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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.
Health insurance inflation has slowed considerably in Wisconsin since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, according to a report released on Wednesday. "We're not saying ... that the Affordable Care Act caused the inflation rate in health insurance to come down," said Robert Kraig, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin, and lead author of the report. "What we are saying is that claims that health insurance costs have spiked because of the Affordable Care Act are not supported by this data."
A touch of Christmas arrived at Duluth's hospitals on Tuesday in the hands of 18 Lester Park Elementary School students. Accompanied by teachers, chaperones and hospital staff, the children — one from each classroom — presented the patients with tabletop artificial Christmas trees decorated with ornaments they and their classmates had made. The school's students raised more than $1,300 for the project, said Sue Baker, a kindergarten teacher at Lester Park.
Hugh Quinn is unequivocal in his opinion about the decision to certify post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Minnesota. “I’m 100 percent of support in it,” the Itasca County veterans services officer said. “That and chronic pain.” When the Minnesota Legislature in 2014 passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana, it included nine conditions that could be treated with the drug. It also stipulated that the state’s health commissioner could add more conditions if he believed the evidence warranted it.
Big delivery at St. Luke’s Just in time for Christmas, two big packages came to St. Luke’s hospital last week. The crates, weighing in at a hefty 2,000 pounds apiece, were brought in through the hospital’s skywalk system to the new St. Luke’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center in the Northland Medical Center.
There's money on the table, and time is running out to pick it up. That was the message that brought Allison O'Toole, CEO of MNsure, to Duluth on Tuesday for a news conference to encourage Minnesotans to get their health insurance for 2017 during open enrollment. O'Toole was talking about federal tax credits available to "completely or significantly offset" skyrocketing premium increases this year. In the past, she said, many Minnesotans who qualified missed the chance.
Going without food makes Brian Johnson feel better. “I feel more limber,” the 74-year-old Central Hillside resident said. “I’m more alert, and I can focus better.” Johnson is no newbie to the practice of fasting — restricted or total abstinence from eating (and, in some cases, from drinking) for a specified period of time.
Medicaid and smoking Minnesota is one of 32 states (plus the District of Columbia) that expanded Medicaid eligibility under provisions of the Affordable Care Act. But it’s among only nine of those states that covers all nine smoking-cessation tools recommended by the Food and Drug Administration. That’s according to the American Lung Association, which co-authored a study on Medicaid and smoking published last week in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s enchantingly titled Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The Rev. David Norland used to drive past the little brick church near the corner of Haines and Arrowhead roads and think about what a nice place it would be...