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In Madagascar, Duluth native Annika Johnson washes her clothes in a river and prays that it doesn't rain when she has them hung out to dry. She has had her "shower" — a hose sticking through a hole in the wall — with a tarantula. Unacceptable? Not to Johnson — she doesn't want to come home. "I don't want to leave," the 23-year-old said this week during a video interview from her host family's home in the coastal town of Farafangana. "A month and a half out from going home, and every single day I just thank God that I'm still here."
Eighty years of good manners didn't prepare the Rev. Nick Hill for Alexa. "I'd like you to read the verse of the day, please," Nick Hill said, a bemused expression on his kindly face as he spoke toward a cylindrical device on the table in front of him. "You don't have to do the 'please,'" admonished his wife, Sharyn Hill. "Tell her what you want." Without a change of expression, Nick said, "OK, Lady, play the verse of the day." Laughter ensued.
Senior health shows improvement The health picture for senior citizens is improving nationally, and Minnesota seniors are among the nation's healthiest, according to a report by United Health Foundation. But there troubling indications in the senior health picture. The 2019 update of the America's Health Rankings Senior Report shows an encouraging trend toward seniors living independently or remaining in their communities longer, according to a United Health news release. Hospice use and the number of home health aides has increased.
The latest tobacco device approved to enter the U.S. market is intended only for current smokers who want a less risky alternative, a spokesman for Philip Morris International said. But a longtime opponent of the tobacco industry is more than skeptical about the company's motives. "You've got to consider the source," said Pat McKone, regional senior director for the American Lung Association in Duluth. "It's Philip Morris. How many chances do we give a company that has a history of killing its customers?"
MAHTOWA — Even before they left for the Florida Panhandle on New Year's Eve, Gary and Marianne Fitzgerald knew this wouldn't be an ordinary four months in their winter home. The couple, who spend the rest of the year in the log home they built in a secluded, camp-like property in rural Carlton County, wouldn't be in their winter home, for one thing.
His Cook County neighbors aren't exactly putting out the welcome mat for Seth Jeffs. "We just want to bring awareness to the community, that there's a landowner here with his past," Cook County businessman Mike Larson said this week. "I trust that he's trying to make a better life for himself. The evidence doesn't dictate that."
More than five months after it was shut down and almost three months after its license was revoked, a Hill City nursing facility is facing additional allegations from a state agency. Minnesota Department of Health special investigators determined emotional abuse occurred regarding two clients at Chappy's Golden Shores, which officials ordered closed on Dec. 6 on the basis of numerous maltreatment findings. Its license was revoked Feb. 20.
Today's story will begin with a quiz. Which of the following contagious diseases is most readily spread? • Ebola • Influenza • Measles If your answer was c. Measles, you can go to the head of infectious diseases class. "It's very easily spread," said Dr. Rajesh Prabhu, an infectious disease specialist for Essentia Health. "It's more so than Ebola, more so than flu.
One in five 'premature' deaths preventable One in five "premature" deaths in Minnesota during a recent five-year period could have been prevented with effective and timely treatment, Minnesota Department of Health research concludes. The study analyzed deaths in Minnesota between 2011 and 2015, according to a health department news release. It found that 14,027 of 76,907 deaths of Minnesotans younger than 75 — the dividing line for premature deaths — were potentially avoidable with proper treatment.
When Alexis Pogorelskin invited Avivah Zornberg to speak in Duluth, she heard nothing back. Pogorelskin wasn't surprised. "I never, never thought we'd be able to get her because she is such a rock star," said Pogorelski, who chairs the program committee for the Silver Family Lecture series, sponsored by Temple Israel and the College of St. Scholastica.