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Duluth public schools administrators are proposing tampering with the sacred cow of student-teacher ratios to balance the budget and provide money for support personnel. The School Board, in its business meeting on Monday, heard Superintendent Bill Gronseth present two options to erase a $3.1 million deficit and invest new money that could include teachers but also might add positions such as social workers and reading specialists. Option A calls for investing nearly $3 million in those areas; Option B calls for close to $1.9 million.
When Twelve Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church came into existence a century ago, the surrounding neighborhood was as Greek as the church. "Most of the streets around here were Greek," said the church's current priest, the Rev. Timothy Sas, as he sat in a comfortable room in the Pratchios House, across the parking lot from the church at 632 E. Second St. "The two or three blocks around here, very seldom did you come across a person who was not Greek," he said.
A couple who took their baby to urgent care at St. Luke's hospital in Duluth on New Year's Day said they expected a $45 co-pay and were surprised to get a $308 bill instead. What they learned, said Alyssa Campbell of Portland, Ore., was they had gotten urgent care but had been billed under an emergency room coding. "And that seems not right," she said. In an era of extravagant medical bills, $300 isn't a lot. It's not a heavy burden for Alyssa and her husband, Kevin, both of whom have jobs, she said.
A mix of numbers on lung cancer The rate of lung cancer is relatively low in Minnesota, according to a new report from the American Lung Association. With a rate of 55.5 new lung cancer cases per 100,000 people diagnosed every year, Minnesota ranks ninth best — i.e., ninth lowest lung cancer rate — in the country, according to the nonprofit's first-ever State of Lung Cancer report, released last week. Wisconsin has a 61.5 rate, 20th among the states. Utah has by far the lowest rate, at 29.1, and Kentucky by far the highest, at 96.8.
When Lila Hickok first met an applicant for a massage therapist position at her Superior salon, she was taken aback. Actually, "shocked" was her word. "I mean, I could tell he was blind right away because he had his cane," recalled Hickok, who owns La Peinado ("The Hairdo") at 2802 Tower Ave. "And I thought, 'Holy moly, this is going to be something.'"
To hear her students tell it, there was never a dull day in Miss Blake's classroom. "During the winter, she had these storm dances that she would do," said Matt Johnson, 17, a senior at Esko High School. "And we all had to do the snow dance with her to make sure that school would get canceled the next day," added his classmate Carter Northey, 18.
Tyesha Nelson isn't down on medical marijuana, even though it didn't help her with her intractable pain. The 31-year Duluth woman "was placing all my bets on the medical marijuana" to relieve the pain from the rheumatoid arthritis with which she had been diagnosed at age 23, she said on Wednesday. She had a dose in August 2016, soon after intractable pain was added as an approved condition for treatment with medical cannabis in Minnesota. Not only did it fail to relieve her pain, Nelson said, it "gave me the worst anxiety I ever experienced in my life."
Free yoga in Poplar Free yoga sessions are being offered at a dance studio in Poplar The sessions, open to all, are from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays at Lake Effect Dance, U.S. Highway 2 and County Road P. Anna Haskins, the studio's founder, said it's being offered in a partnership with Essentia Health to help improve the physical and mental health of Douglas County residents. About 30 people have been attending, she said. Child care is available at a cost of $10 per child.
Olympic-sized triumph echoed from South Korea to the Duluth International Airport on Monday as four members of the gold-medal-winning U.S. men's curling team were welcomed with cheers, chants and hugs. "Give me a U!" a pint-sized voice chimed shortly after John Shuster of Superior and Tyler George, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo of Duluth came through the doors. "U!" a crowd of several hundred people responded. "Give me an S!" "S!" "Give me an A!" "A!" "What are we?" "USA! USA! USA!"
A sexual assault on a patient in Hibbing is among 341 "adverse health events" that occurred at Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers between October 2016 and October 2017, according to an annual report released today. All told, 25 such events were self-reported at Northland hospitals, up from 22 the year before, in the report compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health. They ranged from falls resulting in serious injury to pressure sores to "surgery/other invasive procedure performed on wrong patient."