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If you live in Northeastern Minnesota, you're much more likely to die from Alzheimer's than people living elsewhere in the state. You're more likely to die of heart disease, more likely to commit suicide and almost twice as likely to die from cirrhosis.
A Duluth nonprofit that allows hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices and nursing homes to exchange medical records electronically expects significant growth within the next year. That's because the Community Health Information Collaborative's Health Information Exchange-Bridge will go statewide after the Twin Cities-based Minnesota Health Information Exchange merged with it on July 1. Cheryl Stephens, president and CEO of the collaborative since it formed in 1997, said the budget for electronic records exchanges is likely to go from less than $200,000 now to $1 million by the end of next year
It would be easy to tell you right away what was found when the vault on the second floor of the old Duluth Armory was opened on Saturday afternoon for the first time in anyone's memory. But what fun would that be? The central figure in our story is Mark Lundblad, 59, of Roseville, Minn., a safecracker for 35 years. Lundblad's fascination with the magician Houdini evolved into an interest in all things involving locks and keys.
Connie Wuorinen can't swim.
A Duluth adult foster home has been fined $2,000 for failure to provide adequate medical care to two residents who died at the home on consecutive days in March. The two residents of Heartland Homes of Duluth's adult foster home at 552 W. Faribault St. died on March 19 and 20, according to an investigation memorandum filed Aug. 15 by the Minnesota Department of Human Services' Division of Licensing.
Dr. Arne Vainio will speak about mental-health issues among American Indians during the next Duluth area meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Vainio is a family physician at Min-No-Aya-Win Clinic on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet. He will discuss triggers for mental illness and treatment solutions. He also will show a clip from the Emmy- nominated documentary "Walking Into the Unknown," in which Vainio talks about the suicide of his father. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1-3 of the Miller-Dwan building, 502 E. Second St.
After two years of secret garden tours, members of a Park Point garden club are changing tactics this year. The garden tours were a success, but the planned visit of some high-profile femme foodies from the Twin Cities provided a perfect excuse for a festival focused on food -- growing it and eating it. The result: The Lafayette Community Edible Garden's first Park Point Garden and Food Festival, from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at Lafayette Square, 3026 Minnesota Ave. The featured guests: Members of the St.
Although fruits and vegetables are a regular part of his diet, Chris Evavold isn't sure he always gets five servings a day. "Five servings of fruits and vegetables always seems kind of hard," the rural Douglas County man said. "How do I get five in a day?" It could be easier than he thinks. "People could either underestimate or overestimate ...
It's not uncommon for Chris Evavold and Ingrid Johnson-Evavold to know where everything on their dinner table came from. "Occasionally we'll sit down to a meal, and virtually everything we've either raised or harvested wild," Johnson-Evavold said. The meals at the home the couple shares with their three children near Pattison State Park in Douglas County invariably include ample servings of fruits and vegetables. Johnson-Evavold and the couple's middle child, Isabella, 13, eat meat only if it's locally produced. "Anytime we're away from our home we're vegetarians," Johnson-Evavold said.
You could get sweet corn at the Duluth Farmers Market on Saturday, but you had to be early. "We had our first 50 dozen (ears) that came out of the field, and it all sold immediately," said Bob Olen, St. Louis County Extension educator and a vendor at the market. The market was open from 7 a.m. to noon. By midmorning, sweet corn was a distant memory, but there still were ample supplies of fresh-picked beets, garlic, summer squash, lettuce, kale, kohlrabi, onions and cucumbers, among a wealth of produce that teased the eyes and tickled noses.