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Crisis services are a critical piece of the mental health system. During Mental Health Month this May, the Minnesota Department of Human Services is highlighting services that get people in crisis the help they need, when they need it. One of 5 Minnesotans face mental illness each year, and one in 25 people live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Fortunately, there are more treatments, services and community support available, and many people with mental illness can and do recover.
Bye to a water champion Did you know that when Representative JoAnn Ward retires at the end of this Legislative session, Woodbury and the other folks living in District 53A will lose a water champion? When I went to St. Paul to meet with Rep. Ward, I was happy to hear that she supports actions that would lead to reduced chloride contamination from salt applicators. Chloride from road salt is killing fish and plants in our community waters, like Battle Creek Lake!
Woodbury Middle School practice before their performance of the musical "Hairspray Jr." is set to begin. "Hairspray Jr." will have performances on May 4 (7 p.m.), May 5 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and May 6 (2 p.m.). Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Submitted photo by Michelle Sego
As we celebrate National Park Week, April 21-29 and the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which helped established the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, it's worth noting the benefits national parks bring to our state and local communities, but also the challenges they face.
Each year, 1.5 million children die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Government spending on foreign aid has proven to be extremely effective, however, in reducing these deaths through vaccine programs and initiatives. The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Initiative, for example, has made great progress since 2000 when it began, saving more than 20.4 million lives from this incredibly contagious disease in total. Still though, every day there continue to be 246 child deaths from measles — deaths that we can prevent with a simple MMR vaccine.
In March, the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce held ribbon-cutting ceremonies for two new businesses in Woodbury and one in Oakdale.
Current East Ridge High School students and District 833 eighth graders who will attend East Ridge wishing to compete on the school's trap shooting team this upcoming spring, please email Coach Radecki at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to let him know if you wish to shoot trap, sporting clays or both. The email must include the student's full name as it will appear on all registration materials, home address, phone number and a separate email address for each student wishing to register. The entire registration process must be completed by March 15.
In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross asks blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton in 2016 signed a bill allotting an additional $12 million over two years to the state's Peace Officer Standards and Training Board to amp up police training for tense situations. With the funding came additional requirements. Minnesota law enforcement must complete 16 hours of additional training each three-year licensing cycle that focuses on challenging implicit bias, conflict mediation and mental health crisis intervention. The requirements take effect after POST develops its learning objectives for Minnesota peace officers' training.
Jessie Diggins of Afton will lead the U.S. Olympic Team Sunday during the closing ceremony of the winter games in PyeongChang, becoming the first cross-country skier from Team USA to bear the flag in the closing ceremony. The 26-year-old was chosen as flag bearer by a vote of fellow Team USA members, according to a news release Friday .