Senate Media Services was at the Minnesota State Fair this year, ambushing unsuspecting visiting senators with the question: “What should Minnesota’s official state pastime be?” Not surprisingly, hockey got a lot of votes, but some senators went a little farther afield, like Olmsted County’s Sen. Carla Nelson, who answered, “reading.” And then there was Sen. David Senjem: ”Going to the lake and sitting at a table and having a beer.”
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“Anytime a veteran who fought our enemies abroad or helped defend America from within our borders dies by their own hand, it’s completely unacceptable.”
-Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, told an American Legion conference in Washington earlier this year. The suicide rate has remained consistently high, he said, adding that more work was needed to address gaps in veterans’ mental health care.
We are delighted to announce an early end to MinnPost’s 10-day campaign to raise $10,000 to fund a new beat covering mental health and addiction issues. We reached the goal last night (Day 7). As of this morning, we’ve received 112 donations totaling $11,038. Additional donations are still very welcome, and will be used to fund the second year of the beat. Thank you all very much for your support!
Slide show: MinnPost made the sweaty trek to the Minnesota State Fair and offers a glimpse of many of the political attractions.
Newsman Don Shelby, Hazelden’s William Moyers, and others share their thoughts on the societal stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction. Please join MinnPost in shining a light on these issues by donating to our new mental health beat.
At MinnPost, we hope to do crime reporting in a different way — a way that encourages readers to dig into the data and ask questions, enables our reporters to track down stories, and encourages public officials to make this data more transparent. That’s why we are launching www.minnpost.com/crime, an interactive application that displays monthly Minneapolis crime data.
And read the full post on our methodology for detailed information and additional caveats.
Today, MinnPost asks for your help in filling the gap in thoughtful coverage of mental health and addiction issues. These issues affect a huge number of Minnesota families. They are too often ignored by the media until tragedy strikes. They need the light of open discussion and rational community dialogue.