Jeffrey's prognosis for tonsil cancer wasn't good. As the 66-year-old Twin Cities businessman's hope for recovery waned, he said, there seemed to be no limit to the painkillers his doctor would prescribe. "I would walk out with a gallon of Oxycodone," said Jeffrey, who asked to be identified only by his middle name due to stigma. "Whoever heard of such a thing? But I did.
The Minnesota State Fair’s Grandstand is well-known as a venue for performers like Tim McGraw or Aretha Franklin. But there was a time when the Grandstand was the stage for utter mayhem. At the 1933 fair, the top draw was a collision between two locomotives, as the Lake Benton News breathlessly described: "The Leviathans of the rails will be in readiness at each end of the track in full view of the thronged Grandstand; the engineers will open the throttle wide, tie down the whistle cords and leap for life.
A 2007 Minnesota law allowed domestic violence victims to break a housing lease, but they had to jump through so many hoops it was rarely used. A package of laws taking effect Friday will vastly expand housing protections offered to victims of domestic violence and those who face sexual violence or stalking. Abuse victims will no longer need a court order to be eligible to get out of a lease early and won't need to pay an extra month's rent. Advocates say the new laws will save lives, freeing abuse victims from homes where their abusers can find them.
Controversial bear researcher Lynn Rogers said he has removed radio collars from bears involved in a long-running research project near Ely, Minn. Rogers' decision posted on the Wildlife Research Institute’s website Sunday to remove the collars is the most recent step in a dispute between Rogers and the state Department of Natural Resources.
Erin Roalson spent her late teens raging against family and shunning old friends for drug buddies. Three and a half years later, a $100-a-day heroin habit was all she had left. Thoughts of suicide led to a 72 hour hospital stay and methadone, a common therapy for heroin addiction. But her cravings wouldn't leave. That's when a drug counselor suggested buprenorphine (byü-prə-ˈnȯr-ˌfēn), a treatment designed to offset cravings and withdrawal associated with opiate addiction.