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Sixty-two Minnesota children poisoned by nicotine in 2014

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An adult pictured using an electronic cigarette.

FOX 9 shares the Minnesota Poison Control System’s report that states 62 children ages 5 and younger were poisoned by e-cigarettes and e-cig juice in 2014: “‘Many people think nicotine is addictive but not necessarily harmful on its own for teens and young adults, and that is not the case,’ said Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger. ‘We know there are clear health risks of nicotine exposure for youth.'”

David Peterson at the Star Tribune reports Lake Elmo Administrator Dean Zuleger will depart with six months’ severance pay: “The move follows months of turmoil triggered by the election in November of a new council majority opposed to development moves he’d overseen. ‘Clearly I have a philosophy of government that might not be in tune with the philosophy of the current council,’ Zuleger said. He suggested ‘moving to a different day in Lake Elmo.'”

Warning, cute dog photos ahead: Mental Floss notes two service dogs made their way into Blaine High School’s yearbook: “Dakota and Caramel are two service dogs that work at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn. Dakota works with Rebecca Thomas, a hearing-impaired teacher, and Caramel works with Vicky Camacho, a paraprofessional who works in special education. Both service dogs are listed on the staff page of the yearbook and have been featured for several years.”

David Unze of the St. Cloud Times reports on a painful occurence of mistaken identity. Steven Al Ruprecht is accused of assaulting another man over a drug debt, but investigators believe he attacked the wrong person: “Ruprecht got out of his vehicle and began hitting the victim with a 15-inch flashlight… Ruprecht told the victim he was going to kill him and that he owed him money from a drug debt… Ruprecht got back into his vehicle and left. The victim couldn’t use his bicycle because it had been damaged. As he was walking along the road, Ruprecht drove up behind him again, got out of his vehicle and again began to beat the victim with the flashlight, according to the complaint.” Bail for Ruprecht has been set at $50,000.

In other news…

A committee has narrowed to 15 the list of possible nicknames for the University of North Dakota. [Pioneer Press]

Related: UND President Robert Kelley is retiring. [Grand Forks Herald]

Cellphone ban to be lifted for Duluth middle schools. [Duluth News Tribune]

South Dakota Public Broadcasting helps dying man record his poems. [NewsCut]

“The Bob Sansevere Show” has aired its last show on 105 the Ticket. [Pioneer Press]

Minnesota’s best hot sauces, ranked. [City Pages]

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 06/10/2015 - 05:09 pm.

    I’m surprised…

    that complaints were not lodged against putting the dogs in the yearbook as someone might be offended. Good for Blaine High School!!!

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