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Classes held in the largest lecture hall at the University of Minnesota Duluth were canceled Thursday and today because of a water main break. The break occurred in a crawl space under the Kirby Student Center at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, said John Rashid, facilities management director at UMD, sending water into the lower level of Bohannon Hall — including the Bohannon 90 lecture hall — and the Ven Den lounge.
Clients suffered from neglect at two area nursing facilities, the Minnesota Department of Health ruled in findings posted on its website this week. Both clients have died, one in late 2016 and the other early last year. In one case, special investigators Rhylee Gilb and Amy Hyers issued a neglect finding to Edgewood Hermantown Senior Living for failing to assess a bowel infection in a client cared for in the memory-care unit.
A Duluth nursing facility whose residents were found to be in "immediate jeopardy" by state officials last Aug. 31 should be back in the state's good graces by the end of the week, its administrator said. "They'll want to get us back into substantial compliance," the standard that would mean sanctions would be removed, administrator David Uselman said on Tuesday. "I feel that they'll be visiting us soon."
Carly Sandmann was practicing with her teammates when something went awry. "I got a concussion," the 21-year-old College of St. Scholastica senior said. "That's a risk you take." Sandmann's sport is not basketball or hockey; it's cheerleading. And the risk she and her 27 fellow CSS cheerleaders take is real. "There are a few things that are real common in cheerleaders," said Dr. Janus Butcher, an orthopedics and sports medicine specialist at Essentia Health. "And, believe it or not, head injuries are very common, concussions and the like."
Carbon monoxide perils It's no surprise: Winter is the prime time for carbon monoxide poisoning. It can be deadly. Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning, reports an Essentia Health news release. Another 4,000 are hospitalized and 20,000 emergency room visits are recorded. It can victimize you in your car, your home or your fish house.
The first shall be last. After opening the first video rental store in Duluth nearly 35 years ago, Brian Augustine is in the process of closing the last surviving year-round video store in town. "The technology just passed us by," Augustine said on Friday from his Video Vision store in West Duluth's Spirit Valley Mall, which is in the midst of a closing sale. "Netflix. Downloading. All the young people are downloading their movies and games now. So they don't visit the video store anymore."
Let's start with the weather forecast: Duluth can expect highs in the low single digits this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. In other words, perfect weather to kick off something called Cold Front February. "That's part of the idea, is to embrace that kind of weather," said Shawna Mullen, active transportation coordinator for Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community, which is driving the event along with the city of Duluth, Visit Duluth and other organizations.
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.