Lorna Benson Feature Archive

The fatal shooting at a sign shop in Minneapolis is the state's deadliest workplace homicide in at least 20 years. Six people, including the gunman, are dead from the shooting. According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, until yesterday the highest number of employee's killed in any one case of workplace violence was two. Job termination is a well-known risk factor that can lead to workplace violence. But it's rarely the only reason. (09/28/2012)
Health officials say one Twin Cities-area resident has been sickened as part of a 19-state salmonella outbreak, linked to peanut butter sold under the Trader Joe's brand. (09/25/2012)
One hundred eighty-nine new cases of pertussis were confirmed in Minnesota in the past week. More than 3,500 cases of the bacterial infection have been reported so far this year. (09/22/2012)
Many Minnesota parents may be wondering whether they should stop feeding their children rice after a report this week revealed that inorganic arsenic is present in dozens of rice products, including infant cereal. (09/20/2012)
The Minnesota obesity rate will more than double in less than 20 years if the state's current weight-related trends don't change, according to an analysis from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (09/18/2012)
The University of Minnesota will lead a new center that will provide national guidance on the best ways to reshape health care education so graduates learn how to practice collaboratively. (09/15/2012)
Two Minnesota children who visited the State Fair swine barn contracted the new variant strain of H3N2 flu. Both children have recovered. (09/13/2012)
Minnesota hopes a new statewide substance abuse collaboration will help the state get a handle on its growing opiate and heroin problem. (09/13/2012)
Minnesota schools must report all confirmed and suspected cases of chickenpox among their students and staff to public health officials starting this year. (09/11/2012)
State health officials say another case of a new swine flu strain has been linked to the Minnesota State Fair. (09/10/2012)
Federal officials say an estimated 96 percent of Minnesota children ages 19 to 35 months were vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella through last year. (09/08/2012)
The state's numbers are still better than the national average which is around 30 percent. (09/06/2012)
A federal initiative adds to work already under way in Minnesota to prepare the state for an expected surge in Alzheimer's cases as baby boomers retire. (07/02/2012)
Despite the lack of injury during the flooding in northeastern Minnesota, there are still plenty of health risks facing the people who live in the ever-expanding flood zone. (06/22/2012)
Minneapolis-based Medica says it will offer in-network access to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and its system of clinics beginning July 1 for new enrollees in 22 southern Minnesota counties. (06/14/2012)