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Nov 23rd

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$2 million awarded in Environmental Response Fund grants

Hennepin County recently awarded $2 million in Environmental Response Fund (ERF) grants to nine projects. The program, funded by a county mortgage registry and deed tax, provides grants for environment assessment and cleanup of sites that present environmental or public health risks, and where redevelopment and reuse have been hampered because of a lack of funding. 
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Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works project receives CARE grant from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Hennepin County’s Minnehaha-Hiawatha Community Works project recently received a Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) award of $100,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Hennepin County and community partners will use the CARE grant to launch the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Corridor Environmental Collaboration, which will identify, prioritize and address environmental health risks.  Hennepin County will work closely with the Longfellow Community Council, Longfellow Business Association, the Women’s Environmental Institute and the East Phillips Improvement Coalition on the grant-funded activities.
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Abellard named Freeport West Interim Director

Executive Director, Ramona Wilson is moving on from Freeport West to pursue other professional opportunities.  Freeport West has wished Ms. Wilson all the best in her future work.  Given Ms. Wilson’s departure, Dorothy Abellard Freeport West Program Communications Manager, will serve as the Interim Executive Director of the agency.  Additionally, Freeport West has named Larson Allen as its interim financial management team, and has hired J. Murphy & Associates to assist with compliance and reporting.  The agency will be conducting a search for a Chief Financial Officer, and they hope to have a new CFO in place as soon as possible. 
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Hennepin offers low-cost vaccination clinics which includes measles

Vaccines prevent diseases for people of all ages, and Hennepin County is offering low-cost immunizations – including shots to prevent the measles – to people who lack health insurance or whose health insurance does not cover vaccines.
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USDA expands access to fresh fruits and vegetables for schools across the nation

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that, as authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), USDA will expand assistance to state agencies for schools operating USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in the 2011/2012 school year. The investment is part of the Obama administration's efforts to improve the health of our children by providing access to nutritious meals in schools and also serves as a valuable resource to schools that continue working to improve the health and nutrition of the foods they serve. The assistance will provide free fresh fruit and vegetables to children throughout the school day.
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Dorothy Abellard Named Freeport West Interim Director

Executive Director, Ramona Wilson is moving on from Freeport West to pursue other professional opportunities.  Freeport West has wished Ms. Wilson all the best in her future work.  Given Ms. Wilson’s departure, Dorothy Abellard Freeport West Program Communications Manager, will serve as the Interim Executive Director of the agency.  Additionally, Freeport West has named Larson Allen as its interim financial management team, and has hired J. Murphy & Associates to assist with compliance and reporting.  The agency will be conducting a search for a Chief Financial Officer, and they hope to have a new CFO in place as soon as possible. 
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CROI 2011: Advances in HIV Mean Something for Everyone

Boston—Chilly Boston temperatures and a freshly fallen snow couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of attendees at this year’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). The meeting revealed important data on HIV prevention and treatment. There was also a significant break-through in curing another viral infection, hepatitis C. In addition, there was promising early data on an experimental gene therapy procedure that could lead to new ways of controlling, and perhaps someday, even curing HIV infection. Yet in a meeting that provided something useful and promising for everyone, it also left unanswered questions.
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