Isn’t it funny. A simple solution to fight monopolies driven by democrats that constantly whine about things they endorse. Kudos to the EMT and the creativity of it all. Sadly, there still is the enormous cost of emergency services and an ambulance ride…..

One Fire Department EMT Has Already Outsmarted The Cost Of EpiPens

Finance Reporter
10:45 AM 08/26/2016

One fire department has found an inventive solution to the problem of the soaring costs of EpiPens.

An EpiPen is a lifesaving epinephrine injection device for those suffering from anaphylacic shock–a deadly allergic reaction. The price of the epinephrine inside an EpiPen amounts to just one dollar.

Heather Bresch, the daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin and CEO of Mylan, the company that makes EpiPen’s, has raised the price of EpiPen’s 461 percent since acquiring the drug in 2007. Ms. Bersch, whose company Mylan acquired the mechanism in 2007, has raised of the price of the device from $56.64 to $317.82 in 2015, according to CBS News.

Cary Turner, a thrifty paramedic trainer and EMT coordinator at the Salt Lake City Fire Department, came up with solution to evade the burdensome cost of the EpiPen. Turner, a veteran of the Iraq war, was determined to find a simple solution to curb the cost of acquiring this lifesaving drug without paying for an EpiPen.

Turner devised a prepackaged “kit inside a zippered pouch, that contains a small vial of epinephrine, and a syringe,” reports Salt Lake City’s KUTV. He then lobbied for it’s approval with the Utah Health Department and got his kit approved for EMT agents to carry and administer. The price of Turner’s device is just $3.50 which is in stark contrast to the over $300 EpiPen.

He trained his EMT agents on how to properly dose and administer the epinephrine. Turner told the press, “I went ahead and grabbed an orange, pretending it was a patient’s skin, and we walked through and taught all our EMTs to draw their own medications.”

Thus far, there have been no accidents or safety issues with Turner’s device.

While the FDA has upheld the monopoly on the market for epinephrine injection devices, Turner’s solution could bare some light for families and those with severe allergies that are trying to curb costs

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When will “Cause I’m a doper” become an official motive or defense for committing crime?

3 face felony charges in Mills Fleet Farm shoplifting
By Tom Olsen on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:00 p.m.

fleetfarm_3From left: Jacob Anthony Carlson, James Eugene Ferry and Kyle David Okstad

Three men face felony charges after an alleged shoplifting spree at the new Mills Fleet Farm store in Hermantown.

Police said the suspects were apprehended on Tuesday afternoon — just six days after the store opened its doors — after they allegedly removed security devices and stole a number of items, including clothing, sunglasses, binoculars, tools and knives.
Jacob Anthony Carlson, 21, of Proctor; James Eugene Ferry, 27, of Toivola; and Kyle David Okstad, 25, of Duluth, each face a felony charge of possession of burglary tools.

Okstad also faces a fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance charge after police said a search turned up a small amount of heroin.

According to court documents:

Video surveillance showed the men entering the store, 4165 Loberg Ave., and concealing merchandise in their clothing.

The video showed Carlson using a knife to open a pair of binoculars, before discarding the empty packaging in a box of boots. He also was seen placing a cordless drill kit in his pants pocket.

Okstad was seen on the video removing a security tag from an Under Armor sweatshirt before proceeding to the hunting department, where he used a knife to steal a Leatherman multi-tool device.

Ferry was shown on the surveillance video removing tags from a pair of sunglasses and slicing open a package containing a tactical knife before leaving the store and meeting up with his co-defendants in the parking lot.

Hermantown police officers reviewed the video and stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Ferry. The stolen merchandise, along with knives suspected to be used in the theft, were recovered. Police said Ferry admitted that he agreed to drive his friends to the store to steal the goods.

A small plastic bag containing two-tenths of a gram of a substance that field-tested positive for heroin also was recovered from Okstad.

Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Kristen Swanson asked for cash bail for all three men, citing extensive criminal histories.

Ferry is currently on supervised release for a third-degree controlled substance charge, and had checked in for the Drug Court program just four days earlier, Swanson said.

