Put this in your electronic cigarette and vape it: A comprehensive survey found the lowest smoking rate ever recorded among adult Minnesotans.
Nearly half of former smokers — 45 percent — who kicked the habit used e-cigarettes at some point in the process, according to the survey, which the state paid $850,000 to conduct.
“Public health advocates should cheer the fact that vapor products are now the most commonly used quit smoking product among Minnesota adults,” Greg Conley, American Vaping Association president, said in a statement.Read More →
As incubator of the nation’s first charter schools in 1991, Minnesota earned a reputation as an educational innovator. Twenty years later, however, the state still consistently reports one of the biggest achievement and graduation rate gaps for minority students in the nation.Read More →
It’s the latest in the “you-are-what-you-eat” fad, sprouting in a growing zone near you. An estimated 300 so-called seed libraries, often located in actual public libraries, allow gardeners to check out seeds grown by other members and check in seeds from their own harvests in an effort to cultivate local varieties.
“No fine or penalty will result from not returning seeds (although we hope that you do!),” states the Duluth Public Library website.
The trendy alternative seed centers, however, face a threat as potentially dire as a dose of Roundup. Minnesota agriculture officials clamped down on the Duluth Public Library’s seed exchange last fall for violating state law.Read More →
They may be elected to focus on Minnesota issues, but some state senators and representatives get around more like members of Congress.
It’s legal, though under the radar, with no reporting requirement or government clearinghouse for constituents to check the cost, purpose and sponsors of informational trips for elected officials.Read More →
It’s a venture that depends on lots of sunshine, but rural southwestern Minnesota residents remain largely in the dark about the biggest solar power project in the state, quietly being platted for hundreds of acres of crop land surrounding them.
“Our overall concern is and has been the lack of knowledge within our neighborhood,” said Janelle Geurts, an opponent who fears solar panels could be erected within 100 feet of her house. “We had heard from a number of people that this project was to be kept quiet. Our concern is protecting our farm land.”Read More →