- Associated Press - Monday, May 19, 2014
E. coli found in water at Blue Mounds State Park

LUVERNE, Minn. (AP) - With Memorial Day weekend coming up, officials at Blue Mounds State Park in southwest Minnesota are dealing with the discovery of E. coli in the water.

The park’s website says the water system serving the office and main campground tested positive for the bacteria May 12 and is not safe for drinking.

The park suggests visitors bring their own drinking water. The park office also is providing gallon jugs of drinking water.

Campers Peggy and Roger Ryden tell KELO-TV (https://bit.ly/1nfosaN) they’re happy with the way the park is handling the situation.

E. coli in water is usually linked to animal waste runoff. The park is regularly checking the water supply to find out the earliest time campers can start using the water again.


Lawsuit seeks internal reports of abusive monks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Attorneys for two Minnesota men are suing St. John’s Abbey and a priest over alleged sexual abuse that happened 40 years ago.

Attorney Jeff Anderson filed the lawsuit in Stearns County Monday. The Star Tribune reports Anderson is seeking the full release of the abbey’s files on abusive priests and monks.

In addition to the abbey, the lawsuit names the Rev. Richard Eckroth, who took dozens of children to a St. John’s-owned cabin near Bemidji during the 1970s. The two men allege Eckroth sexually abused them at the cabin when they were boys.

Eckroth has previously denied abusing children. The St. Cloud Times reports an abbey spokesman said in a statement that sorting out the truth of the allegations against Eckroth is complicated by his advanced dementia.


Minnesota bans anti-bacterial chemical from soaps

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - It’s widely used nationwide as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, deodorants and even toothpaste, but it’s being banned in Minnesota.

Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. The Minnesota House and Senate passed it earlier last week because of health and environmental concerns about the chemical. The ban isn’t due to take effect until Jan. 1, 2017, but one of its lead sponsors, state Sen. John Marty, predicted Monday that the odds are good that most manufacturers will phase out triclosan by then anyway.

“While this is an effort to ban triclosan from one of the 50 states, I think it will have a greater impact than that,” Marty said.

The Roseville Democrat said other states and the federal government are likely to act, too. And he said come companies are already catching on that there’s no marketing advantage to keeping triclosan in its products. He noted that Procter & Gamble’s Crest toothpaste is now marketing itself as triclosan-free.

Triclosan is used in an estimated 75 percent of anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold across the United States, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The federal agency announced last year that it would revisit the safety of triclosan and other germ-killing ingredients used in personal cleaning products. While triclosan hasn’t been shown to be hazardous to humans, studies have raised concerns that it can disrupt hormones critical for reproduction and development, at least in lab animals, and contribute to the development of resistant bacteria.


Rukavina to run for St. Louis County commissioner

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) - Former state Rep. Tom Rukavina is coming out of political retirement.

Rukavina said Monday he plans to run for an open seat on the St. Louis County Commission.

Rukavina represented part of the heavily Democratic Iron Range in the Minnesota House for 26 years. The colorful lawmaker known for his impassioned speeches announced after the 2012 legislative session that he would not seek re-election.

Since then he has served as a part-time northern Minnesota aide to U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan.

In a news release, Rukavina said his government experience would benefit constituents.

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