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By Dana Kazel on 1/20/2015 10:32 AM
It's one of the most common New Year's resolutions made each year. Unfortunately, quitting smoking is also one of the most frequently broken resolutions each year.
Public Health and Human Services Director Ann Busche offers tips to increase a smoker's odds for success at quitting, along with reminders of why it's so important to break this deadly habit.
By Dana Kazel on 1/6/2015 2:10 PM

The County Board's first meeting of the year - officially known as the Annual Meeting - sets the stage for the new year as commissioners are assigned specific committee roles and meeting dates are set. While there are definite procedures that must be followed, commissioners also found time for some fun.
By Dana Kazel on 1/5/2015 1:53 PM
A new year has begun, with fresh ideas and optimism. What can citizens of St. Louis County expect from their county government in 2015? County Administrator Kevin Gray gives a preview.
By Dana Kazel on 12/31/2014 8:37 AM
Opioid use and abuse - from prescription pain killers to illegal heroin - is a growing problem in our region. And treatment options for those who've become addicted are extremely controversial. Public Health and Human Services Director Ann Busche writes about the situation and what's being done to address it.
By Dana Kazel on 12/15/2014 9:31 PM
The Joint Public Works Facility in Ely had an unexpected vandal this weekend. The female suspect broke a window in a garage door and is believed to have spent much of the weekend inside the building before workers discovered her this morning. 
Did we mention the intruder was a deer?
By Dana Kazel on 12/5/2014 12:33 PM
St. Louis County Board Chair Mike Forsman will be stepping down soon after serving as a commissioner for 20 years. And that means the tributes continue in thanks for his service.

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.
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2015: Make this the year to quit smoking
The lighter side of County Board meetings
What can we expect in 2015?
Opioid use, addiction and treatment
Oh, deer!
Tributes as Commissioner Forsman nears retirement
Aging well
Transportation Sales Tax - why it's the best solution
Ebola: Get the facts before worrying