Lorna Benson Feature Archive

Some signs indicate Minnesota's influenza outbreak is slowing, but the state Department of Health isn't yet ready to say that it has peaked. "We still have a lot of influenza activity out there," said the agency's Kris Ehresmann. (01/24/2013)
Two DFL lawmakers are proposing to create a state grant program that would dedicate $4 million each year to spinal cord and traumatic brain injury research. (01/23/2013)
A pioneering brain tumor researcher at the University of Minnesota has died following his own battle with cancer. John Ohlfest, Ph.D. died Monday, January 21, 2013 of melanoma. He was 35. (01/23/2013)
The risk of frostbite and hypothermia is high this weekend as temperatures dip below zero across much of the state. (01/20/2013)
The newly released case numbers brings the state's influenza death toll to 60 so far this flu season. However, the Minnesota Department of Health says there's nothing particularly unusual about the situation. (01/18/2013)
A new report on Somali women in Minnesota sheds light on the resistance of Somali women to cesarean sections, prenatal care and family planning. (01/16/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Health says it is aware of some cases where people haven't been able to get flu vaccine from their primary care clinics. (01/15/2013)
New federal government estimates show that this year's flu vaccine has an effectiveness rate of about 62 percent. (01/11/2013)
A big surge in flu cases and deaths has redefined how health officials are describing the current flu outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health is now declaring that Minnesota is in the midst of a severe flu season. (01/11/2013)
Public health officials say the influenza picture that's developing appears to be pretty typical even though our recent mild flu years may have made it seem like flu is nothing to get too concerned about. (01/10/2013)
Fourteen southern Minnesota hospitals announced Wednesday they are implementing visitor restrictions in order to protect patients and staff from flu. (01/09/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed the flu-related death of a Minnesota teen. (01/08/2013)
Fairview Lakes Hospital in Wyoming is restricting some visitors due to a surge in flu cases at the hospital. (01/08/2013)
The Traumatic Brain Injury Center at the Hennepin County Medical Center will kick off a campaign this weekend to reduce the risk of concussions on ski slopes. (12/28/2012)
Minnesota has recorded its second death from influenza this season. The victim was a woman in her 90s with underlying risk factors that made her susceptible to flu complications. (12/28/2012)