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PHOTO: A legal complaint has been served over the odors emanating from a Todd County pig farm, with the plaintiffs claiming the stench is making their lives miserable. Photo credit: Mercy for Animals/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Neighbors of a central Minnesota hog facility are going to court, claiming the odors from the operation are not only pungent but a nuisance under state law. According to Amanda Hungerford, an equal justice works litigation fellow with the Humane Society of the United States, the p...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts such as Peggy Caruso,...Read More

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PHOTO: The database for now includes more than 12,000 child-care and early-education programs. Parents can research everything from schedules to quality ratings. Photo credit: Morgan/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Experts agree quality early childhood is one of the keys for future success in life, and Minnesota parents now have more tools to find the perfect education provider for their kids. The website has been expanded with a database parents can now search that includes ...Read More

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PHOTO: Blood donations tend to fall off in the summer, but the need does not. Folks across Minnesota are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and help replenish supplies. Photo credit: Antti T. Nissinen/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the summer quickly winding down, the need for blood donors in Minnesota is up. Sue Thesenga, communications manager with the American Red Cross, says there are generally fewer people who donate over the summer months as many are busy with plans, projects and because school is...Read More

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PHOTO: Some simple changes in how a school lunch is packed can prevent tons of trash from ending up in Minnesota landfills, so parents and students are being urged to go with reusable containers. Photo credit:

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Students returning to school across the state this month won't just be forming friendships and making the team. They'll also generate a massive amount of trash - although proper planning can reduce that greatly. According to waste-reduction advocate Leslie Holsapple, program and o...Read More

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PHOTO: According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high. But a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. Jon Bailey, director of rural public policy p...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report says median rent prices in Minnesota have risen by 6 percent since 2000, while renter income over that time has fallen by 17 percent. Photo credit: Michael Hicks/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Finding an affordable place to rent is becoming more difficult in nearly every county in the state, according to a new study. The latest analysis from the Minnesota Housing Partnership found that, despite some economic improvements, for many families statewide it's a growing strug...Read More

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PHOTO: Efforts to get more mothers to breastfeed their babies are paying off as 79 percent of moms in the United States begin nursing, and the health benefits for them and their babies are many. Photo credit: Mothering Touch/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - August is National Breastfeeding Month, and supporters are touting the benefits of mother's milk - often called "nature's perfect baby food." Mothers who breastfeed can reduce their risk for diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and some forms of cancer, said Marian Tompson, founder...Read More

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