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Continued: Twin Cities north metro town briefs

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  • Last update: February 18, 2014 - 1:23 PM

The Anoka-Hennepin School Board announced its decision last week. The district has enough leeway in its existing calendar to avoid makeup days.

“While educators regret the lost instructional time, they realize that changing the school calendar mid-year could place a hardship on families that have already scheduled vacations. In addition, the school calendar includes enough days beyond the state minimum so there is no requirement to make up days already lost,” the board said in a statement.

Other districts across the state have scrambled to restore days. Some cut short long weekends around Presidents’ Day as well as using parent-teacher conference and staff-development days when students would have been off.

Columbia Heights

This Thursday night is a ‘Music Night’

Another “Music Night in the Heights” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Murzyn Hall’s Labelle Lounge.

Music Night is an acoustic open-mic event on a small stage with a piano. It will start at 7 p.m. at the hall, 530 Mill St. in Columbia Heights.


Wedding expo coming to Civic Center

Information on such wedding topics as florists, photographers, entertainment and more will be available at a wedding expo scheduled for Saturday, March 1, at the Coon Rapids Civic Center. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with more than two dozen vendors on hand. Tickets are $5. The center is located at 11155 Robinson Dr. Call 763-767-6522 for more information.


HCMC offering $99 lung cancer screening

Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis is offering $99 lung cancer screening for people who may be concerned that they’re at risk for the disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.

“We know that by the time lung cancer causes symptoms like cough and chest pain, it’s usually advanced and has spread to other organs,” said radiologist Dr. Gopal Punjabi. “For years, there has been tremendous interest in catching lung cancer early, so this test is a very important development.”

The hospital says that if you’re between ages of 55 and 79 and you smoked for more than 30 years, or you quit less than 15 years ago, you may be eligible for the low-dose CT scan.

A doctor’s order is not required; however, HCMC says patients should discuss this test with their doctor. If they do not have a primary-care provider, they can call 612-873-2065 and the CT scan can be ordered after making sure the criteria are met.

The scan takes about five seconds. A radiologist reviews the scan right away, and real-time results are available to patients if they don’t want to wait.


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