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Washington County, along with about 20 other Minnesota counties, announced civil action against major pharmaceutical companies Nov. 30 for the sale and manufacture of opioid drugs. The counties will file separate lawsuits, but Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said they are all working in conjunction to launch the suits. Prosecutors say the lawsuits are a response to the rise in opioid abuse and an attempt to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for their products and marketing.
When Jim Meyer's shed housing his tractors, wagons and combine went up in flames, his neighbors stepped in to make sure his harvest schedule barely missed a beat. Meyer doesn't farm a huge amount of acres — about 100 acres total of corn and soybeans — but he had nearly a quarter of it left when the fire started. With no equipment to bring in the crop himself, he knew he would need help. "I knew somebody would help me, somewhere down the line," Meyer said. "And I'll tell them the same thing: When they're done (with their farms), don't drop anything."
Washington County, along with about 20 other Minnesota counties, announced civil action against major pharmaceutical companies Nov. 30 for the sale and manufacture of opioid drugs.
St. Croix County Public Health treated several cases of latent Tuberculosis this year, after an infected Minnesotan made contact with several people through work. Public Health Coordinator Deb Lindemann said at the Nov. 14 St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board meeting they tested 92 possible contacts for tuberculosis. Three of those tested positive for latent tuberculosis, and were treated so that it did not become active in the patients. "We wanted to stop it right where it was," Lindemann said.
NEWPORT, Minn. — An unusual culprit is being blamed for wreaking havoc this fall. The city-owned properties between Cedar Lane and the Mississippi River have seen at least 12 trees up to 75 or 100 feet tall chewed down by beavers, Public Works Superintendent Bruce Hanson said, and many more left half-felled. "It's to the point I believe it's becoming a safety concern," Hanson said at the Nov. 2 meeting. "So many (trees) are girdled that I believe there's an urgency to go down there and take care of it. ... There are a lot of areas that deal we this ... we just haven't before."
A split city council voted to approve construction with conditions on the Bailey Meadows development planned for the northeast corner of Newport. The development will consist of just under 200 single-family and villa homes on about 64 acres.
Amid an east metro tuberculosis outbreak, officials say the few cases present in Washington County are unlikely to spread. The county treated two cases last year, and are working with three active tuberculosis infections this year that had been contracted before a recent Ramsey County outbreak began.
Vehicle title registration remains one of the biggest sticking points in the new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System launched in July.
A man was found dead Monday, Oct. 30, in a pick-up truck following a crash under the railroad bridge on 103rd Street in Cottage Grove.
When Lynn Thoele saw Cleaning for a Reason at a conference last month, she knew she was in. Thoele, Sparkle Plenty Professional Cleaners owner, said she signed up immediately to be part of the program that connects people undergoing cancer treatments to businesses that will clean their house for free. "I loved the idea of volunteering, so this to me was something that was just a perfect fit," she said. "I could do it through my business, and expose my cleaners to something (new)."