I’m thinking Duluth ought to try this to get rid of some of the dirtbags…

City of Denver giving homeless people one-way bus tickets out of town

DENVER – Since starting its “family reunification” program in 2011, the city of Denver has handed out roughly 540 one-way Greyhound bus tickets to other cities costing a total of $123,000.

The city says the idea of the program is to reunify homeless people with their families or send them to a stable living situation or job.

“The purpose of the program is to help reunite individuals who might be experiencing homelessness here in Denver with a support system that will better help them transition out of homelessness,” said Dana Niemela, Director of DHS’ Community Outreach and Resource Engagement Division.

But that’s not always the case. One of the homeless people who received a bus ticket is Austin Blitzer, 27, who documented his Greyhound ride to San Diego on Facebook. Days after arriving he wrote on Facebook that he was still homeless, riding around in a car with friends, smoking marijuana.

“The system is not perfect and we are doing absolutely the best we can. Our staff does incredible due diligence to make sure we are following up with the information that is provided by the customer who is seeking the services,” said Niemela.

Blitzer had some minor run-ins with Colorado law enforcement, but nothing compared to Kenneth Riley, 32, charged with seven counts of aggravated robbery or intent to commit aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to spend four years in the Department of Corrections. He kept the system busy after his release by continually failing to appear in court and violating parole. Riley was given a one-way bus ticket to Portland, Oregon in November of 2016.

Niemela says this is not a case of Denver shipping their troubles to different cities.

“Absolutely not. Denver is not trying to get rid of its homeless problem. We recognize that every individual seeking services is unique and the factors that contribute to their homelessness are equally as unique and there’s a lot of different interventions that need to happen in order to address those issues.”

There is not one single solution to each person’s problem and this solution, Niemela says, does work for many families now living much more comfortable lives.

“Recently we just had a family call us back from when they arrived where they were going and say thank you so much for the support that you provided us,” she said.

Eighteen percent of those who applied for the program were denied and DHS is doing what it can to prevent cases like Austin Blitzers. Overall, they say, the program works and is getting families back on the right track.

More than a hundred tickets were handed out last year alone. 20 of them were for children.

If they return to Denver they’re not eligible for the bus ticket program again.

Another boondoggle. Has anyone determined where the arsenic is coming from?

Public hearing on Highway 210 waterline tonight at Transportation Building
Posted Today at 6:07 a.m.

The city of Carlton and Twin Lakes Township are holding a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. today, (Thursday, Jan. 19) at the Carlton County Transportation Building regarding a proposed waterline along Highway 210 from Carlton. Officials will inform residents of planning and preliminary design efforts for the construction of a new water treatment plant and the installation of the water line along Highway 210 to serve parts on Twin Lakes Township and the proposed Carlton County industrial park. The meeting will also outline efforts to seek state and federal funding and how residents can get involved in this process. There will also be time for a question-and-answer session.

Local funding for the proposed project would be paid for through user fees, water availability charges and assessments to residents and possible industrial park tenants (if the county chooses to develop the park).

“The original proposal was just to deliver water to Olsonville residents and businesses, but four or five years ago, arsenic was found in the water in the Schmitz Road area, so we expanded the project,” said Tim Korby of Donohue Engineering to the County Board of Commisioners in July. “The legal limit for arsenic in your water is 10 parts — there’s actually been levels up around the 450 level, or 45 times the legal limits of arsenic. So it’s only become more imperative to get water supply to this area.”

So, why do you suppose an unmarked Ramsey county squad was in a shopping center parking lot in St. Louis Park?

AR-15 rifle stolen from unmarked Ramsey County squad car

Police investigating after a gun was stolen from a Ramsey County squad car
POSTED:JAN 17 2017 10:38PM CST
UPDATED:JAN 18 2017 11:29AM CST
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (KMSP) – Police are searching for the person who broke into an unmarked Ramsey County sheriff’s car and stole an AR-15 rifle with a loaded magazine.

