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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.
When a jump from a plane went wrong, it did so much damage to Brian Grundtner's body that he couldn't even think about what it did to his brain. "I remember hitting the ground," said Grundtner, 40, who now lives in Cloquet with his wife, Michelle Grundtner. "I remember thinking, 'All right, I'm alive.' I wiggled my fingers, wiggled my toes, those were fine. And I turned my neck side to side, so I thought, 'All right, my spinal cord isn't severed.' "And then I went to move my torso and I felt — " Grundtner made a cracking sound with his mouth.
A Duluth congregation will decide on Sunday whether to become a sanctuary church, offering temporary living space to undocumented immigrants as they seek legal status. It's believed Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E., would become the first church north of the Twin Cities to offer sanctuary, said the Rev. Kathy Nelson, the church's pastor.