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A slide at Playfront Park that has been recalled won't immediately be removed or blocked off, a city official said. The Slalom Glider, a twisting, plastic slide produced by Landscape Structures of Delano, Minn., was voluntarily recalled by the company after 16 reports of injuries to children younger than 8, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced this week. Landscape Structures equipment can be found on dozens of playgrounds in Duluth, but the slide at Playfront is the only Slalom Glider in a city park, said Tom Kasper, supervisor of street and park maintenance for the city.
A nursing assistant at a Grand Marais nursing home was cited for abuse for pulling two residents by the arms and speaking to one in a "disrespectful manner," according to a state report made public on Wednesday. The facility, Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center, was cited for procedural failings in relation to the incident, according to public records from the Minnesota Department of Health. The employee, who wasn't named, was suspended during an internal investigation that began June 2; she later was fired due to "lack of respect" for residents, the report said.
A segment on a syndicated radio show aired in Duluth is being decried by some residents as insensitive and offensive to people with cognitive disabilities. The segment, part of the Dallas-based "Lex and Terry Show," involves asking a panel of "contestants" questions to determine which one is "mentally challenged." JoAnn Bauers, who said she doesn't ordinarily listen to the program or the station, KZIO 94.1, happened upon it as she was driving to work on Tuesday morning. "I really feel like a line was crossed," said Bauers, who was unimpressed by the argument that the bit was a parody.
Methotrexate isn't just used to treat children with leukemia, and the shortage of the drug doesn't just affect them. One of 283 drugs that's in short supply, methotrexate has been in the news this week because it is used to treat a form of leukemia that is the most common form of childhood cancer, and when it's available it has a success rate of up to 90 percent. But forms of the drug also are used in treating breast cancer, lymphoma and leukemia in adults, said Dr. Tanya Repka, an oncologist at St. Luke's hospital.
After enduring absentee rates of 25 percent to almost 33 percent for days, the South Shore school district administrator decided it was time to close down for a few days. The culprit, Clendon Gustafson said: whooping cough. "We've had 52 kids -- and we only have 150 kids attending -- 52 kids have been treated for whooping cough at this point," said Gustafson, who serves as administrator of the single-building school system in Port Wing - in Bayfield County, Wis. - and principal of the middle and high school.
Arna Rennan listened to her worries, and she's glad she did. "We tend to be stoic and dismiss worry," said Rennan, 57. "(But) worry is something to act on. We hear way too many stories of people that dismiss, they tough it out. ... But we live in our bodies, and (we) are in tune intimately." For Rennan, a local artist with family roots in Norway, her worries led to the discovery of two dangerous aneurysms in her brain.
A volunteer finds Patrick Stojevich with a glance across the busy aquatics center at Morgan Park Middle School. "He's wearing the hat," she says. The baseball cap in neon colors marked Stojevich as the go-to guy at Saturday's Special Olympics qualifier for Minnesota's Area III in basketball and powerlifting as well as swimming. The top qualifiers will go on to state competition. It was the 24th year for Stojevich and the school as the venue for the swimming portion of the event.
Rikki Piskoty, who was in her 30th week of pregnancy, said she felt perfectly normal when she went to her nursing assistant class at Lake Superior College on Jan. 25. It was the day when the 18 students in Melanie Kucera's class learned about checking vital signs. And when her classmates took Piskoty's blood pressure, it was a vital sign that told an alarming story. Because her classmates took the numbers seriously, Piskoty sought medical attention the same day.
An employee at Ecumen Lakeshore was set up, and a family's suspicions were confirmed: $35 was taken from a purse in view of a video camera hidden in a flowerpot. After viewing the evidence, administrators of the health-care facility at 4000 London Road in Duluth fired the employee. The incident was revealed in a Minnesota Department of Health investigation report filed Jan.
Three Duluth households found that 10 months as "Climate Idols" changed the way they eat, travel and live for the better. "All of the things that we did, none of it felt like a hardship," Jane Wattrus said. "It all felt good. It felt like we were really accomplishing something." Wattrus and her husband, Nigel; along with Larry and Joanne Spears; and Pat Kohlin and Tari Rayala and their sons Matt, 13, and Lee, 11, reported on Saturday about their experiences as Climate Idols last year.