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The message “keep tobacco sacred” will appear on a bus in the Twin Ports. It features a mural painted by Jonathan Thunder. Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative

Bus bears tobacco message

A message regarding tobacco and Native Americans soon will be seen on Twin Ports streets in a place that sometimes features the faces of TV news teams and ads for credit unions.

Entitled “Keep Tobacco Sacred,” the message will appear on a Duluth Transit Authority bus for nine months, according to a news release from the Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative.

“We did the bus wrap because we want to start conversations about the difference between commercial and sacred tobacco,” said Jodi Broadwell, executive director of the collaborative.

The smoking rate among American Indians in Minnesota is 59 percent, compared with 14.4 percent for the general population, according to the news release. It said tobacco-related diseases are the top killers within American Indian communities, including those who live in Lincoln Park.

The bus wrap was adapted from a mural painted by Jonathan Thunder and was photographed by Ivy Vainio, according to the news release.

Funding came, in part, from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Grant targets dementia issues

A Duluth agency is one of 20 organizations receiving grants from the Minnesota Board of Aging to help raise awareness and serve caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the Minnesota Department of Human Services announced.

Age Well Arrowhead Inc. received just under $50,000 to provide dementia education for local employers and their employees, and also to give support and resources to working caregivers.

The grants, ranging from less than $20,000 to nearly $150,000, are part of $1.5 million that the state Legislature appropriated in 2015 to run through June 30, 2017, for various memory-related purposes.

Sale supports patients, equipment

The St. Luke’s Volunteer Service Guild will have a “Hello Shell” fundraising sale on Feb. 10 and 11 in the hospital’s main lobby. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The sale features a line of purses, jewelry and accessories.

Proceeds will support patient care programs and medical equipment purchases.

For more information, call the St. Luke’s volunteer office at (218) 249-5344.

Two Harbors clinic certified

St. Luke’s Lake View Medical Clinic in Two Harbors has been certified as a health care home, the Minnesota Department of Health announced.

Health care homes are being developed as part of health reform legislation passed in Minnesota in 2008. Patients with chronic illnesses or disabilities are cared for in innovative ways, including contacting patients via phone and/or email between appointments. The idea is to address patients’ problems early before they require more expensive care.

The Health Department has certified 394 clinics statewide.

Blood drives scheduled

The American Red Cross is conducting blood drives next week in Duluth.

Blood donations are urgently needed this winter, according to a news release from the Minnesota office of the Red Cross. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative blood types.

The Duluth times and locations:

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, University of Minnesota Duluth Athletics Department, 150 Sports & Health Center, 1216 Ordean Court.
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, American Red Cross-Northland Chapter, 2524 Maple Grove Road.
  • Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, Kenwood Lutheran Church, 2720 Meyers Ave.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling (800) 733-2767.

Compiled by John Lundy