full description - content: (Willmar, MN) Sandy Oltz, the St. Cloud native who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at 46 and who was also a consultant for the movie “Still Alice” starring Julianne Moore, will be the guest speaker at a meeting being held Tuesday evening at Vinje Church in Willmar. The West Central Dementia Awareness Network is excited to have Oltz. The organization is working to bring awareness not only about Alzheimer’s, but early onset Alzheimer’s as well. Tuesday evening will open with informational displays for people to learn about the disease and will be followed by Sandy Oltz and a panel discussion at 6. The panel will include family members who have been walking through the Alzheimer’s journey, as well as people in the community who are caregivers to those suffering the disease. The public is encouraged to come to ask questions and learn about Alzheimer’s, a disease that is the only one in the top ten causes of death, that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. In 2014, caregivers donated 17.9 billion hours of unpaid time to care for their loved ones. Right now, 5.3 million Americans are suffering with the disease. If you’d like to learn more and maybe get involved with the Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter, again the meeting begins at 5:15 Tuesday evening at Vinje with the speaker and panel at 6.
full description - content: (St. Louis, MN) -- The Wild scored four unanswered goals to capture a 4-1 win over the Blues in Game Five of their West quarterfinal series in St. Louis. After the Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring, Marco Scandella, Nino Niederreiter, Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle all lit the lamp to help Minnesota take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven set. Devan Dubnyk denied 36 shots for the Wild, who can close the series out with a win home win tomorrow.
full description - content: (Seattle, WA) -- Felix Hernandez fired a five-hitter to lead the Mariners to a 2-0 win over the Twins in the opener of a three-game series. Phil Hughes fanned nine, but fell to 0-and-4 with the tough-luck, complete-game loss. The game lasted just two hours and three minutes. The Twins continue their series with the Mariners tonight in Seattle. Trevor May is scheduled to get the start on the mound for Minnesota. The M's will counter with James Paxton. First-pitch is at 8:10.
full description - content: (New York, NY) -- Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk has been named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. Dubnyk went 27-9-and-2 with a 1.78 GAA after being acquired by the Wild in January. The 28-year-old also logged five shutouts after coming over from the Coyotes.
full description - content: (St. Paul, MN) -- Republicans again tried unsuccessfully to shut down the state's embattled MNsure health insurance exchange as the Minnesota Senate passed a major health and human services budget bill last night (Fri). Nisswa Republican Paul Gazelka (guh-ZELL'-kuh) says he understands that "Democrats are doubling down on this dead horse, but it's time to face reality and know that this is not the direction that's gonna work." Kerrick Democrat Tony Lourey (LOR'-ee) warned that totally dismantling the state-based exchange would put Minnesota on the federal exchange, at a time when it's not certain if it can provide subsidies to individuals through advance premium tax credits. The move to repeal MNsure has a much better chance in the Republican-controlled House that votes on a health and human services bill next week.
full description - content: (Willmar, MN) -- Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Al Franken, Congressman Collin Peterson and Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith are in Willmar this afternoon (Sat), getting an update on the fight against avian flu. They'll tour the Willmar poultry testing lab (1230pm), then go to the emergency operations center (130pm) and get a briefing from emergency managers (2pm). Later in the afternoon (3pm), they'll hold a public forum at MinnWest Technology Center. Kandiyohi County is the top turkey-producing county in the state and has been hit hard by the bird flu. Willmar is home to Jennie-o Turkey Store, one of the nation's top turkey processors. Parent company Hormel said last week it's beginning to see supply-chain difficulties.
full description - content: (St. Paul, MN) -- Around 80 Minnesota National Guard members are set to come home this (SAT) morning. Soldiers from the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade are returning from a year-long deployment in Kuwait and Iraq. The troops conducted aviation operations and security cooperation activities, and expanded to support Operation Inherent Resolve, the military effort to combat emerging military groups. A remaining 130 soldiers are scheduled to return next week.