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By Dana Kazel on 8/15/2013 1:26 PM
St. Louis County Commissioner Steve Raukar has been honored with this year's Steve Chadwick Advocacy Award. The award recognizes community leaders who actively work to reduce poverty. 

By Dana Kazel on 8/14/2013 1:16 PM
Living in Minnesota, we've all heard the jokes about mosquitoes being the unofficial state bird, and how they're the easiest way to donate blood. But how do these annoying insects compare with deer flies? St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Director Ann Busche compares.
By Dana Kazel on 8/1/2013 1:02 PM
Roads designed for motorized vehicles instead of pedestrians, convenient snacks that more times than not are unhealthy - why is our society making it harder for people to be healthy? St. Louis County Public Health Nurse Josh Gorham wrote the following editorial, which was originally published in the Duluth News Tribune.
By Dana Kazel on 7/26/2013 3:57 PM
St. Louis County began accepting marriage license applications today from same-sex couples. Staff in the Recorder's Office saw a lot of smiles, and even a few tears.
By Dana Kazel on 7/11/2013 9:39 AM
Public Health and Human Services Director Ann Busche talks ice cream and other important tips for making this summer a good (and safe!) time for you and your family.
By Dana Kazel on 7/9/2013 1:52 PM
Commissioner Steve O'Neil has been battling cancer since earlier this spring. Despite numerous rounds of chemo therapy and radiation, he has continued to attend County Board meetings, and today his fellow commissioners paid tribute to him.
By Dana Kazel on 7/3/2013 1:45 PM
An accident near Cook left one person dead, but remarkably four other people survived. Their car collided with a semi, became trapped beneath the trailer and then caught fire. The outcome could have been much worse if not for the resourcefulness of rescuers, including a Public Works employee.
By Dana Kazel on 7/2/2013 2:32 PM
With a long holiday weekend fast approaching, many people will be making road trips. The 4th of July weekend is typically one of the deadliest on Minnesota roads. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office is a partner in the state's Toward Zero Deaths program, and recently was recognized for its efforts to reduce traffic deaths and injuries.
By Dana Kazel on 6/27/2013 2:46 PM
One was washed out in last year's flood, the other was no longer structurally safe. In the space of a day, two bridges in different parts of our vast County reopened. That's progress!
By Dana Kazel on 6/26/2013 11:32 AM
If you've ever visited the Veterans Service Office in Ely, chances are you've met Louise Kainz (shown on the right). She's been serving veterans and their families on behalf of St. Louis County for 42 years. Louise will retire at the end of this week, and shared with commissioners this week about how her job has changed over the years.
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