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A medical residency program in the heart of Duluth that trains future doctors to work in rural areas is being squeezed by decreasing funding and increased regulation, its director said. "We're trying to make sure that this program that's really valuable to Minnesota has funding for the future," said Dr. Roger Waage, program director of the Duluth Family Medical Residency Program, 330 N. Eighth Ave. E. State Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, tried last week to steer money toward the Duluth program and similar programs in St. Cloud and Mankato but was unsuccessful.
CLOQUET -- It's going to take a lot of pancakes to build the skate park that Matt Anderson has in mind. About 150 people attended a pancake breakfast at the Cloquet Senior Center on Saturday morning, paying $5 apiece to raise money toward a concrete skate park planned for a section of the city's Athletic Park. If all goes well, Anderson and other members of the Cloquet Skateboard Association hope to open the skate park on about 8,000 square feet of land in fall 2013. It's an audacious goal, because they don't just want a skate park.
Minus pews, altars and pulpits, a worship service sprang up on Good Friday amid the bustle of the Holiday Center atrium. It was an appropriate place to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, participants said. "We're gathered together here in this very public place to worship the one who was sacrificed in a very public place," said Paul Harkness, director of the Northland Chapter of Minnesota Teen Challenge, who served as master of ceremonies for the noontime service. He spoke to an ever-shifting congregation.
Sgt. Andy Mickus reached into a grocery bag and pulled out what looked like a Dr. Pepper can. Then he unscrewed the can, revealing a hiding place for illicit drugs. Police find drugs hidden in what appear to be water bottles, pop cans and Duracell batteries, said Mickus, a Duluth police officer who is supervisor of the Lake Superior Drug and Gang Task Force. They've found drug scales disguised as CD cases. "You can get them on the Internet," Mickus told an audience Thursday evening at the Morgan Park Good Fellowship Building. "Head shops sell it.
The number of confirmed and suspected cases of a waterborne disease outbreak linked to Duluth's Edgewater Resort and Water Park continues to rise. As of Wednesday, 16 confirmed cases of cryptosporidiosis -- typically shortened as crypto -- had been reported among people who spent time at the water park in March, said Trisha Robinson, epidemiologist for the Minnesota Department of Health. An additional 62 suspected cases had been reported. At least one person has been hospitalized because of the illness, Robinson said.
A talk on Monday evening will focus on the ethical ramifications of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," the book featured in this year's "One Book, One Community" area-wide reading program. Dr. Stephen Huddleston offers a particular perspective: He's on the staff of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, which plays a key role in Rebecca Skloot's nonfiction book. Henrietta Lacks was a poor, black woman who was treated for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins in the early 1950s. Without her knowledge, doctors removed cell samples from her.
Oh, great. We've barely started reveling in an early spring when the killjoys at the Minnesota Department of Health start talking about ticks. "Unfortunately, a mild winter and warm March weather this year hastened the beginning of the season for tick exposure," said Dave Neitzel, an epidemiologist for the health department who specializes in tick-borne diseases, in a news release. "This early start to the tick season could lead to a longer than usual risk season in 2012, potentially worsening Minnesota's troubling trend of marked increases in numbers of Lyme disease and other tick-borne di
Chris Gardner plans to step on a treadmill in the lobby of the downtown Duluth Area Family YMCA at 6 a.m. Monday and start running. He doesn't plan to stop until 10 p.m. Gardner, billed as an ultra-runner, father and dedicated YMCA member in a news release from the organization, hopes to raise $3,000 for the Y's Strong Kids Campaign from his 16-hour stationary run. He also hopes to run at least 100 miles.
Words were exchanged, and then blows. Someone blocked another person's exit. The language grew coarse -- "cover-the-children's-ears" sort of language. There were threats. People stood between two parties, preventing a situation from escalating. It's a part of daily life, but the setting might surprise you. Three such altercations occurred last year and early this year in a Duluth nursing home -- a nursing home that celebrates the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi, who said, "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace." The incidents on Aug. 26, Oct.
Poverty is a major reason why St. Louis County's health lags behind much of the state in an annual report, Guy Peterson said on Tuesday. "Social and economic factors weigh into this," said Peterson, the county's public health director. "It brings us down a lot compared to the state. ... The healthiest counties are in the ring of metro suburbs, the places where the money is." The county's rank declined in the two broad areas included in the annual County Health Rankings, which is compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.