Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin, Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids) graduated from the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute on Nov. 13, having just completed 60 course hours of instruction on North American energy policy and regulation. This year, the institute brought together 34 state and provincial legislative energy leaders in its 2014 class for its acclaimed certificate program.

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Last week this column focused on the deadly Spanish Flu that spread across the globe like wildfire, killing millions in 1918. The medical community was helpless, and scientists searched for some clue to fighting this mysterious disease. While thousands of soldiers sickened in Europe, doctors at home were hampered by limited knowledge, a cloak of wartime fear, and by a shortage of medical personnel.

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