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By Dana Kazel on 11/26/2014 7:38 AM
Did you know calls to agencies that serve senior citizens, including St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services, increase during the holiday season? The calls are often prompted by adult children visiting their parents and realizing they need help. How do you know if its the right decision? PHHS Director Ann Busche has advice on what you should consider.
By Dana Kazel on 11/24/2014 12:04 PM
The St. Louis County Board is considering a half percent sales tax, the revenue from which would specifically fund transportation-related projects. Why is it needed and why is it the best solution? Public Works Director Jim Foldesi explains in this editorial, written for the Duluth News Tribune. 
By Dana Kazel on 11/3/2014 8:50 AM
Much attention has been focused in recent months on the Ebola virus and fears of an outbreak here. While the disease is no doubt deadly, the risk of contracting it and dying from it is far less than that of the common flu. Here is a look at the facts about Ebola.
By Dana Kazel on 10/23/2014 2:23 PM

Vice President Joe Biden toured the Northland Thursday, and one of his stops was at the Public Safety Building, where he gave special recognition to the Duluth Model's Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence, a partnership that involves several St. Louis County departments.
By Dana Kazel on 10/10/2014 11:06 AM
The statistics are as startling as they are sad. The number of children being placed in out-of-home care continues to rise in St. Louis County. This week, that number reached 540, and increase of more than 40 from just two years ago. And a disproportionate number of those children are Native American. David Glesener of the county's Indian Child Welfare Unit addresses this topic.
By Dana Kazel on 9/30/2014 9:45 AM
Noise induced hearing loss, or NIHL, is the number one cause of hearing loss, especially among young people. And when it happens, the damage is permanent. Public Health and Human Services Director Ann Busche offers these tips to protect your ears.
By Dana Kazel on 9/12/2014 8:04 AM
When he retires at the end of this year, Commissioner Mike Forsman will have served 20 years on the County Board, and more than 30 years total counting other elected positions he's held. In recognition of that, Minnesota Power presented him its Distinguished Service Award.
By Dana Kazel on 9/11/2014 2:10 PM
St. Louis County received national recognition earlier this summer for its innovative use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. It was definitely a team effort, and on Tuesday the County Board recognized the more than 20 employees from seven departments who are involved in GIS efforts.
By Dana Kazel on 9/11/2014 11:53 AM
In a ritual rich with tradition dating back centuries, a piece of the present was preserved for the future. St. Louis County rededicated the cornerstone at the courthouse in Virginia, preparing a new time capsule for future generations to discover.
By Dana Kazel on 9/8/2014 2:55 PM
"...prevention of future harm to children as well as providing services that will help that family; this is what drives our work with families." Public Health and Human Services Director Ann Busche writes about the difficult but necessary work of her department - investigating cases of alleged neglect and abuse, while offering services to strengthen families and keep children safely with their parent(s).

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