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The session was behind schedule and Marsha Hystead already had given the audience "one last question" with Philip Kurtz, CEO of an Oklahoma-based health management company. But hands still were raised in the Spirit of the North Theater at Fitger's. "This is great," Hystead said. "We're going to talk for a few more minutes." The message: Holding to a strict time schedule isn't imperative when a think tank is being birthed.
Talk from post-traumatic stress expert offered An expert on post-traumatic stress will speak on Thursday at the College of St. Scholastica. Stevan Hobfoll, a professor at Rush Medical College as well as senior fellow at the University of Haifa in Israel, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Science Center Auditorium on campus. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the INVITE grant program at the college's School of Nursing.
Well over 100 people filled Hermantown City Council chambers past overflowing on Monday for an impassioned debate over banning tobacco sales to those younger than 21. It was the first of two public hearings planned before the council will vote on the ban. The second hearing will take place Nov. 5, Mayor Wayne Boucher said.
Violence in the ER increasing Nearly half of emergency room physicians report having been physically assaulted at work, according to poll results released last week by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Three out of five of those assaults occurred during the past year, according to the national poll of more than 3,500 ER physicians. Nearly eight in 10 said patient care is affected by the violence, and roughly half said patients also have been physically harmed.
Patti Edwards says she doesn't get sick often. But on a Sunday night a few years ago — she doesn't remember exactly when — the Danbury, Wis., woman wasn't feeling well. Thinking she had a cold coming on, she took some Alka Seltzer Plus and went to bed. Edwards, who lived alone, woke up feeling worse. She stayed home from work and became violently ill, she said. She barely remembers her daughter coming to see her and offering to take her to the doctor's office. She refused, choosing to tough it out.
When it comes to flu shots, one size doesn't fit all. As in past years, a souped-up vaccination is given to people ages 65 and older in preparation for the 2018-19 flu season, infectious-disease specialists at Essentia Health and St. Luke's say. For the first time, though, St. Luke's also is providing a specific vaccination to a slightly younger crowd, those ages 50-64.
Minnesotans will see lower premiums on the individual health insurance market in 2019, the state's Commerce Department announced on Tuesday. Across the state, rates will decrease, on average, between 7.4 and 27.7 percent, the department reported. It's the second straight year the individual rates generally declined — although for 2018, Blue Plus actually showed a slight increase in the individual rate. That's the company with the steepest declines for 2019.
Flu shots for kids advocated The rate of influenza vaccination for Minnesota children was up slightly last year, but not enough to satisfy state health officials.
Sept. 20 still is a tough day for Jo Angell. "I'm glad you didn't call yesterday, because I didn't talk to anyone," the 66-year-old Cloquet woman said over the phone on Sept. 21. "I had a really tough day yesterday. It doesn't always hit that way, but boy, yesterday it was like a train." On Sept. 20, 2007, her son Doug Angell took his own life. He was 26.
Clinton Nienhaus and Kristina Dexter have seen tens of thousands of raptors fly over during five years on staff (Nienhaus) or as a volunteer (Dexter) at Duluth's Hawk Ridge. But what they experienced on Sunday was something the avid birders described as a once-in-a-lifetime event, something that induced — in Dexter's words — "bird tears."