Carlson was released from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center on July 17 after serving a sentence for third-degree burglary, felony theft and check forgery.

Okstad was released from prison on June 9 and remains on supervised release on charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree sale of a controlled substance and escape from custody.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Eric Hylden set bail at $20,000 for Okstad and $10,000 for Ferry and Carlson.

All three are due back in court on Sept. 14.

Don’t our veterans deserve better? 22 times a day folks….

Veteran Kills Himself in Parking Lot of V.A. Hospital on Long Island

A 76-year-old veteran committed suicide on Sunday in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, where he had been a patient, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Peter A. Kaisen, of Islip, was pronounced dead after he shot himself outside Building 92, the nursing home at the medical center.

The hospital is part of the Veterans Affairs medical system, the nation’s largest integrated health care organization, which has been under scrutiny since 2014, when the department confirmed that numerous patients had died awaiting treatment at a V.A. hospital in Phoenix. Officials there had tried to cover up long waiting times for 1,700 veterans seeking medical care. A study released by the Government Accountability Office in April indicated that the system had yet to fix its scheduling problems.

Why Mr. Kaisen decided to end his life was not immediately known, but two people connected to the hospital who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his death said that he had been frustrated that he was unable to see an emergency-room physician for reasons related to his mental health. “He went to the E.R. and was denied service,” one of the people, who currently works at the hospital, said. “And then he went to his car and shot himself.”

The worker questioned why Mr. Kaisen had not been referred to the hospital’s Building 64, its mental health center. The staff member said that while there was normally no psychologist at the ready in the E.R., one was always on call, and that the mental health building was open “24/7.”

“Someone dropped the ball,” the worker said. “They should not have turned him away.”

Christopher Goodman, a spokesman for the hospital, said that there “was no indication that he presented to the E.R. prior to the incident.” It is unclear if any official record was made of a visit by Mr. Kaisen.

Mr. Goodman said “the employees here at Northport feel this loss deeply and extend their thoughts and prayers to all those impacted by this tragedy.”

Mr. Kaisen’s family declined to comment.

Lt. Kevin Beyrer, a Suffolk County detective, said that the F.B.I. was carrying out the investigation into Mr. Kaisen’s death because it had occurred on federal property. He said that the V.A. police had called the county police on Sunday at 12:32 p.m. and that it appeared that Mr. Kaisen had been alone at the time of his death.

The Northport hospital has been under scrutiny for mismanagement and poor care since The New York Times reported in May that it had closed all five of its operating rooms for months after sand-size black particles began falling from air ducts. The office of Representative Lee Zeldin, a Republican whose First Congressional District is on Long Island, had been looking into the allegations, Eric Amidon, Mr. Zeldin’s chief of staff, said in an email to The Times in June.

Jennifer DiSiena, Mr. Zeldin’s communications director, said on Wednesday that his office was trying to confirm the details of Mr. Kaisen’s death and “piece everything together.”

Correction: August 25, 2016
An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to the First Congressional District of New York. It is on Long Island but does not include Northport.

And yet its the liberals that incessantly whine, bitch, and complain about money in the political system. Can they buy your vote? Hypocrisy at work…


Liberal group plunks down $350K for ads in Duluth against Stewart Mills
By Allison Sherry AUGUST 25, 2016 — 8:04AM

The liberal House Majority PAC just dropped $350k on Duluth TV ads targeting Eighth District Republican challenger Stewart Mills in this ad.

Mills is running against incumbent Rep. Rick Nolan in the district that stretches from Brainerd to the Canadian border.

The backstory: Mills ran two years ago and lost by a mere 1.4 percent. The rule of thumb is once you go up on TV, you need to stay up on TV. Spending his own money this time, Mills went up on TV in early August — rarely early for a challenger, but Mills has the cash. Nolan’s internals must be taking a hit.

House Majority PAC is playing in a lot of Minnesota pools this fall, reserving roughly $3 million in the Minneapolis market targeting Mills, GOP candidate Jason Lewis in CD2 and Rep. Erik Paulsen in CD3.

