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<&firstgraph>ROCHESTER, Minn. — For many Americans, foods marked “free from” are always better in some way. Whether it’s “fat-free,” “GMO-free,” “HFCS-free” or something else, consumers tend to believe that a health claim on the label is based on science showing it matters.

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A statement posted Thursday night on the Hennepin County attorney’s website sparked outrage in the overdose prevention and drug recovery communities. Advocates and physicians say the prosecutor’s office mischaracterized the anti-overdose medication Narcan, and that the agency’s words could c…

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<&firstgraph>ROCHESTER, Minn. — A high-level coalition set on remaking play-dates, team snack coolers, car-seat cup-holders and birthday parties have released a first-ever consensus statement on young children’s consumption of drinks. If you want what’s best for your child, it says…

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More than 35,000 Minnesotans could lose federal food stamp benefits under a proposed Trump administration rule change that would leave more people hungry in the state, Minnesota officials say.

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Learning about climate change can be overwhelming, even for adults. But Cathy Jordan said it doesn’t have to be. She’s an associate director at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, and according to her, parents and educators should focus on accuracy, empathy and an app…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican majority in the Minnesota Senate said Thursday that they want to require drugmakers to provide free insulin to qualifying residents who can’t afford the high cost of the life-saving medication.

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<&firstgraph>The first set of labor contracts negotiated by Gov. Tim Walz’s administration provide for worker raises, slightly increased employee health costs, expanded student loan repayment offerings and set a $15 per hour minimum wage for members of the largest union.

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American consumers are increasingly interested in organic food. So it should be no surprise that organic commodity farmers will harvest a record 3.1 million acres of U.S. land certified for organic field crop production this year, 7% more than a year ago, according to a new report.

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ST. PAUL — As bowhunting season officially opened this past weekend, hunters in CWD hot zones are checking regulations and figuring out where to drop off the head and neck of their deer for testing.

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Fifty years ago, the Minnesota Legislature ensured better land management and conservation through three key conservation measures. The Shoreland Protection Act, Floodplain Management Act, and legislation authorizing scientific and natural areas were all signed into law in 1969 by Gov. Harol…

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ELBOW LAKE, Minn. — Creditors of the former Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator are suing taxidermists for a half-million dollars, claiming they should have realized former elevator manager Jerry Hennessey was improperly paying for mounting trophies using co-op checks.

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Vaping worries surfaced in the Hopkins schools about two years ago, but the concerns weren’t driven by parents or teachers. Instead, a student-led health committee came to Holly Magdanz and other district leaders asking for help confronting the issue.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With summer winding down, Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that he’s looking ahead toward the 2020 legislative session, with plans to push proposals for making insulin affordable, reducing gun violence, clean energy and criminal justice reform.

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While it might be icky to imagine the horrible way that feels to the oldsters, there are consequences worse than grossness. The mouth and other parts of the oral cavity are a gateway into the body, allowing bacteria inside our bodies that can cause serious disease.

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — The vaping-related lung illness that has stricken 380 mostly young persons from 36 states, killing six, may have offered up a real-life window on CSI-type public health epidemiology, and even drawn calls for product bans from the White House, but from the viewpoint of an e…

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Minnesota’s new Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead has been at the helm of the state’s largest and most troubled agency for just over a week. And she is already charting a path for her first 90 days and beyond.

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GOODHUE, Minn. — For Goodhue high school and middle school students, knowing about the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999 can only be read about online or in their history books.

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country.

Exposure to high levels of air pollution is known to cause asthma attacks, cardiovascular disease and other health problems in people. New research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Colorado State University shows that breathing dirty air — even for just a day — li…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s largest utility wants to change how the state calculates its trailblazing “value of solar” rate as it faces a potential spike in payments to community solar operators.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up.

Last summer, Anna Bennett and her friend Stacey Fox drove to the North Shore from the Iron Range for a getaway. At Iona’s Beach, tucked between Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse state parks, they saw several delicately balanced stacks of stones, framed by turquoise water in the background.

TORONTO (AP) — The serious lung illness affecting hundreds of people in the U.S. who vaped cannabis-based oil is giving Canadian health officials pause as that country prepares to allow the sale of vaping products in its legal marijuana market.

New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly one in three Minnesotans was obese last year.

ST. PAUL — Minnesota homebuilders urged lawmakers on Tuesday to probe the way cities and counties collect inspection fees, alleging some have illegally used the source the revenue as a “cash cow” for local projects at the expense of homeowners.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman with terminal cancer will tell her story Wednesday before a Minnesota House committee considering a bill that would allow adults with less than six months to live to obtain medication to end their lives on their own terms.

Many people throw around the idea that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Now, two Minnesota art collectors may be putting this to the test.

ST. PAUL — The state’s infamous vehicle licensing and registration system is set to get the boot. And with a replacement set to roll out over the next two years, state lawmakers on Monday, Sept. 9, said they were hopeful about the fresh start.

STREETER, N.D. — Cattle and conservation haven’t always been natural companions when it comes to how to manage grasslands. Many conservation programs have sought to keep cattle off the land, the thought being that cattle would damage the ecosystem of pollinators and birds and other species t…

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