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The police officer said the patient was having psychiatric issues and was upset, Berg said in his suit. The officer said the patient may be off his medications, Berg said. But they were unable to produce a copy of the boy's care plan, which would have shown what medications he was on as well as his doctor's instructions for handling various situations."Didn't appear to be suffering from a medical problem?" What does a mental health issue look like? The paramedic said by the time he got to the scene, the young man was in the back of a squad car and seemed coherent. But in many cases, mental health "episodes" are like seizures.
The boy told Berg he was mad because he had gotten into a fight with his caretaker. But Berg said the boy didn't appear to be suffering from a medical problem and was speaking coherently. Berg told the officer it wasn't ambulance policy to take someone to the hospital because they were angry.
Earlier this week, MPR hosted a day-long forum on The Future of News. Colleague Julia Schrenkler, who handled most of the online action, has posted the video of the keynote, which featured Ken Doctor. He runs the Web site Content Bridges.
He's also written a post about the conference and, in particular, the one portion where teeth were bared. Star Tribune Publisher Mike Sweeney and his editor-in-chief, Nancy Barnes, declared that MPR was engaged in a "land grab," because it had advantages as a non-profit over the Star Tribune.
Some participants had joked about how MPR was putting on a self-serving conference, one that asked the question about the future of news and came pre-equipped with the two-word answer: Public Radio. Not untrue, but the conference managed to bring not only Sweeney and Strib editor Nancy Barnes into the room and onto panels. It is also brought in Joel Kramer, publisher of MinnPost (as well as Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis), knowing that Kramer might be (and was) vocal about MPR's unwillingness to partner with MinnPost.
If Sweeney came concerned, he might have left more worried. Yes, Public Radio's legacy business is radio, and, more recently, audio, via podcast and streaming. What Sweeney heard, though, was a larger Who, public radio's nascent attempts to assert itself as a major online (and then presumably mobile) news player throughout the country.
You can find the whole Future of News Web site here. Incidentally, I didn't see this fabulous piece of work until yesterday:
Here's another reminder to be careful about what you post on social networking sites.
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student Adam Bauer posted a picture on his Facebook page showing him with a beer. The 19-year old was summoned to the police station where he was given a ticket for underage drinking.
"I just can't believe it. I feel like I'm in a science fiction movie, like they are always watching. When does it end?" Bauer told the La Crosse Tribune.
"Law enforcement has to evolve with technology," a La Crosse police officer said. "It has to happen. It is a necessity --not just for underage drinking."
Facebook isn't just for stalking parents anymore.
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It's been a long time, it seems, since we've had a gratuitous survey that reminds us how great we are.
I'm talking about you, Woodbury. Everyone else, step back!
BusinessWeek says Woodbury is the 24th-best place to raise your kids in the U.S., and -- clearly -- the best in Minnesota, with Rochester and Eagan off in the distance.
Here's the bottom line:
Woodbury, a growing suburb just 10 miles southeast of St. Paul, is close to major employers, including the state government and 3M, which makes everything from post-it notes to safety equipment. It has 100 miles of multi-use trails and is surrounded by thousands of acres of park land. The city is served by three independent public school districts and is home to the Math & Science Academy charter school.
So, Woodbury's strong point is it's near another city where there's a major employer. Woodbury once had a major employer. But State Farm Insurance succumbed to the allure of Lincoln, Nebraska, and its huge campus has been vacant ever since, right across the street from the shopping center that looks like every other shopping center in America, and up the street from Woodbury Lakes, the now-in-foreclosure upscale shopping district.
It's interesting, however, that the article sees three school districts in the city as a plus, since most people consider it a headache. The districts were drawn when the city was nothing but pasture. As it was developed, one school district -- actually based in Oakdale -- got the benefit of the retail growth in Woodbury, while the primary school district got nothing. The three districts all split up neighborhoods in the city.
There's no questioning, however, that the magazine got it right on parks and trails. Both would've made better backdrop for the supporting photograph in the magazine than the one it used:3 Comments)