Little Changes Are Expected As Health Insurance Enrollment Begins

The political rhetoric has been much more substantial than changes coming to Minnesotans’ 2018 health plans. The federal Affordable Care Act, known to most Americans as Obamacare, remains the law of the land. Although Minnesota officials have made some changes they say will help their constituents, most people probably will not notice a huge health…
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Chatter: Disappointment On Opioid Announcement Just Under Surface

More than 400 Minnesotans died due to opioids last year, up from 344 a year earlier. The epidemic, a word often used to describe the situation, seems especially tough in rural parts of the state that may be less equipped to handle it. When President Donald Trump announced on Thursday, Oct. 26, that he had…
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Trump Praised For Discussing Opioids, Criticized For Not Providing Money

President Donald Trump pledges a major campaign to fight unneeded opioid painkiller use, but it is not clear how his declaring the drug epidemic a “public health emergency” will help the Upper Midwest. “We will overcome addiction in America,” Trump promised Thursday, Oct. 26, in a White House East Room ceremony. Comments like his are…
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Ex-Senator Conzemius Dies

Former Minnesota state Sen. George Conzemius died Thursday, Oct. 26. He was 81. He died at the Twin Rivers Senior Campus in Cannon Falls. Arrangements are pending at Lundberg Funeral Home. Conzemius, husband of Karen Conzemius and father of four daughters, was senator from 1967 to 1976. He was a coach and science teacher in…
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Lawmakers Propose ‘I’M Victim, Not Thief’ Cards For ID Theft

Minnesota state Sen. Dave Senjem held up his well-used black wallet containing his identification and credit cards, and explained identify theft so anyone could understand. “Last week I lost this,” the Rochester Republican said on Tuesday, Oct. 24. “We all do it. I could only hope the dog ate it.” He found the wallet a…
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