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More than one-quarter of births to first-time moms in Minnesota are by cesarean section, according to a report released on Tuesday. That's a troubling statistic, a health economist with the state's Department of Health said. "There is a fair amount of evidence that the increased interventions have not really had a bearing on the health of the mothers or their babies," said Stefan Gildemeister, program director for health economics.
Local authorities arrested three men Thursday after the suspects tried to get away with more than $19,000 worth of wiring and tools from a local business. At around 1:24 a.m., the Wadena Police Department responded to a report of unknown individuals in the Minnesota Valley Irrigation equipment yard off Highway 10 East in Wadena, according to a WPD press release. The release stated officers who responded to the scene saw two men and an older model pickup located in the equipment area on the west side of the business.
ST. PAUL -- Another 35,000 poor Minnesotans will get health care under a bill Gov. Mark Dayton signed Tuesday. The bill expands Medical Assistance, the state's Medicaid program. The federally funded expansion would save $129 million in the next two-year budget, supporters say. Opponents worry that the state could be left paying a big bill if the federal government does not come through with promised money. "This bill is another example of Gov. Dayton's reckless government spending and is a gimmick," Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, said.
Dealing with a relative or friend who wants to continue to drive -- but shouldn't -- is a dilemma many people would rather not face, but more and more do. It's a sensitive issue that thrusts adult offspring into something of a parental stance when they begin to notice diminishing physical or mental capabilities that affect their parents' driving. "It's tough," said Jerry Vein, AARP regional coordinator for northeast North Dakota.
ST. PAUL -- Adding money to early childhood education and all-day kindergarten programs, as Gov. Mark Dayton suggests, is important to Minnesota's future, the state House education finance leader says. "Those two programs really pay dividends into the future," Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, said Tuesday before he presented the Dayton budget proposal to his committee. Dayton's $15.5 billion two-year education budget proposal would be about $1 billion more than for two years ending June 30.
FARGO - A Monday gathering to celebrate the life of a late artist became the unexpected scene of more tragic news. Wayne Gudmundson, a friend of Moorhead artist Timothy Ray who passed away Feb. 10 after a battle with cancer, said family members were worried when Sean Ray didn't arrive at his father's memorial service and couldn't be reached by phone. The service went on as planned at Fargo's Peace Lutheran Church.
HAWLEY, Minn. - Firefighters dealt with frigid temperatures as they battled a barn fire that killed 12 cows this morning in rural Hawley. The Hawley, Hitterdal and Ulen volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze, which was reported about 3:30 a.m. at 11149 210th St. N. Crews had the fire under control by 5:45 a.m., WDAY-TV reported. The barn was destroyed. Six cows and six calves died in the fire. A state fire marshal is expected to arrive today to investigate the cause of the fire.
The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center's Continental Divide Folk School is offering the opportunity for a group conversation on today's many expressions of spirituality. The purpose is to bring a wide variety of faiths and perspectives comfortably together. Each member will have the chance to present and then the group as a whole will discover what can be learned through this time together. Pre-registration is necessary since the group is small.
Last summer's drought made headlines around the state. What people may not realize, however, is that as farms struggle to deal with lack of water, cattle ranches have been drying up right alongside them. Industry insiders say that because the Wadena area has poorer soil compared to other areas, a large portion of Minnesotan cattle ranching takes place in our area.
Benson Superintendent Lee Westrum has been selected to be the next superintendent for Wadena-Deer Creek District 2155. The 43-year-old was offered the position by WDC School Board Chairman Steve Techam on Saturday, after the board voted unanimously in favor of Westrum. Westrum verbally accepted the offer with the understanding it is subject to a pending contract, according to a press release issued by District 2155. Techam said the board hopes to have Westrum under contract by the first week of March.