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Minnesota makes adoption a better option: Northstar Care for Children gets under way
Lifestyle

Minnesota makes adoption a better option: Northstar Care for Children gets under way

[caption id="attachment_22827" align="alignleft"]gr-43628-1-1The transition from the teen years to adulthood can prove difficult for anyone, but even more so for those who are leaving foster care without finding a forever home. (Photo credit: martinak15/Flickr.)[/caption]ST. PAUL, Minn. – It’s hoped that the number of Minnesota foster children who find forever homes will grow in the new year, with the implementation of what’s called Northstar Care for Children.

Minnesota child care: Among nation’s least affordable
Lifestyle

Minnesota child care: Among nation’s least affordable

[caption id="attachment_22599" align="alignleft"]gr-43266-2-1Minnesota families carry a higher cost burden for child care than families in most other states, according to a new report from Child Care Aware of America. Photo credit: Jackie/Flickr.[/caption]ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota is among the states where child care is least affordable, according to the latest research.

Hold the salt: Simple step to a healthier Minnesota
Health

Hold the salt: Simple step to a healthier Minnesota

[caption id="attachment_22271" align="alignleft"]gr-42646-1-1PHOTO: It’s estimated about 17 percent of kids in the U.S. eat too much sodium, which can be a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Photo credit: Shardayyy/Flickr.[/caption]ST. PAUL, Minn. – The election season had Minnesota voters taking it all in “with a grain of salt,” but with the coming holidays they’re being urged to go the other way and “hold the salt.”

More Minnesotans consider when to give up car keys
Lifestyle

More Minnesotans consider when to give up car keys

[caption id="attachment_22219" align="alignleft"]giveupkeys-gr-42414-1-1PHOTO: The number of Minnesotans age 65 or over is expected to double by 2030, and research shows the risks of an auto accident among senior-citizen drivers can be higher than with other age groups. Photo credit: Denis Dervisevic/Flickr.[/caption]ST. PAUL, Minn. – With Minnesota’s aging population, it’s a question facing a growing number of drivers and families across the state: When is it time to finally hang up the car keys? There is no hard and fast rule on when a person should park it for good, but as eyesight, hearing, memory and reflexes diminish, Julie Lee, vice president and national director of AARP Driver Safety, suggests a family conversation and a test drive.

Not behind bars, but still barred from voting: Restoring the Vote for MN Felon Probationers
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Not behind bars, but still barred from voting: Restoring the Vote for MN Felon Probationers

[caption id="attachment_21970" align="alignleft"]gr-42026-1-1The Restore the Vote coalition wants felons to be able to vote once they’ve been released from jail or prison, in order to give them a voice in the communities where they live and work while they’re on probation. Photo credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr. [/caption]ST. PAUL, Minn. – As voters prepare to head to the polls next month, a campaign is underway to restore voting privileges for some 50,000 Minnesotans who have been in trouble with the law.

Child Care: Finding the perfect provider for your kids
Education

Child Care: Finding the perfect provider for your kids

[caption id="attachment_21458" align="alignleft"]gr-41156-1-1The database for ParentAware.org 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.[/caption]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.

Tips for health-conscious Minnesotans
Health

Tips for health-conscious Minnesotans

[caption id="attachment_21348" align="alignleft"]food -gr-40928-1-1A new list of some of the nutritionally worst meals served at U.S. restaurant chains includes a 3,500 calorie offering from Red Robin of a burger, fries and milkshake. Photo credit: terren in Virginia/Flickr[/caption]ST. PAUL, Minn. – A meal of a burger, French fries and a milkshake tops a list of the most calorie-laden meals served at restaurant chains nationwide.

Cash Infusion: $500,000 distributed to Minnesota Food Shelves
Health

Cash Infusion: $500,000 distributed to Minnesota Food Shelves

[caption id="attachment_21151" align="alignleft"]gr-40561-1-1At least $500,000 is being distributed Tuesday among some 300 food shelves across Minnesota, which took part in the March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare. Photo credit: Neeta Lind / Flickr.[/caption]MINNEAPOLIS – With kids out of school and families busy with summer plans, July is traditionally a tough time for food bank shelves as demand rises and donations fall.

State assesses physical education
Education

State assesses physical education

[caption id="attachment_19897" align="alignleft"]mnc-gr-38014-1-1Members of the Childhood Obesity Legislative Working Group will gather in St. Paul to outline their priorities for the 2014 session. Photo credit: US ARMY[/caption]It’s been four years since passage of the law requiring all Minnesota schools to include physical education, and lawmakers now want to know how it’s working. According to State Rep. Kim Norton, the standards have been implemented by all districts, so today they’ll introduce a bill asking for a report on the status.

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