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Final approval for a legislative fix to help Minnesotans with estate claims against them because they were on Medical Assistance has gone into overtime. "I'm not hitting the panic button just yet," said state Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, a primary architect of legislation passed in the final minutes of this year's session to end the state's authority to enter claims against the estates of Minnesotans aged 55-64 who receive Medical Assistance. But the federal agency with ultimate authority is delaying action until getting more information from the state.
A class of Hermantown Middle School eighth-graders walked into St. Luke's hospital's Building A on Tuesday morning and left behind a plastic box filled with 70 colorful, doll-sized pillows. But the pillows are for people, not dolls. They're "port pillows," intended to ride between the shoulder strap of a seat belt and the port through which a cancer patient receives chemotherapy.
An uptick of opioid drug overdoses that hit the Duluth area in recent days hasn't spared Douglas County, officials there say. In Superior, a suspected heroin overdose is listed as the probable cause of one death that occurred last week. Paul Stein, Douglas County deputy medical examiner, said he was called early on Friday morning to the Billings Park neighborhood, where a 25-year-old man had been discovered dead by his family.
An uptick in opioid drug overdoses in Duluth over the weekend means "there is probably a new shipment in town," a local emergency medicine physician said. "A patient told me he's not a new user of heroin," said Dr. Gary Foley, of the Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center emergency department. "He thought he shot up with a relatively small amount, and he collapsed."
John Marshall was driving toward Duluth when he began experiencing the symptoms. “Things started going numb,” he recalled. “It was a terrible feeling — symptoms of a heart attack. I thought I was going to die. I actually pulled off the road a couple of times, and I thought I was going to die. I … managed to make it to Island Lake, and they called the paramedics.” Marshall, now 46 and well-known as captain of the Duluth Honor Guard, was about 27 at the time, he said.
A concert on Sunday and a seminar beginning Nov. 28 both call attention to Martin Luther, Johann Sebastian Bach and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. "This being the 500th...
A 72-year-old hunter who was lost in northern St. Louis County was found safe but cold and wet on Thursday night. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that Ronald Freundl of North Mankato, Minn., was reported missing by a member of his hunting party at 7 p.m. on Thursday. He had been hunting near Echo Rapids Road in Portage Township about 20 miles northeast of Orr and had not returned. The St. Louis County Volunteer Rescue Squad responded and assisted in the search.
Duluth's Lakewalk Surgery Center will continue to be part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota network next year, the center's administrator said on Wednesday. The News Tribune reported on Wednesday that Integrity Health Network, which includes Lakewalk Surgery Center, would be dropped from the Blue Cross Blue Shield network, effective Feb. 1, meaning Blue Cross patients at those facilities would have to pay out-of-network rates.
A Duluth-based network of specialty clinics and primary clinics, located mostly in small towns in Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin, will be out of Blue Cross Blue Shield's insurance network as of Feb. 1. "Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting off access to good health care providers in order to pad their bottom line," said Jeffrey Tucker, president of Integrity Health Network, during a news conference on Tuesday in the auditorium at the Fitger's Brewery Complex.
The character played by Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 movie had it right, Rebecca Katz Harwood says. It’s part of the reason that dancing is good for you. “Dance is beneficial not just for physical health but also for mental health, because dance can be a place of community,” said Katz Harwood, an associate professor of dance at the University of Minnesota Duluth.