Only a union government job would allow this for discussion…disgraceful.

Mail carrier convicted of drunk driving headed for arbitration hearing
By Kevin Jacobsen


August 24, 2016
Updated Aug 24, 2016 at 4:36 PM CDT

Auora, MN ( — The future of an Iron Range mail carrier’s job could be decided next month after she was convicted of driving drunk while on the job.
Nancy Barteck was arrested in April after someone reported a United States Postal Service truck driving erratically near Mesabi East High School in Aurora just before 10:30 in the morning.

East Range Police say the truck appeared to be driving at a high rate of speed for the snow-covered roads.
According to the criminal complaint, Barteck requested that she be given an opportunity to discuss the situation with her union representative.
She told the officer her job was on the line over the offense.
A preliminary breath test revealed the 49-year-old had a blood alcohol content of .211, more than two and a half times the legal limit.
Barteck was sentenced in June to 30 days in jail and supervised probation for DWI.
Barteck was convicted of a similar offense in 2013 while off the clock. She pleaded guilty in that case to 3rd degree DWI.
An arbitration hearing surrounding the mail carrier’s job is set for September 20th.

Good thing nobody got hurt….I guess.

Man thwarts knifepoint robbery outside Depot
By Brady Slater on Aug 23, 2016 at 9:31 p.m.

A theater-goer thwarted an attempted robbery Friday after a 33-year-old Duluth man allegedly pulled a knife on a couple leaving the Depot after attending a play.

James Jeremiah Nelson, of Duluth, was jailed through the weekend and charged with felony first-degree attempted aggravated robbery Tuesday in State District Court in Duluth.

Nelson faces 10 years in prison and/or a $17,500 fine. He remained in St. Louis County Jail on Tuesday on $30,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint and other court documents, a 22-year-old male and 24-year-old female were leaving the Depot shortly after 10 p.m. Friday after a performance of “Nine” at The Underground theater when Nelson allegedly approached them with a pocket knife exposed, demanding money he said he needed for food.

The woman told police she could see the knife, “became afraid and stood behind her boyfriend.”

When confronted verbally by the male, Nelson stowed the knife, the complaint said, and began to run up the concrete ramp toward Michigan Street.

The man chased Nelson, grabbed him and brought him to the ground, “where he placed his arm around (Nelson’s) neck” while demanding Nelson take the knife out of his pocket and throw it. Nelson complied and was held on the ground by the man until officers with the Duluth Police Department arrived. Police took Nelson into custody and recovered the knife near the scene.

Prior to confronting the couple, Nelson allegedly approached two women as they came out of the theater. They tried to ignore him until he “started chasing after them, screaming and using profanity,” the criminal complaint states. He yelled “about not having eaten and needing money.”

The women ducked into a wedding reception at the Depot. Almost immediately afterward, the complaint alleges, Nelson confronted the couple.

During an interview with police after the incident, Nelson told police, “I shouldn’t have done what I did. It was stupid.” He admitted to pulling the knife and asking for money to see what kind of reaction he could get, the complaint states.

Nelson has a series of misdemeanor assaults and other convictions dating back to 2001, according to court records.

It seems to me this is more like rioting than demonstrating and I don’t recall reading or hearing about such buffoonery at DFL functions by conservatives.

Protests outside Minneapolis Trump event spurs partisan spat
By Rachel Stassen-Berger, St. Paul Pioneer Press on Aug 22, 2016 at 6:01 p.m.

Donald Trump campaign signs taken from donors leaving an event Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, burn on the sidewalk in front of the Minneapolis Convention Center. (Pioneer Press: Jaime DeLage)

Donald Trump campaign signs taken from donors leaving an event Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, burn on the sidewalk in front of the Minneapolis Convention Center. (Pioneer Press: Jaime DeLage)

MINNEAPOLIS — Donors who attended Donald Trump’s Minneapolis fundraiser Friday night were heckled and blocked and at least one reported he was robbed upon leaving the high-dollar event.

