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MDH Seeks More Survey Participants to Help Understand Medical Pot Demand

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State health officials want to know how many Minnesotans want medical marijuana and where they live.
    
The state has struggled to answer those questions ahead of the new program's launch in July. The Minnesota Department of Health thinks they'll have about 5,000 patients but other estimates put it at 15,000 or more.
    

Free Dental Care Offered During 'Give Kids a Smile' Day

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You can now sign your kids up for a free dental care event set for next month at more than 200 offices across the state.

“Give Kids a Smile” takes place Feb. 6-7, where Minnesota dentists will be providing free dental care services to up to 6,000 kids in need. Patients must be 18-years-old or younger and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Minnesota Health Officials Report Flu Surge

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Minnesota health officials are reporting a surge in flu outbreaks at schools and long-term care facilities.
    
Through the end of last week, 203 new schools reported outbreaks, compared with 19 the previous week. That raised the number of Minnesota schools reporting outbreaks this season to 271.
    

Mendota Heights School to Close Early Because of Flu

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A private school in Mendota Heights is starting its Christmas break early while it deal with a flu outbreak.

Visitation School and Convent originally planned to have school Thursday and Friday. It will close those days. The school Wednesday had said students who displayed influenza-like symptoms would have to stay home for at least five days.

Minnesota Counties to Begin Processing MNsure Applications

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Minnesota counties are gearing up to begin processing thousands of paper applications for the state's online health insurance exchange next month.
    

Fairview Hospitals' Cafeterias Get Healthier

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Cafeterias at a Minnesota hospital chain will be getting healthier.

Fairview Health Services is expected to announce its new menu Monday. Company officials say the menu is getting rid of the deep-fat fryers at hospitals throughout the state.

Ebola Screening Urged for MSP Airport

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Minnesota's governor and U.S. senators are asking the federal government to screen passengers for Ebola when they arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.