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5-19 News: Real ID Bill Passes

Real ID Bill Passes

The plan that brings the state into compliance with federal law has passed.

It’s passage brings Minnesota into agreement with the Real ID Act.

Pine City representative Jason Rarick supported the plan which passed both the House and Senate.

If the plan hadn’t passed, Minnesota’s state ID cards wouldn’t be accepted for boarding domestic flights starting in 2018.

Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill as of Friday.

Txt4Life Presentation

A Minnesota-based crisis hotline recently held an informational presentation for the Pine County Board.

Canvas Health, a nonprofit, runs a program called Txt4Life, whose goal is suicide prevention.

The hotline is available 24/7, 365 days a year, by texting “life” to 61222.

Users are then connected to knowledgeable counselors who can help.

Last year alone, 11,000 texts were responded to by their counselors.

The program is funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

NLX Meeting

The proposed light rail running through Pine County is holding a public meeting.

The Northern Lights Express is a proposed light rail that would run from the Twin Cities up to Duluth, with a stop in Hinckley.

Various reports have been released month by month as the light rail inches closer to a reality.

The public meeting is Wednesday, May 24th at 10 am, in the Pine County Board Room.

The meeting will begin with an open mic for citizens to speak.

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