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October 2018 was proclaimed Let's Talk Month in Minnesota by Gov. Mark Dayton, part of a nationwide initiative encouraging parents and caregivers to have open conversations with young people about sexuality and healthy relationships.
This column is specifically addressed to my dear Catholic sisters and brothers and all others who grapple with the issues of abortion, social programs and yes, economics. First, Catholics may be interested in knowing that I used natural family planning throughout my 45 years of marriage. I was successful in avoiding pregnancies when I needed to, and in achieving four pregnancies within 1-3 months of trying. Two of my tiny baby boys were born dead during my second trimester, so I know what it feels like to hold a small, not fully-formed, but precious dead baby.
Authorities responded Thursday to a crash on Highway 35 north of River Falls. St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson said there were no serious injuries and that ambulances were canceled en route to the call, reported around 3:30 p.m. A witness said it appeared to involve two cars. No other details on the crash were immediately available Thursday afternoon.
The American Red Cross is calling on donors to give blood or platelets in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Cancer patients may need red blood cell or platelet transfusions during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall, especially after Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding forced the cancellation of more than 6,000 blood and platelet donations last month.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Wednesday morning, Oct. 10, 2018, across much of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin as 2-4 inches of rain is expected to fall over the next 48 hours.
An Arizona-based meat processor is recalling more than 6.5 million pounds of raw beef that could be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The products being recalled were packaged on various dates from July 26-Sept. 7, 2018, and have the establishment number "EST. 267" in the USDA inspection mark. The meat was shipped nationwide.
Facebook engineers discovered a security attack affecting nearly 50 million accounts, the social media network announced Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. The vulnerability that allowed attackers to take over user's Facebook accounts has been fixed and law enforcement has been contacted, according to a security update posted online Friday by Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice-president of product management.
A semitrailer fire on eastbound Interstate 94 closed several lanes of traffic at the St. Croix River Bridge during Thursday afternoon rush hour Sept. 27, 2018, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. One lane remained open following the crash, with clean up continuing into the evening, according to a MnDOT tweet.
A Colorado meat distributor is recalling more than 130,000 pounds of ground chuck that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release Sept. 19. The ground beef was packaged June 21, 2018 and shipped to retail locations nationwide. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service urges people who may have purchased the ground beef and stored it in a freezer to throw it out.
Severe weather is expected to blow through the region tonight and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.