On Friday, Jan. 6 shortly after 7:30 p.m., St. Louis Park police were called to the third floor of the parking ramp at the West End shopping center on a report of a theft.
St. Louis Park police and the Ramsey County sheriff’s office are both very tight lipped about this unusual theft, executed by someone who seems to have known exactly what they were after and just how to steal it.
A representative with the St. Louis Park Police Department told Fox 9 the thief got into the squad by somehow removing the door handle. The AR-15 was pried from a secured mount inside the vehicle, severely damaging the rifle mount in the process.

Gavin Kroehler manages the modern sportsman in savage, where he sells anywhere from 75 to 100 AR-15 rifles every week and says they’ve become more of a favorite over the past two years.

“I haven’t heard of anyone that doesn’t like the AR-15,” Kroehler said.

The rifle can range all the way up to $3,000, depending on the parts in it,” Kroehler says.

Kroehler knows little about any black market for these rifles, but if the theft has anything to do with one, what he is sure of is that sales there can do a range of serious damage, including on businesses like his.

“It affects storefronts in the long run because it gives them a bad rap,” Kroehler said.
Neither the Ramsey County sheriff’s office nor the St. Louis Park Police Department would comment, citing the case remains open and the active investigation continues.

Hump day feel good story.

Good Samaritan, Marsha Hanna, Comes To Aid Of Two Bonner County Deputies Shot By Adam Foster

BY COWGIRL ON JANUARY 18, 2017

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Marsha Hanna helped Bonner County deputies after Adam Foster shot them.

Adam Foster Shot Bonner County Deputy Michael Gagnon and Deputy Justin Penn

Bonner County, ID – Two Bonner County Sheriff’s deputies were shot on Monday, while trying to serve an arrest warrant on Adam Foster in Blanchard, Idaho.

According to The Spokesman-Review, three deputies went to the residence in the 700 block of Mountain View Road around 11:20 AM to serve the warrant. The suspect who was inside the residence was armed and opened fire on the the Bonner County Deputies, hitting Deputy Michael Gagnon and Deputy Justin Penn three times each. Deputy William Craffey was also there, but was not hit in the gunfight.

According to KHQ6, an ER nurse, Marsha Hanna, was in the right place at the right time and assisted the wounded Deputies. She said that she was walking her horses up the mountain, heard gunshots and assumed someone was doing target practice.

Marsha Hanna also said that she “got a little farther up the hill with them and came around a corner and an officer came out. He had been bleeding but he was telling me to get back.” She said that she told the Deputy that she was an ER nurse and he asked her to help him. She also said that there wasn’t a lot of time to worry about her own safety. “It was fleeting. I was more worried about getting them help. I just wanted to help them,” she said.

Marsha Hanna further said that she was thankful she was able to help and that “God had a plan for me with having me there, I think…I’m just glad I had the training to do it.”

The suspect, Adam Foster, was also shot. Information has not been released if he was shot by one or both of the Deputies or if he shot himself. Foster was also transported to Kootenai Health for treatment and is listed fair condition. It is unknown when he will be medically cleared for a court appearance and charges are pending.

Bonner County deputies had responded to the suspect’s residence before. According to The Bonner County Daily Bee, a call for a welfare check was made on December 16, 2016; a call for a family offense was made on January 10, 2017, and a follow-up to the family offense call was made on January 11, 2017.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the two Bonner County deputies who are recovering from being shot. We also send our gratitude to Marsha Hanna, who put herself in danger to help the two wounded deputies.

The little scumbags that defaced this memorial should be sentenced to involuntary servitude at VFW’s and Veteran’s homes for the rest of their petty lives.

Duluth’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial vandalized
By News Tribune on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:02 p.m.

t011717 --- Clint Austin --- 011817.N.DNT.VANDALISM.CO1 --- Kathleen Wolleat of Duluth pauses to take a picture of the reflection of the Aerial Lift Bridge on the granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Duluth's Lakewalk Tuesday afternoon. Wolleat was disappointed that she had to work around graffiti that was drawn all over the monument with a paint pen. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

t011717 — Clint Austin — 011817.N.DNT.VANDALISM.CO1 — Kathleen Wolleat of Duluth pauses to take a picture of the reflection of the Aerial Lift Bridge on the granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Duluth’s Lakewalk Tuesday afternoon. Wolleat was disappointed that she had to work around graffiti that was drawn all over the monument with a paint pen. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Duluth’s Lakewalk was vandalized with a metallic-colored paint pen and police are looking for the public’s help in finding those responsible.

