Minnesota News Roundup: Hospital system won't sell sugary drinksMinnesota News
-- St. Luke’s hospital is becoming the first hospital in the state to eliminate the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages from all of its properties.
DULUTH -- St. Luke’s hospital is becoming the first hospital in the state to eliminate the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages from all of its properties.
“What we’re learning from data that’s out there is that sugar-sweetened beverages are a significant contributor to obesity,” said Mark Branovan, director of hospitality at St. Luke’s.
St. Luke’s administrators decided on Sept. 17 to stop selling the products, Branovan said, but the ban hasn’t been fully implemented.
“We’re shooting for Nov. 1,” Branovan said. “It’s a short transition period. We have to run the product out. … We have to bring new selections in and equipment in. We also have some patient menus that have Coca Cola and Sprite. We have to reprint some of our menus.”
The ban applies to every clinic across the St. Luke’s system as well as its main campus in Duluth, Branovan said.
Familiar products still will be available at St. Luke’s, Branovan said, that includes Diet Coke, already the hospital’s best seller. All-natural, no-sugar-added juices, Diet Snapple and flavored seltzer waters are being added to the mix, he said.
Courtesy of the Duluth News Tribune
ROSEAU, Minn. — A man charged in the death of his neighbor told investigators he strangled the victim after they fought, the prosecutor said Tuesday.
Jeremy Lemen, 34, and Desiree Shinholser, 24, both of Badger, were arraigned Tuesday in state district court in Roseau on second-degree murder charges in the death of their neighbor, John Currier, 31, early Friday.
Judge Donna Dixon set bail at $1 million cash or surety for both defendants.
Prosecutor Eric Schieferdecker asked the judge for the high bail in part because he said Lemen admitted to investigators Saturday that he had strangled Currier to death with his hands, so he posed a threat to public safety.
Lemen told investigators Currier came home drunk to their apartment building after bar-closing late Thursday or early Friday morning and tussled with him, and threw a barbecue grill at Lemen, hitting him in the face.
Lemen told investigators he put a choke hold on Currier and that Shinholser helped him and hit Currier with a hatchet or other similar weapon. He said they used belts to restrain Currier’s arms and legs.
Courtesy of the Grand Forks Herald
Ironically, on the day that former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky received a 30-year sentence for child sexual abuse -- there were new developments in the sexual abuse investigation at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault. Following 17 charges levied against former drama teacher Lynn Seibel, more allegations surfaced on Tuesday. They include a man who claims to be a victim of another abuse by another teacher in the late 1970's. Police Chief Don Gudmundson says there's also a third case involving a former Shattuck teacher who killed himself in 2008 after being confronted about a sexual relationship with a foreign exchange student.
An ex-priest accused of sexually abusing two brothers in St. Paul has a court appearance this afternoon (WED) on additional charges of possessing child pornography. Forty-eight-year-old Curtis Wehmeyer of Oakdale was charged last month with criminal sexual conduct for the alleged abuse of the teenaged boys in the summer of 2010. At that time, Wehmeyer was a pastor at the Blessed Sacrament Church in St. Paul. The criminal complaint says investigators found a number of still images and video clips depicting sex acts involving prepubsescent males on a laptop seized from the church.