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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.
By Dana Kazel on 1/15/2016 1:49 PM
If there are two words not typically said in the same sentence it's knitters and graffiti. But that's apparently what happened last week when the GSC was "yarn bombed".
By Dana Kazel on 1/14/2016 2:34 PM
The holidays are a time for peace and goodwill. And when we see examples of it, we're reminded of the good and generous people in our midst.
By Dana Kazel on 12/31/2015 9:29 AM
A road construction season so busy it will dwarf all others, more focus on Child Protection Services and foster family recruitment, and better online service options for citizens. Those are just a few things you can expect in 2016.
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