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Sandstone is finally getting its new hospital, and area residents are being invited to celebrate. An open house including "self-guided tours, burgers and brats, music and fun" will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Essentia Health-Sandstone hospital, 705 Lundorff Drive in Sandstone, according to an Essentia Health news release. The new hospital is located at the site of what used to be Sandstone Airport.
Area residents will have the chance to weigh-in on an attempt to slow the soaring cost of private health insurance premiums at a public meeting on Monday. Hosted by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the event will seek input on the $542 million "reinsurance" bill the Minnesota Legislature passed earlier this spring. Gov. Mark Dayton didn't sign the bill but allowed it to become law.
A Duluth nursing facility is back in good graces with state and federal agencies after correcting nine "deficiencies" cited by inspectors late last year. Bayshore Residence & Rehabilitation Center on Park Point was recertified for participation in Medicare and Medicaid in an April 6 letter from Mark Meath, an enforcement specialist with the Minnesota Department of Health to David Uselman, the facility's administrator.
The launch of a physician assistant graduate program in Duluth "is going to be part of the solution" to a shortage of doctors, particularly in remote areas, a rural health expert said. "There certainly is a need," said Kate Dean, executive director of the Essentia Institute of Rural Health. "We're very excited to have this program off the ground and running."
For much of his life, Mark Jones had little ability to communicate. "He could say 'I hurt,' but he couldn't tell you where he hurt," said Mark's father, Ken Jones, in a telephone interview from the family's home 16 miles south of Superior. Severely autistic, Mark displayed the symptom of the autism spectrum known as echolalia. That means he could accurately repeat what he heard but with no comprehension of the words.
Fighting off diabetes The diabetes prevention program is being offered in Duluth and Cloquet beginning this month. The program, which takes place over a one-year period, has been shown to help people make lifestyle changes to lose weight and prevent type 2 diabetes, according to a news release from Healthy Northland.
Although officially a rally on behalf of all missing, murdered and trafficked indigenous people, a group who gathered in Canal Park on Monday afternoon had one specific woman in mind. "I'm going to speak about Sheila St. Clair today," organizer Shawn Carr said in advance of a ceremony along the brick walkway outside of the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace that mixed solemnity with defiance.
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.