- Member for
- 5 years 2 months
Jim Carter and Andrea Kuzel were gliding across the ballroom floor in Duluth's Norway Hall, soft piano music accompanying them. Carter, athletic and bald-headed, wore black pants and a black, short-sleeved shirt carrying the logo of the company he owns, SOS Leak Repair. Kuzel wore an elegant, mid-length black dress. Occasionally, Kuzel, 39, added a dramatic flair, gesturing outward with one hand or placing a hand on top of her head. Carter, 60, led with suave confidence.
Vision loss, pill misuse A Duluth nonprofit dedicated to helping people with vision loss is calling attention to drug labels this week, which is designated as Medication Safety for the Blind Week. Incorrect medication use is a serious public health issue, points out the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss in a news release. But the danger of a mistake increases for people with vision challenges.
An international gathering of engineers in Duluth this week has honored two local engineering icons: the Aerial Lift Bridge and Robert J. Rhode. The latter was a 16-year-old Central High School student by the time the roadway was added to the iconic bridge in 1929.
A parking lot in Canal Park will be transformed on Tuesday, and the community is invited to the party. "There's going to be lawn games and bonfires and a bouncy house and food and idea stations all throughout it," said Duluth City Councilor Elissa Hansen. "It's going to pop up for those three hours, and then go away. It's kind of fast and furious."
Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger on Thursday blamed "diseases of despair" as his agency reported another increase in substance abuse deaths. "Minnesotans are suffering on what we're calling diseases of despair," Ehlinger said during a news conference in St. Paul, defining those diseases as chronic pain, depression, substance abuse and suicide. "It's brought on in part by a lack of hope, a lack of opportunity and a lack of a pass out of poverty."
The largest gift in the history of the University of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth campus will be used to establish a Native American Center of Excellence, school officials announced Wednesday. The cash gift of $10 million, to be paid over five years, comes from an anonymous donor from Minnesota who recently learned of his own Native American roots, said Dr. Paula Termuhlen, dean of the school's Duluth campus. It comes with virtually no strings attached.
John Silewski had a farm near Grafton, N.D., where he raised birds, especially pheasants and peacocks. But Silewski left the farm almost a year ago, said his daughter, Brittney Hanson of Duluth, and at age 60 he likely will never see it again. He's living now in a memory care facility in Eau Claire, Wis., where one of his two sons has an organic farm. When he was 57, within months after he became a widower, Silewski was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, or more accurately dementia presenting as Alzheimer's.
The skinny on obesity The headline is that Minnesota's adult obesity rate climbed last year. In reality, it hasn't changed much. The state had a 27.8 percent obesity rate last year, compared with 26.1 percent in 2015 but almost identical to the 27.6 percent in 2014, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released last week.
• Memory loss that disrupts daily life • Challenges in planning or solving problems • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure • Confusion with time or place • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships • New problems with words in speaking or writing • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps • Decreased or poor judgment • Withdrawal from work or social activities • Changes in mood and personality Source: Alzheimer's Association
TOFTE — Marc Davey produced family pictures. Judith Hazen came with a binder filled with mementos from a previous occasion. It was the sort of thing one might expect to see at a reunion of two people after more than 21 years apart — but with a difference. "Well I have to tell you, I don't remember what you looked like," Hazen told Davey.