- Member for
- 5 years 8 months
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."
DULUTH, Minn. — Rick Rayburn owns a small farm, so perhaps it's not surprising he used an agricultural analogy to describe what the past 13 months have been like for him. "It was a tough row to hoe," said Rayburn, whose farm is nestled in woods and hills near Willow River. "I feel like I've been beaten up and run over."
DULUTH — A touch of Christmas arrived at Duluth's hospitals on Tuesday in the hands of 18 Lester Park Elementary School students. Accompanied by teachers, chaperones and hospital staff, the children — one from each classroom — presented the patients with tabletop artificial Christmas trees decorated with ornaments they and their classmates had made. The school's students raised more than $1,300 for the project, said Sue Baker, a kindergarten teacher at Lester Park.
DULUTH, Minn. — There's money on the table, and time is running out to pick it up. That was the message that brought Allison O'Toole, CEO of MNsure, to Duluth on Tuesday for a news conference to encourage Minnesotans to get their health insurance for 2017 during open enrollment. O'Toole was talking about federal tax credits available to "completely or significantly offset" skyrocketing premium increases this year. In the past, she said, many Minnesotans who qualified missed the chance.
DULUTH, Minn. — Going without food makes Brian Johnson feel better. "I feel more limber," the 74-year-old Central Hillside resident said. "I'm more alert, and I can focus better." Johnson is no newbie to the practice of fasting — restricted or total abstinence from eating (and, in some cases, from drinking) for a specified period of time.
DULUTH, Minn.—Saying the abuse of prescription pain pills has reached "epidemic proportions," the organization that speaks for Minnesota's doctors is reconvening a task force on the subject. "In spite of things we've tried over the past couple of years, we have not seen a drop in (overdose) deaths," said Dr. Dave Thorson, president of the Minnesota Medical Association. "We're seeing heroin overdoses increase. ... The reality is that we have more evidence of how big a problem this is."
DULUTH – A man here on Monday was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for physically abusing an 11-month-old child who was in his care. Judge Mark Munger sentenced...
Minnesota employers, health plans and individuals spent $1.9 billion in 2012 for health care that potentially could have been prevented. So says the state's Department of Health in a first-in-the-nation analysis released today on visits to emergency rooms and hospital admissions and readmissions.