“That was beyond protesting,” Cynthia Schanno of St. Paul told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “That was harassing people. That was absolutely harassing, terrorizing, bullying people.”

On Monday, the event and the protests devolved into a partisan spat, with Minnesota Republican Party chair Keith Downey suggesting the DFL may have influenced the police response and Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party chair Ken Martin accusing the Republican chair of transparent cynicism.
The two party chairs agree, however, that the loud, sometimes physical melee outside the Minneapolis Convention Center fundraiser was not acceptable.

“Democrats are free to protest, but physically accosting people is becoming all too common, and it needs to stop,” Downey said.

“We support the right of protesters to gather peacefully, but what happened on Friday night crossed the line. There is no excuse for violence in any form,” Martin said.

The protesters had a motley mix of agendas. Some were against Trump’s stance on immigration; others burned an American flag. Early on, a Democratic National Committee-sponsored be-costumed “Donald Duck” came and left, and some protesters clad in black masks added their voices.

Some attendees had security escorts to and from the convention center so they could leave unscathed. A 75-year-old man who attended the fundraiser reported he was robbed of his cellphone as he left, and punches were exchanged between at least one attendee and protesters.

On Monday, the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement that it is investigating three incidents related to the fundraiser: “a ‘robbery of person’ where a cellphone was taken, an ‘assault’ where a person had souvenirs ripped out of their hand, and a ‘damage to property’ report after someone spray-painted graffiti on the convention center itself.”

The police department, which said it had dozens of officers working at or near the event, said the suggestion that it had been told to “stand down” was false.

“The majority of protests were peaceful throughout the evening and minor disruptions to traffic were handled without incident. Late in the evening, after the candidate left, Minneapolis Police Officers provided approximately 50 escorts for those who attended the event. However, we understand there were some attendees who left without escorts who were the subject of intimidation and abuse. The MPD is currently looking at video from some of these incidents,” the statement said.

She should have hired our lame ass county attorney and asked for the garbage nazi (AKA Wappes) defense,

Minnesota woman gets 42 months for stealing $1.7 million from employer, gambling most away
By Tom Cherveny, Forum News Service Today at 6:15 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — A Bird Island woman who has served as a caregiver to her two grandchildren and described as honest and giving to others will serve 42 months in federal prison for stealing $1.7 million from her former employer.

Diane Marie Eiler, 48, was sentenced to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised probation, and ordered to make $1,738,459 in restitution to AgQuest Financial Services of Morgan during a court appearance Friday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. The former director of accounting for AgQuest in Morgan had pleaded guilty April 15 to one count of wire fraud, according to information from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Minneapolis.

Eiler is accused of taking the money from 2007 through November 2015 by stealing company checks from the desks of her co-workers. She wrote the checks to herself and hid the theft by creating false entries, according to the prosecuting attorney, U.S. Assistant District Attorney Joseph H. Thompson.

She spent nearly all of the money on a gambling addiction, according to the court records.

Eiler lost more than $1.3 million at Minnesota casinos between 2006 and 2015, and gambled more than $1.6 million at Jackpot Junction in Morton in 2009 alone, according to court records.

Prosecuting attorney Thompson charged that Eiler “systematically abused the trust of her employer” to steal the funds.

Eiler was earning a $75,000 annual salary at AgQuest when her employer discovered a problem with a wire transfer. She disclosed that she had been stealing funds and voluntarily admitted her guilt, according to her attorney, Robert Lengeling of Minneapolis. He asked the court to sentence her to probation rather than prison.

“Eiler has a gambling addiction that overtook her life,” Lengeling stated in a motion to the court. He asked for probation to allow her to continue assisting in the care of her two young grandchildren. Her son has had drug addiction problems, and Eiler helped him while also assisting as a foster parent and stable influence in the lives of the two grandchildren.

Friends and family members also wrote District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz asking that she be spared a prison term so that she could continue to be present for the grandchildren. They described her as honest and said she fully realizes the severity of the crime she committed and her gambling addiction.

