There are health risks for children who are given codeine for coughs or pain.

Kids and codeine cough meds are a bad combination

Come children receive no benefit, while others are at risk for overdose despite taking the recommended amount.

CrossFit branches out into kids' programs

April 8, 2015
Amelia Enfinger, 14, warmed up with a jump rope before a CrossFit class for teens in Loyalhanna, Pa.
Popular workout program has branched out to youths.

Safe Kids car-seat clinics: Minor adjustments can make major differences

April 7, 2015
Sarah McIntosh, of Kansas City, North, buckles Ethan McIntosh, 13 months, into his car seat as they sat in their driveway, May 26, 2011, in Kansas Cit
Safe Kids Anoka County and others offer free inspections to try to ensure children's seats are properly installed.
May 20
Freddy Tirado jumped in line to get ice cream as he visited Hennepin Healthcare’s new mobile pediatric van outside the hospital in Minneapolis.

In Minneapolis, a mobile van rolls out with health care outreach to kids

With childhood vaccines declining by as much as 70%, health professionals at Hennepin Healthcare are taking it to the streets to keep kids healthy.
May 16
Psych associates are planning a one-day strike May 24 because of pay and safety concerns at Allina and Fairview hospitals. They made their announcemen

Mental health workers set one-day strike at Allina, Fairview hospitals

Safety is a priority for newly unionized workers, along with benefits to stop people from leaving the profession.
May 2
Elsie Freeman, right, was Minnesota’s youngest liver transplant recipient last fall. Health officials are investigating whether her liver failure is

Mystery pediatric hepatitis cases investigated in Minnesota

Cases include Minnesota's youngest-ever liver transplant recipient and another child awaiting transplant.
April 24
Several common educational strategies lean into the idea that, in the classroom, challenge is something to embrace.

The good struggle: Teachers lean into the idea that, in the classroom, challenge is something to embrace

When Hunter, 6, started first grade last autumn, he struggled to match letter sounds with the shape of letters on paper. He found writing letters…
April 19
Former Minnesota Vikings center Matt Birk will be Scott Jensen’s running mate in his bid to unseat DFL Gov. Tim Walz in November.

Yuen: How Matt Birk's rant against sex ed convinced me it absolutely belongs in elementary schools

A Twin Cities suburban school district explains why it's teaching touch, decision-making and anatomy to kids as young as 5.
April 8
Mental health experts say the first step in recognizing possible mental illness in your children is to know their habits and patterns — to spot when

Yuen: Why students are taking mental health days off from school — and how to make the most of them

Minnesota law doesn't oblige districts to excuse student absences for the occasional day off to reset and recharge. But the idea is catching on across the country.
February 28
Dr. Allison Lopez, left, gives Oliver Howell, right, his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in November. The FDA has changed the emergency use authoriza

Pfizer shot is far less effective in ages 5-11 than in older kids

The coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech is much less effective in preventing infection in children ages 5-11 than in older adolescents or adults, according to…
February 26
Sienna Stadtmueller hugged one of her cats, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Wayzata. Jill Stadtmueller’s teenage daughter Sienna, 13, has been struggling

Minnesota faces escalating demand for mental health services

Children are waiting months for treatment and spending weeks stuck in hospital emergency rooms as staff shortages plague the industry.
January 9
Minneapolis public school students will shift to distance learning Monday because of the extreme cold.

Windchill, COVID cases push Mpls. schools to go online Monday

The district anticipates a reduced capacity to transport students in tomorrow's weather conditions.
October 18, 2021
Kids played outside at St. Paul’s Highwood Hills Recreation Center on Sunday, Oct. 17. The possible closure of Highwood Hills Elementary due to low

St. Paul school closures could leave Highwood Hills without a rec center — again

Highwood Hills reopened in 2019 but could shutter with elementary school.
October 3, 2021
Berny Lopez, an operations specialist for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, moves donated diapers at the organization’s drop-off site for it

Theft lays bare struggle with diaper need

A police bulletin on a man who walked out of a store with a cart of stolen diapers drew attention to families struggling to afford diapers — or in some cases even find them in stock at stores.
September 16, 2021
Gov. Tim Walz said the state’s new immunization app is a convenient option to keep track of vaccination records.

Walz defends state's new immunization record app

A Republican critic called the new app "significant" government overreach.
September 15, 2021
Groups of students rotated through inside and outside classes during a summer school program at Vista View Elementary in Burnsville in June.

Judge deals setback to parents seeking mask mandate in Minn. schools

Judge rejected request for a temporary restraining order to direct Gov. Tim Walz to declare a peacetime emergency and mandate masks in all public schools.
September 4, 2021
A woman leans on a COVID-19 vaccine registration sign at a back-to-school vaccine fair in West Baltimore, Maryland. Because a vaccine is not yet autho

When vaccines aren't an option: life for families with children under 12

As pandemic resurges and new school year opens, 48 million under 12 still wait.
August 14, 2021
A child puts her mask back on after finishing lunch at a socially distanced table in the cafeteria of Medora Elementary School on March 17, 2021, in L

Delta variant fuels new wave of unease among Minn. parents

Some parents are concerned about infection risks in children 11 and younger who are ineligible for vaccine, while others fear an overreaction to an ill-timed pandemic wave that will have schoolchildren wearing masks again this fall and losing social and learning opportunities.
July 17, 2021
The Bloomington schools brought in portable air conditioning units to keep kids cool after temperatures spiked in June.

Pandemic, hot weather leave schools sweating over air quality

COVID, heat wave prompt review of HVAC systems.
June 27, 2021
A high school valedictorian in South Jersey had his microphone cut and his principal crumpled his notes on stage when he began to speak about his expe

Principal cuts the mic when valedictorian gives speech about coming out

Less than a minute into Bryce Dershem's valedictorian speech June 17, the microphone cut out. He had just told the audience at his New Jersey…
June 13, 2021
In this file photo from 2020, children arrive for classes at Forest View Elementary in Forest Lake.  RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII • richard.tsong-taatarii

Masks will be optional for many Minnesota students taking summer classes

Minnesota students and teachers returning to classrooms for summer school may see one clear shift in pandemic precautions: fewer people wearing masks.
June 10, 2021
Minnesota nonprofits have boosted race and equity work. For instance, the Science Museum of Minnesota updated a few years ago its exhibit, “RACE: Ar

New St. Paul nonprofit wants to nip racism in the bud through early childhood education

The organization, Before Racism, is developing anti-racism curriculum for 1- to 5-year-olds.
May 31, 2021
After working on an anthem for their school for more than a year, students at Anthony Middle School  were finally able to practice together last week.

Mpls. students emerge from pandemic with rousing new anthems

A student's curiosity about why Anthony Middle School didn't have its own anthem launched a project that would carry a Minneapolis band teacher and her students through an especially challenging year.