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The lone resident at a Duluth home for vulnerable adults swallowed a pen after a staff member in charge of the resident's care fell asleep, according to a state agency's document. Surgery was required to remove the pen from the resident, who had a history of trying to swallow inedible objects. The incident occurred on April 14 at the Residential Services of Northeast Minnesota's home at 2209 Hoover St., according to a Minnesota Department of Human Services investigative memorandum published Wednesday on the agency's website.
The basement of Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Duluth is a mess. A wall separating a hallway from the quilting room is broken out. Three pianos are flipped on their backs, as is a refrigerator. Throughout the basement, heavy objects are strewn about randomly as if by superhuman vandals. The entire floor is covered with thick, slippery mud, and it's cracked in several places. The floor of the gymnasium is buckled. A brown line 5 feet up runs along all of the walls.
Members of a committee in Pine County say they are "devastated and bewildered" after their latest talks with administrators of Essentia Health over the future of Essentia's Sandstone affiliate. "We as a committee are reeling from Tuesday's meeting," said Tim Schmutzer, chairman of a transition committee appointed by the North Pine Area Hospital District's board.
Jackson Beattie, the toddler from Superior who inspired a kidney walk in Afghanistan, is scheduled to have his kidney transplant today. Barring last-minute obstacles, the transplant of a kidney from 20-year-old cousin Brett Beattie to 20-month-old Jackson was scheduled to begin at 5:30 a.m. at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital, according to Facebook and Caring Bridge pages set up on Jackson's behalf.
A Two Harbors couple's child foster care license was revoked because the foster mother spanked a foster child in violation of state rules, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Kirk and Beth Schield were issued a license to care for up to four foster children in their home on Dec. 1, 2010. The revocation was announced in a letter to the Schields dated July 6 and was posted on Tuesday on the department's website.
A 27-year-old Duluth man is in jail pending felony charges of making terroristic threats after allegedly saying he was going to burn or blow up the Charter Communications building at 640 Garfield Ave. in Duluth, then showing up at that facility Tuesday morning. Steven Saari Jr. was upset over his Internet service, Duluth police said in a news release. He is being held at the St.
Arguing that a young gay man was charged with assault when he was really the victim of a hate crime, about 30 people gathered at the steps of the St. Louis County Courthouse on Saturday to demand that the charges against him be dropped. The rally, staged by OutFront Minnesota, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, sought to pressure St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin to drop fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges against Max Pelofske, 21, of Duluth.
The walk in front of the deer yard will be closed, and the barnyard depleted. Polar Shores will be vacant. But 23 days after unprecedented rain and an overflowing Kingsbury Creek heavily damaged the Lake Superior Zoo, the zoo will re-open to the public on Friday. "That's the plan," said Keely Johnson, the zoo's director of marketing and public relations, on Friday. "We're pretty confident." And although Berlin the polar bear and seals Vivian and Feisty are still in St. Paul, the majority of the zoo's 483 animals will be in place, ready to see and be seen.
A Mountain Iron couple surrendered their child foster care license after one of their own children found a loaded gun in the family vehicle, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The state withdrew an order to revoke the license of Tony and Shannon Hautala on June 18 after the Hautalas surrendered their license, according to a "statement of final agency decision" posted June 27 on the department's website. The license is one of two lost for child foster homes in the Northland in recent weeks. The Hautalas' difficulty stemmed from an incident that occurred on June 28, 2010
The Duluth Family Practice Center, which serves as a training ground for rural doctors but is suffering from declining public support, is under new management. On Sunday, Duluth-based Essentia Health took over management of the clinic and its physician training wing, the Family Medicine Residency Program, an Essentia news release said. Essentia, St. Luke's hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical School have provided money and support for the clinic for three decades, the news release said.