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By Dana Kazel on 5/24/2013 12:06 PM
As numbers go, these are pretty impressive. The St. Louis County Auditor Service Center conducts 92,000 transactions for the public each year, worth a total of $15 million. And it's processed by a staff of 13. 

Most of the money brought in by the Service Center goes to either the state or federal agencies, but about 4 percent stays in St. Louis County, which is enough to support the cost of providing this convenient service to the public.
By Dana Kazel on 5/16/2013 4:27 PM
One is 92 years old, the other is barely a teenager, but both were recognized as heroes, Tuesday, along with 28 other individuals at the St. Louis County Board meeting.
By Dana Kazel on 5/13/2013 11:53 AM
Do your eyes glaze over and you lose interest when you hear politicians and talk show hosts discuss the Affordable Care Act? If so, you're not alone. A recent poll showed 42 percent of Americans are unaware that it's now law. How will it affect you and your family? Here are some basic facts compiled by St. Louis County's Public Health and Human Services Director Ann Busche.
By Dana Kazel on 5/10/2013 10:34 AM
For 20 years, the Empty Bowl event has been raising money to help the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank and the people who need its services. Empty Bowl draws on the talents of local artists who create ceramic bowls, and the generosity of the many people who purchase the bowls. 

Each year the event has been held at the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (better known as the Depot). And so, at this past Tuesday's County Board meeting, Shaye Morris from Second Harvest, and Ken Buehler representing the Depot honored the County with a plaque to show their gratitude.
By Dana Kazel on 5/9/2013 7:38 AM
It was a headline grabbing story: a vulnerable resident of a Chisholm assisted living facility was found unconscious in a filthy room. The Department of Health issued multiple citations against the owners of Hillcrest Terrace for the incident.

The media then questioned if criminal charges of neglect would/should also be filed. In response, County Attorney Mark Rubin issued the following statement.
By Dana Kazel on 5/8/2013 11:31 AM
I first heard this statement last fall and it stunned me: the life expectancy of my children's generation could be shorter than that of my own. All the advances in medical knowledge and technology can't make up for our increasingly stationery lifestyles.

Josh Gorham, a public health nurse for St. Louis County, talks about this more in an editorial published today in the Duluth News Tribune, coinciding with National Bike and Walk to School Day.
By Dana Kazel on 5/2/2013 7:50 AM
Since the middle of the last century, people have been making decisions that de-emphasize sidewalks, bicycles and trails. Our culture has gradually become more and more car-centric. Is there a connection between this and our nation's growing epidemic of obesity? Here are some thoughts on that from our Public Health & Human Services Department as a lead it to Active Transportation Week, May 13-18.
By Dana Kazel on 4/30/2013 6:59 PM
Mention "flooding" around here and people understandably get a bit skittish. We're still rebuilding from Mother Nature's $36 million punch last June, and now - following the snowiest month ever for this region and a weekend of 60+ degree temperatures during which most of that snow melted - we're seeing new flooding. Five roads are closed and eight others have posted warnings due to water on the roads.

Yet it's important to remember three simple messages.
By Dana Kazel on 4/29/2013 12:56 PM
Following the arrest of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, much debate has focused on why investigators did not read him his Miranda rights prior to questioning him. At the request of the Duluth News Tribune, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin wrote the following guest editorial, which was published Sunday, April 28.

By Dana Kazel on 4/26/2013 4:23 PM
Following last June's flood, the St. Louis County Public Works Department seemingly worked miracles, not to mention very long hours (3,500 hours overtime in just the first four days following the flood) repairing, inspecting and re-opening many miles of roads and bridges.

That work continues this season with the reconstruction of Haines Road, along with the repairs of numerous culverts. And now, ten months later, a new challenge has surfaced. Literally.
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