St. Louis County

KUMD's Chris Harwood speaks with Greg Anderson, the Social Service Supervisor for St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services. 

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CHOICE Unlimited has partnered with St. Louis County to share a new public art project, a beautiful Lake Superior mural.  We hear from contributing artist Cody and Maria Brown, the lead artist of the recently installed mural. With the participation of over a dozen artists, the Lake Superior shore scene was developed by committee and created one piece at a time by those involved in the ARTS program at CHOICE Unlimited.

NRRI

The pilot project that St. Louis County and the NRRI are working on is a win-win.

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"I help to support the establishments I have mentioned," said Scrooge, "they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there."

"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."

- Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"

Every January, St. Louis County undertakes a count of "unsheltered homeless": people living in places "not meant for human habitation."

The CHUM shelter in Duluth is often full to overflowing and there are only 12 beds available in northern St. Louis County.

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GIS technology (Geographic Information Systems) has been around for a while; in fact, St. Louis County has been using it for things like land records since 1985.

But a change to the ATV ordinance last spring seemed like a perfect time to tweak the County Land Explorer and add a "recreation" theme.

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Laura Palombi says making the use of Narcan a moral issue doesn't help anyone. 

And help is needed.  The assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy Duluth says the public health crisis that is the opiod epidemic has hit our area "really hard."

Palombi is taking part in a series of naloxone trainings for medical professionals, funded in part by a state grant aimed at  rapidly expanding treatment and recovery resources for people in hard-hit northeastern Minnesota.

But the real issue that's sparking a "frenzy of research now,"  Palombi says is "why."

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County Commissioner Frank Jewell isn't upset at all.

Despite the fact that he'd been pushing the St. Louis County Commission for six years to ban neonicotinoid pesticides and also to add bee- and butterfly friendly native plants, it wasn't until a group of citizens from the northern part of the county got behind the effort that things started to happen.

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When are you most likely to be involved in a serious - or fatal - car crash?

At a four-way intersection with a traffic light - when someone runs a red.

St Louis County has found a way to keep tabs on twice as many intersections with half the law enforcement officers - and that's good news for everyone but the folks who are driving impaired or distracted and blowing through the red lights. 

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Maybe technology can't solve every problem, but it sure looks like a boon for residents of St. Louis  County.

Five Roadway Weather Information Systems (RWIS) have been installed around the county - four of which have weather cameras - and they'll be monitoring weather and road conditions this winter.

Not only does that cut down on the human beings you have to send out into a county that's 60 miles wide and twice as long, certain weather conditions trigger emails to maintenance supervisors so they can mobilize their crews - or not - depending on what the roads are like.