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As a social work intern in the Twin Cities, Najma Mohamed hears traumatic stories from her fellow Somali immigrants every day. "These are clients that are coming from war-torn countries," said Mohamed, 26, who came to the U.S. when she was in her early teens. "They witnessed a lot of violence, a lot of robbery, a lot of burning houses. ... I had one client, she said she was raped by 10 men."
The Duluth school system's effort to sell the white elephant that is the Central High School property may enter a new phase next week. At a business committee meeting on Monday, School Board members heard Superintendent Bill Gronseth explain how he'd chosen Greg Follmer Commercial Real Estate as the best agent to handle the sale of the former Central High and Nettleton Elementary schools as well as other school district properties. The board will vote next week on whether to give Gronseth the green light to negotiate a deal with the Duluth firm.
U.S. Rep Rick Nolan is retiring at the end of the current term, he announced Friday morning — a major shakeup in what already was shaping up to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the nation this year. Nolan is in his third term representing Northeastern Minnesota's 8th District in Congress; he previsouly served in Congress from Minnesota's 6th District from 1975-81. He had previously stated that he would run for re-election this year.
Classes held in the largest lecture hall at the University of Minnesota Duluth were canceled Thursday and today because of a water main break. The break occurred in a crawl space under the Kirby Student Center at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, said John Rashid, facilities management director at UMD, sending water into the lower level of Bohannon Hall — including the Bohannon 90 lecture hall — and the Ven Den lounge.
Clients suffered from neglect at two area nursing facilities, the Minnesota Department of Health ruled in findings posted on its website this week. Both clients have died, one in late 2016 and the other early last year. In one case, special investigators Rhylee Gilb and Amy Hyers issued a neglect finding to Edgewood Hermantown Senior Living for failing to assess a bowel infection in a client cared for in the memory-care unit.
A Duluth nursing facility whose residents were found to be in "immediate jeopardy" by state officials last Aug. 31 should be back in the state's good graces by the end of the week, its administrator said. "They'll want to get us back into substantial compliance," the standard that would mean sanctions would be removed, administrator David Uselman said on Tuesday. "I feel that they'll be visiting us soon."
Carbon monoxide perils It's no surprise: Winter is the prime time for carbon monoxide poisoning. It can be deadly. Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning, reports an Essentia Health news release. Another 4,000 are hospitalized and 20,000 emergency room visits are recorded. It can victimize you in your car, your home or your fish house.
Carly Sandmann was practicing with her teammates when something went awry. "I got a concussion," the 21-year-old College of St. Scholastica senior said. "That's a risk you take." Sandmann's sport is not basketball or hockey; it's cheerleading. And the risk she and her 27 fellow CSS cheerleaders take is real. "There are a few things that are real common in cheerleaders," said Dr. Janus Butcher, an orthopedics and sports medicine specialist at Essentia Health. "And, believe it or not, head injuries are very common, concussions and the like."
The first shall be last. After opening the first video rental store in Duluth nearly 35 years ago, Brian Augustine is in the process of closing the last surviving year-round video store in town. "The technology just passed us by," Augustine said on Friday from his Video Vision store in West Duluth's Spirit Valley Mall, which is in the midst of a closing sale. "Netflix. Downloading. All the young people are downloading their movies and games now. So they don't visit the video store anymore."
Let's start with the weather forecast: Duluth can expect highs in the low single digits this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. In other words, perfect weather to kick off something called Cold Front February. "That's part of the idea, is to embrace that kind of weather," said Shawna Mullen, active transportation coordinator for Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community, which is driving the event along with the city of Duluth, Visit Duluth and other organizations.