08/26/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

“The ongoing University of Minnesota health study of current and former taconite industry workers is moving from Virginia to Silver Bay to attract more steelworkers from the eastern Iron Range,” John Myers reports in the Duluth News Tribune. He writes, “The study was based out of Virginia Regional Medical Center for the past year and has tested nearly 1,500 industry workers, former employees and their spouses in an effort to find out why more steelworkers die from a rare lung disease compared to the general public.”

“A Twin Cities television station reported Golden Valley police cited Mankato Mayor John Brady for a drunken driving offense Saturday afternoon,” reports Dan Linehan in the Mankato Free Press. The story says, “According to the Fox9 report, Brady hit another vehicle as he was pulled over in the western Twin Cities suburb and was taken to detox. Brady missed a Saturday flight on a previously planned trip to China to promote a partnership to train Chinese pilots at Minnesota State University. Mankato City Manager Pat Hentges said he received a call Monday morning from Brady saying he was leaving for China at that point.”

“As Olmsted County seeks to cut burgeoning costs, it’s looking at a Steele County program that works directly with users of state-subsidized health care to keep them out of the emergency room,” Heather J. Carlson reports in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. The article says, “Steele County found that some of the patients had been calling ambulances to take them to the emergency room because they had no transportation to get to the doctor’s office. Having a social worker help them find less costly ways to get health care has already saved the county money.”

A Westbrook man and member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 41, The Frozen Chosin of Mankato,received the first Korean Defense Service license plates during a presentation Monday afternoon in Worthington,” reports Julie Buntjer in the Worthington Daily Globe. She writes, “Paul Steen, who served in an ammunition unit near the demilitarized zone in Korea from 1961 to 1962, led the campaign in Minnesota to make the plates available to veterans who served during post-war Korea from July 28, 1954, to present. Steen received the first two sets of plates made, and others may now apply for them through their county’s license center.”

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