ST. PAUL—Police officers, firefighters and other active duty law enforcement and medical officials diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder will be presumed to have developed the condition in the line of duty under a Minnesota law set to take effect next week. The change could make it easier for officials who experience PTSD to access workers compensation benefits. Those diagnosed prior to taking their active duty positions or who'd been demoted, fired, or otherwise shuffled in an act of good faith by an employer won't be afforded the same presumption.
HASTINGS, Minn. — Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz on Thursday, Jan. 3, announced the appointments of seven new commissioners, including his picks to lead the Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources, with a family dairy farm as his backdrop. The choices to lead the departments of health, human services, agriculture, natural resources and others signal a push for bringing gender and ethnic diversity to the posts as well as a mix of experience in the public and private sectors.