legislation and a billion dollar bonding bill, you might have missed the history-making legislation that also passed this year.

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Memorial Day and disabled survivors of war

About three weeks ago, my wife and I stopped downstairs after 9:30 Mass at Basilica for our usual coffee and conversation.

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Medical device tax's research and development impact

Today, I'm aiming to address a very narrow question: has the Affordable Care Act's medical device excise tax had an impact on research and development? The answer is simple: no.

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