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By Dana Kazel on 6/19/2014 11:02 AM
The flood.

It's one of those events that can be described in just two words, and anyone who lived through it knows exactly what you're talking about. And then can share stories of their own experiences during it.
Two years ago this evening the rain started. Two years later, the St. Louis County Public Works Department is nearly done with the monumental task of rebuilding and repairing the more than 1,400 miles of county roads and bridges damaged by the flood.
By Dana Kazel on 6/16/2014 9:49 AM
Dementia and Alzheimer’s, along with other memory problems, are the most common aging issue affecting the elderly today. The impact that it has on their life and ability to care for themselves can be devastating, and the number of people affected by this disease is growing at a remarkable rate. Jim Kellner, a Social Service Supervisor working in St. Louis County's Elderly Support Services division, writes about how we need to prepare for the global impact of this very personal disease.
By Dana Kazel on 6/12/2014 11:02 AM
For the third consecutive year, St. Louis County is participating in the Minnesota State Auditor's Performance Measures Program - a program designed to give the public concrete statistics so they can analyze how effective a job their county or city government is doing. Here's a look at how St. Louis County is performing in areas including public safety, public works, and health and human services.
By Dana Kazel on 6/9/2014 4:28 PM
Today is moving day for approximately 20 St. Louis County employees - the first of many who will be relocating to brighter, more modern and efficient work spaces as part of the $21 million renovation of the Government Services Center. The finishing touches are being applied to the top two floors of the building. Here's a look inside.  
By Dana Kazel on 5/29/2014 8:14 AM
After a long, colder-than-average winter, the warmth of spring is more than welcome. What's not so welcome are the insects that come with it. Especially ticks and the problems they can cause. Public Health and Human Services Director Ann Busche shares helpful prevention tips, as well as what symptoms to watch for.
By Dana Kazel on 5/28/2014 1:21 PM
There's a reason it's been called the Great American Pastime. Baseball for many people inspires happy memories of summer, friendships and healthy fun. The Miracle League of the Iron Range is working to ensure all people, regardless of physical ability, has the opportunity to play. And the St. Louis County Board is now promising to help.
By Dana Kazel on 5/21/2014 8:02 AM
 What do you do if you spot a moose wandering through town near a school playground? You call 911. What do you do if you're the deputy who's assigned to respond to that call? Here's a look.
By Dana Kazel on 5/16/2014 11:45 AM
 It's National Bike to Work Day, a day when hundreds of thousands of people across the country will be getting their exercise on their way to and from the office. This morning's chilly temperatures didn't stop the cyclists in St. Louis County from joining in the healthy fun.
By Dana Kazel on 5/15/2014 11:09 PM
Services took place locally and throughout the state Thursday as part of Law Enforcement Memorial Day. Here's a look at how St. Louis County deputies paid tribute to fallen colleagues.
By Dana Kazel on 5/9/2014 10:02 AM
Much has been said this past week about the immeasurable contributions the late Representative Jim Oberstar provided this region. Since news of his death last Saturday, the memories and stories have flowed about the St. Louis County native who never forgot his roots. St. Louis County Commissioners paid tribute to Oberstar at this week's meeting. Here are excerpts....
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