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August 6, 2014

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Health chief plans to pitch horseshoes, talk public health in St. Louis County

"Pitch the Commissioner 2014" events set for Eveleth, Cook on Aug. 13-14

Continuing a tradition of popular summertime "Pitch the Commissioner" events, Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger is again visiting communities around the state this year, inviting local officials, community leaders, and Minnesotans interested in the health of their community to join him in a game or two of horseshoes while they discuss important public health issues. The commissioner will be in two St. Louis County communities, Eveleth and Cook, Aug. 13 and 14.

The first part of Ehlinger's visit on Wednesday, Aug. 13, will be a presentation on "What Does Minnesota Need to be Healthy?" from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hockey Hall of Fame, 801 Hat Trick Drive, Eveleth. Then the commissioner will travel to Eveleth's horseshoe pits at Veterans Lake Park, 4392 Miller Trunk Road, for a few rounds of pitching horseshoes and gathering and exchanging ideas on ways to improve community and individual health in Minnesota. That event will take place from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Ehlinger will wrap up the day with a private tour of the United Taconite mine near Eveleth.

On Thursday, Aug. 14 in Cook, activities will begin at 9 a.m. with Ehlinger's presentation at River Street Park, 127 South River St. Community members will also give a presentation highlighting local public health issues and programs. At 10:30 a.m., the Lake Vermillion Fire Brigade will give a presentation on its fire and rescue boat. From 11 a.m. to noon, residents will be encouraged to walk with the commissioner at Riverside Street Park.

An avid fan of the traditional American game of horseshoes, Commissioner Ehlinger said the goal of the "Pitch the Commissioner" events is to create opportunities to talk with local officials, community groups and residents about public health issues in their communities and to learn more about how to advance public health around the state.

"Pitching horseshoes is a fun and easy way for people to be physically active and engage in conversation at the same time," Commissioner Ehlinger said. "It's great to get out and visit people around the state, and hear their thoughts on what their communities need to be healthy."

This will be the third summer Commissioner Ehlinger has chatted up Minnesotans over horseshoes. This time around, he is particularly interested in hearing about public health priorities for the 2015 state legislative session.

The "Pitch the Commissioner" events in other communities will follow a similar itinerary, but will be tailored to local needs. Other scheduled events so far include Marshall on August 28.

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