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DULUTH—Joe and Dorothy Sayers disagree, slightly, on what their monthly health insurance premium had risen to six or seven years back. It was either $1,600 and slated to rise to $2,300, or it already was $2,300 for themselves and their three daughters. Either way, $2,300 was the breaking point for the couple, who live in Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood. "That's when I said, 'This is enough,'" Dorothy Sayers said during a recent interview.
A recent conversation between philanthropist Bill Gates and President Donald Trump is lending hope to those who want the federal government to spend more on the search for a better flu vaccine. But although $100 million already has been earmarked for that search, it's not anywhere near enough, says a Minnesota infectious disease researcher.
WASHINGTON—More knowledge about the cancer risks facing firefighters is sought from legislation that passed the U.S. Senate this week with unanimous support. "With cancer becoming the leading cause of death for firefighters, we need to learn more about the cancer risks our firefighters face so we can support them if they get sick," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, R-Minn., in a statement about the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, which she co-sponsored. "Right now we don't know enough to protect the people protecting us."
The rate of "deaths of despair" has risen dramatically over the past decade in the United States, says an annual report released today. Why that's the case is a vexing question. "Alcohol (abuse) is going up, suicide is going up, drug overdose is going up," said Jon Roesler, epidemiological supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Health. "We're changing as a society. Something is going on, which is bigger than I can wrap my head around."
DULUTH—On the forehead I put the statement, "But you look OK." ... Because it just makes you feel crazy, like, "Is it me? Am I just crazy? Why can't I override whatever's happening in my brain?" My particular mask is unequally divided into two sides. ... I literally feel sensory-wise like I have two halves of a body that don't feel the same. I had one side that was a bright, happy side. ... The other side was a darker side with tears. I had an out-of-order sign put on me, so people would understand that I'm still not the same person.
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."
HIBBING — Hibbing Fire Chief Erik Jankila was reading from a news release, but he visibly choked up when he reached a summary paragraph. "This is a heavy day for the Fire Department, and we do want to make sure that we send our most sincere condolences to the family," Jankila said, containing his emotions with an effort. "It is always difficult for emergency services when we have to deal with loss of life no matter who or what it is," he added later in response to a question.
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.