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The state agency that revoked the home care license for Chappy's Golden Shores this week conducted a "sham investigation" and "egregiously failed" to follow due process requirements, the facility's attorney claimed on Thursday. Chappy's, an assisted-living facility in Hill City, Minn., will appeal the action, said its attorney, Jason Steck of Edina, Minn. It's also considering a separate court action over alleged violations of civil rights, he said.
An assisted-living care provider in Hill City, Minn., had its license revoked in an order detailing a long and disturbing list of maltreatment findings. The order to Chappy's Golden Shores, 540 Park Ave. and 604 Summit Ave., was delivered to the facility Wednesday, according to Scott Smith, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health. A call to Chappy's by the News Tribune went unanswered, and a message stated that the facility's voice mailbox was full.
EVELETH — Travis Paulson lay in bed, miserable with what felt like a bad case of the flu. He had known that not taking insulin for his Type 1 diabetes would leave him sick and in pain, Paulson says now. He didn't know that he might not live until he could again afford his insulin. "Now I know that people have died from this," the 46-year-old Eveleth man said last week. "You can die from diabetic ketoacidosis in hours, not days or weeks or months. I could have easily died in my sleep and didn't know it."
Vaping discussions offered in Aurora, Virginia Presentations about vaping are planned this month on the Iron Range. Titled "Vaping, Juuling, Suring: The New Addiction Hidden in Plain Sight" are free and open to the public, according to an Essentia Health news release. The presentations:
When Emily Schabert was a student at Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood, Minn., she chose the University of Minnesota Duluth as the place she’d study engineering, even though it was missing one thing she really wanted. “I noticed that the only school I was looking at that didn’t have a chapter of Engineers Without Borders was UMD,” Schabert recalled. “I was really sad that UMD didn’t have it.”
Two federal grants totaling more than $1.5 million are aimed at fighting the opioid crisis in rural northern Minnesota, including northern St. Louis County and the Bois Forte Reservation. It's an acknowledgment that the epidemic has particularly impacted the region, said Laura Palombi, an assistant professor at the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy who is co-leading the effort.
Essentia Health’s fitness and therapy center is moving to Miller Hill Mall, the health system announced on Tuesday, with better locker facilities, an expanded exercise area and a therapy pool, but without the lap pool that was part of the downtown campus. The announcement dismayed leaders of a group who have campaigned for Essentia to keep the facility downtown.
Nominees sought for public health awards St. Louis County Public Health is seeking nominees for what will be its fourth annual Public Health Achievement Awards. In a news release, the agency said winners will be selected on the basis of leadership, public health contributions, community health improvement outcomes, collaboration and advocacy. Nominations can go to individuals or groups.
To hear people describe it, Portorama was a big deal in a small-town kind of way. "It was huge," said Jim Heffernan. "It was a huge summer festival." "It was kind of like a small-town festival," said Kathy Westholm. They were talking about a weeklong event, sponsored by the Duluth Jaycees — i.e., Junior Chamber of Commerce — that had its heyday in the 1960s, with parades, celebrities, a beauty pageant, soapbox derby and bubblegum-blowing contests.
John Strange means what he says, those who have worked with him over the years report. "You never had to guess where you stood with John," said Lawrence Massa, president and CEO of the Minnesota Hospital Association. "He's so true to his words," said Natalie Peterson about Strange, who retired this week after more than two decades at the helm of St. Luke's hospital. Soon after the News Tribune reported on Thursday evening that Strange had retired the day before, comments of appreciation followed the story on the DNT's Facebook page.