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DULUTH — Drug overdoses are contributing to a disturbing increase in premature deaths nationwide, according to an annual county-by-county report released today. Authors of the 2017 County Health Rankings Report, which uses the most recent available data, define a premature death as any death from any cause before the age of 75. The rate consists of the years of potential life lost in a county per 100,000 population. In St. Louis County, for instance, that rate was 6,500 in 2015; in Douglas County it was 6,700. Both are higher than the average for their respective states.
DULUTH, Minn.—Identical twins Jana and Sara Healy share more than petite builds, reddish-blond hair, a love of artistic expression and careers as cooks. The 33-year-old sisters also share an organ-destroying disease that they have in common with only about 500 people in the United States. It's a lonely thing to share.
ST. PAUL — A move to connect Minnesota to the federal health exchange would cost the state millions of dollars and jeopardize health coverage for Minnesotans, state Rep. Jennifer Schultz said on Friday. "We had consultants come in and estimate the cost of going to the federal exchange," Schultz said of a bipartisan panel on the idea of abandoning the state's version of the exchange, which is known as MNsure. "It was going to cost the state more than $5 million a year."
DULUTH, Minn. — Each is a Midwestern city, serving a large region, with a metropolitan area straddling two or more states. In each, health care plays a large and growing role in the economy. But one of these four is not like the others. Davenport, Iowa; Evansville, Ind.; and Fargo, each boast of large, gleaming new medical facilities, either about to open or in progress.
Gale Fredrickson was sitting at a small table at the Valentini's cafe in the second floor St. Luke's hospital, wearing a light blue smock emblazoned with the word "Volunteer," talking about another eating place from many decades earlier. The place was Cal's Sweet Shop in Cass Lake, Minn. Cal was her father. The family lived above the store, so Gale spent a lot of time in the eatery as she was growing up.
DULUTH — As the world's oldest hockey player, Mark Sertich is undaunted by challenges — even the challenge of being filmed for a commercial. "It was fun," the 95-year-old West Duluth man said this week. "It was a 12-hour day from 7 in the morning to 7 at night. Sertich, who plays hockey at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, will be featured in a commercial filmed by the Mother London ad agency for Nokia, the Finnish communications company, according to Shari Olson, administrative assistant at the Heritage Center.
A Duluth assisted-living facility used a sting operation to solve a string of alleged thefts from its residents last year.
DULUTH, Minn.—Dawn Drotar was about 7, growing up in the tiny town of Stockholm, Sask., when she had a memorable chat with her dad. "We were sitting down talking, and he was telling me how impressed he was with female physicians, and how much he respected female physicians," recalled Dr. Drotar, now 47 and a hospitalist at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. "I think that got inside my head from that time," she said recently. "I wanted to make my dad proud."
DULUTH, Minn.—A pill taken once a day has high success rates in preventing HIV infection, experts say, but word isn't getting out to some of the people who need it the most. "Many who can benefit from PrEP aren't taking it," said Japhet Nyakundi of the Minnesota Department of Health. "It's under prescribed and underutilized."
DULUTH, Minn. — An appeal from the president of the United States got her attention, Duluth East graduate Shannon Grace-Anderson said. "What really struck me was at the very end he said the citizens are actually the most powerful," Grace-Anderson said. "My takeaway was to continue to speak up and have the courage to say: Here's what the benefits are."