Graffiti and Xs were painted over towns and counties listed on the memorial, which includes the names of Northland military personnel who were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War.

The vandalism was reported to the Duluth Police Department at 12:43 p.m. Tuesday and the incident is under investigation, police spokesman Ron Tinsley said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Duluth Police Department Property Crimes Unit at (218) 730-5160.

The Duluth Parks and Recreation Division sent a crew to clean the graffiti off the memorial, according to city spokeswoman Pakou Ly.

“The city of Duluth is disappointed and disheartened by the careless violation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by vandals. The city is committed to maintaining and preserving the memorial for all visitors and will be taking the initiative to clean and restore the memorial immediately,” Ly said in a statement.

The memorial is located on the Lakewalk near the Fitger’s Brewery Complex.

Bad boy behaving badly. Noticeably missing from the story is this dirtbag’s POST license status. Plea bargains rule.

Ely officer admits to sexual relationship with teen
By Tom Olsen on Jan 17, 2017 at 6:04 p.m.
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An Ely police official admitted Tuesday to having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a girl under the age of 18.

Sgt. Jason Allen Carlson, 38, pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of misconduct of a public officer at a hearing in State District Court in Virginia.

Carlson, who was described as an acquaintance to the girl’s parents, carried out a relationship with the teen during late 2014 and early 2015, according to a criminal complaint.

The charges state that he would occasionally bring the teen on ride-alongs and had regular contact with her, both on and off duty. He admitted to having sexual intercourse with the girl at a residence near Ely in December 2014 when she was 17.

“I engaged in sexual contact with an individual who was at least 16 but had not reached the age of 18,” Carlson stated in a plea petition. “I knew I could not do so.”

The age of consent in Minnesota is generally 16, but certain exceptions apply for those who are under 18.

A St. Louis County grand jury in October 2015 indicted Carlson on a felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge, alleging that he was in a “position of authority” over the victim.

Carlson, of Aurora, was set to go to trial Tuesday on that charge, but entered into a plea agreement with St. Louis County prosecutor Gary Bjorklund on the reduced charge.

The maximum sentence for a gross misdemeanor is one year in jail and a $3,000 fine. The agreement stipulates that Carlson, who has been free on pretrial conditional release, will not face any jail time, but other terms of probation will be left up to the court.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Gary Pagliaccetti scheduled sentencing for Feb. 24.

Carlson, who has been with the Ely Police Department for more than 11 years, was placed on paid administrative leave after the indictment was issued. His name remained on the city’s webpage as of Tuesday afternoon — one of two sergeants, the second-highest ranking in the seven-member department.

Ely Police Chief John Lahtonen said the city attorney was expected to address Carlson’s employment status at a City Council hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday night.

Defense attorney James Carlson of Bloomington, Minn., did not immediately return a call from the News Tribune seeking comment on behalf of his client.

Its what happens to child molesters in prison, big deal. He ought to be thankful the father of one of his victims didn’t get his hands on him.

Defense attorney seeking details about Victor Barnard’s reported assault in prison

By Paul Walsh, Minneapolis Star Tribune on Jan 15, 2017 at 7:42 p.m.
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The attorney for Victor Barnard, the religious cult figure serving a long sentence for sexually molesting girls who were among his followers, said Sunday that state prison officials have refused to reveal details about his client reportedly being assaulted in prison.

David Risk said he was contacted by a member of the news media and told that Barnard, 55, was assaulted recently in prison in Rush City.

Risk said he reached the state Department of Corrections’ emergency contact for Barnard and other corrections officials and learned little.

“Officially, they tell me there is an investigation pending,” Risk said. “They said they can’t tell me anything about it in regards to Victor and the incident.”

