In Minnesota, we are blessed to have beautiful natural resources like lakes, parks, forests and wilderness as well as access to a network of public lands unrivaled in the eastern half of the country. Just like you put dollars toward the maintenance of your home, we have to spend money to make sure our state's natural resources remain healthy and vibrant for current and future generations. That's why it's so critical that Congress reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired Sept. 30.
Earlier this year, Shane McAllister grew worried when his 9-month-old son, Andrew, developed a 102 degree fever. Shane is a Minnesota doctor, but even with his medical training, he was surprised to see his son quickly lose his cheerful energy and spirit. It scared him, so he rushed Andrew to the emergency room. It didn't take doctors long to diagnose Andrew with a severe case of the flu. Thankfully, treatment returned the little boy to his normal self within a few days.
I've been following the story of the international sex-trafficking ring in the papers over the last few months. As horrifying as it is to read about, I'm grateful for the coverage to raise awareness to this tragic phenomenon. I am a social worker in St. Paul, and I have worked with several women who have been pressured into the sex industry, many of whom are foreign-born and do not have the resources or knowledge to advocate for themselves.
The City of Rosemount is moving forward on a project that will meet long-time goals of the community and keep us at the forefront as one of the best places to live. As always, we need the citizens' views to make it work. This fall, Rosemount City Council hired 292 Design Group to study the needs for new indoor recreational facilities. The company is based in Minnesota and has long experience here and in other states with the careful planning needed for successful facilities.
Seventy-one high school marching bands from around the country took turns at Lucas Oil Stadium competing for a coveted finals spot at the Bands of America Super Regional on Oct. 19-20 in Indianapolis. After its preliminary performance of "Loved & Lost" on Oct. 20, the Rosemount High School Marching Band learned a few hours later that they were one of the 14 bands selected to perform in the finals. The nearly 300 students who make up the band performed well and finished the competition in ninth place.
The opioid epidemic in Minnesota has rightfully stirred policy reactions from legislators and government agencies. But sadly, many with severe injuries, rare diseases, chronic and intractable pain have been overlooked in the pursuit of a solution. Prescription opioids administered by trusted doctors and pharmacists are important for those suffering with pain, and policies that restrict access to these medically necessary treatments seriously endanger their livelihood and are equating to suicides in the pain community.
The Rosemount High School marching band participated in the Youth in Music Marching Band Championships on Saturday, Oct. 13, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Marching Irish earned first place in Class AAAA preliminary competition as well as Outstanding Color Guard and Outstanding Visual Effect. By winning the class competition, they were also awarded the Class AAAA Minnesota State Championship. Rosemount capped the day in finals competition earning the YIM Grand Championship.
In today's political arena, remaining well informed is a full-time job. There are so many players, versions, lies and spin. Never have we needed informed clear-eyed voters as much as we do this election cycle. To understand better and to fill in a lot of details and timelines since the 1980s, watch two new 2018 documentaries: "Active Measures," directed by Jack Bryan, available on Amazon Prime Video (and hopefully other medium soon?) It deserves the widest audience!
My family has enjoyed living in Rosemount for the past 10 years. Our neighborhood has a rural feel to it, which is why we moved to here. We especially love it for the space we have on our property which allows our children to run and play, and occasionally riding a motorized mini bike. Like all folks who live in a neighborhood, we must put up with the occasional noise of lawn mowers, chain saws, hammers, trains and airplanes.
It's been gratifying to see the progress our society has made to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. I expect opportunities for employment, independent living and community involvement to continue to increase. There are many reasons for this, but one that's worth noting is the role of direct-support professionals. These are caring people who work hard to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals. They make their lives better in many ways. ProAct employs more than 100 direct support professionals across its six locations.