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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Cold Weather Rule takes effect Sunday, Oct. 15, and Xcel Energy wants to ensure that residential customers who need assistance paying their energy bills this winter can get help they need. Under the rule, income-eligible customers are protected from service disconnection Oct. 15 through April 15, if the disconnection would affect the customer's primary heating source.
Don't forget, tab renewal, title transfers and other services will be limited starting Monday, July 17, while the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services upgrades computer systems. Services will be available again on Tuesday, July 25.
STILLWATER, Minn. — It is around this time of year that Dr. William Manzel starts seeing a sizable increase in the number of patients with suspected Lyme disease. May and June typically mark the uptick in Lyme disease cases, since that's when the small nymph stage of the tick is prevalent. "You could stay inside all summer, but that's not really feasible," said Manzel, a family medicine doctor with Stillwater Medical Group. "I recommend covering up with pants and sleeves and wearing bug spray and repellent.
Minnesota Miracle? Hardly. Minnesota Nice? Not a chance. Minnesota Mud? That's more like it right now since our state government is mired in it. Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, and Republican leaders who control both legislative chambers fought bitterly over their respective budget proposals before reaching a deal (of sorts) on a $46 billion two-year budget that will take effect in July.
A sugarbeet grower told us about how crop insurance is working for his farm in the Red River Valley. A school board member in Canby is concerned about meeting the food needs of local families. An ethanol producer shared his plans to expand his operation and hire more workers. And a Morristown turkey grower knows all too well the risks that come in her line of work thanks to outbreaks like the 2015 avian flu.
Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of Ever Cat's biodiesel plant in Isanti, Minn. The company, started by a feed-supplement supplier for farmers, uses innovative technology to create biodiesel from waste. And every year since its opening, that plant has produced approximately 3 million gallons of diesel fuel to help fuel our cars, trucks, and ships. And it's employed more than two dozen people to do it.
WOODBURY -- A group of women who gather every month at a Woodbury coffee shop shows just how small the world is. Or how diverse the city has grown to be. The International Women's Group of Woodbury consists of members who come from all different parts of the world: Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Hong Kong, England, Canada, France, Lebanon, Egypt, Argentina and Chile, just to name a few. The group was started just last spring by Lisa Vale, an American whose family traveled for work to Brazil, Italy and Spain for 15 years before finally settling in Woodbury.
Nick Boyer doesn't think physical fitness should be limited to those who can afford it. The Woodbury resident and personal trainer recently launched an organization called Power of Exercise. The concept behind the nonprofit is to provide a gym membership and personal trainer services at no cost. "I see a need and an opportunity to help people who can't afford it," Boyer said. The plan, he explained, calls for Power of Exercise to receive nominations for prospective clients through the organization's website.
Arthritis can make physical activity more difficult. In spite of that difficulty, exercise is an important part of staying healthy for men and women with arthritis. Even moderate physical activity can strengthen bones and muscles and increase joint flexibility, making it easier for arthritis sufferers to perform daily tasks. There are different types of exercise to aid those suffering from arthritis. They include cardiovascular, strengthening and flexibility training.
The significance of a driver's license never truly dissipates, which makes it difficult for aging men and women to address their abilities as a driver and whether they can still safely share the road with other motorists. Traffic statistics show there are reasons to be increasingly cognizant of a driver's ability as he or she ages. Drivers over 65 have as high a crash rate as teenage drivers, said Larry Nadeau, director of outreach with the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center.