Leadership, local economy and lunch shape Farm to School curriculum

Poking around is a persistent addiction. Though the geography and focus shift with time, exploring new terrain simply expands the possibilities. Thus, in my quest to spread the share the message of open government, I have had the privilege to meet with scores of great people who are doing amazing work on issues that include sustainable agriculture, the rural economy, the environment, children’s health, food safety, family farms, ethnic diversity — always looking for the open government thread that runs through just about everything – once you start looking for it.

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MNsure's bright spots

As MNsure nears the end of its first open enrollment period, one thing’s for sure: it’s been an interesting ride. Little has come easily over the past six months.

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Newborn screening brings call for greater privacy protections

A child is born in Minnesota is screened for 50 rare and serious medical conditions. But court rulings have called into question how the state retains the blood samples — that it violates the Genetic Privacy Law.

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The 5% Campaign makes headway

Last year, the Minnesota House passed a health and social programs budget that allowed for the first wage increase nursing home and long-term care workers had seen since 2008. While this represented an important step in ensuring care workers are fairly compensated, the bulk of the increase was directed toward nursing homes, leaving only a very small amount for the many services that aim to assist people with disabilities and older adults within their own communities.

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NEWS DAY | Your life, your health, your zip code

“Tell me your zip code and I’ll tell you how long you are going to live.” Four years ago, at an Annenberg conference in California, that statement came as a shock. Not any more.

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Medical marijuana future still foggy, say legislative leaders

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's revelation that he would like to see some sort of compromise legislation on medical marijuana meets with mixed reviews from legislative leaders of both parties. House Majority Leader Erin Murphy says it may be better to have a conversation about medical marijuana next session. House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt says there is bipartisan support for medical marijuana as well as bipartisan opposition.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | It takes a village to grow healthy: Projects across the Twin Cities link public health and community development

There is growing recognition in the medical field that maintaining good health means more than taking care of yourself and getting regular medical check ups. Healthy living conditions and strong community cohesion foster healthy neighborhoods, while inequality, discrimination, crime, pollution, traffic, isolation, and a sense of powerlessness contribute to disease. It’s difficult to improve people’s overall health without addressing the social, economic and racial issues where they live.

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TCE still vexing for Southeast Como: The neighborhood is pushing for more testing and cleanup in vapor-affected homes

The Southeast Como Improvement Association is not satisfied with how General Mills and local agencies have addressed the trichloroethylene, or TCE, vapor issue in the neighborhood.

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Upcoming health conference to address specific concerns of Black women

Happy, healthy, family, friends, community, intergenerational, motivational: These are a few words used to describe the upcoming March 19 conference sponsored by Neighborhood HealthSource and many others. The conference is titled “Loving Yourself, Staying Well,” and those simple words seem to be a popular topic of conversation these days.

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Farmer markets' popularity brings food safety concerns to the table

Farmers markets have increasingly become a popular choice for fresh produce among consumers throughout the state. On any given weekend morning, visitors to a farmers market can indulge in samples of green beans and take part in cooking demonstrations.

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