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Images of sleeping babies can mislead Advertising and social media commonly, if inadvertently, promote unsafe sleeping by infants, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. In a news release, the health department cited a study conducted by the Children's National Medical Center finding that in magazines targeting women of childbearing age, more than one-third of the images showed babies in unsafe sleeping positions, and more than two-thirds showed babies in unsafe sleep environments.
Here's something to sleep on: One out of 10 of us suffers from chronic insomnia. And here's a wakeup call: Sleeping pills aren't recommended as your first line of defense. That's what the American College of Physicians concluded in their 2016 practice guidelines, relates Kerry Sopoci, a psychologist at St. Luke's outpatient mental health services in Duluth.
One or more intruders broke into the vacant Nopeming building sometime this week, leaving with a generator and other materials temporarily stored in the former sanitarium. The stolen items belonged to a company leading paranormal tours of the imposing structure, said Tanya Graysmark, Nopeming project director. The break-in occurred sometime between Tuesday and Thursday, when it was discovered in the afternoon, she said.
Two write-in candidates will join incumbent Dianne Mathews on the Hermantown School Board in January. With three seats up for election only Mathews, the board chairwoman, filed for the Nov. 6 election. She was elected with 4,428 votes, according to unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office. A total of 682 write-in votes were cast. Top vote-getters among those written in were Tim Peterson and Gary Kneisl, Superintendent Kerry Juntunen announced on Tuesday. After being contacted, both agreed to serve, he said.
The voice was breathless and panicky. "Yeah. My brother's just been shot," it said. The voice was that of Devin Grahek, recorded from the 911 call he placed at 2 p.m. on Valentine's Day 2017 outside of the East Hillside house where his brother, William Grahek, lay dying from gunshot wounds.
College life can be stressful, so one of the things the University of Minnesota Duluth does to help students cope is offer "Calm" — 30-minute relaxation sessions four days a week in the library. But this semester, typically only one or two students a week have shown up for any of the sessions, said Dori Decker, wellness coordinator for UMD Health Services. Her reading, Decker said, is not that students don't appreciate the opportunity. They simply can't fit it into their schedules.
Opioids affecting rural births The opioid epidemic affects rural communities as well as urban, including in the delivery room. That's the gist of of research by a University of Minnesota researcher whose study was published in the Journal of Rural Health. The university's public relations bureau reports on the study authored by Katy Kozhimannil, director of the university's Rural Health Research Center.
In a 5-0 vote, the Hermantown City Council voted on Monday to ban tobacco sales — including vaping devices — to those under 21 within city limits. It makes Hermantown the 15th city in Minnesota — but the first in the northern part of the state — to pass a so-called T21 ordinance.
Halloween can be scary in a way no one wants it to be. A study released Tuesday finds the risk of pedestrian fatalities is 43 percent greater on Halloween than it is a week earlier and a week later. The study also shows a spike in pedestrian fatalities at 6 p.m. — prime trick-or-treating time, and, in Duluth, six minutes after sunset on Oct. 31.
A primer on open enrollment MNsure's open enrollment period for the individual health insurance marketplace begins this Saturday and ends Jan. 12. Here's what you need to know: • The rate for the "benchmark" premium — the second-lowest-priced silver plan — is nearly 22 percent less in St. Louis County for 2019 than it was this year, according to MNsure. • In St. Louis County, 13 health plans are available through three insurance carriers.