Minnesota Issues New Guidelines To Prevent ‘Over Prescribing,’ Misuse Of Opioids

Minnesota officials say new guidelines about when to prescribe opioids are more carrot than stick, but eventually doctors who do not follow them may be barred from treating 1.2 million patients on Medicaid health care. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said the guidelines will “help prescribers” when deciding when to prescribe the powerful opioid painkillers and…
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Chatter: Tuesday Report To Spell Out State Finances

Tuesday is a big day, at least under the Minnesota Capitol dome. It actually will be big stuff for all Minnesotans, but they barely will notice. On Tuesday comes the first of two “budget forecasts” in the next few months. It may be a ho-hum moment for many, but the two announcements are key to…
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Packing Plant Offers Temporary Homes To New Employees

Businesses in communities short of housing commonly donate money to build apartments, or help employees buy homes, but a central Minnesota meatpacker bought an entire apartment building to shelter some of its new employees. Long Prairie Packing, part of the Wisconsin-based American Foods Group, bought an old apartment building in Alexandria three years ago mostly…
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Perham A Poster Child For Workforce Housing Needs

More than 70 percent of people who work in Perham commute to the picturesque community of 3,000. If affordable housing were available in town, more workers in the community’s factories could live close. But as it stands, booming Perham is one of Minnesota’s most often used examples of the lack of workforce housing. “Perham is…
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Greater Minnesota Housing Problem: Too Much Risk

The deck is stacked against the development of housing for the workforce in greater Minnesota. Private developers prefer to build in the Twin Cities and other large communities. They see higher risks in greater Minnesota, largely because many of the areas short of housing rely on one or two major employers. If one closes to…
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