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ESKO, Minn. — Ron Buerkle might not remember what you told him a minute ago. But the 76-year-old Esko man remembers, with poignant clarity, how he and his wife, Deb, reacted more than seven years ago when they learned that he had Alzheimer's disease. "In Mayo," he said, referring to the world-famous Rochester clinic, as he stood up and demonstrated his words in the sitting room of the couple's home. "I went and grabbed her like that (holding his arms in a circle). And we both just cried and cried. And it was awful."
DULUTH, Minn. — Four nurses at a Duluth assisted living facility neglected a resident when they failed to perform CPR after the resident was found unresponsive, a state agency has found. The resident at Chris Jensen Health and Rehab Center died, according to a report by the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Health Facility complaints. The date of death is not listed in the report by special investigator Peggy Boeck, which the agency posted online Tuesday. The investigation concluded July 31 after site visits on June 12-13.
CLOQUET, Minn. — It would be difficult to overstate Dave Lee's enthusiasm for the Minnesota State Fair. "As long as I can remember, we've gone to the fair probably multiple times a year," said the director of Carlton County Public Health and Human Services. In his work, he's also someone who "tends to live, eat and breathe mental health," Lee said last week. The two passions came together in his mind two years ago while he was at the fair, Lee said.
DULUTH, Minn.—Minnesota falls short in adapting measures that would aid in the fight against cancer, an advocacy group contends in a report released Wednesday, Aug. 8. But that's not to say the situation is entirely bleak. "We do get a 'green' rating on our tobacco tax," said Sara Sahli, government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. "We're really proud of our smoke-free air law that we passed 10 years ago this past July."
DULUTH — It's like 2016 all over again. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will pay a repeat visit to Duluth next week. He'll also be in Minneapolis earlier in the day. Sanders, who rocked an enthusiastic audience of thousands in January 2016 in Duluth, will speak at 5 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Denfeld High School on behalf of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-Minn., who is running to be Minnesota's attorney general.
DULUTH—The two months David Wolden went without a portion of his skull is something he and his wife, Dorothy, can joke about now. "Apparently, they put David's bone flap in the freezer somewhere," Dorothy said earlier this month. "He assured us it wasn't in his apartment." The "he" Dorothy referred to is Dr. John Christos Styliaras, a neurosurgeon at St. Luke's hospital who was sitting across a conference room table from the Woldens, grinning and nodding. "I promised them I didn't take it home," Styliaras said as all three laughed.
DULUTH — Rolling Stone gathered Duluth Mayor Emily Larson's ire. "We are not a grimy city," Larson said on Friday. "We are so much more than what was portrayed." Larson was responding to a piece published on the magazine's website on Thursday, June 21, by political columnist Ana Marie Cox after she visited Duluth this week to attend President Donald Trump's rally.
ELKHART, Ind.—Traffic was almost at a standstill. Out-of-towners set up shop to sell memorabilia. Protesters and supporters faced off. Thousands of people stood in line for hours. All because the president came to town. When a president visits a community, it's bound to create a stir, especially when it's one who inspires equal measures of devotion and disdain as President Donald J. Trump.
DULUTH—Shawn Bolf works at his family's garage-door company, as he has for 25 years, but these days the work is mostly at a desk, preparing bids and ordering supplies. He doesn't hunt anymore, either. He wouldn't be able to climb into a deer stand without wearing a harness.
A recent conversation between philanthropist Bill Gates and President Donald Trump is lending hope to those who want the federal government to spend more on the search for a better flu vaccine. But although $100 million already has been earmarked for that search, it's not anywhere near enough, says a Minnesota infectious disease researcher.