Risk said prison officials wouldn’t even say whether the investigation is criminal in nature.

The attorney said he’s had no contact with Barnard since the incident occurred.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections confirmed Sunday that an assault occurred and is being investigated, but she declined to say it involved Barnard.

The news about Barnard being assaulted was reported Friday by KMSP-TV, Channel 9. It said the assault last Sunday on Barnard was violent enough to put him in a hospital intensive care unit but was not considered life-threatening.

Barnard, who had pleaded guilty to two counts of felony sexual assault involving young girls while he led the cloistered River Road Fellowship community in east-central Minnesota, was sentenced in late October to 30 years in prison.

While the allegations involving Barnard surfaced years ago, charges weren’t filed until the spring of 2014. Authorities caught up with Barnard nearly a year later, when he was found in Brazil. He was extradited to the United States in June 2016.

Barnard left Pine County in the late 2000s amid rumors of sexual impropriety and financial bankruptcy. His group splintered and he and dozens of others moved to Washington state, where they set up businesses.

After charges were filed, he landed on the U.S. Marshals Service’s most-wanted list, and authorities tracked him to a beachside resort town in Brazil.

Thank you, Democratic Party, for electing Trump

By Guest Columnist
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Published 10:00 am Sunday, January 15, 2017

Column: From the Right By Bill Schulz

Seldom do I praise you Democrats, but I offer my heartfelt gratitude to you for electing Donald Trump.

You all campaigned vigorously, raucously, shamelessly trampling on the truth. Your Democrat-controlled media, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, progressives, socialists, Marxists, race mongers were in frenzied fury against all who questioned your supposed superiority. With your opposition, how could Trump be beaten?

Who can reasonably doubt that your candidate, Hillary, was probably the least trusted candidate for office in a century? Her agenda was a thinly disguised continuation of the Obama plan to pit Americans against each other. Have you no clue that when you challenged working stiffs to rise up against overprivileged elites you were inviting them to throw you out? When you exploited every opportunity to characterize white men as racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamiphobic, did you think we would not remember? You berated us to love each other while venting hatred against anyone who doesn’t.

Your elitists worked hard to get Trump elected, describing his people as under educated white male dregs. Hillary described more than half of our population as “intolerables.” Was she so insulated from reality that she was describing all those whom she considered uneducated and dull-witted drudges in the Midwest and South? In her own words and from her staff and supporters we were characterized as “ fat from swilling beer, belching, watching football and auto races, toting guns.” She was so disdainful of them that she spent little time campaigning in states and communities where she might encounter them — and was stunned in disbelief when she lost Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, long “safe haven” for the left, but now gone to a candidate who thought enough of them to come to ask for their votes.

You organized various racial and ethnic groups to block highways, attack Trump supporters and disrupt Trump rallies, firebombing cars, looting nearby businesses. Hillary and Obama worked hard to validate Trump’s warnings on immigration by feverishly importing as many “refugees” possible from nations committed to hating and destroying us.

When Trump seemed obnoxious, incomprehensible, uninformed about things the entrenched elitist establishment set out to destroy him. In the end, they elected him by stirring a counter movement, which clenched their fists and swarmed the polls with a common, seething will to be shed of the elites, to send Hillary away, to join Trump in “draining the swamp.”

I wonder if Hillary or her elitist “progressives” have ever been in an American Legion or VFW hall? Would they ever associate with “those” kind of people? If she had done so, perhaps she would now be planning her coronation.

Let us not forget the media. Can anyone doubt that almost without exception all the media, print and electronic, were adamantly opposed to Trump? The news networks ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC, along with the New York Times, Washington Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and every large city newspaper and many others owned by national chains — all posing as respectable purveyors of facts, instead were converted to full blown Hillary campaign aides. They sneered at Trump. For the first time in many campaigns a candidate stood up to the distortions of the liberal press and went to social media to expose their lies, their bias. The press pushed millions of voters to Trump with openly dishonest tactics.

