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By Dana Kazel on 6/23/2016 12:57 PM

County employees run half and full marathonSt. Louis County employees again added a level of challenge to Grandma's Marathon by competing in the Corporate Team Challenge.

By Dana Kazel on 6/13/2016 12:46 PM

Public Works Director Jim Foldesi

The 2016 road construction season is here and it is the biggest by far that we have ever managed in St. Louis County. Here are the details on projects near you.

By Dana Kazel on 5/9/2016 12:24 PM

County Auditor Don Dicklich

For people struggling to pay their property taxes, help is available in the form of a variety of special programs. Auditor Don Dicklich offers information on who's eligible, and how to learn more.

By Dana Kazel on 5/6/2016 1:06 PM
Opioid addiction is now an epidemic, according to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC). That includes addiction to both the illegal form - heroin, and legal versions - painkillers. In fact, four out of five heroin addicts say they started on prescription drugs. The results are devastating: skyrocketing incidents of overdoses, more and more children being removed from homes where parents battle addiction, and other heartbreak

Senator Amy Klobuchar has been holding forums throughout the state seeking input from those on the front lines in this battle, and today she stopped in Duluth. The panel discussion included two St. Louis County representatives: County Attorney Mark Rubin and PHHS's Marcia Gurno, who helps coordinate the Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Initiative (SAPII). Also participating were representatives from local law enforcement, substance abuse treatment programs and medical experts.

By Dana Kazel on 4/18/2016 11:55 AM

As the St. Louis County Board considers a draft ordinance that would allow all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on County Roads, Public Works Director Jim Foldesi addresses concerns about safety.

By Dana Kazel on 4/11/2016 12:24 PM

When you think about personal health, it's easy to assume it's determined by genetics, access to health care, and making good food and exercise choices. But the growing reality is that differences in economic and social conditions play a concerning role.

By Dana Kazel on 2/19/2016 1:43 PM

It's not easy being green, but it's important to try - both to be sustainable and to save taxpayer dollars on energy costs.

By Dana Kazel on 2/12/2016 12:47 PM
And the prize for best team work in this year's YMCA Corporate Olympics goes to... the SLC Gym Rats!

Congrats to the following St. Louis County employees who used some vacation time for a good cause: Bonnie Hughes, Jon Cadotte, Nichole Rahman, Sarah Anderson, Tiffany Kari, Liana Seuvaai, James Gaylord, Kim Welhaven, Caryn Walters, and James Ellingson.

The event last Friday afternoon raised funds for the Y's youth employment program and involved a variety of physical and mental challenges. The St. Louis County team was one of 14 teams taking part.

James Ellingson, a social worker in Public Health and Human Services' Foster Care Licensing unit said it was a fun experience and good opportunity to meet County employees from other departments.

WDIO-TV did a short story on the event, which included some video of the SLC Gym Rats in action.

By Dana Kazel on 1/19/2016 5:05 PM
A tragic analogy can be drawn between the story of the Little Match Girl and today's victims of human trafficking. County Attorney Mark Rubin explains the connection while calling for further commitment to help victims of the commercial sex industry.
By Dana Kazel on 1/18/2016 7:20 PM
With the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday upon us, Commissioner Patrick Boyle takes a look at the County's efforts to increase the diversity of its workforce.
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