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PHOTO: It's a victory for Dave and Barb Kampa and for many of Minnesota's correctional employees, as a new law begins today, requiring ongoing affordable health care for those permanently disabled because of an assault on the job. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Association of Professional Employees.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's one of the rarest of feats -- a bill that wins unanimous approval in the Legislature. One that did officially takes effect today, providing some needed protection for many of Minnesota's correctional employees. The law requires ongoing affordable health care for those rendere...Read More

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PHOTO: Supporters rallied at the 2014 Legislature for a higher minimum wage, and the first phase of the increase to $9.50 an hour begins Friday, with a bump from $7.25 to $8.00. Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – For the first time in nearly a decade, Minnesota's minimum wage is on the rise, with the first phase kicking in tomorrow (Aug. 1). The initial increase will boost the minimum hourly pay for an estimated 350,000 workers by 75-cents to $8.00. Those who opposed the hike have wa...Read More

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PHOTO: Dozens of Minnesota residents looking to get a start in agriculture will soon hit the classrooms and the fields, as the latest round of Farm Beginnings courses are set to get underway this fall. Photo credit: Marie Loughin / Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - It's long been a cornerstone of the Minnesota economy, but those wanting to get a start in local agriculture often find one barrier after another in their way. Nick Olson, Farm Beginnings program organizer with the Land Stewardship Project, says for beginning farmers and ranchers, cha...Read More

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PHOTO: Kettle Falls in Voyageurs National Park is a favorite spot of some visitors. Photo credit: jck_photos/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – They are some of the most pristine areas in Minnesota, and a new study shows national parks are not just great places to spend the day, but also major drivers of the local economy. Jeffrey Olson, a spokesman for the National Park Service, says last year alone, there were ne...Read More

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PHOTO: At least $500,000 is being distributed Tuesday among some 300 food shelves across Minnesota, which took part in the March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare. Photo credit: Neeta Lind / Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - With kids out of school and families busy with summer plans, July is traditionally a tough time for food bank shelves as demand rises and donations fall. But according to Suzanne Shatila, director of Minnesota FoodShare, a boost is on the way thanks to the March Campaign, a statewide ...Read More

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PHOTO: The latest Kids Count data book shows Minnesota has maintained its decade-long appearance in the top five states in the nation for overall child well-being. Photo credit: Randen Peterson / Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When it comes to the well-being of children, Minnesota is once again one of the best places in the nation, although challenges remain. Stephanie Hogenson, research and policy director with Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, says despite the state being ranked fifth overall in the ...Read More

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PHOTO: Farm to Childcare connects childcare providers with local growers to bring fresh, local foods to kids in the years when their taste preferences and healthy habits are forming. Photo courtesy New Horizon Academy.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – An effort to get more fresh, healthy and local foods on the plates of children in day care is now ready to roll out across Minnesota. The development of the Farm to Childcare curriculum was led by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Erin McKee VanSlooten, senio...Read More

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PHOTO: It's the most common form of cancer in the country, but the risk of skin cancer can be greatly reduced with simple protections that include sunscreen. Photo credit: Robert Neff/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. – From days at the beach to afternoons out biking and hiking, people across the state are eagerly soaking up the sunshine. But doctors warn that sun lovers need to take steps to protect themselves from the most common form of cancer. Dr. Wei-Wei Huang is a dermatologist who s...Read More

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