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Sister Judine Mayerle stood in a basement passageway, one hand on a massive white column. "I think this is really cool," the Benedictine nun said, with almost the same respect in her voice with which she might speak of a religious icon. "This is holding up the building." The column, accessible down a corridor lined with excess furnishings, is one of the footings holding up Tower Hall, built as "Villa Sancta Scholastica" in the first decade of the 1900s and now the landmark building on the campus of the College of St. Scholastica.
At a long lunch table on the top floor of the DeWitt Seitz Building, 16-year-old Duncan Neska worked intently on a laptop, designing a poster to go along with a video he and his twin brother created. His mom, Angie Neska of Maple Lake, Minn., watched gratefully from a nearby couch. "This is way better than sweeping floors and folding napkins at the American Legion in town, which is what the school wants to focus on," she said. Duncan was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at age 3, his mother said.
Bradon "Bo" Setterquist's life has changed dramatically in the six months since he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS. From living the good life in a northern California apartment, he has moved to an assisted living facility in his hometown of Cloquet, where he's starting to need help eating.
Check out your clinic A nonprofit created to help the public evaluate health care options in Minnesota has come out with its third "patient experience of care" survey. MN Community Measurement surveyed more than 180,000 patients at 767 clinics in Minnesota to get their feedback on certain aspects of care. The agency issued similar findings in 2013 and 2015.
At the last minute and with no fanfare, a challenger has made a race of it for the 2nd District seat on the Duluth City Council. But Ryan Sistad said he's serious in his challenge of incumbent Joel Sipress, the current council president. "I believe in this city, and I think there could be a lot of improvements made," he said in a telephone interview.
A Duluth family is asking for the community's help after a family member died suddenly with no savings to pay for funeral expenses. Melanie Anne Hanson, the mother of seven and grandmother of three, died on Tuesday from the effects of a stroke, said her younger sister, Angel Ricker, 39. Hanson, who worked as a housekeeper for the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth, was 41. She hadn't been able to plan for future expenses, Ricker said.
Danny and Sue Lee's home has a chill in the air. The digital setting on the window air conditioner behind the sofa where Danny Lee sits reads 64. "There's three air conditioners on down here," he said. Lee can't tolerate heat, and what most might consider a comfortable, sunny day is unbearable. When he goes out with his wife, Sue — and sometimes when he's inside — Lee wears an ice vest to keep a layer of cold close to his upper body. During winter, he has been known to stand in subzero weather for relief.
Marijuana vs. PTSD The list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in Minnesota grows again today with the addition of post-traumatic stress condition.
A clinical trial planned for heart attack patients at Duluth's Essentia Health and 66 other institutions is unethical and should be suspended, a public interest group argues. The Myocardial Ischemia and Transfusion Trial "fails to satisfy the basic ethical principles" required of such research, write Drs. Michael A. Carome and Sidney M. Wolfe of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group in a letter to officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Veterans Health Administration. The letter was released today.
A $2 million road project set to begin on Monday will ease traffic congestion and improve safety in the region's busiest retail district, St. Louis County officials say. Inevitably, things have to get worse before they can get better. "There will be a few very bad days," said Steve Krasaway, the county's resident engineer, of the work ahead on West Arrowhead Road between U.S. Highway 53 and Haines Road. The project, expected to be completed by Halloween, includes the following elements: