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DULUTH — On Tuesday, July 23, Sue Purchase loaded up the trunk of her car outside her Duluth home and drove to the Fond du Lac Reservation to make a delivery. “I was making sure she had a sharps container, Narcan, (fentanyl) test strips, HIV information,” Purchase said later. Born in Duluth, raised in Cloquet and a veteran of social service activism in Minneapolis, Purchase started a delivery service that plays a unique role in the fight against drug overdoses and death in rural parts of the Northland.
DULUTH — A new law going into effect this summer is an attempt to remove some of the surprise factor from medical bills in Minnesota. But a longtime consumer advocate in Duluth believes it will have a minimal effect on the overall problem of high health care costs. “The idea that price transparency can really empower consumers … and promote competition is a pipe dream,” said Buddy Robinson, director of the Minnesota Citizens Federation Northeast.
The answer: Winning money. The question: What is Carlton, Minn., native Sam Kavanaugh doing on “Jeopardy!”? Kavanaugh, 28, was in his fourth round on the popular game show Monday, July 15, after winning a total of more than $75,000 in three games last week. He added to his winnings on Monday, easily advancing to a fifth round. He won $38,200, bringing his total to nearly $114,000. Kavanaugh, the son of two Duluth schoolteachers and now a teacher himself in Minneapolis, said in an email that he has answered at least two Minnesota-centric questions.
DULUTH — Her feet felt heavy, her hands barely usable. The room seemed dark. If people spoke, it was in mumbles. She knew there were things she needed to do, but somehow, she couldn’t entirely remember what. That, fortunately, is not the ordinary experience for Julia Rulla, director of sales and marketing for Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center. But it was, Rulla said, what she went through when on a “virtual dementia tour” provided by Peter Hafften of the Duluth-based nonprofit Age Well Arrowhead.
DULUTH, Minn. - Today’s story will begin with a quiz. Which of the following contagious diseases is most readily spread? Ebola Influenza Measles If your answer was c. Measles, you can go to the head of infectious diseases class. “It’s very easily spread,” said Dr. Rajesh Prabhu, an infectious disease specialist for Essentia Health in Duluth. “It’s more so than Ebola, more so than flu. “It could stay in the air at least two hours or so.
ST. PAUL -- When it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, the state of Minnesota keeps breaking records it doesn’t want to break. The Minnesota Department of Health reported on Tuesday, April 30, that 32,024 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2018, up from 30,981 cases in 2017, a 3 percent increase. That was a record number, confirmed Dr. Ruth Lynfield, the health department’s state epidemiologist and medical director. The number of cases reported in 2017 was an all-time high, as were the 28,631 cases reported in 2016 and the 25,986 in 2015.
When Dr. Nicole Worden was in her cardiology fellowships at the University of Iowa, there was a sense of place to the heart attack patients she saw. "In the last couple of years, we didn't have that much snow in Iowa compared to here," said Worden, now in her first year of practice as an interventional cardiologist at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center and Essentia's Grand Rapids Clinic. "In Iowa, people would be fixing their tractor or fixing their combine. That's a little more common."
DULUTH — At age 16, everything Isaiah knew was in Detroit Lakes — especially his friends and his track and field coaches, whom he looked to as mentors. But he agreed to leave all of that and move to an unfamiliar place for what he didn’t have: a mom and a dad. “If they were willing to let me into their home, if they were willing to take a little risk, then I guess I was going to do the same thing, too,” said Isaiah, now 18 and a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
EVELETH, Minn. — Travis Paulson lay in bed, miserable with what felt like a bad case of the flu. He had known that not taking insulin for his Type 1 diabetes would leave him sick and in pain, Paulson says now. He didn’t know that he might not live until he could again afford his insulin. “Now I know that people have died from this,” the 46-year-old Eveleth man said last week. “You can die from diabetic ketoacidosis in hours, not days or weeks or months. I could have easily died in my sleep and didn’t know it.”
DULUTH, Minn. — A change in charity care policy at Duluth's two hospitals has alarmed some patients. "I'm still trying to figure this out," said Daryl Richter, 59, of Hermantown. "It really starts stinking more and more and it makes me trust Essentia less and less." Hospital officials say they're still providing charity care, in some cases partially covering patients who didn't qualify under the other plan.