Updated: 08/07/2014 10:42 AM
Created: 08/06/2014 10:52 PM WDIO.com
Minnesota health officials are trying to ease any fears about the possible spread of Ebola after an outbreak of the deadly disease in West Africa.
The Minnesota Department of Health hosted a public information meeting attended by about 150 people in Brooklyn Center Wednesday night. Minneapolis suburbs are home to thousands of people with ties to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ghana, the three countries most severely affected by the African outbreak.
Health officials stress that the risk of Ebola being spread in the state remains "very low." The state Health Department has sent several health alerts to health care providers on symptoms to watch for in patients who recently have traveled to West Africa.
While there is no proven cure for Ebola, officials emphasize the disease is not spread through casual contact.
In West Africa, however, the group Ebola Blockaid says hospitals are struggling with the shortage of supplies that can be used to prevent the spread of the disease.
The group has opened two Duluth locations to donate the following items:
• Hand sanitizer
• Anti-bacterial soap
• Disinfectant spray
• Large garbage bags
• Rubber gloves
• Eye shields
Those supplies can be dropped off at either Bixby's Cafe, located at 1608 Woodland Ave. in Duluth, or Peace Church, at 1111 N 11th Ave. E.
Monetary donations are also being accepted at hearttfoundation.org.
(Copyright 2014 WDIO-TV, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
Minnesota, Wisconsin Try to Reboot Income Tax Reciprocity
State tax officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin say they're working to reinstate a system that allowed 80,000 people who work across their shared border to file one state income tax return.
Wisconsin Assembly Committee Takes Up Right-to-Work Bill
Testimony has begun at a public hearing on Wisconsin's right-to-work bill, after the measure rapidly passed the Senate last week. The full Assembly is expected to vote Thursday.
Apostle Islands Ice Caves Open for Short Season with Growing Popularity
This time last year the Apostle Islands Ice Cave season was about to wrap up, but this year, it's just getting started, and the shorter season had crowds flocking to the attraction for its opening weekend. Just days ago, park officials gave the okay for the ice caves to open up to the nearly 11,000 visitors who came over the weekend.
Reward Offered in Red Lake Burning Puppy Case
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to whoever left a puppy to die in a burning trash bin in northern Minnesota.
New Candidate for At-Large Duluth City Council Seat
The Duluth City Council at-large seat now has a new candidate in the running. Noah Hobbs announced on Sunday that he's running for the position.