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Some of Minnesota's community health centers will start making cuts in early February if Congress hasn't resolved federal funding by then, advocates say. "It's fairly doom and gloom," said Jonathan Watson, public policy director for the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers. "I have a couple of health centers here in the Twin Cities that would be laying off at least 45 staff; another health center laying off about a third of their staff."
Recovering opioid addicts will have greater access to a maintenance drug, especially in rural areas, under a measure announced on Tuesday by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, a Minnesota expert on addictions said. The new regulation gives nurse practitioners and physician assistants the ability to seek waivers giving them authority to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine, a drug used to help people quit or reduce use of opiates such as heroin. Brand names include Suboxone and Subutex.
A record for organ donations Last year was a record year for organ donations in the Upper Midwest, according to LifeSource, a nonprofit organization that helps make them happen. The organization worked with 184 families to facilitate organ donations from their loved ones in 2017, LifeSource announced in a news release. That was the most in a single year in the organization's nearly three decades of existence.
Clawback — n. The recovery of money already disbursed. A group of Pine County residents who successfully fought to change state law affecting Medicaid payments and their estates now is trying to do the same thing in Washington. "It needs to be removed at the federal level because it can come back to haunt us at any time, really," said Julie Gelle of Sandstone.
A Toppers pizza franchise planned for Duluth's East Hillside neighborhood will not only be the first of its kind in the Twin Ports. It's likely to also be the first pizza place in Twin Ports history to co-exist with a harpmaker. A March opening is planned for Toppers at 1231 E. Ninth St., owner Jordan DeCaro said on Friday. The unpretentious building in a mostly residential neighborhood is formerly the home of David Kortier Harpmaker, which for more than 20 years has crafted Irish harps by hand.
The flu bug has bitten Minnesota's nursing care residents particularly hard this winter, a state health official says. "We've seen a record number of outbreaks," said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control for the Minnesota Department of Health, in an interview on Thursday. "Our long-term care facility outbreaks are way up."
Go outside and play It has been a cold winter so far. But that shouldn't keep you from playing outside, an Essentia Health doctor says. "If you're wondering whether you should get outside this winter, I say go," said Dr. Dan Ostlie, a Fargo, N.D.-based orthopedic and sports medicine specialist, in an Essentia news release. "If you wear the appropriate gear, you can enjoy the outdoors and stay fairly warm at the same time." Ostlie's tips:
Friends are remembering Bardon "Bo" Setterquist for his upbeat attitude, his sense of humor and his honesty. "People always knew that he was being a truthful, honest person," said Joan Friedrich, a longtime colleague and friend. "He was very raw and simple." Setterquist, a Cloquet native who had a successful business career and returned to his hometown last year after being diagnosed with ALS, died on Jan. 2 at North Shore Estates in Duluth. He was 57. A memorial service is taking place today.
The obituary was unusual, and not just because it was partially written in the first person. "My family promised me that I wouldn't have a boring obituary that reads like a resume, and I sure do hope they follow through on my wishes," Linnea Stephan wrote in the obituary that appeared in Sunday's News Tribune. "Actually, I know they did because I have an amazing family." A typical obituary might have said that Stephan, of Duluth, died on Jan. 3 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. She was 49.
HIBBING — No longer willing to fight the return of a life-threatening, mood-altering brain tumor, Peter Carvalho decided to end it all. It was May 4 of last year, and the Hibbing man gulped down the entirety of his anti-seizure medication and all of his sleeping pills, hoping to fall asleep and never wake up.