KTF Telecom service discontinued

On Nov. 12, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission granted permission to CenturyLink to discontinue wholesale services to KTF Telecom. As a result, KTF Telecom customers in the Mora, Pine City and Rush City areas may lose service and should contact KTF Telecom to determine if they will be impacted. In the event of a disconnection, customers will need to find an alternate provider. This decision involves Commission regulated services only. 

Prior to discontinuing service, CenturyLink will issue a notice to known KTF Telecom customers giving consumers 30 days to find a new service provider. 

Customers having trouble finding an alternative provider may contact Public Utilities Commission’s Consumer Affairs Office for assistance and mediation services. The CAO helps resolve disputes between customers and utility companies, contact at 651.296.0406, or 800.657.3782, or email at consumer.puc@state.mn.us.

Food system emissions contribute substantially to climate change

Reducing fossil fuel use is essential to stopping climate change, but that goal will remain out of reach unless global agriculture and eating habits are also transformed, according to new research led by the University of Minnesota. 

The study identifies the need for large and rapid improvements in farming practices, as well as changes in what we eat and in how much food we waste, to help achieve the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global temperature increases to 1.5°C or 2°C. 

“Our work shows that food is a much greater contributor to climate change than is widely known,” said Professor Jason Hill. “Fortunately, we can fix this problem by using fertilizer more efficiently, by eating less meat and more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts and by making other important changes to our food system.”

Health department to begin texting to reach positive cases, close contacts

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will soon expand its toolkit for case investigation and contact tracing (CICT) by notifying people via text that the health department will be calling.

The initiative aims to more effectively reach and inform those who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts about what they need to do to prevent further spread, and to better protect the state’s most vulnerable populations through improved outreach and communication. The texting is expected to begin Monday, Nov. 16. 

Unsafe sleep practices account for nearly all unexpected infant deaths

The Minnesota Department of health encourages parents of infants to follow safe sleep practices. Unsafe sleep environments account for nearly all unexpected infant deaths in Minnesota.

Know the ABCs of safe sleep: ALONE: Infants should always sleep or nap alone; BACK: Always put a baby on their back to sleep or nap; CRIB: Babies should always sleep or nap in their own safety-approved crib or play yard without blankets or pillows.

Post-9/11 veterans more likely than nonveterans to be employed

Employment among the nation’s 3 million post-9/11 veterans was higher from 2014 to 2018 than it was among those who never served in the armed forces, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report released this month.

In contrast with older veteran groups, such as those from the Vietnam era or Gulf War, post-9/11 veterans encountered very different labor markets after returning from the armed forces. As a result, post-9/11 veterans represent a unique and growing segment of the veteran population and the broader U.S. workforce.

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