Dayton Construction Plan, Local Projects Could Top $2.3 Billion

Gov. Mark Dayton’s statewide public works funding plan and local projects he says merit funding top $2.3 billion for his last in elective office. He announced a $1.5 billion proposal Tuesday, Jan. 16, but the governor’s office also reports that he feels $858 million in local projects “merit state investments,” but he did not include…
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Chatter: Minnesota Should Have Say In Farm Bill

Minnesota would seem to have an outsized influence on the next farm bill. Both of the state’s senators are on that body’s Agriculture Committee and three of the state’s eight congressmen are on the House farm panel, including Rep. Collin Peterson, the top-ranking Democrat and former chairman. All Minnesotans on the committees are Democrats, in…
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Killer Crisis: Tribes Fight Opioids Through Cultural Treatment

By Grace Pastoor When Ryan Neadeau Sr. started his journey toward sobriety, he found motivation and comfort in his cultural roots. “What pushed me to get clean was believing in our culture, believing that there is a solution to this epidemic, and to saving our people by the culture,” said Neadeau, a 26-year-old member of…
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Killer Crisis: Infants Increasingly Born Addicted To Opiates

By John Lundy When Theresa Wanless learned she was five months pregnant with her second child, she knew something had to change. “I immediately told my OB, ‘I’m addicted to heroin,’” the Duluth woman related. “ ‘I shoot up. I need help. I can’t just stop.’ I was honest because I was scared for my…
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Killer Crisis: Economic Opportunities Play A Role In Opioid Abuse

By Brooks Johnson Heroin doesn’t care about the numbers on your paycheck. Hydrocodone doesn’t know class lines. So why does the opioid crisis hit the poor the hardest? “Some individuals are more susceptible to drug use and addiction than others, not only because of genetic factors but also because of stress and a host of…
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