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Editor's note: This is the third of three stories examining the economic impact of the health care industry in the Twin Ports. Each is a Midwestern city, serving a large region, with a metropolitan area straddling two or more states. In each, health care plays a large and growing role in the economy. But one of these four is not like the others. Davenport, Iowa; Evansville, Ind.; and Fargo, N.D.; each boast of large, gleaming new medical facilities, either about to open or in progress.
A day for cancer survivors Ruth Bachman, a writer, educator and advocate for cancer survivors, will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Cancer Survivors Conference sponsored by Essentia Health. Bachman, a survivor of soft tissue sarcoma, will speak on "Growing Through the Narrow Spots" at the free conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 18.
Gale Fredrickson was sitting at a small table at the Valentini's cafe in the second floor St. Luke's hospital, wearing a light blue smock emblazoned with the word "Volunteer," talking about another eating place from many decades earlier. The place was Cal's Sweet Shop in Cass Lake, Minn. Cal was her father. The family lived above the store, so Gale spent a lot of time in the eatery as she was growing up.
Big news for little hospital Bigfork Valley Hospital is small, but it continues to stake a claim as a giant among the nation's hospitals. The 20-bed hospital in Itasca County received a 9 or 10 rating for overall care from 97 percent of its patients during the most recent 12-month period, according to an annual compilation by Becker's Hospital Review. That was tied for the best mark in the country with Patients' Hospital of Redding (Calif.). The national average was 72 percent.
Proctor Mayor Phil Larson came under fire at Monday's City Council meeting for the decision he and two council colleagues made not to renew longtime Police Chief Walter Wobig's contract. "What three-fifths of this council has done to Walter Wobig is underhanded," Proctor resident Nancy Smith said during a public-comment period shortly after the meeting's start. "I believe you have a hidden agenda, and that is why you wanted him out of your way."
A bus service that brings residents of western Duluth neighborhoods to the grocery store is being revamped in a way that transit officials and food access proponents hope will be both more useful and more financially viable. The initial 18-month experiment ends today, when the Duluth Transit Authority's Route 21, aka the Grocery Express, makes its final four rounds from Lincoln Park and Morgan Park to the West Duluth Super One.
Women are different from men, at least when it comes to treatment of heart attacks. "What I found was that the recognition was slower for women," said Richard Mullvain, who has the data to back that up. Mullvain, STEMI manager for the Essentia Health-St. Mary's Heart & Vascular Center, shared his findings as one of the speakers at Wednesday's annual American Heart Association Go Red for Women luncheon, in which 10 Northland women were recognized for adopting lifestyle changes to strengthen their cardiovascular health.
Work fatalities up in Minnesota, Wisconsin Transportation is the most common source of fatal work-related injuries in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report was for 2015 and showed an increase in work fatalities in both states compared with the year before — from 62-74 in Minnesota and from 99-104 in Wisconsin.
As the world's oldest hockey player, Mark Sertich is undaunted by challenges — even the challenge of being filmed for a commercial. "It was fun," the 95-year-old West Duluth man said this week. "It was a 12-hour day from 7 in the morning to 7 at night. Sertich, who plays hockey at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, will be featured in a commercial filmed by the Mother London ad agency for Nokia, the Finnish communications company, according to Shari Olson, administrative assistant at the Heritage Center.
A Duluth assisted-living facility used a sting operation to solve a string of alleged thefts from its residents last year. "We caught the person," said Natalie Zeleznikar, CEO of Full Circle Senior Living, whose properties include Keystone Bluffs, 2528 Trinity Road, where the alleged thefts took place.