Gangs sometimes fire first shots online: Usually hidden from public view, the life of gangs weave in and out of some Facebook pages as kids wrapped up in Minneapolis gang life share their highs and lows on the social network. Posting in real time, their pages include hospital photographs after they've been shot, poses before the mirror with gang signs flashing, and a never-ending conversation rife with gang references, memorials to those who've been killed and threats to enemies. (Matt McKinney) Webber Park's new swimming hole to use natural filters: The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will soon demolish an old pool to make way for a pool-lake hybrid in Webber Park scheduled to open next summer. Instead of chlorine, wetland plants and a biological filter will purify the water -- the first pool of its kind in the country. (Masako Hirsch) Birth center on Chicago Avenue offers home (like) delivery: The Minnesota Birth Center had its first delivery -- a girl -- at the … [Read more...] about Monday roundup: Gangs on Facebook, a new birth center, an artificial swimming hole
If nearly half of U.S. pregnancies are unplanned, then how can the economy alone be blamed for the recent decline in births? Maybe a bad economy is so sobering for Americans that they become more careful in their sexual activity, so that there are fewer planned and unplanned births. Or maybe the depression of losing jobs and money just results in less sex. But it is also possible that more than just the economy is at work. That was the counterpoint reaction I gained overnight from Wendy Hellerstedt, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, to news reports about the economy prompting another annual decline in U.S. births from 2010 to 2011. Minnesota mirrored the national trend, with an annual decline in births in 2011 that was much smaller than the declines in the prior three years. Hellerstedt studies the relationships between social indicators and reproductive health. She didn't dismiss the economic impact, … [Read more...] about Is decline in births really all about economy?
By Tom Stienstra Updated 12:05 am, Sunday, June 12, 2016 Photo: Tom Stienstra, Brian Murphy / Special To The Chronicle Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Double trouble: A pair of juvenile gray fox poke their heads out of their den, a culvert in a dry creek in Tice Valley area of Walnut Creek. Double trouble: A pair of juvenile gray fox poke their heads out of their den, a culvert in a dry creek in Tice Valley area of Walnut Creek. Photo: Tom Stienstra, Brian Murphy / Special To The Chronicle Spring gives birth to new wildlife 1 / 1 Back to Gallery It started with sounds that were slightly out of place: a subtle rustling, a muted high-pitch growl. From the back deck of his home near Walnut Creek, Brian Murphy, in a moment of innocent curiosity, looked down. Just below, 20 feet away at the entrance of a … [Read more...] about Spring gives birth to new wildlife
Isaac Kolstad, the former Minnesota State University, Mankato linebacker who was critically injured in a May 11 fight, is a father again. Kolstad’s wife, Molly, gave birth to a girl Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, a spokesman there confirmed. It is the same hospital where Isaac Kolstad, 24, remains hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury. The Kolstads have a 3-year-old daughter. The happy news came atop other good news this week. For the first time since being attacked, Isaac Kolstad responded to verbal commands from his neurosurgeon Tuesday, twice following directions to give a thumbs-up sign. Later that day, however, Kolstad's Caringbridge web page asked for prayers, saying there were concerns about pulmonary embolism if blood clots formed and dislodged. Two men have been charged in the incident that left Kolstad hospitalized: Former University of Minnesota quarterback and … [Read more...] about Wife of Mankato beating victim Isaac Kolstad gives birth to baby girl
ST. PETER, Minn. — When Marie MacPherson was pregnant with her fifth child, she and her husband Ryan MacPherson started looking for a non-hospital setting to give birth. She found midwife Erika Urban in St. Peter. The experience went so well she also had Urban oversee the birth of her sixth child. "We had such excellent care that went beyond the health care. They care so much and make close relationships," Marie MacPherson told the Mankato Free Press . Urban has provided help with home births for years but now operates River Valley Birth Center in St. Peter, the only one of its kind in southern Minnesota. "There are only six licensed birth centers in the state and most are in the metro," she said. She and her husband Joe Urban bought a Victorian house and converted it into an advanced birth center, opening in 2014. Since then, she and three other midwives at the center have delivered 150 babies. "The main reason women like to come here for care is they get longer appointment … [Read more...] about Minnesota birth center offers alternative to hospital