The voters repudiated Hillary and Obama. He had politicized the Department of Justice and IRS, and unleashed an EPA to regulate industries (and millions of jobs) out of existence. He failed to support police in their difficult endeavors to protect the people and remove criminals from our streets.

He demoralized and minimized our military; unleashed federal agents, prosecutors, courts, to create and enforce neuter gender bathrooms while ignoring growing drug distribution and violence in the streets.

Your Democrat Party has paid the price for eight years of Obama, 25 years of the Clintons.

Under Obama, you lost 63 seats in the House, 10 in the Senate, 14 governorships and more than 3,000 State legislative offices.

You Democrats scold us to be inclusive, while you’re a party of nastiness and bad manners. You mock religious believers as Neanderthal idiots, are hostile to any opinions but your own, and are ready to burn at the stake anyone who questions your credo of man-made global climate change.

Is it any wonder that the Democratic Party was responsible for Donald Trump’s election? Like all spoiled children you don’t ever think you have gone too far with your behavior. The voters sent the message, “Enough!”

And I add my thanks.

Ain’t this a great country?

Bill Schulz is a political conservative activist. He lives in Fergus Falls.

Minnesota deception, not nice. Who will be fired?

Minnesota Health Officials Conceal Case of Active TB in High School for Six Weeks

by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY 14 Jan 2017889

A student or staff member at St. Louis Park High School in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota, was diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) in late November, but Hennepin County Department of Health officials and St. Louis Park Public Schools officials concealed that information from the public until the second week of January, six weeks later.
“Some parents received letters in the mail Thursday saying their teenagers may have been exposed to an infectious disease,” WCCO reported.

“In late November, the school district was notified by the Hennepin County Department of Health that an individual at the high school had been diagnosed with active (TB),” St. Louis Park Public Schools Superintendent Rob Metz wrote in a letter sent to parents of students dated January 11.

The letter was sent in three languages: English, Spanish, and Somali.

“By the time we were notified, the individual was receiving medical care and posed no further risk or exposure to the school,” Metz said.

“The Tuberculosis experts at the Hennepin County Department of Health asked us to wait to communicate this information and arrange for the testing until they could determine who needed to be tested,” Metz admitted.

The concealment of the diagnosis of active TB stands in marked contrast to the decision by Omaha Public School officials and Douglas County, Nebraska, public health officials, who in November, as soon as the diagnosis was confirmed, released to the public news that a student at Benson Magnet High School, where 18 percent of all students are refugees, had been diagnosed with active TB .

Public health and public school officials in Rock Hill, South Carolina, also released news that a middle school student had been diagnosed with active TB in December during the first week of January.

One public health expert was stunned by the failure of the Hennepin County Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the St. Louis Park Public Schools to immediately inform the students, their parents, and staff members of the risk of TB to which they had been exposed.

“The proper thing to do when an active case of TB is discovered is to notify and test contacts immediately,” Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, tells Breitbart News, adding, “If negative, they need to be tested again in about six weeks. One infected person can affect many. One that he infects can infect many, and soon you have exponential spread and an epidemic. In fact, close contacts of the known patient may have already been spreading disease, especially if they are all refugees that were living in crowded conditions.”

“Moreover,” Dr. Orient continued, “the fact that the individual is receiving care does not guarantee that he is not a risk. Has he had three negative sputum tests? Remember, it may take six weeks to be sure the organism is not going to grow. Is it sensitive to the prescribed drugs? Is the individual taking the drugs faithfully?”

“Yes, I think this failure to follow standard public health procedures is stunning,” Orient concludes.

St. Louis Park Public Schools Superintendent Metz sent the late notice of the case of active TB to parents eight days after he announced he was resigning to become deputy director of a program called Building Assets, Reducing Risks that began at St. Louis Park High School.

