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  • STD cases in Minnesota jumped in 2013
    The number of syphilis cases increased 64 percent, while gonorrhea cases were up 26 percent, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday.April 16, 2014
  • Deloitte named to revamp MNsure exchange
    Deloitte will bear ultimate responsibility for ensuring MNsure meets deadlines, stays within budget, and meets quality benchmarks. MNsure will pay Deloitte $4.95 milllion out of MNsure's 2014 budget of federal funds.April 16, 2014
  • Heavy snow north, metro rides rain-snow edge
    All weather is local. That's especially true today as AM rush commuters escaped problems in the Twin Cities, while travelers along Interstate 35 and Interstate 94 north and west of the metro cope with heavy snow bursts. It's as if our post-eclipse, tax week storm filed for a bit of an "extension" in the metro.April 16, 2014
  • Minneapolis ponders plastic-foam ban
    City's recycling program does not accept plastic foam.The Daily Circuit, April 16, 2014
  • How advanced directives can improve end-of-life care, costs
    Nearly everyone in La Crosse, Wis., has a document that explains treatment preferences for medical care if faced with a serious accident or illness.The Daily Circuit, April 16, 2014
  • Meet the Tyrannosaurus rex that was chased out of Montana
    Most people don't know it, but the T. rex that's standing tall in the Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., is a fake,and for decades the Smithsonian has coveted a real skeleton. Now, courtesy of the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., they've got one.April 16, 2014
  • Some plastic food containers could be banned in Minneapolis
    Although the plastic in the foam is recyclable, it is one of the few types of plastic Minneapolis doesn't recycle.April 16, 2014
  • A first in Minnesota, cities launch system to treat, stash water underground
    To avoid building a new water treatment plant, three cities have begun storing treated water 500 feet underground for use when summer demand is high.April 16, 2014
  • Risks of popular anxiety drugs often overshadowed
    Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. Patients and addicts often mix them with prescription painkillers -- sometimes to deadly effect.April 15, 2014
  • Two Harbors fined over wastewater spill in Lake Superior
    In addition to a $19,000 fine, the city also has to install sand filters at its treatment plant to remove mercury from its effluent.April 15, 2014
  • Ask Dr. Hallberg: Diseases that travel the world
    A Minnesota man contracted Lassa fever when traveling in West Africa. He was admitted to the hospital shortly after his arrival at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport earlier this month.April 15, 2014
  • Study: Vehicle pollution greater in minority neighborhoods
    The nationwide study found that on average, minority populations are exposed to nitrogen dioxide levels that are 38 percent higher than levels of the gas found in predominantly white neighborhoods.April 15, 2014
  • Drinking quarry water in Burnsville and Savage
    Ten years ago, Kraemer Mining and Materials could see complications coming at its limestone quarry in Burnsville. Groundwater seeping into the quarry had to be pumped into the nearby Minnesota River -- more than 3 billion gallons a year. That posed am environmental that's been mitigated in a creative way.April 15, 2014
  • Record lows today, April slop storm tomorrow
    As contrasting air masses sweep across Minnesota in springtime, temps swing wildly between the new found warmth of spring to the south, and the remnants of wintry air to the north. The battle rages through April, and sometimes results in violent clashes we lovingly call "April Slop Storms."April 15, 2014
  • Photos: See the 'blood moon' eclipse
    Sky gazers the world over are craning their necks in an effort to get a glimpse of the total eclipse of the moon -- the first visible from North America since 2010. This eclipse was a "blood moon," which looks the color of a desert sunset because of filtered light seeping around the Earth and reflecting off the moon's surface.April 15, 2014

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