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Susan and Geoffrey Bennett raise pygora goats on their Rice Lake farm for their fleece, which produces a prized fiber that can be like mohair or cashmere. Bigger goats produce more fiber; hence, it's a matter of pure economics that bigger is better. "I don't want to raise miniature goats," Susan said earlier this week at their Amity Creek Pygora Goat Farm, currently the only registered pygora goat farm in Minnesota. But a buck named Hagrid apparently didn't get the memo. Though healthy-sized himself, Hagrid sires goats that tend to grow up on the small side, she said.
Less depressed than Rhode Island Sorry to tell you this, but Minnesota is not as cheery a state as you might have imagined.
MOOSE LAKE — Her colleagues remember Rhonda Kay Skelton as selfless and caring, with a determination that wouldn't quit. "Rhonda was the nurse every laboring mom wants at her side," said Mike Delfs, the CEO of Moose Lake's Mercy Hospital, where Skelton directed the obstetrics department. When Skelton died unexpectedly at age 50 on Nov. 3, 2016, while donating part of her liver as a lifesaving gift to her husband, it left an absence no one knew how to fill.
A recent conversation between philanthropist Bill Gates and President Donald Trump is lending hope to those who want the federal government to spend more on the search for a better flu vaccine. But although $100 million already has been earmarked for that search, it's not anywhere near enough, says a Minnesota infectious disease researcher.
Hearing John Moe speak last year in the Twin Cities was an epiphany for Shannon Sweeney Jorgenson. "I realized as I was sitting there that he was telling my story," Jorgenson recalled last week. "And if he was telling my story, he was telling the stories of thousands of other people." Moe, creator of a podcast called "The Hilarious World of Depression" for American Public Media, was speaking at that gathering last March on behalf of Make It OK. That's a Minnesota-grown organization whose name corresponds to its mission: making it OK to talk about mental illness.
Essentia part of million-person study This is research on a mega scale. Essentia Health is among more than 100 organizations taking part in a massive study that hopes to enroll at least a million volunteers, the health system announced in a news release. The "All of Us Research Program" is led by the National Institutes of Health, which provided a $7.5 million grant to the Essentia Institute of Rural Health for its part in the study. The idea is to advance "precision medicine," which aims to tailor individuals' care to their particular needs.
Nervousness about the quality of Superior's water following the April 26 Husky Energy refinery fire bubbled to the surface during a community meeting on Monday. The meeting, hosted by University of Wisconsin-Extension and The Lake Superior Reserve, took place at Superior Middle School, which is less than 4 miles from the refinery and was itself evacuated on the afternoon of the fire.
An overdose involving fentanyl is even more terrifying than other opioid overdoses, experts say. "When someone describes an overdose to us, if they say the person injected and they immediately hit the dirt ... then you know it's fentanyl-involved," said Maggie Kazel, director of the Rural AIDS Action Network in Duluth, which operates a needle exchange for drug addicts.
I-35 detour to last three hours A late-night detour will affect northbound traffic on Interstate 35 in Pine County on Monday and Tuesday. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that northbound I-35 will be closed between County Roads 7 and 11 in the southern part of the county from 10 p.m. Monday until 1 a.m. Tuesday. The detour will use County Road 61 through Pine City as crews work in the northbound lanes at the Snake River Bridge.
A hundred people took advantage of a tailwind at midday Friday as they rode their bicycles from City Hall to Clyde Iron Works for the mayor's annual bike ride and luncheon.