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James Gittemeier sees the future at a particular point on Woodland Avenue. "When we counted it, it's eight hundred to a thousand people a day are walking on that trail going to destinations," said Gittemeier, principal planner for the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council.
When Jody Berquist arrived home last Thursday, she found a brown bottle with an orange cap in her mailbox, with a yellow Post-it note attached. "Found your message!" the note read. "Wanted to be sure it reached its destination." The note was signed: "United States Coast Guard." Thus the U.S. military became another ally in Tom Meador's continuing campaign to remind Berquist how excited he is to be engaged to her.
Precautions with poultry Got chickens? Raising your own chickens and other poultry can provide eggs, meat and a great learning opportunity — but it also can bring health risks, the Minnesota Department of Health advises. That's especially true for children under 5 and anyone with weakened immune systems, including older adults and pregnant women, according to a health department news release.
Dr. Paula Termuhlen was like the proverbial kid in a candy shop as she moved among the displays at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. "This one is about ether as an anesthetic," she said. "There's so much that we wouldn't be doing if we didn't have (that development). ... It's really exciting." She moved on. "We have Vitamin C over here. And that's Linus Pauling." "Here's Benjamin Franklin and his personal signature."
The room is large and airy, with wood floors. Windows high on the north-facing wall let light in, adding to the roomy, spacious feel. The walls are painted in soft gray and brown tones. An open-designed kitchen occupies a corner of the room. On Friday morning, a tour of the space was accompanied by the sound of power tools as workers from Johnson-Wilson Constructors methodically went about their appointed tasks.
Four-year-old Ina Halfkann walked over to Merissa Edwards, giving her a plastic Easter egg from a display in the lobby of the Edgewater Hotel. It was Thursday afternoon, and the little girl from near Cologne, Germany, and the 40-year-old Duluth woman had known each other for less than 24 hours. But it was obvious that Edwards already had bonded with Ina and her little sister Mila. They were together because the girls' mother had given Edwards a much greater gift: the gift of life.
Checkups for 'Melanoma Monday' Free 10-minute skin checks will be available by appointment on May 1 at Essentia Health's Center for Renewal. Known as SPOTme screenings, the checkups are being offered in observance of what the American Academy of Dermatology designates as "Melanoma Monday," according to an Essentia Health news release.
From Ely to the Twin Cities, people responded on Monday to an act of vandalism with acts of generosity. "This has become a whole lot more than I ever imagined," said David Starkman, co-owner of Ely Flower and Seed. Last fall, Starkman had volunteered his services to plant five flowering crabapple trees as part of a veterans memorial that is being developed at the trailhead of the Trezona Trail, a path that goes around Miners Lake in Ely. The trees, which were budding last week, were donated by a group called Friends of the Trees of Ely.
As a nurse, Heather Miller had talked to patients who had seen themselves approaching a light as they went through near-death experiences. The Iron River woman had no reason to suspect it would happen to her. And then it did. Three times on May 26 of last year, as her colleagues at St. Luke's hospital in Duluth labored furiously to save her life, the unconscious Miller saw herself in darkness, being drawn toward a warm, comforting light. It has changed her perspective, Miller said, on her work, on her family, on life and on life after death.
Even before hospitals in Ely and Grand Marais stopped delivering babies except in emergency circumstances, use of their facilities for obstetrics was declining. Nonetheless, the loss of the services is dismaying to those it affects the most — women who now have to travel from one hour to 2½ hours or more to give birth in a hospital setting. Those were among the findings of a study presented on Friday at the Annette L. Boman Memorial Medical Student Research Symposium on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota Medical School.