>>Improving Patient Care

(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesota Nurses Association members and allies testified at the Minnesota House and Senate today (TUES) to support proposed legislation from the Healing Greed Agenda. According to a review published by a Becker hospital, Minnesota was named number three in the nation for the search engine term “nurse burnout,” citing stress and burnout at 79% and chronic understaffing at 71%.  Healthcare Employee Anti-Retaliation and Labor (HEAL) Act author Representative Sandra Feist of New Brighton says this burnout is felt by all Minnesota healthcare workers, endangering patient safety. Feist says these events include falls, medication errors, bedsores, wrong-site surgery, and the misuse or malfunction of a medical device. The Healing Greed Agenda is a “nurse-backed plan to put patient needs before corporate greed in our hospitals.”

>>Sen. Klobuchar Statement on VA Health Care Eligibility Expansion

(Washington, D.C.) — Senator Amy Klobuchar commends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement that all veterans exposed to toxins and hazards are eligible to enroll directly in VA Health Care. The announcement accelerates the phased-in approach to rolling out new benefits to veterans up to eight years earlier than previously possible. Eligible veterans include those who served in the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Global War on Terror, or any other combat zone after 9/11.

>>Serious Injury Crash in Rural Mt. Iron

(Mt. Iron, MN) — One person was seriously injured in a car vs commercial vehicle accident in rural Mt. Iron this morning.  According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, a passenger car struck a commercial vehicle, and the driver of the car had to be extricated.  The victim was then airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.  The name of the driver is being withheld pending family notification.  The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

>>Man Dies in Bloomington Car Crash

(Bloomington, MN) — A Richfield man is dead after a vehicle crash in Bloomington. Minnesota State Patrol reports the crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. Monday on I-94, where a driver was heading eastbound before colliding with a pole off the roadway, causing the vehicle to catch fire. The 42-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene

>>Ex-Packers Running Back Jones Signing 1-Year Contract with Minnesota Vikings

(Eagan, MN) — Longtime Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones is reportedly crossing the border and joining the rival Minnesota Vikings. N-F-L Network reports the Purple will sign 29-year-old Jones to a one-year, seven-million-dollar contract on Wednesday. The Packers released Jones Monday after signing former Raiders running back Josh Jacobs. The Vikings released running back Alexander Mattison last week. Jones rushed for nearly a thousand yards and scored 63 touchdowns during his seven seasons in Green Bay.

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