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Sen. Franken talks about guns and mental health

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 1:46pm

Guns in school, better mental health programs and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Minnesota’s US Senator Al Franken.

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Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race wraps up with Musher Banquet at Grand Portage Lodge

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 1:23pm

The Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race wrapped up last night, January 8 with a fabulous banquet at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino. The top 15 racers received their share of the purse and had the opportunity to share stories of the trail. Congratulations to Ross Framboni of Two Harbors, who had the fastest time in the stage race. As he accepted his check for $6,500, Framboni thanked his competitors, all the volunteers and race organizers. “Thanks for putting on a great race,” he said.

Child development course offered at Higher Ed

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 1:07pm

All children are born eager to explore their world and master their development.  Join Higher Ed as we review the theories of child development, the importance of developmentally appropriate practice, the developmental milestones of the first five years of life, including brain development and factors that can influence child growth and development.
Participants will examine the function and importance of play in the lives of young children as well as highlight how observation and assessment of children is important for early childhood educators parents.
The courses will be offered Thursdays, Jan. 10 and 17, and Saturday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon at Cook County Higher Education. There is a $40 fee.  Contact Patty at pattyn@boreal.org for registration information.

State encouraging residents to test homes for radon

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 10:01am

ST. PAUL (AP) - Governor Mark Dayton has declared this "Radon Action Month" in Minnesota, and the state is encouraging residents to get their homes tested.

(Click on the link to WTIP below  to hear an interview with Andrew Gilbert, Radon Outreach Program Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health.)
 
More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon, an odorless, colorless but radioactive gas.  The Minnesota Department of Health says one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer every 25 minutes.  It's the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, but health officials say the risk is largely preventable.
 
Over 40 local public health agencies around the state have partnered with the Health Department to make over 8,000 radon test kits available to residents at low or no cost.
 
Over 1,000 Minnesota homeowners every year install radon reduction systems, but that's a small percentage of the homes that should have them.

More information about low cost radon test kits can be found online at www.radon.mn.com, or by calling the Minnesota Department of Health at 1-800-798-9050.

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SBA loses girls' hockey match to P-H

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 6:07am

The Proctor-Hermantown girls' hockey team visited Silver Bay Tuesday night and left with a 4-0 shut-out of the Mariners.

The visitors scored once in the first period and three times in the third to take the win.

Scoring for P-H were Reilly Fawcett, who hit the net twice, Abby Halverson and Justina Lindberg.

Cassie Swanson was in the net for Silver Bay Area team. She had 25 saves. Kylie Hommerding had 17 saves for the visitors.

Silver Bay Area is made up of skaters from Cook and Lake counties. The Mariners are 6-13 after the loss, but they've gone 5-5 in the past 10 games.

Silver Bay Area travels to Moose Lake Area's home ice on Friday night for their next match. The Rebels escaped the Mariners when they last met on December 13 in Silver Bay. Moose Lake Area took a 3-2 win that night.

Lonnie Dupre is on Denali

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 5:05am

 

Cook County mountain climber and Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre is on Denali.

 

KTUU-TV in Alaska and Dupre's website One World Endeavors report Dupre is into his third attempt to become the first person to reach the summit of the highest peak in North America solo in January.

 

After weather delays over the weekend, Dupre was finally able to fly to Kahiltna Glacier Tuesday. The glacier rests at the base of the mountain.

 

"We got the go ahead from our pilot, Paul Roderick, this morning to be at the airport by noon. By 1:30pm we had landed on Kahiltna Glacier where Lonnie buried a cache of supplies at basecamp at 7200ft," his website reported. "About half an hour later Lonnie finished getting ready and began making his way towards the mountain. We said our goodbyes and wished him a safe journey!"