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A public health nurse who works for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is one of two winners of a statewide award for promoting good health in mothers, children and adolescents. Danielle Le Bon Gort of Superior received a Betty Hubbard Maternal and Child Health Leadership Award at this year's Maternal and Child Health Advisory Task Force meeting in St.
John Spanish, a World War II veteran from Hibbing who served four terms in the Minnesota Legislature but was turned back in 13 subsequent tries for office, has died. He was 90. Spanish, a lifelong bachelor, died Monday at St. Raphael's Health-Rehab Center in Eveleth, according to Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing. Funeral arrangements are pending. After serving on the Hibbing Village Council for nine years, Spanish was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1969 in a nonpartisan election.
Mabel Galvin was wearing a Santa Claus hat and a smile as bright as Christmas Day. Galvin was reveling in the grand reopening of Lower Chester Park at 15th Avenue East and Fifth Street as dozens of neighbors gathered on a bright, crisp Saturday afternoon. Hockey players were skating in the rink, children were skating in a separate area, and grownups were nibbling on cake and cookies in the clubhouse. Dads roasted marshmallows on fire pits with their kids. "Today is just exceptional," a beaming Galvin said. "We finally got the ice.
Leah Schroeder's youngest child, Fynn, had the best breakfast of his 14 months one morning just before Thanksgiving. "I had my little guy suck on a sucker, which he thought was the coolest thing that had ever happened," the 29-year-old mother of three said. Schroeder was hosting a "pox party" in her Harbor Highlands home. Another mom stopped by, bringing her young child. The hope was that the other child would catch chicken pox from Fynn, who was in the midst of the itchy illness.
CARLTON -- Jim and Beverly Whorton's "thank yous" are about 7 feet tall, green and fragrant. For the fourth year, the owners of Chub Lake Tree Farm near Carlton are participating in Trees for Troops, a nationwide effort by tree growers to provide Christmas trees to families who have someone deployed overseas. "It's just one way to say, 'Thank you for your service,' " said Beverly Whorton, 69. This year, some of those "thank yous" are staying close to home. Families of many of the 131 Minnesota National Guard troops deployed in Kuwait from the Duluth-based 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, with u
Seth Oliver isn't saying what's in store for the 68 acres once envisioned as the site of a Spirit Mountain golf course. "I can't tell you anything," the Duluth developer said on Friday. But something is up. The weekly Proctor Journal reported in Thursday's edition that the Proctor City Council had approved annexing the land on the south side of Interstate 35 west of the Boundary Avenue intersection at Oliver's request.
Tom Cartier's dream of a cure for Type 1 diabetes is a step closer to reality. A University of Minnesota research team led by Dr. Bernhard Hering has successfully reversed the disease by transplanting pig islet cells into diabetic monkeys, according to researchers with the Spring Point Project. Spring Point is the nonprofit set up by Cartier, owner of the Cartier insurance agency in Lincoln Park, to provide pigs for diabetes research. Researchers now are waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to approve clinical trials of human subjects.
Lisa Montminy said she realized caregivers need extra help a couple of years ago when she and her husband cared for her father-in-law for 22 days as he was dying of malignant melanoma. Although she is a licensed practical nurse, Montminy brought in hospice care -- a nurse two days a week and an aide one day a week. Volunteers helped as well, but weren't trained to deal with medical issues.
Grand Rapids pharmacist Mike Brandt is so alarmed by the proposed merger between two major pharmacy-benefit managers that he took his case to Washington. So did Andrew Feld, a student at the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy's Duluth campus. And his classmate, Allison Scott, is part of a delegation leaving for Washington today for the same purpose. At issue is the proposed merger between Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc., two of the three largest pharmacy-benefits managers in the country.
When Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth served free breakfast to its Hillside neighbors on Saturday, it had all the needed ingredients: eggs, milk, bread, cereal ... and food-safety training. The latter is the result of the so-called "church lady law" that went into effect Aug. 1. The law exempts faith-based organizations that serve food to groups of people from routine health inspections.