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You have $10,000. How would you spend it to help make Duluth healthier? It's not a hypothetical question. Those who wish can decide how to divvy up 10 grand among four proposals that will be presented on Wednesday during the third Healthy Duluth Ideas Fest. Attendees will hear presentations about the following four ideas, which were selected from among 23 applicants, according to a news release from Zeitgeist, which is hosting the event and is in the running for some of the money: • Community Action Duluth — "Winter Farmer's Market"
Neil Henderson gestured toward the windows behind him. "Very cleverly, we have added a water feature," he said with a grin on his face, as he pointed at the view of Lake Superior through the large windows on the back side of the building at 624 E. First St. Henderson, the director of the University of Minnesota Medical School's Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team, was speaking on Thursday at the grand opening of the program's new home in the space that long was occupied by Expert Tire.
Health insurance plans offered in Minnesota and Wisconsin are among the best in the country, according to ratings released on Thursday. Overall, Wisconsin ranks third in terms of the plans offered to its residents and Minnesota sixth, concluded the National Committee for Quality Assurance, which rated more than 1,000 plans nationally, including commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans.
Candy Ellestad took one bite of the Snickers bar, and along with the expected caramel, peanuts and milk chocolate felt metal in her mouth. “I moved my tongue around, and I started to pull the pins out of my mouth,” the Proctor woman said on Tuesday. Eventually, Ellestad discovered eight or nine pins, or tiny nails, that she removed either from her mouth or from the uneaten portion of the “fun size” candy bar.
Karen Stubenvoll is at sentence 1,214. “I know that’s real fun,” she reads into a headset in a clear, steady voice, and then pauses to clear her throat. Seated next to her in a soundproof booth in the old Chester Park School, Jolene Hyppa Martin makes a subtle hand signal. Stubenvoll resumes. “The Velveteen Rabbit had no hind legs at all.” Another pause.
Closing her business was the last thing Eileen Brown wanted to do. “I’m going to miss everything about it,” a tearful Brown said about the decision announced on Monday to close How Sweet It Is bakery and deli, just under two years after it opened in a new location on the skywalk. “This has been my breath every day for the past 22 years.” The business will close on Wednesday but honor all previous orders through Sunday, Brown announced via Facebook.
Anti-smoking advocates are calling on the city of Duluth to restrict sales of menthol tobacco products to adult-only tobacco stores. "The city licenses tobacco vendors," said Pat McKone of the American Lung Association in Duluth. "The city can decide where menthol and other flavors are sold and not sold, and we are looking to move those products out of what are approximately 85 licensed convenience stores (in Duluth) ... to adult-only tobacco stores, of which there are six."
The first time he went skydiving again after the accident felt odd, Mike Robinson said. "You're mindful that this is my first jump since then," said Robinson, 68, on Thursday. "I'm double- and triple-checking everything to make sure my gear is safe, it's going to work properly. "It felt really good to get out of the door, get into the wind, have a nice free fall, open my parachute — it works just like it should — have a nice landing."
A union that represents some employees is asking a federal court to block Essentia Health from requiring its workers to get flu shots until a labor grievance is resolved. "The union is not understanding why there would need to be this across-the-board mandatory requirement," said Justin D. Cummins, a Minneapolis attorney representing United Steelworkers Locals 9460 and 9349 in the action filed on Friday in U.S. District Court. The union represents about 2,000 employees across the Essentia system, Cummins said. No hearing date has been set.
When Bob and Carole Lent built their small home on Park Point in 1975, they were in their 20s. "We didn't think about stairs being a problem," said Bob, now 68, as the couple sat at the dining room in what they sometimes call their "new home" one day last week. "So we built a vertical house."