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"Mental health is health" is the Minnesota Department of Human Services' theme for May's Mental Health Month. The slogan is a reminder that not only are mental illnesses common and treatable, but access to mental and chemical health care is an essential part of everyone's health.
Finalists named for Princess Kay of the Milky Way ST. JOSEPH, Minn. — Twelve finalists, who will compete for the title of Minnesota's 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way, were announced Sunday night, May 21. More than 50 dairy princesses, representing counties across the state, participated in a weekend leadership workshop at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. The finalists were selected based on their passion for dairy and their communication skills.
The U.S. House has passed its American Health Care Act of 2017, but the U.S. Senate is writing its own legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. That buys time for careful, thoughtful change.
BUHL, Minn. — Two people were killed following an alcohol-involved two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 169 outside Buhl late Saturday. Jason Michael Gates, 26, of Superior, and 7-year-old Snowden Elizabeth Bothwell, of Hibbing, died in the crash, said the Minnesota State Patrol in a news release Sunday. They were in opposing vehicles that collided at the intersection of Highway 169 and St. Louis County Road 25 in Great Scott Township.
The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967. For 50 years, the designation has provided a dedicated time frame to remind people — residents, of course, but especially their friends and families — just how much long-term facility staff and volunteers do for those in their care. The week always starts on Mother's Day, which is appropriate given that the majority of nursing home residents are women. The radio of women to men is 7:1 or greater, depending on the source.
NORTHFIELD, Minn.—A threatening note reportedly left on a black student's car at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., was apparently a hoax intended "to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate," according to emails from St. Olaf President David Anderson to students and faculty. The note, which included a racial slur and an admonition to "Shut up or I will shut you up," was reported to St. Olaf officials in late April and prompted hundreds of students to boycott classes in protest on May 1.
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn.—A St. Thomas Academy teacher has been fired after she allegedly sent "inappropriate and concerning" text messages to at least three students, according to the all-male Catholic prep school in Mendota Heights. The content of the text messages centered around drugs and alcohol, said Mendota Heights Police Chief Kelly McCarthy. The allegations are being investigated, said McCarthy, who added that the teacher has not been arrested.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—A woman suspected in a stabbing that was part of a pre-arranged, brass knuckles fight among seven people Sunday afternoon in north St. Cloud was arrested late Sunday. Shyla Rae Storkamp, 25, faces possible charges of first- and second-degree assault, according to St. Cloud police. She was one of three females and four males fighting with clubs and sticks about 3 p.m.
<p>DULUTH — A bronze homage to a roving neighborhood cat is the goal of a 5K run to be held May 20 in the cat's memory.</p>
MINNEAPOLIS—A University of Minnesota veterinary professor and two other Minnesota women have died in a collision in the Czech Republic. According to a statement from the university, the three died Tuesday while traveling to a swine health management conference in Prague. Bob Morrison, 64, a professor in the swine division at the University of Minnesota, died when their SUV collided with a truck north of Prague.