Women named to American Indian Commission

Dr. Jocelyn Dorscher and Michele Gordon were named co-chairwomen of Duluth's American Indian Commission, and Donna Ennis was named secretary.

The commission is an advisory board for the city on issues involving the American Indian community.

Dorscher is director of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth and an educator in the department of family medicine. She is from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in Belcourt, N.D.

Gordon is a licensed therapist and an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Chippewa in Odanah, Wis.

Ennis, an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Reservation, is the regional director of PATH, a private foster care and adoption agency in Duluth.

Bill helps Duluth payfor health-care liability

A bill that would give Duluth money to help fix its employee-retirement benefit liability was passed by the Senate on Thursday. The bill, authored by Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon, DFL-Duluth, lets the city create an irrevocable trust fund to pay for health-care benefits -- expected to be $309 million -- owed to retired city workers. The legislation was passed 59-0.