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Morgan Long loved the color purple, butterflies and Converse tennis shoes. "Fifteen at least," said her friend Anissa Jones about the number of pairs in Long's closet. "She had every color, every style." So it only makes sense that when members of Team Morgan Long run in Grandma's Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on Saturday, each will be wearing a purple T-shirt that includes a drawing of a butterfly. They will NOT necessarily be wearing Converse tennis shoes.
Teenage pregnancy and birth rates are continuing to tumble in Minnesota, according to a report released on Wednesday by University of Minnesota researchers. But they tend to be higher in rural counties than elsewhere — including in Lake County, with a rate of 46.3 pregnancies per 1,000 adolescent girls, third-highest in the state and well above the statewide rate of 13.7.
It was expected that Allie Heidemann would be born on the Fourth of July, but Charlie and Billie Heidemann’s second child had other ideas. Allie arrived early — way early — weighing just over 2 pounds and measuring in at 1 foot long when she was born on March 27. Because of that, the Heidemanns of West Duluth have been spending a lot of time with her in the neonatal intensive care unit at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Duluth doc leads national group A Duluth doctor has begun a yearlong term as chairman of the Federation of State Medical Boards, a national nonprofit that represents the 70 medical boards in the United States and its territories. Dr. Gregory B. Snyder, a vascular and interventional radiologist with Essentia Health in Duluth, was elected to serve by the group's delegates last year and sworn in as chairman at its annual meeting in Texas in April. The medical boards license and discipline allopathic and osteopathic physicians.
A $200,000 grant awarded today will be used to help reimagine Canal Park as more than a tourism playground. "It is tourist-centric; quite often the residents avoid the area in the summer," said Keith Hamre, director of planning and community services for the city of Duluth. "And that's not what we want to see happen. We want to see this as the community center and really for everyone, especially at the pedestrian level."
Jodi Harpstead leaned on the kitchen counter, looking toward a newly furnished living room and a view toward Jefferson Street. "Beats sleeping under a bridge," the CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota said. Within weeks, a formerly homeless young person will be living in the attractive, squeaky-clean one-bedroom apartment in the Center for Changing Lives, the nonprofit's long-desired building for youth-centered programs and housing in the 1400 block of East Superior Street.
The people of Proctor’s Immanuel Lutheran Church celebrated the church’s 100th anniversary on Sunday. “It was a tremendous occasion,” said Tim Jorgenson, president of the church council. It was also a bittersweet one. “Yes it was,” Jorgenson said. “Because I would love to see the church’s doors stay open for another 100 years.”
The five women sat at a table in a conference room at the Duluth YMCA, looking at menus. "Pizza Athena at Pizza Luce is really good," said Pat Brown, as she perused a menu from that chain. "It's circled on here." "Does that mean it's healthy?" Judy Breuer asked. "I don't know." Breuer studied the description of the specialty pizza: fresh spinach, tomato, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, red onions, Greek oregano and toasted garlic with light mozzarella on Bianca sauce.
A waste of money Minnesotans are spending millions of dollars for medical tests they don't need, the state health department says. The conclusion comes from a look at 18 "low-value" medical tests given in 2014, according to a Minnesota Department of Health news release. It found that Minnesotans spent $54.9 million on them that year, including $9.3 million out of pocket, "even though they're known to provide little benefit to patients." Among the low-value tests, according to the health department:
A $225,000 grant will help YWCA Duluth respond to mental-health issues, an official for the nonprofit said. "Our focus for our project is really about ... (being) able to better address the growing mental-health needs that we see within all of our programs," said Alice Jacobson, director of external programming at the YWCA.