She has been participating in treatment for a gambling addiction, according to her attorney.

Federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of 41 months to 51 months in prison in this case. The severity of the sentence is reduced by her early admission to the crime and cooperation.

In asking that Eiler serve prison time for her offense, the prosecuting attorney told the court that her decision to steal the $1.7 million “was not a decision born of economic necessity. It was a decision she made in order to fund her own gambling habit,’’ stated Attorney Thompson.

AgQuest had filed a civil lawsuit in state courts seeking restitution of the funds, but it was dismissed without prejudice in June. Eiler’s attorney told the court she had offered to liquidate her retirement account to make partial restitution. He noted that her most recent employment paid $10 an hour and she faced a precarious financial future in returning to the workforce after a lengthy prison sentence and federal felony conviction.

A bit of misinformation by our court administrator, if you have a “Non nightcap” warrant, you can only be arrested between 0800 and 2200 hours and not on Sunday unless on a public street or highway. Don’t believe me, look it up yourself, MN Criminal procedure rule 3.03.

Warrant Workout Event in Carlton County

Criminal justice community is sponsoring the event at the Carlton Co. Courthouse

Melissa Lentz, Web Content & Social Media Producer,
POSTED: 11:54 AM CDT Aug 22, 2016


CARLTON, Minn. –
On Thursday, August 25, the Carlton County criminal justice community is sponsoring a “warrant workout” event at the Carlton County Courthouse in Carlton.

The event will offer anyone with an outstanding arrest warrant in Carlton County, an opportunity to meet with justice system officials and take steps to resolve their case.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors will be able to speak with public defenders and prosecuting attorneys, as well as to arrange to pay any outstanding fines.

“Having an outstanding arrest warrant can lead to a lot of headaches,” Carlton County Court Administrator, Amy Turnquist, said in a statement Monday, “Anyone with an active warrant can be arrested at anytime, and will often face at least a night in jail if arrested. By coming to this event, individuals with an outstanding warrant can meet directly with a judge and other officials, figure out how to begin resolving their case, and hopefully avoid facing arrest or other negative consequences down the road.”

Those interested in the event can call the Carlton County Court Administration at 218-384-9578 to verify their warrant status and to learn more about the event.

The Carlton County Courthouse is located at 301 Walnut Avenue in Carlton.

Copyright © 2016, KQDS. All rights reserved.

There’s just got to be a special place in hell for folks that do this kind of thing…

Woman financially exploited vulnerable adults, county finds
By Chelsey Perkins on Aug 20, 2016 at 11:02 p.m.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants in July at the home and office of Susan Lynne Gerber, 39, to seize financial records and computers believed to be used in the perpetration of crimes. Gerber is the owner of Honorable Guardian Services, located at 31055 Front St., Pequot Lakes.

A criminal investigation is underway into whether a Breezy Point woman financially exploited vulnerable adults through her guardianship business.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants in July at the home and office of Susan Lynne Gerber, 39, to seize financial records and computers believed to be used in the perpetration of crimes. Gerber is the owner of Honorable Guardian Services, located at 31055 Front St., Pequot Lakes.

Among the accusations against Gerber are the mismanagement of client funds, failure to file required documentation with the court and unavailability to medical personnel and families in times of crisis for those she was the legal guardian of. Documentation used to acquire the search warrants, which were issued by Judge Richard A. Zimmerman, showed three area police departments were investigating financial exploitation and fraud allegations against Gerber.

Gerber was recently removed as guardian or conservator in the cases of 16 wards after an investigation by Crow Wing County Community Services and the Minnesota Department of Human Services declared Gerber a “perpetrator of maltreatment of a vulnerable adult.”

The investigation was initiated after several complaints were lodged with the adult protection division in Crow Wing County. It found “significant irregularities in accounting, lack of accounting and lack of required account files,” according to the document notifying Gerber of the declaration. The process of declaring someone a perpetrator of maltreatment of a vulnerable adult allows for an appeal, although Gerber did not pursue one.

