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Health insurance checkup A health insurance "checkup" will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday (Oct. 23) at the Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St. Provided by Insure Duluth, the event will provide "navigators" to help people with their questions ahead of this year's open enrollment system. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call (218) 336-5709 or visit insureduluth.org. This year's open enrollment season in Minnesota is from Nov. 1 to Jan. 14.
Kelsey Roseth has gone mountain biking and hiking, swimming and snowboarding. She has ridden on friends' four-wheelers and horses. The 30-year-old North Dakota native has a natural affinity for an active, outdoors lifestyle. But for the past seven years, it has been a lifestyle with limits. "All those things are really hard right now," Roseth said last week.
SAWYER, Minn. — Deacon Bryan Bassa stood on the bare ground in the filtered light of a small log building. The fragrance of wet earth and fresh-cut wood combined around him. The sound of hammers ringing on the roof above him were, to Bassa, as sweet as the music that once filled this original home of Saints Mary and Joseph Catholic Church. "When I became a deacon seven years ago, six years ago, this was my goal: to get this church fixed," the 69-year-old retired schoolteacher said. "This is history. This is the history of the people around here."
Seeking to boost its vaccination rate, Essentia Health this week began requiring all its 15,000-plus employees across four states to get flu shots, the health system's patient quality and safety officer said. The requirement also applies to the health system's vendors, students and volunteers who serve in the health system, said Dr. Rajesh Prabhu, who also is an infectious diseases physician at Essentia. The compulsory element of the new vaccination effort doesn't sit well with all Essentia employees.
St. Luke's new images The terminology is technical, but the result is clearer diagnostic images for physicians treating patients, according to a St. Luke's hospital news release. The hospital recently celebrated the opening of its expanded MRI Center for Diagnostic Imaging. "We've partnered with Center for Diagnostic imaging to provide advanced technology which also increases the accuracy and speed of diagnosis and treatment," said John Strange, the hospital's CEO.
While growing up in Bear River, 26 miles west of Cook, Dr. Arne Vainio had low expectations for himself. They matched the expectations of those around him. "When I was in high school, my counselor actually ... told me that I wasn't college material," recalled Vainio, 59, during an interview last week. "And I believed him. And why wouldn't I?"
MOOSE LAKE — A slender woman with short gray hair sat in a booth at Art's Cafe, holding a cup of steaming coffee with both hands. Around the little restaurant on Moose Lake's main drag, a lively Friday morning crowd filled most of the booths and tables, sharing stories and opinions. Some were enjoying 45-cent cups of coffee, quickly refilled by attentive servers. A man used a fork to methodically work his way through one of Art's Cafe's massive cinnamon rolls.
A fire on Friday night significantly damaged an International Falls motel. The fire at the Tee Pee Motel, 1501 Second Ave. W., was reported at about 7:15 p.m., an International Falls Fire Department spokesman said. Fire and ambulance units responded, but no one was injured. Several guests were relocated to other locations, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said, and the state fire marshal was expected today.
The scheduled opening for a regional wellness center in Hermantown has been moved from 2018 to 2019, people involved in the effort say. But the $17 million Essentia Health Regional Wellness Center will happen, organizers promise. "This project's a go, but we're still working on lots of details," said John Mulder, city administrator. "We're way past the idea of are we doing it or not."
Bad flu season ahead? You've heard the meteorological forecast for winter: warmer than normal through December with a chance for colder than normal conditions and more snow starting in January. What about the flu forecast? "It's never wise to predict an influenza season, but Australia has had a significant increase in flu cases this year, which could mean a bad season for the Northern hemisphere," said Dr. Andrew Thompson of St. Luke's Infectious Disease Associates in a news release from the hospital.