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With the moon landing’s 50th anniversary on July 20, it made me wonder if that qualifies humans as an extra-terrestrial species. We have left our planet and walked on another world. If that doesn’t meet the definition, we may soon have people on Mars, and it could even be possible to maintain a...
How do we increase healthy, fresh foods in rural America? One way is to identify new opportunities for people to access food. Here are five suggestions for your community. o Mobile grocery stores or veggie vans are refrigerated vans or trucks that bring affordable produce into communities at a...
From the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities   With the state sitting on a $1.3 billion budget surplus and a AAA bond rating, Greater Minnesota city leaders are urging lawmakers to return to St. Paul with a renewed focus on investing in infrastructure across the state.  “As any mayor in Greater...
By Jessica Owens-Young, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Health Studies at  American University   Newly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S. can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, according to the...
By Jessica Owens-Young, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Health Studies at  American University   Newly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S. can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, according to the...
With all the talk of Minnesota’s first primary in recent memory, many people are under the assumption that there will not be a precinct caucus.  That is not the case.   The precinct caucus remains the place to take the first step to get involved politically in the community.  It provides an...
By Governor Tim Walz and Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman   There’s a bright, young woman at Concordia University, in St. Paul named Alexis Stanley. Certain fears are typical for a college student like Alexis: “Will I pass my chemistry midterm? Will I land that internship? What will I do after...
By Karen McGregor   Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we all have our feelings about it. If we’re dating or (happily) married, we may be excited about the flowers, chocolates and candlelit dinners. If we’re single, we may feel dissatisfied, sad or annoyed. (We may even retitle the...
By Connie Nelson Hands of Hope Resource Center   February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an initiative spearheaded by teens across the nation to take a stand against dating violence. In 2005 the initiative received national attention when it was added to the Violence Against Women Act,...
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has a new plan for reducing the annual rate of suicide in the U.S. by 20 percent by 2025. AFSP’s Project 2025 is using the “top minds in the mental healthcare field coupled with dynamic data modeling” to target four key focus areas, which they’...

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