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Staff at the St. Louis County Jail were in the process of booking an inmate when they heard a cry from a nearby holding cell. Female staffers, aware of the woman who had been placed in that cell minutes before, hurried to open the door, recalled Robyn Wojciechowski, longtime jail administrator. But by the time they arrived, the inmate had already delivered a baby.
Cautionary note on fireworks It's the Fourth of July, and the Minnesota Medical Association has issued its annual plea for Minnesotans to leave the lighting of fireworks to professionals. "If only Minnesotans would let the experts take care of the fireworks, we'd all be safer," said Dr. David Agerter, MMA president, in a news release. "Every summer, we hear awful stories about children and adults getting injured when fireworks go off unexpectedly."
When Chris Lewandowski returned to Minneapolis after a quick trip to Duluth early this year to make arrangements to pop the question to the woman he loved, the first thing he did was buy a Sharpie permanent marker and a padlock. The 25-year-old Michigan native had been exploring Canal Park on that bitterly cold January day with wedding photographer Bryan Koop when both noticed something neither recalled seeing before. Clusters of padlocks were attached to three weathered pillars on the lake side of the Lakewalk, a short distance from the Crabby Ol' Bill's food stand.
Summer camp checklist: Bug spray ✔ Flashlight ✔ Swimsuit ✔ Lice shampoo Wait ... wha— ?? You probably don't really have to pack lice shampoo with the kiddos when they head off to camp this summer. But you can bet thoughts of the lousy little critters have crossed the mind of the camp's director and staff. The American Camp Association, with more than 11,000 members, reports on its website that some of the most common calls to its crisis hotline reference lice.
The generic difference Minnesotans are billions of dollars richer because they purchased generic drugs instead of brand drugs last year. So says a report released last week by the lobbying group that represents manufacturers of generic drugs. According to the analysis, which the Association for Accessible Medicines said was done by third-party researchers, Minnesotans saved $3.7 billion by purchasing generics in 2016. That was broken down into: • Medicaid: $601 million • Medicare: $1.1 billion • Cash: $233 million
Arndt Braaten was never one to make impulsive decisions. When he was confirmed into the Lutheran church, for example, the 13-year-old saw it as an irrevocable lifetime commitment. "I was very much aware that I was standing before almighty God who created the universe and everything in it promising to be faithful to him to the end," said Braaten, now 91. "Now that was very awesome, and I wasn't about to break it."
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.