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DULUTH, Minn.—The flu bug has bitten Minnesota's nursing care residents particularly hard this winter, a state health official said. "We've seen a record number of outbreaks," said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control for the Minnesota Department of Health, in an interview on Thursday, Jan. 18. "Our long-term care facility outbreaks are way up."
DULUTH — We've all been there. The bloated feeling in the stomach that doesn't go away, and gets worse instead. The growing pressure. The coppery feel in your mouth, and then something inexorable rushing up your esophagus. Suddenly, you're rushing to the nearest bathroom. Your correspondent was undergoing these events a few weeks back when questions occurred: What's going on here? What causes a person to vomit? What would happen if we couldn't? At what point should one seek medical attention?
DULUTH — Three Duluth residents were cited for trespassing on Friday, Dec. 8, after occupying Enbridge's downtown office to demand that the company abandon its Line 3 replacement project. Donna Howard, Mark Daniel Hakes and Michele Naar-Obed delivered a letter to Paul Eberth, director for the project intended to replace the existing pipeline crossing northern Minnesota from Alberta to Superior. They then refused to leave for almost two hours.
DULUTH, Minn. — With less than a week remaining until Essentia Health's flu shot requirement takes effect, a judge has denied a union's motion to block it. U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, in an order dated Nov. 9, said the United Steelworkers had failed to establish that a preliminary injunction was needed to "prevent arbitration from being rendered a meaningless ritual."
DULUTH — Amanda Eichmann couldn't get the story, and the young woman in it, off her mind. "I read that article over and over," the 39-year-old Williston, N.D., woman said last week. "Something kept telling me to read it again and read it again." Eichmann's interest led to action, and as a result a Duluth woman with a rare genetic disease has a new kidney, sooner than she had reason to hope.
DULUTH — Before Sarah Grenberg gave birth to her first child, she learned that the image of a sleeping infant in a sea of blankets, stuffed toys and pillows is far from the ideal. "You always see pictures of baby stuff advertised, and there's all these toys in there and blankets," the Duluth woman said. "So I was like, 'Oh, really, nothing in there?' when I first learned."
DULUTH — A hospice volunteer in Itasca County may lose her role because she's unwilling to comply with Essentia Health's mandatory flu shot policy. "I'm pretty dedicated to this work, and I don't want to have a flu vaccine," said Noreen Hautala, 58, who lives near Cohasset and has been a hospice volunteer for close to 10 years. "I know a lot about taking care of myself."
Candy Ellestad took one bite of the Snickers bar, and along with the expected caramel, peanuts and milk chocolate felt metal in her mouth. “I moved my tongue around, and I started to pull the pins out of my mouth,” the Proctor woman said on Tuesday. Eventually, Ellestad discovered eight or nine pins, or tiny nails, that she removed either from her mouth or from the uneaten portion of the “fun size” candy bar.
DULUTH, Minn. - Karen Stubenvoll is at sentence 1,214. "I know that's real fun," she reads into a headset in a clear, steady voice, and then pauses to clear her throat. Seated next to her in a soundproof booth in the old Chester Park School, Jolene Hyppa Martin makes a subtle hand signal. Stubenvoll resumes. "The Velveteen Rabbit had no hind legs at all." Another pause. "This was to be an eventful day."
DULUTH — Kelsey Roseth has gone mountain biking and hiking, swimming and snowboarding. She has ridden on friends' four-wheelers and horses. The 30-year-old North Dakota native has a natural affinity for an active, outdoors lifestyle. But for the past seven years, it has been a lifestyle with limits. "All those things are really hard right now," Roseth said.