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The largest gift in the history of the University of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth campus will be used to establish a Native American Center of Excellence, school officials announced Wednesday. The cash gift of $10 million, to be paid over five years, comes from an anonymous donor from Minnesota who recently learned of his own Native American roots, said Dr. Paula Termuhlen, dean of the school's Duluth campus. It comes with virtually no strings attached.
John Silewski had a farm near Grafton, N.D., where he raised birds, especially pheasants and peacocks. But Silewski left the farm almost a year ago, said his daughter, Brittney Hanson of Duluth, and at age 60 he likely will never see it again. He's living now in a memory care facility in Eau Claire, Wis., where one of his two sons has an organic farm. When he was 57, within months after he became a widower, Silewski was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, or more accurately dementia presenting as Alzheimer's.
The skinny on obesity The headline is that Minnesota's adult obesity rate climbed last year. In reality, it hasn't changed much. The state had a 27.8 percent obesity rate last year, compared with 26.1 percent in 2015 but almost identical to the 27.6 percent in 2014, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released last week.
• Memory loss that disrupts daily life • Challenges in planning or solving problems • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure • Confusion with time or place • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships • New problems with words in speaking or writing • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps • Decreased or poor judgment • Withdrawal from work or social activities • Changes in mood and personality Source: Alzheimer's Association
TOFTE — Marc Davey produced family pictures. Judith Hazen came with a binder filled with mementos from a previous occasion. It was the sort of thing one might expect to see at a reunion of two people after more than 21 years apart — but with a difference. "Well I have to tell you, I don't remember what you looked like," Hazen told Davey.
The western Duluth property on which rezoning for a Kwik Trip was rejected earlier this year is up for Planning Commission action again — but in a different setting. At its Sept. 12 meeting, the commission will consider an amendment to its zoning map for a section of Duluth that abuts Proctor, north of U.S. Highway 2 and east of Boundary Avenue. If the commission approves the revised map, it would then go to the City Council for approval.
At 9Round, one of Duluth's newest fitness centers, even resting is active. "Active rest," Geoff Rich was explaining. "That's where our trainer —" As if on cue, he was interrupted by a commanding female voice: "WE'RE GOING TO DO WINDMILLS!" Rich continued: "Our trainer is going to call out a shared exercise, and then we're going to demonstrate it, and everybody does that together."
Walking to end Alzheimer's Teams still are forming for the Twin Ports Area Walk to End Alzheimer's, which will take place Sept. 9. This year's event combines two walks that formerly were held in Duluth and Superior, according to Jenna Herbig, Alzheimer's Association program manager in Duluth. More than 600 walks take place across the country, and last year the walks combined to raise more than $78 million. The goals for the Twin Ports walk this year are 1,000 walkers and $180,000 raised, Herbig said.
When school begins for Duluth East High School students next week, they'll have more streets where they can legally park their cars — but not as many as originally proposed to the Duluth City Council. The council on Monday unanimously agreed to an amendment proposed by 1st District Councilor Gary Anderson, then also unanimously approved a new and somewhat reduced East residential permit parking zone.
LaDonna Redmond, described as a food justice activist, said she used to go to conferences involving academicians, researchers and maybe a couple of farmers, "but not regular people who just ate." "So I got really bored with going to conferences," the Minneapolis woman said. The alternative Redmond developed is taking place in Duluth this weekend, as a small group of students and community members spends 20 hours talking about food and justice.