GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) -- A Long Prairie, Minn., man who spent 1 1/2 years as a prisoner of war during World War II has been awarded a Purple Heart.
Donovan Jones was captured by a German soldier after parachuting out of his B-17 over German soil in 1944. He fractured his left ankle on his landing.
Jones, 79, received the Purple Heart at Grand Forks Air Force Base on Friday.
Region 5 panel
to meet Sept. 28
STAPLES -- The Region 5 Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Region 5 office in Staples.
The public is invited to attend.
Deaths from firearms drop in recent years
Deaths to Minnesota children and youths from firearms have gone down in recent years and the state death rate is less than half the national rate. The numbers are still high with 175 children and people under age 20 injured in 1998 in the state.
The Minnesota Department of Health looked at firearm injuries to children and adolescents and found that at least four times as many African-American youths and twice as many Native-Americans had firearm injuries reported in the Twin Cities metro area. Twice as many firearm injuries were reported in the metro area compared with the rest of the state.
Firearm injuries varied across the state with 65 percent in the metro area from assaults, and 53 percent in Greater Minnesota were unintentional injuries. Of those injured from firearms, 85 percent were males, 79 percent of victims ages 0-19 were 15 to 19, and 21 percent were 14 or younger.
A separate study of all the firearm deaths from 1989 to 1998 showed statewide that suicide accounted for 79 percent of those deaths in 1998. The total number of firearms-related deaths that year (312) was the lowest between 1989 and 1998. After a peak in 1995 (406), 1998 was the third year in a row of declines.
The state's pediatric death rate from firearms was less than half the national rate in 1997. The rate of firearm deaths among African-American males ages 15 to 24 was more than 25 times greater than the overall state rate in 1998.
To obtain data for its study the MDH collaborated with the Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership, the trade association for Minnesota's 143 hospitals and 22 health systems. Data included people who were residents of Minnesota and were treated for firearm injuries, as in-patients or in emergency departments.
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