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Laura Butterbrodt

Health and Business Reporter

Laura Butterbrodt is the health and business reporter for the Duluth News Tribune, where she has worked since January 2021.

She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University. Laura grew up in rural southwest Minnesota and lived and worked in Watertown, South Dakota, before moving to the Twin Ports. She has worked in journalism since 2014. Laura was a 2018 fellow for the Bakala Foundation's Journey: Journalism Boot Camp in Prague, Czech Republic and has also done reporting for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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The declaration will allow the county to qualify for state, and possibly federal, assistance for governmental entities.
The $88 million proposed plan would begin next year and would also remodel existing inpatient hospital rooms and replace the hospital parking ramp to add more parking spaces. Its estimated completion date is the end of 2024.
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The first cruise ship since 2013 to arrive in Duluth's harbor will be here May 30, and will dock at the new customs facility in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
The 7,600-square-foot facility includes primary family medicine, obstetrics, imaging and radiology, telehealth access, urgent care and a laboratory. Plans for the clinic were announced in August 2019.
WE Health Clinic, the only abortion provider in northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, could become more in demand for out-of-state patients.
The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays at 1324 E. Third St. in Duluth.
The national studies have found that patients with COVID-19 were much more likely to die of a heart attack in the hospital compared to pre-pandemic averages. The studies also discovered that patients who are vaccinated against COVID had better outcomes.
The Apostle opens at 5 p.m. and will add breakfast and lunch hours next month. Three percent of all sales at the restaurant are donated to Life House.
The Ashland Birth Center was awarded $60,000 from the Barclays Small Business Big Wins contest.