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ST. PAUL—The perception that most high school kids drink alcoholic beverages isn't true, the Minnesota Department of Health reports. And it's less true now — much less true — than it was at the beginning of the century.
An e-cigarette that looks like a pocket-sized computer device is alarming health officials because of its potency and popularity among teenagers. But area school officials say so far they haven't found the vaping pod known as Juul in their facilities. "We're familiar that they're out there," said Tim Rohweder, principal at Proctor High School. "I haven't seen one or confiscated one here at our school. I know that they're around."
DULUTH—Almost three years after marijuana was legalized for some medical purposes in Minnesota, some providers, patients and patients' loved ones say the program is frustrating, and the medicine, for many, is unaffordable. "I just think it's so sad why we can't set up a program that someone would find easier than (it is)," said Pat Mullen of Duluth. "They've got to find a way to inform people."
DULUTH—Romance can blossom any old time, or so the song says, and perhaps it follows that romance also can blossom any old place. Even among the kettle drums. "She just happened to be standing back by the kettle drums during a break in the rehearsal," Michael Husby recalled of his first encounter with his future wife Betsy, more than 30 years ago. "I thought she looked mighty fine."
DULUTH—As a social work intern in the Twin Cities, Najma Mohamed hears traumatic stories from her fellow Somali immigrants every day. "These are clients that are coming from war-torn countries," said Mohamed, 26, who came to the U.S. when she was in her early teens. "They witnessed a lot of violence, a lot of robbery, a lot of burning houses. ... I had one client, she said she was raped by 10 men."
DULUTH -- U.S. Rep Rick Nolan is retiring at the end of the current term, he announced Friday, Feb. 9. Minnesota's 8th District representative in Congress served three terms and had previously served from another district. "With deep appreciation and thanks for allowing me to represent you in the Congress of the United States, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election, and will retire at the end of the current term," Nolan said in a statement.
Recovering opioid addicts will have greater access to a maintenance drug, especially in rural areas, under a measure announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23, by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, a Minnesota expert on addictions said. The new regulation gives nurse practitioners and physician assistants the ability to seek waivers giving them authority to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine, a drug used to help people quit or reduce use of opiates, such as heroin.
DULUTH, Minn.—Andrew Carroll, the former University of Minnesota Duluth hockey captain who died on Monday, Jan. 22, took his own life, according to the Chicago medical examiner's office. "The cause of death is complications of multiple blunt force head injuries due to a jump from height," Becky Schlikerman of the Chicago Bureau of Administration wrote in an email. "The manner of death is suicide."
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?