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Minnesota safety regulators investigating assault at Security Hospital

Plus: Minnesota top state for child well-being; Hodges tweets from Vatican; science confirms: it’s been a nice summer; and more.

What’s going on at the St. Peter Security Hospital? In the Star Tribune, Chris Serres reports, “Officials with Minnesota OSHA, the state workplace safety agency, made a surprise visit last Thursday to the security hospital in St. Peter, following a report that a 16-year-old patient grabbed a security counselor by the hair, bashed her head against a wall and kicked her in the head repeatedly. The assault is the latest in a recent string of violent attacks on staff at the state’s largest psychiatric hospital, which houses about 225 of Minnesota’s most violent and mentally ill patients. … Workers at the hospital said efforts to decrease assaults have been hampered by rules that limit the use of restraints and seclusion, as well as a new state law that has forced mental hospitals to accept more patients with criminal histories who may be more prone to violence. The Legislature passed a law in 2013, known as the “48-hour rule,” that requires state facilities like the security hospital to admit county jail inmates within 48 hours after being committed by a state judge as mentally ill.”

This is why all the children are above average. “Minnesota is the best of the 50 states for children, according to a national report out Tuesday,” writes MPR’s Jon Collins. “… The annual report, called the Kids Count Data Book, ranks states by the well-being of their children. The Data Book is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which makes grants to government and neighborhood agencies. … The latest report uses 2013 government data to determine the percentage of children whose parents lack secure jobs, or of teens not in school and not working. It also counts rates of drug or alcohol abuse and the percentage of children without health care.”

The tweets are coming from inside the Vatican. For the Star Tribune, Paul Walsh and Erin Golden write, “After [Pope Francis] concluded his remarks, [Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges] signed a declaration that states that ‘human-induced climate change is a scientific reality and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity,’ according to the final declaration seen by the Associated Press. … Hodges documented the meeting on Twitter, posting selfies with the mayors of Portland, Oregon, and Oslo, Norway, and snapping a photo of the pope’s seat: ‘That’s the chair they just set out for @Pontifex #MayorsCare #surreal.’ ”

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It’s not just you: it has been a really nice summer so far. The Pioneer Press’ Andy Rathbun explains, “ The Twin Cities are seeing some of the best summer weather on record, as rated by a new index from the State Climatology Office. … The summer weather through July 15 is the third best, with only 1922 and 2008 getting more points on the office’s new Summer Glory Index. … The index, created by senior climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld, gives points for what it considers ideal temperature, dew point and precipitation, while taking away points for weather that is too hot, cold, wet or humid.”

In other news…

The Rockford Files: “Small Minnesota city going solar in a big way” [KARE]

Your daily Walker: “Scott Walker Makes Wisconsin the 14th State With 20-Week Abortion Ban” [Governing] 

Here’s a headline that can be read more than one way: “Wrestling coach says she was told she can’t have baby on Fargodome floor, officials cite safety concerns” [Inforum]

Wisconsin takes its bratwurst seriously. “Wis. brat battle ends up in court” [KARE]

Woman reports big-cat sighting on Milwaukee’s north side, though she might have been lyin’.