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The people of Pine Hill Lutheran Church will gather for their Christmas Eve service as always, to the ringing of the bell that used to be part of a locomotive steam engine. The Christmas story will be read from Scripture, interspersed with familiar carols. "Joy to the World." "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." At the close of the service, everyone will light candles and sing "Silent Night," as always. But something will be missing. For the first time in 48 Christmases, the person standing in front won't be Pastor Daryl O.
Christmas isn't until next week, but Leslie Bucar has all the present she needs already. "I told him he doesn't have to get me a Christmas present this year," she said of her husband, Frank Bucar. "I already got my Christmas present. I got him back." Frank Bucar was playing basketball with his friends at the Stowe Elementary School on Dec. 10, as he had been doing on Monday evenings for nearly 20 years. As his longtime friend, Tom Rzatkowski of Hermantown, watched from the side, Bucar slowly slumped to the floor. Rzatkowski said he thought his buddy was kidding at first.
No one can know who the next deranged killer might be, mental-health experts say. "There is no predictor where we'd be able to say in mental health that this person is going to do something very dangerous," said Rick Gertsema, clinical supervisor of the recently opened Amberwing Center for Youth and Family Well-being in Duluth. Kathy Bergum, social service supervisor for children's mental health in St.
Just in time for Christmas, influenza has reached widespread levels in Minnesota, the state Department of Health reported on Thursday. "We are now at widespread activity across the state," said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious diseases for the Minnesota Department of Health.
For children who live in the little town of Thomson, the trip to school and back got a whole lot shorter last week. "Our granddaughter just got on a bus that comes across the bridge, and it's 20 minutes less time per ride for her," Ruth Jorgenson, Thomson's city clerk, said in a phone interview on Friday morning. Jorgenson was talking about the difference made by the reopening of the Minnesota Highway 210 bridge that connects Thomson to the bigger town of Carlton, where a post office, banks, insurance offices, convenience stores, grocery store, hair salons, bars, restaurants and schools are
If there's anything cuter than a baby, it might be a baby wearing earmuffs. The especially tiny babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center have earmuffs available while construction is under way just down the hall. An Essentia Health news release explained that the construction is on a new intensive care unit for newborns that will replace the existing facility, on the medical center's fifth floor. The earmuffs are designed to provide hearing protection for premature babies.
There's positive news about Wisconsin teens as well: Youth smoking rates in the state have hit an all-time low, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported this week. The drop was particularly steep during the last two years: from 17.7 percent in 2010 to 13.1 percent in 2012 among high school students, news releases from the American Cancer Society and from Smoke Free Wisconsin noted.
Essentia Health has added to its telemedicine network with a link between the emergency departments in Sandstone and Duluth. With high-end cameras, microphones and a secure network connection, caregivers and a patient in the emergency room at Essentia Health-Sandstone are able to talk with emergency medicine specialists at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. A similar link was launched earlier this year with Essentia Health-Northern Pines in Aurora, an Essentia Health news release said.
Minnesota has upgraded its online report card on the state's nursing homes. The revamped report card includes more information on quality and more flexibility for consumers in selecting quality measures important to them, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health announced in a news release. Other new features include displays of multiple facilities on the same screen to allow for comparison, more than a year's worth of data for each facility, lists of facilities by city and links to Google maps for locations and directions, the news release said. In
Parents and relatives should think about good health when buying gifts for children, a St. Luke's hospital pediatrician said. Adults should do more than avoid small parts and lead paint, Dr. Noelle Westrum said in a St. Luke's news release.