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March is Minnesota Food Share Month

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. With one in six people facing hunger issues, a growing number of Minnesota households are turning to food shelves for help. During 2010, Semcac Food Shelves in Rushford, Preston, Caledonia, and Kasson assisted over 1,274 households with supplemental or emergency food.

During March the annual statewide FoodShare campaign promotes the collection of food and funds to stock the state's food shelves. As an official participant in the Minnesota FoodShare campaign, Semcac's Food Shelves will receive a percentage of the undesignated statewide FoodShare funds. The allocation depends on the amount of food and money raised locally during March and on the number of people served during the remainder of the year. Semcac is also participating in the nationwide Feinstein Challenge-in which $1 million will be divided among participating hunger fighting agencies equal to their proportion of the total amount of food and money collected.

Semcac's Food Shelves are asking local service clubs and organizations, businesses, churches, and individuals to help raise food and funds. During March, please bring donated funds, food, and personal care items to your local Food Shelf. If possible, deliver donations during food shelf hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays or Thursdays. Donations must be received no later than March 30 in order for Semcac's Food Shelves to receive the incentives from the Minnesota FoodShare campaign and the Feinstein Challenge. Thanks for your support!

Andrea Andresen Rushford Food Shelf

113 East Jessie St, PO Box 549 Rushford, MN 55971


Lynn Mensink/Candice Erdner

Preston Food Shelf

515 Washington St NW, PO Box 5

Preston, MN 55965


Iyla Mulvenna Caledonia Food Shelf 138 East Main

Caledonia, MN 55921


Uninsured Americans in Minnesota with Pre-existing Conditions Continue to Gain Coverage through Affordable Care Act

Thu, Feb 10th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made new resources available to the media, consumer groups, states, health care providers, and others to increase awareness of the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a he ..... 
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HHS announces new resources to help states implement Affordable Care Act

Thu, Jan 20th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new funding opportunity for grants to help states continue their work to implement a key provision of the Affordable Care Act - Health Insurance Exchanges.

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Natural Element Opens at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Wed, Jan 12th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS-Natural Element has opened at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) offering organic, recycled and sustainable clothing, footwear and accessories to the traveling public.

Located at Terminal 1, Natural Elemen ..... 
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Minnesota homes need to be tested for radon; winter is best time to do it

Wed, Jan 5th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Every home in Minnesota should be tested every 2-5 years for radon gas, say state health officials. Testing a home is so important that, as a way to prevent exposure to radon, which can cause lung cancer, health officials are offering a limit ..... 
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State gains 14,100 jobs in October

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota employers added 14,100 jobs in October, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Over the past 12 months, Minnesota has gained 42,100 jobs at a growth ..... 
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Ban the Bug campaign urges Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations

Wed, Nov 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

It's not too late to get a flu shot and there is plenty of flu vaccine available, say state health officials. In an effort to promote flu vaccination, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immunization (M ..... 
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Tue, Nov 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - An enhanced statewide seat belt enforcement campaign that ran October 8-28, resulted in 13,302 seat belt tickets. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safetycoordinated the effort among 400 law ..... 
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State health officials confirm flu death in elderly woman

Mon, Oct 18th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

State health officials are bracing for what they say could be a difficult year for the elderly in coping with influenza.

A woman in her 80s from southeastern Minnesota died last week from complications due to influenza. The Minnesota ..... 
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