ST. PAUL — Five-year-old Evan Moua sat wide-eyed and terrified in the dentist chair Tuesday in St. Paul. His sister had come back from her appointment missing teeth and he was sure the same thing was about to happen to him. Dr. Kou Vang entered the examination room of his Frogtown office, switched smoothly from English to Hmong, and spoke to Evan in a calm, reassuring voice. It’s a method he has perfected over the past 20 years, practiced especially for patients from Laos who are skeptical of dentistry because their culture teaches that toothaches are caused by unhappy ancestors.
ST. PAUL — L. David Mech is the alpha male of the wolf world. That is, if such a thing existed. Mech, 81, of St. Paul, has spent about 60 years researching wolves and is the keynote speaker for the International Wolf Symposium, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday in Minneapolis. Sixty years is sufficient time to form a theory, study it long enough to disprove it and have a YouTube show do a skit about it, which is what happened with the alpha wolf idea.
The Minnesota Department of Health released a statement Friday saying six children have been afflicted with a rare polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis. The cases started showing up in mid-September, all in children under 10. Cases have been reported from the Twin Cities, central and northeastern Minnesota.