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State to phase out use of harmful chemical


Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn. -- All state agencies will eliminate purchasing of hand soaps and dish and laundry cleaning products that contain triclosan by June of this year. Through Executive Order by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, state agencies are required to implement sustainability action plans to reduce pollution and toxics, increase energy efficiency, and conserve resources.



“By purchasing items without triclosan, state agencies are doing their part to keep this harmful chemical out of Minnesota waters,” Cathy Moeger, sustainability manager at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, said.

The state was able to use its collective buying power and developed contracts for hand soap and dish and laundry cleaning products that are triclosan-free. In some situations, uses of triclosan-containing products may be allowed in medical or other specific settings.

Triclosan, an endocrine-disrupting compound, is antibiotic resistant and causes other health and environmental problems. It is an antimicrobial ingredient in products like hand soap, toothpaste, cleaning products, fabric, toys, kitchenware and industrial pesticides. Recent University of Minnesota studies have found triclosan in lake sediment.

Triclosan-free products are readily available in many stores.

The Minnesota Department of Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and American Medical Association say there is no evidence that triclosan provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.

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All Minnesota state agencies will stop buying hand soaps and dish and laundry products that contain triclosan [say: TRY-cloh-san] by June of this year.

This shift will help keep this harmful chemical out of Minnesota waters. Triclosan, an endocrine-disrupting compound, is antibiotic resistant and causes other health and environmental problems.

The Minnesota Department of Health, U-S Food and Drug Administration, and American Medical Association say there is no evidence that triclosan provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.

Triclosan-free products are readily available in many stores.

State's Largest Annual Food Drive is Underway

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With need at food shelves at record levels in Minnesota, the largest annual food drive in the state is now underway. Minnesota FoodShare said the March Campaign this year is focused on "everyday heroes," people who are getting invol ..... 
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Minnesota law changes affect 2012 taxes for some individuals

Wed, Feb 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota has adopted most federal tax changes enacted by Congress for the 2012 tax year under a new law signed by Gov. Mark Dayton. The changes will provide $18.5 million in tax benefits to Minnesotans. Conforming to federal ta ..... 
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Consumer access to health care would be expanded in new nursing legislation

Wed, Feb 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL (Feb. 20, 2013) — Newly introduced legislation would expand consumer access to advanced practice nurses to meet the growing needs of 21st century health care and the Affordable Care Act, according to the president of Minnesota’s Advanced ..... 
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In the forecast: a winter blast of extra DWI patrols

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Fillmore County. — You don’t have to have yourself a merry little time in jail if you plan ahead for a sober ride. The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office along with Chatfield and Preston Police Departments will increase drunk driving enforcemen ..... 
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Minnesotans Build Their Legacy With 53 New Historical And Cultural Heritage Grants Grants awarded across the state for projects of enduring value

Tue, Nov 27th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL (Nov. 21, 2012) – From oral histories to preserving historic buildings, Minnesotans are hard at work celebrating their legacy now and building it for the future. The Minnesota Historical Society today announced it has awarded 53 Minnesota ..... 
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Commerce action stops a “bait and switch” timeshare scheme- Falsified Commerce license used to deceive consumers

Wed, Nov 14th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently took action against Renaissance Marketing of Property for running an alleged “bait and switch” timeshare scheme that targeted consumers across the country. The Commerce Department o ..... 
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605 drunk driving arrests to-date during statewide campaign

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Minnesota law enforcement officers have arrested 605 drunk drivers two weekends into a statewide DWI enforcement campaign, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety preliminary reports. The Drive Sober or ..... 
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2012 motorcyclist fatalities pass 25-death milestone

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- The number of preliminary Minnesota motorcyclist fatalities hit 26 following a deadly July when seven riders were killed, tied with May for deadliest month of the year for riders. This year’s rider deaths are slightly up compared to th ..... 
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