“The Building Assets, Reducing Risks position became a possibility after the center won a $20 million U.S. Department of Education grant to implement or expand the initiative in at least 116 schools nationally within the next five years,” the Sun Sailor reported:

The federal government has already helped fund expansions of the Building Assets, Reducing Risks program to dozens of schools. The new funding will help the program expand to 50 additional schools across five states, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

The Building Assets, Reducing Risks program began as a way for the St. Louis Park School District to help freshmen transition to high school. At the time, nearly half of St. Louis Park ninth-grade students failed at least one class. Other risks on the rise then included higher rates of substance abuse, truancy and discipline referrals.

Breitbart News contacted Metz and St. Louis Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Joe Tatalovich for comment but did not receive a response.

As Breitbart News reported on January 9, 36 percent of all cases of active TB in Minnesota between 2012 and 2015, or 225 out of 610, were diagnosed in refugees resettled in the state by the federal government, the highest rate in any of the 46 states in which the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) obtains data.

Refugees account for less than one percent of the state’s population of 5.5 million, according to one estimate.

Minnesota leads the country by far in one category of public health: refugee TB per capita. During the four years between 2012 and 2015, 4.08 cases of refugee TB were diagnosed for every 100,000 residents of the state.

Nebraska trailed Minnesota in a very distant second, with 1.26 cases of refugee TB diagnosed for every 100,000 residents of the state during the same four-year period.

Eighty-five percent of all TB cases diagnosed in Minnesota in 2015, or 128 out of 150, were foreign-born, 19 percent higher than the national average of 66 percent.

Seventy-two percent of the 39,669 refugees who have been resettled by the federal government in Minnesota since 2003, or 28,831 out of 39,669, arrived from five high TB burden countries: Somalia (16,069), Burma (7,975), Ethiopia (3,399), Bhutan (1157), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (231), according to the Department of State.

One hundred and thirty-six Somali refugees and 20 Ethiopian refugees have been resettled in the city of St. Louis Park, which had a population in 2015 of 48,534.

The state of Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States, most of whom live in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area.

In a presentation made to the St. Louis Park Multicultural Advisory Committee, Human Rights Commission, and Police Advisory Commission in August 2016, Minnesota State demographer Susan Brower reported the city’s 2015 population was 48,354, and had grown slightly less than 1.5 percent annually between 2010 and 2015.

During the 2010-2014 period, 80 percent of the city’s population, or 37,056 out of 46,466, was white non-Hispanic, according to Brower.

Twenty percent of the city’s population during the 2010-2014 period, or 9,400 out of 46,466, were Populations of Color: 3,329 were black; 2,052 were Latino; 2,051 were “Multi-Other;” 1,790 were Asian; and 188 were American Indian, Brower reported.

Neither the Hennepin County Health Department, the Minnesota Department of Health, nor the St. Louis Park School District disclosed whether the individual diagnosed with active TB was a foreign-born refugee, a foreign-born resident with a different original immigration entry status, or U.S.-born.

St. Louis Park Public Schools did not respond to questions from Breitbart News as to the percentage of the 1,400 students who attend St. Louis Park High School who are refugees.

St. Louis Park High School employs two English Language Learner (ELL) teachers.

The St. Louis Park Public Schools website states that “over 250 children [receive] ELL services” out of the district’s 4,590 students (K-12), about five percent of all enrolled students.

“The school district says someone who had TB but was unaware was inside the building while contagious during the months of September, October and November. The school has about 1,400 students,” WCCO reported.

The testing of students for latent TB is voluntary and is planned to take place at the end of January.

The TB bacteria is transmitted from a contagious individual with active TB to a healthy individual through air droplets from coughing, sneezing, or other methods of contact.

Once the TB bacteria is in a person’s system, he has latent TB, which is neither active nor contagious, but which can develop into active contagious TB.

Only four percent of the general population has latent TB. Foreign-born residents of the United States, and refugees in particular, have a much higher rate of latent TB, ranging from 11 percent in Florida to 35 percent in Vermont.

Twenty-two percent of refugees arriving in Minnesota tested positive for latent TB in 2014.

Ten percent of those who have latent TB in the general population develop active TB at some point.

According to several recent medical studies, including one done in 2013 at the University of California at San Diego, refugee communities with high rates of latent TB experience a higher rate of activation than the general population. This difference may be due to the greater stresses placed on their immune systems.

