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St. Louis County's homeless population increased by more than 23 percent between 2015 and 2018, according to a report released Wednesday. It's not coincidental that the opioid epidemic was surging at the same time, Lee Stuart said. "We did not have rampant opioid and drug use (in 2015)," said Stuart, the executive director of CHUM, a faith-based nonprofit that shelters and serves homeless people in Duluth. "Our analysis of this is (that) between 2015 and 2018 the biggest (thing) on the streets is drugs. And that's what is driving this."
Screening preteens for suicide risk advised One out of three children ages 10-12 screened positive for suicide risk when treated in emergency rooms, according to a study released last week. "This study shows that children as young as 10 who show up in the emergency department may be thinking about suicide, and that screening all preteens — regardless of their presenting symptoms — may save lives," said Lisa Horowitz, a clinical scientist for the National Institute of Mental Health, in a news release from the agency.
The death toll from suicide, opioids and alcohol continues to rise in Minnesota, a state agency reported on Monday. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 422 lost lives in Minnesota from opioids in 2017, 636 from alcohol and 783 by suicide. All three numbers have increased steadily since 1999, according to the health department's report: by 79 percent for suicide, by 94 percent for alcohol and by 681 percent for opioids.
A nonstop bus service between the Duluth and Minneapolis-St. Paul airports with one-way rates starting at $9 will be launched in June. Known as Landline, the company will provide its lowest rates to customers who then fly to their destination via a partner airline, said co-founder David Sunde. Landline has an agreement with an airline, Sunde said, but he could only say that it's a low-cost provider.
The owner and two former employees of a Hill City, Minn., nursing facility that was closed by the state are firing back with a lawsuit asking that the ruling be overturned and the three women awarded damages of more than $1 million.
A staff member who allegedly stole drugs from eight clients at the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth told an investigator it was easy to do so because "storage and management of medications was poor." The Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Health Facility Complaints on Tuesday reported a substantiated finding of maltreatment at the complex's Marywood assisted-living facility because of a staff member who allegedly "diverted medications from multiple clients."
Drivers in the Northland should be ready for possible closed roads over the next couple of days as steady rain combined with frozen culverts makes flooding a possibility, transportation officials say. That could include the tunnels on Interstate 35 in Duluth.
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Hospitals take Medicare cuts One Northland hospital is among 800 nationwide that will take a 1 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement this year because of a high rate of complications.
Denfeld High School boys basketball coach Mike Devney was speaking at a kids' basketball league celebration on Monday when he brought up the unlikely topic of a broken relationship. His then-girlfriend suggested that he loved basketball more than he loved her, Devney related. His response, Devney said: "Well, honey, I do love you more than I love hockey." It was the only mention of hockey during an hourlong end-of-the-year blast for the Rookie Basketball Association (RBA) and the Duluth Amateur Youth Basketball Association (DAYBA) at Lincoln Park Middle School.