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Wed
24
Jun

Check your prescriptions for refunds

People who used certain prescription drugs for "off-label" uses — not for their primary, FDA-approved labeled uses — may be eligible for monetary refunds.
The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, along with other state attorneys general and the  federal government, reached settlements with three large drug companies:  Abbott Laboratories, Wyeth, and GlaxoSmithKline. 
The settlements provide restitution (refund) money for Minnesota customers who were prescribed the drugs Advair, Depakote, Paxil, Rapamune, or Wellbutrin for “off-label” uses during certain periods of time.

Wed
24
Jun

Leave fireworks to the professionals

What would the Fourth of July be without fireworks? A little less busy in hospital emergency rooms. The nation’s emergency physicians urge you to celebrate the country’s birthday by using common sense when it comes to the potential dangers of fireworks.
We see many injuries in the ER due to fireworks around the Fourth of July. Many of those ER visits are initiated with the line “Hey! Watch this!”

Sun
21
Jun

Inver Grove Heights emergency account saved

State Rep. Joe Atkins
District 52B

In the original Environment and Agriculture budget bill that passed the legislature during the regular session there was a provision to raid the $8.1 million metro landfill emergency response account and spend it on unrelated projects. This emergency response account protects the safety of people who live within a few miles of the state’s two largest landfills, which are located in Inver Grove Heights and Burnsville. Fortunately this bill was vetoed, which gave us one final chance to save the emergency response account in the special session.

Sun
21
Jun

Scenes from Betsy’s wedding

In my mind’s eye, Betsy always will be my baby sister. As she walked down the aisle Sunday, everyone else saw a beautiful woman. But to me she’ll always be the freckle-faced, red-headed, curly-haired little girl who interrupted our front-yard baseball games by sprinting through the infield naked.
Clearly, she inherited the Bromley shyness gene.
There was no nudity Sunday, as Betsy managed to keep her wedding dress on while walking down the aisle. And there was nothing infantile about my baby sister, who in an instant became a wife and stepmother. We saw a family created before our very eyes. Even for an embittered old skeptic like me, it was a precious sight.

Wed
17
Jun

Special session leads to historic investment in education

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
­—Vince Lombardi

Wed
17
Jun

It’s in your court: What was the Magna Carta, anyway?

Judge Dale Harris
St. Louis County District Court

Sun
14
Jun

Art in the Hollow 2015

Andy Twedt
community columnist

Wed
10
Jun

It’s in your court: Work Zone Violators Face Hefty Fines

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

The traditional saying is that Minnesota has two seasons: winter and road construction. Major construction projects have begun throughout the eight counties of the 10th Judicial District, as well as numerous smaller projects. These projects now display a large and clear sign warning of $300 fines for violations of the posted work zone speed limit. Why is that?

 

Wed
10
Jun

Rain Gardens can improve water quality

Have you ever thought about installing a rain garden on your property, but you didn’t know where to start? I’ve thought about putting a rain garden in my backyard this spring – in an area that gets a lot of runoff and is near a stormwater pond. Fortunately, I know exactly where to go for information on how to do it. The Oakdale Environmental Management Commission has put together a simple educational packet with rain garden standards and design examples, and it is available for the asking.

Wed
10
Jun

Congratulations Graduates!

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain

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