Lorna Benson Feature Archive

Minnesota's death toll from influenza climbed to 176, including seven more deaths that were confirmed during week 10 of the flu season that ended last Saturday. (03/14/2013)
The proposal, authored by DFL Rep. Jerry Newton, of Coon Rapids, would add chips, pretzels, cookies and other prepackaged treats to the list of snack items subject to the state's 6.88 percent sales tax. (03/13/2013)
A report released Friday by Minnesota's Legislative Auditor says the state should pay dentists more for treating patients enrolled in Minnesota's Medical Assistance program. (03/08/2013)
Deadly superbugs, called Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae [CRE], are on the rise in Minnesota and across much of the nation. (03/05/2013)
University of Minnesota researchers, using stem cell technology, have sparked muscle regeneration in laboratory mice with a fast-moving form of muscular dystrophy, a disease that severely weakens muscles. (03/05/2013)
The rate of cesarean-section deliveries occurs in wide variation in U.S. hospitals, shows a University of Minnesota study. (03/04/2013)
University of Minnesota researchers will be able to tap a new pot of money to support their projects if they lose some of their federal grant funding. (03/02/2013)
Flu-related deaths in Minnesota continue to climb, even as the outbreak tapers off. (02/28/2013)
Fine particle pollution in the air across southern Minnesota is causing unhealthy breathing conditions for children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases. (02/26/2013)
Minnesota's death toll from influenza has reached 127. (02/07/2013)
Minnesota's adult smoking rate is much higher than public health officials previously thought. A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 19 percent of Minnesota adults smoke. (01/29/2013)
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)