NCPG Conference Roundup

I (virtually) attended the annual conference of the National Council on Problem Gambling in July. Here is a recap of some of the presentations. Industry Trends The conference featured a considerable focus on responsible gambling, particularly in...

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Remembering Cathie Perrault

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Cathie Perrault, former executive director at Northstar who retired in August, unexpectedly passed away on Oct. 28 from a stroke she suffered the day before. A memorial ceremony will take place at...

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Venthouse Counseling

If you are ready to improve your life, then I am the one to lead you there. Having years of experience as both a client and a clinician, I am very familiar with the process of change and I am well equipped to make it happen. I've helped guide...

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What About the Family?

The families and “affected others” of problem gamblers are all too often forgotten in the stress and chaos that’s created by someone with a gambling addiction. Yet, in many ways, the need for help among those in the midst of a problem gambler is...

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Early Study Results Suggest Gambling Problems Are Significant in Minnesota’s Lao Community

To date, there have been few in-depth studies of the gambling behavior of Southeast Asian refugee communities. While there have been informal community listening sessions in the Twin Cities at which gambling was discussed, there’s not been a...

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The Work Continues

The conclusion of our fiscal year on June 30 presents an opportunity to reflect on the work we’ve accomplished over the last 12 months. As always, when I look back at the flurry of activity, I’m reminded just how much effort it takes to get the...

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The Birth of an Alliance

In 2001, gambling in Minnesota was entering its second decade. Deemed successful and gaining increasing acceptance in the state, all signs pointed to an ever-expanding universe of gambling options. At the same time, however, there was growing...

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