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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).

By Dana Kazel on 9/4/2014 12:25 PM
A poster of a World War II B-25 Bomber, autographed by hundreds of veterans, has been presented to the St. Louis County Veterans Service Office. It's a gift from the Disabled American Veterans in appreciation for the county's work to serve veterans.
By Dana Kazel on 8/28/2014 10:19 AM

The sad reality of today's world is that we need to be prepared for disaster - including those made and inflicted by human beings. The Post Office in Duluth hosted a training drill Wednesday for its employees and regional responders so all could practice what to do should a package with anthrax ever show up in their facility. St. Louis County Public Health nurses, as well as 911 emergency communications specialists, were among the participants.
By Dana Kazel on 8/18/2014 12:58 PM
Just about anyone with children knows the challenge of finding a good and trusted childcare provider. That challenge is magnified for parents who work odd hours, such as overnights and weekends. That when a Legal Non-Licensed Provider may be the perfect solution.
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The crisis of Indian children in Minnesota
Hear this: tips to preserve your hearing
Commissioner Forsman honored for Distinguished Service
St. Louis County recognized for use of GIS technology
Something old, something new...
Keeping kids safe
A thank you from those who've served