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Fighting opioid crisis, illegal drugs locally By John Poston  State Representative, District 9A   Here in Minnesota, we have taken appropriate steps to make sure that prescription drug manufacturers are held accountable for the role they played in the opioid epidemic. Federal, state and local...
By Rebecca Heilweil Cheddar.com   Lawmakers have pointed to Facebook’s less-than-stellar record on privacy and respecting consumer trust as the tech platform’s key barrier to introducing a new digital currency called Libra.  But after two days of testimony from Libra’s top executive, David Marcus,...
From Todd-Wadena Community Corrections   Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week is a time to recognize and celebrate the dedicated and caring individuals in our communities who work tirelessly to make our neighborhoods safer and more vibrant places to live and raise families. These...
Preliminary statewide data show a decrease in overall drug overdose deaths in Minnesota, with deaths dropping 17% from 733 in 2017 to 607 in 2018. While promising, overdose rates remain at historic highs and indicate the amount of work still needed in prevention and treatment of substance use...
From Penn Today, University of Pennsylvania   Calm days on the beach, the quiet of a forest, or even the whistle of wind gusting through the trees on Locust Walk: a new initiative at Penn aims to highlight these moments in nature as not just leisure, but therapy.  Chloe Cerwinka, landscape planner...
If you have a phone, then chances are you’ve received at least one unsolicited robocall—likely more. “Congratulations! You’ve won an all-expenses paid vacation.” Or, “Alert to the vehicle owner, your loan is set to expire.” You know the sound and the experience—a recognizable number calls and you...
At the recent Life in Rural America Symposium, journalists Ken Ward Jr. and Sarah Smarsh spoke about the relationship between “good journalism, community health, and our collective future,” Tim Marema reports for The Daily Yonder. Ward is an award-winning Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter known for...
Nothing truly worthwhile is ever easy. This is especially true if you’re a rural community leader. Community issues are complex. Sometimes it’s hard to see the “whole” or what it all adds up to. Great leaders know that change starts small and builds from the ground up. It takes local leaders...
The Pulse captures the complexity of Minnesota   By Jennifer Bevis   Minnesota is often simplistically framed as “the metro” and “Greater Minnesota” — two distinct, sometimes divided, districts. Dig deeper, though, and that picture becomes a mosaic. People and places, environments and economies are...
On June 28, in Annapolis, Md., a small rose garden was dedicated in a park by the water in memory of the five Capital Gazette newspaper employees shot and killed one year ago. (Photo from The Herald-Mail, Hagerstown, Md.)  

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