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Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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More of Minnesota's children have access to fresh produce as a result of the Market Bucks program. (Jesse Davis)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's the time of year when local farmers are busy selling fresh fruits and vegetables they've worked hard to grow, and hunger-fighting advocates are hoping a state-funded program will help lower-income Minnesotans purchase that produce. When SNAP recipients buy at farmers markets

Lawmakers in Minnesota are debating funding for early-childhood education programs. (Sierra Neely)

ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- A new in-depth look at children’s access to programs - part of Minnesota's new Early-Childhood Longitudinal Data System - finds that children of color, Native Americans and lower-income children are more likely than their wealthier, white peers to be enrolled in at least on

Under the Farm to School program children learn early about good nutrition. (iatp.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A coalition of public health groups, farmers' organizations, school nutrition advocates and businesses has launched a campaign to pass a statewide Farm to School bill in Minnesota. The legislation (HF 2049 and SF 1657) would reimburse schools for their farm to school progra

President Donald Trump says a

ST. PAUL, Minn. – President Donald Trump's call to increase military spending by $54 billion likely means cuts will be made to some politically-sensitive programs, from education and the environment, to science and fighting poverty. Trump first announced his plans Monday to the National Govern

Walking or biking to school each day can help children fight obesity, but fewer than 13 percent of Minnesota kids do. (walkmn.org)

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Minnesota winters can be brutal, and it's sometimes hard to get people motivated to get outside, but it's important to make sure folks keep moving, even when it's cold out. That's the idea behind "Winter Walk and Bike to School Day." In 1969, about half the state's childre

When rural schools in Minnesota pass tax levies, farmers say they're the ones who pay the lion's share of the bill. They're asking for help from the Legislature.  (health.state.mn.us)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Farmers in Minnesota are keeping their eyes on the State Capitol, hoping this is the year they, and rural schools, get some assistance from lawmakers. Last session, the Legislature approved a 40 percent tax credit for agriculture landowners, but Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the

Letting children touch, feel and taste locally grown foods is part of National Farm to School Month observations in October. (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy)

MINNEAPOLIS – Getting locally grown fruits and vegetables into the hands, and eventually the diets of young Minnesota children is a year-round endeavor, and is being highlighted this month during National Farm to School Month. Katie Costello, a Farm to Institution Program assistant with the

Wednesday is Walk to School Day across Minnesota. The idea is to keep kids moving, so they can stay healthy. (il.gov)

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – Wednesday is Walk to School Day, and more than 200 schools and thousands of kids across Minnesota are participating. The state and the nation have obesity problems, and Tara Besch, a health educator for Koochiching County, said the annual event is a great way to en

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