In that U.C. San Diego study, the problem was particularly acute among refugees from sub-Saharan Africa, primarily Somalis and Ethiopians:

The prevalence of LTBI [latent tuberculosis infection] was highest among refugees from sub-Saharan Africa (43 percent) and was associated with current smoking and having a clinical comorbidity that increases the risk for active tuberculosis.

Although refugees from sub-Saharan Africa had the highest prevalence of infection, they were significantly less likely to initiate treatment than refugees from the Middle East. Refugees with postsecondary education were significantly more likely to initiate LTBI treatment.

The study also showed that “public health strategies are needed to increase treatment rates among high-risk refugees with LTBI. Particular attention is required among refugees from sub-Saharan Africa and those with less education.”

Breitbart News contacted the office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the former county attorney for Hennepin County, for comment on the handling of the St. Louis Park High School active TB case by Minnesota officials, but did not receive a response.

Klobuchar is up for re-election in 2018. In November, President-elect Donald Trump lost the state of Minnesota to Hillary Clinton by 43,785 votes, only 1.5 percent of the more than 2.7 million votes cast in the state.

Before Trump’s electoral victory in November, Klobuchar’s seat was considered safe in 2018.

Public concerns about health, security, and crime related to high levels of refugee resettlement, however, helped power Trump’s wins in the nearby states of Wisconsin and Michigan, and his better-than-expected showing in Minnesota.

There is no evidence that the individual diagnosed with active TB at St. Louis Park High School in November was either foreign-born or a foreign-born refugee.

However, the six weeks concealment of the diagnosis from the public by Minnesota officials, combined with their failure to affirmatively declare whether the individual was foreign-born, a foreign-born refugee, or U.S.-born, all serve to heighten public distrust of public officials in Minnesota and fuel anti-incumbent sentiment just as Klobuchar begins to prepare for her re-election campaign.

Incumbent Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, has said he will not run for re-election to a third term in 2018, so that race is less likely to be influenced by anti-incumbent sentiment.

Should our schools “teach” or “train”? Yes, there is a difference. Your tax dollars hard at work.

University of Minnesota president says sexual misconduct training not getting through

Published January 15, 2017 Associated Press

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FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, University of Minnesota wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky, flanked by quarterback Mitch Leidner, left, and tight end Duke Anyanwu stands in front of other team members as he reads a statement on behalf of the players in the Nagurski Football Complex in Minneapolis, Minn. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP, File)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says his school needs to do a better job of training its student-athletes on sexual assault and harassment issues because something isn’t getting through.

In an interview published Saturday in the St. Paul Pioneer Press in the wake of the football team’s sexual assault scandal, Kaler said student-athletes are already getting strong guidance on dealing with those issues.

“I think clearly we need to do both more and different (training), because our student-athletes get an exceptional amount of training around sexual assault and harassment issues, and yet we didn’t seem to make the point,” Kaler said.

All University of Minnesota students go through sexual assault-awareness education after enrolling that includes an online assessment and interactive presentations. The school’s roughly 750 student-athletes are also exposed to additional training and education conducted internally and through visiting presenters every year. All programs include a bystander education and intervention program developed by assistant athletics director Peyton Owens III.

Players threatened last month to boycott the Holiday Bowl after expressing reservations about the university’s internal investigation that led to the suspensions of 10 players over an alleged sexual assault in an apartment near campus. Some suspended players were accused of pressuring a woman into sex during a party after the team’s season-opening win over Oregon State. Prosecutors twice declined to file charges, but the school’s investigation found that the 10 players violated its conduct code and could face punishments up to and including expulsion. The appeals process is still pending.

 

Sexual harassment training for student-athletes was bolstered in the wake of a 2015 letter by Kim Hewitt, then-director of the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, to the athletics department on what Hewitt called a potential pattern of inappropriate behavior toward women among football players.

“I know they responded to it with some additional training, but . if these findings are reinforced during the appeals process, then we didn’t have sufficient training or we didn’t have sufficient oversight,” Kaler said.