Dept. of Health pushing for HPV vaccinations

Cue You Know Who … Lorna Benson of MPR writes, “The Minnesota Department of Health is urging doctors to strongly recommend to their adolescent and teenage patients a vaccine that protects against one of the leading causes of some genital and oral cancers. State health experts believe physicians’ reluctance to forcefully recommend the vaccine for human papillomavirus — HPV — is one reason why vaccinations rates have stalled.”

Some interesting legal activity in St. Paul today: Jean Hopfensperger of the Strib reports, “A Ramsey District Court judge will hear arguments Tuesday afternoon over whether Catholic Church officials should be required to turn over their internal documents related to clergy child sex offenders, and whether top officials from the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis should be required to give depositions on an abuse case.”

As expected, Duluth’s City Council has voted in favor of increasing the minimum wage. Peter Passi of the News Tribune says, “Duluth became the first city in Minnesota to officially come out in favor of increasing the state’s minimum wage to at least $9.50 per hour Monday night. During a news conference earlier in the day, Mayor Don Ness lent his support to a resolution that was taken up by the Duluth City Council later that evening.”

Meanwhile, in Red Wing, Brett Boese of the Rochester Post-Bulletin says, “The Red Wing Human Rights Commission recently voted unanimously to support the brainchild of Scott Bender, who is seeking to replace Columbus Day with First Peoples Day. It’s an idea Bender has been pushing since he joined the commission nearly three years ago. But his distaste for the holiday dates back to his college days, when the country was planning the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus discovering the New World in 1492.”

BP? Fraud? Dave Shaffer’s Strib story says, “The Minnesota Commerce Department on Monday sued BP PLC, alleging that it has fraudulently collected more than $25 million from a state fund while also being reimbursed by insurers for cleaning up leaking underground petroleum tanks. The lawsuit alleges BP violated the Minnesota’s False Claims Act, which carries the risk of triple damages. The state also accuses the oil company of misrepresentation, fraud and unjust enrichment.” You could knock me over with a feather.

The GleanSpeaking of funky bookkeeping … The AP says, “Minnesota campaign regulators have issued an opinion that discourages candidates from helping independent political groups raise money that could eventually be poured back into their races. In a determination that won unanimous approval Tuesday, the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said such activity would likely violate laws meant to keep activities of candidates and independent expenditure committees separate.” Because, you know, that is such an impermeable wall.

With trade agreements in the air, the 20th anniversary of NAFTA is getting attention. At WCCO-TV, Chris Simon writes, “NAFTA was meant to level the playing field, but Doug Peterson of the Minnesota Farmers Union says 20 years on, it’s only magnified the differences between the U.S. and Latin America. ‘We pay our people dollars per hour. In many cases and even today in Mexico, it’s dollars a day’, he said. ‘NAFTA has not been good for the United States. And as far as jobs in Minnesota, we’ve lost about 13,700 jobs as a result of NAFTA.’ ” How’s that 40-lane wide super highway from Mexico to Duluth doing?

As JOBZ fades away … Mark Sommerhauser of the St. Cloud Times says, “Economic-development officials in Central Minnesota are praising the state’s new program of financial incentives for job creation, calling it an improvement from its predecessor. State officials last month announced the launch of the new Minnesota Job Creation Fund. It replaces the state’s JOBZ program, which expires in 2015. … The Job Creation Fund, established through a law passed by legislators and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in 2013, follows a different model. The program will pay annual benefits to qualifying businesses that locate anywhere in Minnesota.”

Advanced placement is a big deal. According to the AP, “A new report by the College Board shows 17,842 Minnesota students who graduated from high school last year took the Advance Placement Exam during their high school years. That’s more than 31 percent of all graduates in the class of 2013. It’s also a big jump from 10 years ago, when over 15 percent of 2003 graduates took the test.”

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 02/11/2014 - 02:16 pm.

    HPV woes

    I think the reason some “parents” don’t want their children vaccinated against HPV is the outlandish notion that this will somehow lead to promiscuity. You know, like having a fire extinguisher in the house usually leads to arson.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 02/11/2014 - 03:21 pm.

    Cue You Know Who

    Bachmann wasn’t against HPV vaccinations, or even doctors *recommending* them to adolescent and teenage patients. She opposed government *mandating* (there’s that word again) that children be vaccinated, eliminating the parents’ choice to do so.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 02/11/2014 - 04:23 pm.

      Dennis, sorry it took so long.

      Google took.51 seconds to disprove your assertion.

      Frpm the Washington Post.

      Bachmann claims HPV vaccine might cause ‘mental retardation’

      • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 02/11/2014 - 09:43 pm.


        She only used that as an example in her argument against the government mandating the vaccination.

        When the sheeple have been conditioned to accept government mandates as the norm, sometimes you need to offer examples to make your point that this is supposed to be a free society.

        • Submitted by richard owens on 02/12/2014 - 07:42 am.

          It ought to be a crime

          for a “leader” like Bachmann to deliberately undermine efforts to vaccinate. We have enough young people now frightened of vaccinations, which puts at risk our herd immunity itself.

          Minnesota has suffered whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks for this very reason.

          You too Mr. Tester, should be aware that if your influence causes fewer people to allow vaccinations, you NEEDLESSLY put others at risk.

          Our citizens struggle even now to understand issues of health because the reactionaries have politicized the ACA with absurd claims. They do the same with earth science, with contraception, with food and nutrition, and with public finance and with basic economics.

          It out to be a crime to spread disinformation on matters of life and death- even for you Mr. Tester.

      • Submitted by Nancy Hokkanen on 02/12/2014 - 10:43 pm.

        Article by attorneys with links on retardation post-vaccination

        “[I]t is likely that cognitive deficits afflict some individuals who have been injured by the Gardasil vaccine, and these have been documented. [8]”

        The Evidence Shows that Vaccines Cause “Mental Retardation”

  3. Submitted by chuck holtman on 02/11/2014 - 05:08 pm.

    “NAFTA was meant to level the playing field.”

    First time I’ve heard that one …

  4. Submitted by Richard Strauss on 02/12/2014 - 01:01 pm.


    Forget the government, forget Bachmann. Please talk with the parents of children, boys and girls, approaching the age of sexual activity, and urge them to act.

  5. Submitted by Nancy Hokkanen on 02/12/2014 - 10:40 pm.

    Vaccine injured teens describe health damage from Gardasil

    Dangers of Gardasil Vaccination — Not A Coincidence
    YouTube video

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