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News reports and magazines are full of stories and warnings and worries over the approaching boomer bubble of boomers over 60 years of age, the puzzling spike in cases of dementias and disorders, i.e., Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and related disabling brain function.

Is the entire matter of shifting 28,000 General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC):http://tinyurl.com/GAMCgoing recipients to MinnesotaCare:http://tinyurl.com/MinnesotaCareNEW all about Governor Pawlenty’s continuing battle with the urban core?

The chaos the nearly microscopic deer tick hath wrought since the disease it carries was discovered in Lyme, Connecticut:http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctclyme/ in 1977 has been largely concealed from a public who loves its outdoors – its hiking, fishing, hunting, exploring and otherwise recreating.

Part of KFAI’S STRIVE TO THRIVE SERIES on POVERTY in MINNESOTA

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25–11:00AM : MAJORA CARTER and Local Green Jobs Poverty Killers

Victims of mental illness have never had an easy time of it. It’s difficult enough coping with the demons that haunt their minds and distort their dreams and world view.

“When I walked through the door into the Alexandra House, the battered women shelter, I thought it was the end for me. I never imagined that I could leave that place going to my own home. I thought two things could happen; it was either deportation or death. I could feel death; I was just a walking corpse. But, I did not want to lose my son.

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught. So goes one of the more obscure songs, but an important lessons in the musical, South Pacific, reminding us that we are rarely born bigoted; our attitudes, prejudices and biases are ingested very early by examples set by our extended families, teachers, authorities – and the media, of course.

Despite the significant trend away from family farming in Minnesot* and elsewhere – for many reasons giving way to the power of (often polluting and environmentally unsound) corporate farming enterprises, chemical companies and federal farm policies, Minnesota is showing growth in small to mid-sized family farms. Why?

Tune into Truth to Tell:/truthtotell on Wednesday, February 24th at 11am for LYME DISEASE 2: Politics and Prevention in Our Great Outdoors. Back in January, we talked about the surge in cases of Lyme Disease – the seemingly innocuous infection from the bite of a deer tick – the near-microscopic cousin to the larger wood tick – both of them flourishing in the Minnesota outdoors.

Violence no more. Is it even possible? A survey of Twin Cities and American life would yield doubt.

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