Judge David Ten Eyck issued an order for Gerber to appear in court July 18 to explain why she should not be found in contempt of court for failing to file required inventory and final accounting documents. When Gerber failed to appear in court, Ten Eyck issued a bench warrant for her arrest. Gerber was arrested on the warrant, and after admitting her failure to appear, was sentenced to 180 days in Crow Wing County Jail, with 170 days of her time stayed.

The alleged financial mismanagement perpetrated by Gerber spans the cases of numerous clients. In a June letter to Ten Eyck, community services program coordinator Nathan Bertram implored the court to remove Gerber as guardian in light of her “gross neglect” in one particular case, alongside several other instances.

“Even if social services has not been involved, we feel that it would be inappropriate for Susan Gerber to remain a guardian on any case,” Bertram wrote. “The well-being of wards of Susan Gerber are at risk.”

The case Bertram highlighted in his letter was that of Mary Axt. In May, Axt’s family requested a co-guardian be assigned to her, stating they had difficulty contacting Gerber. The request also noted Gerber was not caring for Axt’s Baxter home while Axt received care in a facility for her dementia. Over the winter, the request stated, snow and newspapers piled up outside Axt’s home. It was also learned that Axt’s home, auto and health insurance were in “cancel mode.”

In the search warrant documents, findings of the co-guardian assigned to Axt revealed further concerns. Guardian Cynthia Dallaire reported Gerber failed to inform the bank when Paul Axt, Mary’s husband, died in January. Gerber, who was also Paul Axt’s guardian, apparently continued to write checks from his account after his death.

A review of Gerber’s records in comparison to actual payments showed inconsistencies and inadequate recordkeeping. Dallaire found a payment of $34,696.57 to Honorable Guardian Services for services provided between January and July 2016—an amount Dallaire characterized as “extremely high.” During that same time period, just one deposit was made into Mary Axt’s account in the amount of $3,543. Mary Axt “should have monthly income—either her own earnings or as a widow,” Dallaire wrote, noting she intended to contact the U.S. Social Security Administration on the matter.

The case of another of Gerber’s wards, Jean Baardson, was the basis for the county and DHS maltreatment investigation. In a June 13 letter notifying Gerber of the investigation and its results, Crow Wing County detailed a list of concerns that it said substantiated claims of financial exploitation and caregiver neglect. Gerber was apparently not paying Baardson’s bills, resulting in Baardson receiving phone calls from collections agencies. Other impacts included the cancellation of her newspaper, the shut off of her utilities, her trash piling up and a $488 overdue phone bill. Gerber was writing checks from Baardson’s account, causing it to overdraft.

“Vital services needed for Jean Baardson’s safety and well-being are being disconnected or threatened to be disconnected due to you not performing your duties,” the letter to Gerber stated. “You will not answer any phone calls when Jean’s family calls you.”

In the search warrant documentation, an examination of Baardson’s financial records found Gerber billed Baardson in excess of $4,000 for services outside the scope of her duties.

Lavern Nystrom was another of Gerber’s clients facing financial troubles. In a document from Crow Wing County Community Services requesting Nystrom be assigned a new guardian, several outstanding debts were described.

A check for Nystrom’s housing was returned from the bank for non-sufficient funds in December 2015, and Nystrom’s care costs for December 2015 and January and February of this year were not paid. An outstanding balance of more than $10,000 was leading to eviction consideration, the document stated. Nystrom’s bank closed his account because of numerous overdrafts.

More than $3,500 was owed to a pharmacy, which would no longer fill Nystrom’s prescriptions. Pharmacy staff told Crow Wing County they’d made several attempts to contact Gerber but were unable to do so.

Crow Wing County was unable to make contact with Gerber on the case, either. An application for Medical Assistance for Nystrom could not be processed, the letter stated, because needed verifications from Gerber could not be obtained.

Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan said both Crow Wing County Community Services and law enforcement are continuing the investigation into Gerber’s business. Criminal charges could result from the findings.

Brainerd Dispatch staff writer Jennifer Stockinger contributed to this report.