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Tim Pawlenty to speak in Fairmont May 21

FAIRMONT — Former Minnesota Governor and current candidate for governor, Tim Pawlenty, will be speaking at the Fairmont Rotary Club Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Fairmont Holiday Inn. Following the Rotary luncheon, Governor Pawlenty will be touring the Fairmont Welding Academy 1:15 p.m. at Fairmont High School.

Guests that want to attend to attend the Rotary luncheon should contact Ruth Cyphers at (507) 236-2710 to make a reservation.

Governor Pawlenty is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives where he served as House Majority Leader before being elected Governor in November 2002 and re-elected in 2006. He served from January 2003 though December 2010. In 2012 he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for president.

Depression diagnosis high in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An analysis of claims by Blue Cross Blue Shield of America finds Minnesota with one of the highest rates of depression in the country.

The health insurer examined medical claims from more than 41 million commercially insured members from 2013 to 2016 and compared the depression rates by state, age and gender.

Minnesota, with a depression diagnosis rate of 5.8 percent, ranks near the top of states. Hawaii has the lowest rate of 2.1 percent. Women living in Minnesota tied with Maine for the highest rate at 8.1 percent. Minnesota’s millennials ranked second behind Utah with a depression rate of 6.3 percent.

The Star Tribune reports 49 of the 50 states had rising rates of diagnosed depression during the time frame analyzed.

Fertilizer giant moving headquarters to Fla.

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — One of Minnesota’s largest public companies is moving its headquarters to Florida.

The fertilizer giant, Mosaic Co., says it will relocate its corporate headquarters from the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth to Hillsborough County, Florida to be closer to its phosphate mines and to accomplish long-term savings.

The Fortune 500 company mines potash and phosphate and processes the minerals into crop fertilizer. The company did not say how many employees would be affected or when it planned to make the move.

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