Health Department investigating TB outbreak at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union
Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union

TB alert. The Star Tribune’s Liz Sawyer reports: “The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a tuberculosis outbreak among eight people associated with Minnesota State University, Mankato. … State health officials are asking clinics to look out for tuberculosis symptoms in college-aged individuals who have spent time at the university since August 2016.

And still no end in sight. WCCO reports: “State officials say that more than 1,000 furloughed government workers in Minnesota have applied for unemployment benefits. … A spokesperson for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) says that 1,221 unemployment insurance applications have been received by from furloughed workers in Minnesota.”

Related: Eater rounds up Twin Cities restaurants offering deals to furloughed workers

Should be good for your premiums. The Star Tribune’s Christopher Snowbeck reports: “Optum is alleging breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets in a lawsuit against a former company vice president who jumped to a high-profile startup launched by celebrity CEOs at Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase — a new venture that some think could significantly shake up health care.”

Don’t mess around with the cold. The Star Tribune’s David La Vaque reports:Dangerously cold temperatures during Hockey Day Minnesota’s outdoor games last weekend resulted in frostbite for a standout Minnetonka player. … Junior forward Teddy Lagerback, who gave a verbal commitment to Arizona State, suffered the injury when his team played Andover on Saturday morning in Bemidji with the temperature near 20 degrees below zero.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by cory johnson on 01/25/2019 - 12:46 pm.

    Why have Democrats in the house blocked attempts to pass bills paying federal workers during the shut down? They would get back pay when it reopens anyway. Whats the benefit?

    • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 01/25/2019 - 03:17 pm.

      Because Democrats don’t think shutting down the government is a good thing. Open the Government back up and then argue about the stupid wall. Let it pass on its own merits rather than hold all these people hostage. Also too, maybe they were waiting for that check from Mexico. Remember, they were going to pay for it.

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