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An appeal from the president of the United States got her attention, Duluth East graduate Shannon Grace-Anderson said. "What really struck me was at the very end he said the citizens are actually the most powerful," Grace-Anderson said. "My takeaway was to continue to speak up and have the courage to say: Here's what the benefits are."
Pat McKone saw a blessing in Thursday's subzero conditions. "It's a great day to do a radon test, because your house is not going to be open today," the director of mission programs for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest said at a news conference in Duluth. It's the coldest month of the year and the month that the lung association and the Minnesota Department of Health set aside for their annual push to convince residents to have their homes tested for the colorless, odorless gas.
The email came on Dec. 30, but it was New Year's Day before Shannon Grace-Anderson noticed it. When she opened the email, the 2001 Duluth East High School graduate wasn't sure she believed it. "I said to my husband, 'I think maybe I was invited to something at the White House,' " Grace-Anderson said on Wednesday from her home in Madison. It was the start of a busy day, filled with homework — she's working online toward a nurse practitioner degree — and packing for a short trip out East.
Winter storm warnings and advisories are in effect for the Northland through Tuesday, as the first winter storm of 2017 may bring a foot or more of snow to parts of the region. The National Weather Service in Duluth has posted a winter storm warning through 6 p.m. Tuesday for Lake, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching and central and northern St. Louis counties. Winter weather advisories are posted for the remainder of the Northland.
CARLTON — Jim and Linda Couture were keeping a date on Sunday that they'd made almost a year ago. "Jim saw it right after New Year's last year," Linda said of the First Day snowshoe hike at Jay Cooke State Park on Sunday. "So we said oh — and we even wrote it down on our calendar — we should do this next year. ... We wanted to try something different."
Rick Rayburn owns a small farm, so perhaps it’s not surprising he used an agricultural analogy to describe what the past 13 months have been like for him. “It was a tough row to hoe,” said Rayburn, whose farm is nestled in woods and hills near Willow River. “I feel like I’ve been beaten up and run over.”
Fall prevention Afraid to go out, especially in the winter, because you might fall? The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging is offering another "A Matter of Balance" workshop in Hermantown and Proctor beginning next month. During the once-weekly, eight-week sessions, two trained coaches guide participants through learning and activities that emphasize strategies to reduce the fear of falling, and exercises to increase strength and balance. The specifics:
The past year saw skyrocketing health insurance premiums, an election that threatened the Affordable Care Act, fading concerns about Ebola and increasing worries about Zika. What will the new year bring in health news? We asked Northland experts to look into their crystal balls, and here are their thoughts on some of the big topics: Affordable Care Act
Author C.S. Lewis supposedly said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." In that spirit, herewith I offer five books that gave me reading pleasure while sipping large cups of tea during this past year. "Lab Girl" • Author: Hope Jahren • Published: 2016 "Lab Girl" was the book of the year for me.
The people at St. Benedict's Catholic Church are worshipping like it's 1962. Not all of the people, all of the time. But since the beginning of this year's Advent season, the noon Mass at the Kenwood neighborhood church has been celebrated in Latin. On the first and third Sundays of the month — and the fifth, when there is one — it is celebrated in the "extraordinary form." That means it's not only in Latin but essentially in the way Mass was celebrated for centuries until reforms took place in the 1960s.