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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - MN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Only 1-in-6 Minnesota students who qualifies for free or reduced-priced meals during the school year participates in summer food programs. (kreatikar/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new study shows Minnesota children from households that experience food insecurity drink more sugary beverages during the summer months - especially on the weekends. Study author Jiwoo Lee with the University of Minnesota said lower-income children have the benefit of nut

The northern Minnesota town of Cook has avoided becoming a food desert, defined as a part of the country without fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods. (americannutritionassociation.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sometimes a walk-in freezer is all it takes to prevent a so-called food desert. But renewed funding for a Minnesota program that creates those success stories is in jeopardy. The Country Store in Cook was the recipient of a grant from the Good Food Access program this year

One owner of a small grocery in rural Minnesota says he's seeing increased demand for healthy, ready-to-eat deli food - and a lot of grateful customers. (Chelsea Ouellet/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Supporters of small-town Minnesota grocery stores are hoping for new funding to continue the Good Food Access program. They say the state grants help bring quality nutrition to areas that would otherwise be "food deserts," and that helps rural communities. Corey Christianso

Three locations in Minnesota are among the potential new headquarters for the USDA. (Ken Hammond/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Criticism is growing over a Trump administration proposal to reorganize the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has proposed moving two USDA agencies - the Economic Research Service and National Institute for Food and Agriculture - out of Washin

ST. PAUL, Minn. – New research suggests that what you eat could be the fountain of youth for heart health. It's known that a healthy "gut" can contribute to a strong immune system and even improve mood and healthy sleep. But now, a new study from the University of Colorado also suggests "gut

As brick-and-mortar grocery stores disappear in many places across Minnesota, mobile food shelves help the one in 11 state households affected by hunger. (hungersolutions.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates for reducing hunger in Minnesota will tell legislators Thursday that additional policies and funding are necessary to relieve food insecurity and hunger across the state. It's Hunger Day on the Hill, held annually to acknowledge that not all Minnesotans have the s

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – For decades, cash-poor American college students have joked about their "ramen noodles diet" – but now more than ever, students say they have to choose between buying food and paying tuition. A first-of-its-kind federal government report found nearly two million college

Research finds that kids retain retain lifelong healthy eating habits if they start eating nutritious food when they're young. (Lance Cheung/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers will introduce a measure today to bring schools and local farmers closer together. Alongside school nutrition coordinators, producers and healthy-food advocates, the bill's sponsors are launching a campaign at the Capitol to support farm-t

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