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Closing her business was the last thing Eileen Brown wanted to do. “I’m going to miss everything about it,” a tearful Brown said about the decision announced on Monday to close How Sweet It Is bakery and deli, just under two years after it opened in a new location on the skywalk. “This has been my breath every day for the past 22 years.” The business will close on Wednesday but honor all previous orders through Sunday, Brown announced via Facebook.
Anti-smoking advocates are calling on the city of Duluth to restrict sales of menthol tobacco products to adult-only tobacco stores. "The city licenses tobacco vendors," said Pat McKone of the American Lung Association in Duluth. "The city can decide where menthol and other flavors are sold and not sold, and we are looking to move those products out of what are approximately 85 licensed convenience stores (in Duluth) ... to adult-only tobacco stores, of which there are six."
The first time he went skydiving again after the accident felt odd, Mike Robinson said. "You're mindful that this is my first jump since then," said Robinson, 68, on Thursday. "I'm double- and triple-checking everything to make sure my gear is safe, it's going to work properly. "It felt really good to get out of the door, get into the wind, have a nice free fall, open my parachute — it works just like it should — have a nice landing."
A union that represents some employees is asking a federal court to block Essentia Health from requiring its workers to get flu shots until a labor grievance is resolved. "The union is not understanding why there would need to be this across-the-board mandatory requirement," said Justin D. Cummins, a Minneapolis attorney representing United Steelworkers Locals 9460 and 9349 in the action filed on Friday in U.S. District Court. The union represents about 2,000 employees across the Essentia system, Cummins said. No hearing date has been set.
When Bob and Carole Lent built their small home on Park Point in 1975, they were in their 20s. "We didn't think about stairs being a problem," said Bob, now 68, as the couple sat at the dining room in what they sometimes call their "new home" one day last week. "So we built a vertical house."
102417.N.DNT.HealthNotes REPORTER: John Lundy WORD COUNT: 575 DEADLINE: filed ART: none SIDEBARS: none Sick about that vacation If your co-worker seemed a bit grouchy when returning from vacation this week, there might be a reason.
It saves lives, and it can be obtained without a prescription at a pharmacy. But local drug stores may not have the opioid overdose antidote naloxone on hand, and their front-line employees may not be aware they can provide it, faculty members of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy's Duluth campus said on Monday. "If they're not aware of it, they might turn people away," said Laura Palombi, an associate professor at the pharmacy school. "And we know that happens."
The Benedictine Health System's board turned to one of its own to replace Rocklon B. "Rocky" Chapin and lead the Duluth-based Catholic health care agency. Jerry Carley, president and CEO of CSJ Initiatives Inc. in Wichita, Kan., will become president and CEO of Benedictine Health System on Jan. 3, the nonprofit announced in a news release on Friday. Chapin's retirement will be effective the same day. Carley, 48, already has a strong connection to the Benedictine Health System, he said in a telephone interview on Friday.
Washington drama notwithstanding, the CEO of the agency administering Minnesota's health insurance marketplace wants people to know it's business as normal this year. "This year, for 2018 coverage, we are going to open our doors again on November 1," said Allison O'Toole of MNsure during a news conference on Thursday at the Duluth Public Library. "Everything is intact for 2018. ... We're running against a headwind this year of that confusion and really trying to break through it."
After more than an hour listening to local experts discuss the challenge posed by opioid overdoses, Dan Saker had his say. "My brother Bill recently died of a drug overdose here in Duluth," Saker told the experts, community members and staff members from Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office who hosted a forum at Duluth City Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Dan Saker paused, briefly, gathering his emotions. "It was a hard time listening to everyone because you guys are all talking about these programs, but honestly they're not working."