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Feb. 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Nearly half of the total AIDS cases reported in the U.S. occur among African-Americans, even though they represent just 13 percent of the U.S population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost half of the one million Americans currently living with HIV are African-American.

The tenth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) will be held Feb. 7 to call attention to the staggering toll HIV/AIDS has had on African-American communities.

"In Minnesota, our most severe HIV infection rates are among African-American and African-born communities," said Peter Carr, manager of the STD and HIV Section, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Minnesota's African-American and African-born populations continued to have higher rates of infection compared to whites in 2009. Statewide rates for African-Americans were about 12 times greater than whites (50.1 cases versus 4.3 cases per 100,000 population) and rates for African-born communities were 19 to 26 times greater than whites (80 - 113.7 cases versus 4.3 cases per 100,000 population). Through 2008, there were 2,144 African-Americans and African-born people living with HIV in the state.

"The preliminary 2009 data for Minnesota highlights a significant increase in the number of HIV cases among African-American male teens and young men, primarily due to male-to-male sex," said Carr. "We want to alert these young men to take all precautions they can to prevent HIV infection."

With the theme of HIV/AIDS Prevention - A Choice and a Lifestyle, national and local organizers hope to raise awareness and encourage African-Americans to get tested, get educated, get treated and get involved within their communities to halt the spread of this disease.

"Education, avoiding or delaying sexual activity, knowing your status, decreasing your number of sexual partners and safer sex practices remain the most effective means of stopping this epidemic," said Carr. "One of the ways to start is to take advantage of the free HIV educational and testing opportunities occurring as part of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day."

The STD and HIV Section at MDH currently funds 31 community-based programs aimed at preventing the spread of HIV in adults and young people of all races who are at highest risk of acquiring HIV.

The MDH Web site provides information and a calendar of local activities for NBHAAD at http://www.health.state. .....
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LIPPERT ELECTED TO ASI EXECUTIVE BOARD

Tue, Feb 2nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

DENVER, Colo. - Mike Lippert, Olivia, Minn., was elected to represent the National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) on the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Executive Board at the 2010 ASI/NLFA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.



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Minnesota Historical Society awards $1,462,500 in Mid-size and Large Grants funded by the Legacy Amendment

Wed, Jan 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL (Jan. 27, 2010) - Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants continue to provide much needed funds to organizations throughout the state. The Minnesota Historical Society today announced the first 27 recipients of Mid-size and ..... 
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Clean Energy Resource Teams award 55 seed grants for innovative projects across Minnesota

Thu, Jan 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

JANUARY 13, STATEWIDE, MN - The Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) are kicking off 2010 by announcing the projects awarded seed grants in each of the seven Minnesota CERTs regions. These catalyzing grants of up to $11,000 will help project ..... 
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DIG THIS: YOUR FIRE HYDRANT NEEDS A HAND

Thu, Jan 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Fire hydrants don't call attention to themselves; you may barely notice yours from day to day. But with significant snowfall, and temperatures rising and falling, hydrants across the state are becoming encased in hard snow and ice ..... 
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Adverse health events in Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers decrease slightly in 2009

Thu, Jan 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

The number of adverse events in Minnesota hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and community behavioral health hospitals decreased from 312 to 301 in 2009, according to a report released today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The sixth ..... 
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Dave Ernest Named Minnesota's Top 2009 Truck Driver

Tue, Jan 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN: The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) named Dave Ernest, a

professional truck driver for Smith Trucking, Inc. based in Worthington

Minnesota, as Minnesota's 2009 Truck Driver of the Year.

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Minnesota's Safest Truck Driver to be Announced!

Mon, Jan 11th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

WHAT: Minnesota Driver of the Year Awards Banquet

Join us for an exciting award ceremony that will showcase 12 drivers and

their essential contributions to driver safety. A video presentation will

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Minnesota Health Commissioner to receive H1N1 flu shot

Mon, Jan 11th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

What:

Dr. Sanne Magnan, Minnesota Commissioner of Health, will be vaccinated against 2009 H1N1 influenza. With ample supplies of vaccine now available, Dr. Magnan is strongly encouraging all Minnesotans to be vaccinated against the 2009 influ ..... 
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