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DULUTH, Minn.—The flu bug has bitten Minnesota's nursing care residents particularly hard this winter, a state health official said. "We've seen a record number of outbreaks," said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control for the Minnesota Department of Health, in an interview on Thursday, Jan. 18. "Our long-term care facility outbreaks are way up."
DULUTH — The obituary was unusual, and not just because it was partially written in the first person. "My family promised me that I wouldn't have a boring obituary that reads like a resume, and I sure do hope they follow through on my wishes," Linnea Stephan wrote in the obituary that appeared in the Sunday, Jan. 7, Duluth News Tribune. "Actually, I know they did because I have an amazing family." A typical obituary might have said that Stephan, of Duluth, died on Jan. 3 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. She was 49.
HIBBING, Minn. — No longer willing to fight the return of a life-threatening, mood-altering brain tumor, Peter Carvalho decided to end it all. It was May 4 of last year, and the Hibbing man gulped down the entirety of his anti-seizure medication and all of his sleeping pills, hoping to fall asleep and never wake up.
DULUTH — Thirteen Minnesota health systems — including Duluth-based Essentia Health — are joining forces to take on two of the state's most vexing health issues: opioid addiction and mental health care. "They are tremendous societal and health problems that all of us were already working on, but none of us felt that we could come to the solutions within our communities by ourselves," said Dr. David Herman, CEO of Essentia.
DULUTH — When Theresa Wanless learned she was five months pregnant with her second child, she knew something had to change. "I immediately told my OB, 'I'm addicted to heroin,'" the Duluth woman related. " 'I shoot up. I need help. I can't just stop.' I was honest because I was scared for my child, but I couldn't just stop." It was early in 2014, and Wanless was caught in a wave of opioid addiction that was hitting Minnesota and the nation and increasingly affecting pregnant women and their babies as well.
HIBBING — Hibbing Fire Chief Erik Jankila was reading from a news release, but he visibly choked up when he reached a summary paragraph. "This is a heavy day for the Fire Department, and we do want to make sure that we send our most sincere condolences to the family," Jankila said, containing his emotions with an effort. "It is always difficult for emergency services when we have to deal with loss of life no matter who or what it is," he added later in response to a question.
Duluth — John Halvorsen gets a laugh when he tells about what the radio guys from International Falls said to him after first meeting him. "They go, 'Well, you seem lucid'," he related. The journalists hardly could have been blamed if they came into that meeting wondering about Halvorsen's sanity. He had, after all, announced that he planned to walk across the United States in obedience to a call from God.
DULUTH, Minn.—Essentia Health plans to make its largest investment ever in its Duluth campus over the next few years. "We've made important investments in many other locations, and it's now time to do it here," said Jeff Korso, the health system's vice president for operations and administration, during an interview on Wednesday.
DULUTH — We've all been there. The bloated feeling in the stomach that doesn't go away, and gets worse instead. The growing pressure. The coppery feel in your mouth, and then something inexorable rushing up your esophagus. Suddenly, you're rushing to the nearest bathroom. Your correspondent was undergoing these events a few weeks back when questions occurred: What's going on here? What causes a person to vomit? What would happen if we couldn't? At what point should one seek medical attention?
DULUTH — Three Duluth residents were cited for trespassing on Friday, Dec. 8, after occupying Enbridge's downtown office to demand that the company abandon its Line 3 replacement project. Donna Howard, Mark Daniel Hakes and Michele Naar-Obed delivered a letter to Paul Eberth, director for the project intended to replace the existing pipeline crossing northern Minnesota from Alberta to Superior. They then refused to leave for almost two hours.