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Health Department Erred In Minnesota Drinking Water Tests

The Minnesota Health Department has admitted it failed in testing some drinking water supplies. The department announced Thursday its Environmental Health Division’s test results were inconsistent, and in some cases inadequate. Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said the issues are unlikely to cause a public health threat, but they will be addressed immediately. “While the…
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Kasey Baker, who deals with southwest and west-central Minnesota sexual assault vicrtims, says on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, that lack of proper care like often experienced in rural Minnesota can make things worse for victims. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Greater Minnesota Sex Assault Victims Often Receive Less Care

Greater Minnesota sexual assault victims are less likely to receive adequate care, a new study shows. “Our current response is inconsistent and inadequate,” Kari Ogrodowski said when the report was released Thursday. The report, from the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, showed a “vast amount of inconsistency across the state when it comes to providing…
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Minnesota State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Hartmann watches Thursday, April 23, 2015, as Gov. Mark Dayton declares a state of emergency over avian flu. Hartman plans to retire in June 2016. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Minnesota State Veterinarian Retiring

The man who led Minnesota’s fight against bird flu last year is retiring. Dr. Bill Hartmann said on Thursday that he will leave the state Board of Animal Health in June after 27 years — 15 years as state veterinarian. “It has been a job that changes almost weekly, and so it has held my…
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Political Chatter: Franken Talks Rural Health Care Woes

U.S. Sen. Al Franken is taking on rural health care in his second term. The Minnesota Democrat is co-chairman of the Senate Rural Health Caucus and has traveled the state discussing the topic. “The conversations were vivid and personal, but also immensely practical,” Franken told the National Rural Health Association on Wednesday. “What became clear…
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Faster Broadband Suggested As Some Rural Areas Remain Behind

A Minnesota broadband task force recommends increasing state Internet speed guidelines even as many rural Minnesotans lack service at current, slower standards. A governor-appointed broadband task force suggests the state Legislature increase high-speed Internet goals by 2022, which could double some speed standards, while increasing them more than four-fold by 2026. The new speeds would…
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