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May Day snow day; Red River crests; medical records on your smart phone

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

  • Rare May snowfall could break records
    This can't be happening again right? It's May, after all. But the spring of 2013 appears to be the wintry gift that keeps on giving. Our next weathermaker is moving in with another shot of rain and, yes, snow.
  • Red River crests today in Fargo-Moorhead
    After several revisions lowering the crest levels each time, the Red River in Fargo is predicted to crest today at just over 33 feet. That's more than six feet below the record level and more than four feet below the low end of the weather service outlook.
  • Photos: Fargo and Moorhead, before and during flooding
    Even though the 2013 Red River flood is not as severe as the National Weather Service initially forecasted, it still made for dramatic images.
  • Need your medical records? There's an app for that
    There's no uniform system for handling digital medical records, so sharing data can be an issue. That can be a serious problem in an emergency. Smartphones are starting to bridge the gap.
  • FDA: Morning-after pill to move over the counter
    The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it -- an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive.
  • Ask Dr. Jon Hallberg: Creativity in medicine
    A call more creativity in medicine is all well and good for doctors and nurses for their own satisfaction, but how could it work in the clinic?
  • 3 men charged in connection with Boston bomb case
    Three men who attended college with the Boston Marathon suspect have been charged in connection with the case.
  • Would you pay a higher price for 'ethical' clothing?
    Look at photographs from the Bangladesh garment factory collapse, and you can see clothing in the rubble destined for a store called Joe Fresh, one of the many retailers using super-cheap fashions made overseas to keep shoppers buying often.
  • Iowa panel to review Bachmann complaint
    An Iowa Senate ethics panel is scheduled to meet to review a complaint that a state senator accepted payments from a presidential campaign in 2012.
  • Coursera to offer new MOOC options for teachers
    A leading platform for the popular "massive open online courses" offered by elite universities is moving into a new realm: the expansive field of continuing education for teachers.
  • Frac sand mining: Cyclists concerned
    Several silica sand mines close to the Mississippi River in western Wisconsin are near areas where cyclists like to ride and stay in bed-and-breakfasts. Some of the proposed mines in southeastern Minnesota are also located in scenic areas where cycling is popular.
  • Sex-offender registries: Should kids be listed?
    Government authorities should end the practice of placing juveniles' names on publicly accessible sex-offender registries, Human Rights Watch says in a report warning of lasting and unwarranted harm to some youths.
  • Fans already want Metrodome souvenirs
    The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which operates the Metrodome, says it's received more than 50 requests for seats, signs, turf and other mementoes. Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen says the requests vary.
  • Capsized Chippewa canoeists still missing
    A search for two missing canoeists is to resume on the Chippewa River in Eau Claire. A search crew will be back on the river early Wednesday looking for two men whose canoe capsized Tuesday afternoon.
  • Blackhawks beat Wild 2-1 in Game 1
    Bryan Bickell scored in overtime on a two-on-one rush, and the Chicago Blackhawks started the playoffs on a winning note after dominating the regular season, beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night.
  • 2nd Minn. prison camp escapee charged
    The federal government has charged a convicted con artist with escape for walking away from a minimum-security prison camp in Duluth.

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