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President Trump Backing Off A Plan To Ban Flavored Vaping Products To Disappointment Of Local Anti-Smoking Advocates

By |2019-11-18T10:31:29-06:00November 18th, 2019|

Local anti-smoking advocates are disappointed after President Trump is reportedly backing off a plan to ban some flavored vaping products. Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation says   "About 2/3 of youth who said they're using e-cigs in the last tobacco survey said they were using mint and menthol flavors so that just goes to show powerful they are in attracting kids"   Smith says about 70-percent of kids surveyed said they use e-cigs because they like the flavors offered. The White House says Trump is committed to responsibly protecting children's health.

Minnesota Unemployment Rate Steady In October

By |2019-11-15T05:24:50-06:00November 15th, 2019|

Minnesota's unemployment rate held steady at 3.2 percent in October. Despite the flat nature of unemployment, Oriane Casale with the Department of Employment and Economic Development says there were distinct positives in the October numbers. "We continue to see tiny little tick ups in the labor force participation rate which means people are confident they can find a job. They're coming into the labor market looking for work and turns out finding work. those are all good signs." The state also added 74-hundred jobs in October with leisure and hospitality, transportation and utilities and manufacturing leading the way in job gains.

Nearly 22 Million Dollars Raised During Give To The Max Day

By |2019-11-15T05:21:08-06:00November 15th, 2019|

Minnesota nice once again prevailed during yesterday's "Give to the Max Day" The 24 hour online giving campaign raised nearly 22-million dollars for participating non-profits and schools around the state.   Executive Director Jake Blumberg: "Organizations from large to small are doing incredibly important work in our communities and every single dollar makes a difference to them." This was the 11th-annual "Give to the Max Day."

Thursday Is Give To The Max Day

By |2019-11-14T05:19:37-06:00November 14th, 2019|

The state's largest online fundraising campaign is here. Give to the Max Day 2019 is underway.   Give M-N Executive Director Jake Blumberg: "Minnesota's Give to the Max Day has been the blueprint for a number of other giving days that have been created since our founding. And continues to be on the largest grassroots giving days in the world." Give to the Max Day, is the state's largest 24-hour online fundraising campaign for schools and non-profits. Last year more than 21-million dollars was raised.

September Sees An Uptick In Distracted Driving Citations

By |2019-11-14T05:16:46-06:00November 14th, 2019|

Despite the state's recently-enacted hands-free law, there was an uptick in distracted driving citations issued last month. Mike Hanson with the Department of Public Safety says that's not necessarily unexpected, but it is concerning. He says there was a big push to educate people when the law when into effect on August 1st and... "People maybe not thinking of that messaging that we had out there, and this habit is a really hard one to break and people really have to make a strong effort to put that distraction away and remember that hands-free means hands-free, you cannot have that phone [...]

Minnesotans For A Smoke-Free Generation Encourages Awareness On Vaping

By |2019-11-13T05:28:51-06:00November 13th, 2019|

The CDC says a vitamin E synthetic could be the cause behind 39 vaping-related deaths in the U-S. Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation says the more we can find out about the possible dangers of vaping, the better...     "I think it's important that they continue to narrow down the cause of this deadly outbreak and we're glad that they continue to work with health officials and epidemiologists across the nation to try to figure out what is leading to this specific outbreak" Smith says health officials and elected leaders should also continue prevention efforts to drive [...]

Governor Walz Accepts Game Ball From Penn State Vs Minnesota Game For The State

By |2019-11-13T05:23:09-06:00November 13th, 2019|

Gophers football Coach P-J Fleck on Tuesday presented Governor Tim Walz and the state of Minnesota with the game ball from Saturday's win over Penn State. The governor praised the Gophers for professionalism, sense of common purpose and the "humble confidence that this team exudes": The Gophers play the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday afternoon.

Minnesota’s Lung Cancer Survival Rates Among The Best In The Country

By |2019-11-13T05:20:46-06:00November 13th, 2019|

The second-annual "State of Lung Cancer" report shows Minnesota has some of the best lung cancer survival rates in the country.   "Minnesota actually ranks third-best in the nation for survival rates at 26-percent. The national average is about 22-percent."   Pat McKone with the American Lung Association says what most people might not realize is:   "Lung cancer is the number one type of cancer that kills more men and women than any other type of cancer."   McKone says part of the reason lung cancer is so deadly is that cases are diagnosed at a later stage after the [...]

After 36 years, Split Rock Lighthouse gets new manager

By |2019-10-16T05:39:44-06:00October 16th, 2019|

For the first time in 36 years, the Split Rock Lighthouse historical site on the north shore is getting a new boss. Hayes Scriven says he interviewed to be a tour guide at the site when he was fresh out of college in 2005... "The program manager at the time had told me that they kind of filled out all their tour guide positions and he said I was overqualified for a tour guide position and he told me that someday I would be his boss, and that stuck with me." Scriven says he's still shocked he got the job. He [...]

2019 MEA conference set for Thursday in St. Paul

By |2019-10-16T05:36:59-06:00October 16th, 2019|

The 2019 M-E-A Conference is set for tomorrow in St. Paul. Educators from around the state will gather for a day of guest speakers, exhibits and workshops. Education Minnesota President Denise Specht says the two biggest areas members say they want to address are mental health and cultural competency in their classrooms. "I know that a lot of that is understanding how to build better relationships, but also understanding ourselves as educators and our responsibility to making sure we are taking the time to understand our students and build those relationships. It's really important." The conference will open with a key [...]

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