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Allina Health announces restricted visitor guidelines for all hospitals Starting this month, Allina Health will implement restricted visitor guidelines to protect patients and staff due to influenza. The guidelines are: • Children under the age of 5 are asked not to visit patients. • Visitors to Mom Baby/Birth Center units may be screened for wellness and children under 5 will be screened for wellness before visiting. • Visitors who are sick should refrain from visiting patients in the hospital.
Study: Minn. second best state to raise a family ST. PAUL — As far as family friendliness goes, Minnesota is near the top in the nation, according to a study by a financial website. A study by WalletHub listed Minnesota as these second best place to raise a family, behind only Massachusetts..
Man who attacked, robbed older couple in their home gets almost 20 years ST. PAUL—He arrived wearing a white hard hat and a bright orange traffic vest. He attacked the couple at their home and robbed them. Then he left in his white Cadillac. Now, Nathaniel Jackson is getting more than 18 years in prison for two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count of first-degree burglary and assault of a person. The 60-year-old St. Paul man has 10 aliases and several prior felony convictions.
EAU CLAIRE — Melissa Diedtrich stood out from her 16 fellow Chippewa Valley Law Enforcement Academy graduates. She was elected class leader, was also a squad leader, and selected to be one of the speakers to speak at the Dec. 20 graduation ceremony. The fact that she was a 37-year-old mother of three in a class of 20-somethings also made her stand out. The close-knit group affectionately gave her the nickname "Mom." It suits her well, as serving others seems to be woven into Diedtrich's personality.
Statewide DFL environmental caucus endorses Otto for governor ST. PAUL—The Minnesota DFL Environmental Caucus said Tuesday that they have endorsed State Auditor Rebecca Otto in the crowded race for the 2018 DFL gubernatorial endorsement. The caucus is made up of about 400 members from across the state who are trying to promote an environmental protection agenda among the state's Democrats.
Vehicle theft An Elmwood caller reported Dec. 18 that a woman to whom he'd loan his truck hadn't returned it. The complainant reported his debit card was also missing and that his bank had discovered unauthorized charges. Critter patrol
RIVER FALLS — Kathleen Haroldson paused during her speech to her fellow nursing — associate degree graduates from the Chippewa Valley Technical College River Falls campus Dec. 18. She fought back some tears and composed herself before continuing, expressing special thanks to her husband and two grown children for their support through her time in college.
Julie Hines, Pierce County Register of Deeds, wants to inform residents of a new free online subscription service that allows the public to have their name and property monitored within the Register of Deeds office in order to track possible fraudulent activity. Subscribers will be notified when the name they have submitted is used in any recording activities within the office. When subscribing to this free service, the subscriber will have the option to choose one of the following notification methods — email or phone.
Beth Pabst, St. Croix County Register of Deeds was recently in the Wisconsin Capitol witnessing the signing of two bills by Gov. Scott Walker. Pabst was part of a legislative committee that had reached out to Rep. Joan Ballweg and Sen. Luther Olsen to help with two cleanup bills for the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association.
Experts from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will present a seminar focusing on effective ways to market livestock Jan. 19-20, 2018, at the UWRF Mann Valley Farm in River Falls. With a focus on beef and pork, highlights of the seminar include: • Cutting demonstrations • Value-added products • Direct marketing panel • Financial loan availability • Labeling requirements