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Minnesota suicide rate edges upward

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ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota's suicide rate has hit the highest point in a decade, health officials said Friday.

Suicides jumped 13 percent in 2011, to 684. That equaled a rate of 12.4 per 100,000 residents and was the highest since the early 1990s, the Minnesota Department of Health said.

The agency said much of the increase came in middle-aged men, and was highest within that group among men 55 to 59.

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