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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MN: Mental Health

PHOTO: In Minnesota, there are nearly 700 people who take their own lives annually, about half with firearms. CREDIT: MilitaryHealth

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The stress, anxiety and lack of sun that comes every year at this time in Minnesota can drag a lot of people down, but the number who take their own lives actually is the lowest in November and December. Dan Reidenberg, executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Educa

PHOTO: Entering kindergarten

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The goal is to have all children ready to learn when they reach kindergarten, and a program in Central Minnesota is focused on making sure the same opportunities for success are available for children of immigrants and refugees. According to Jane Ellison, who manages the Access

PHOTO: Minnesota's 380,000 military veterans are being honored on this Veterans Day, but making sure vets in the state have the support they need is happening every week of the year. Photo credit: Cliff 1066

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Many veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are finding the move back into civilian life can present barriers, but there is help and it's year-round, not just on Veterans Day. According to Barb O'Reilly, director of women veterans and employment programs at the Minnesota De

PHOTO: Many older workers who lost their jobs and health insurance over the recession are expected to be among those signing up when Minnesota's new marketplace opens on October 1st. CREDIT: DIAC Images

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The opening of Minnesota's new health insurance marketplace is now just a couple weeks away, and one segment expected to benefit most is older workers who are not yet eligible for Medicare. According to Seth Boffeli, communications director for AARP of Minnesota, after this last

PHOTO: Around a quarter-million Minnesotans are expected to be eligible for tax subsidies to help cover all or some of the cost of insurance under health-care reform. CREDIT: Aaron Traffas

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's new health-insurance marketplace opens in just a few weeks, and a new effort is under way to make sure low-income families statewide understand the program and get signed up. One group taking part in the campaign is Western Community Action in Marshall, whose developmen

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health is urging folks to take action when a friend, family or neighbor hints that they want to harm themselves. The suicide rate in Minnesota has reached its highest point since the early 1990s. Photo credit: epSos.de

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The suicide rate in Minnesota has reached its highest point in a decade. According to Melissa Heinen, suicide prevention specialist with the Minnesota Department of Health, nearly 700 people in the state took their own lives in 2011, up 13 percent from the year before. "In Minneso

Jim Gordon with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine says while anti-depressants do help some patients, they also have drawbacks and he wants people to consider

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When it comes to dealing with depression, experts warn that too often people turn to prescription drugs as their first option. Dr. Jim Gordon, founder and director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, said while anti-depressants do help some patients, they also have drawbacks. Lot

PHOTO: A statewide campaign to identify and combat the ever growing crime of elder abuse is being launched today in Minnesota. CREDIT: Fechi Fajardo

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the population of Minnesota growing older than it's ever been, a new campaign kicks off today to help prevent the abuse and exploitation of elders in the state. According to Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo, part of the goal of the "Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation of E

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