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DULUTH—A sexual assault on a patient in Hibbing is among 341 "adverse health events" that occurred at Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers between October 2016 and October 2017, according to an annual report released Thursday, Feb. 22. The events ranged from falls resulting in serious injury to pressure sores to "surgery/other invasive procedure performed on wrong patient," according to the report compiled by the Minnesota Department of Health.
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.
DULUTH—Carly Sandmann was practicing with her teammates when something went awry. "I got a concussion," the 21-year-old College of St. Scholastica senior said. "That's a risk you take." Sandmann's sport is not basketball or hockey; it's cheerleading. And the risk she and her 27 fellow CSS cheerleaders take is real. "There are a few things that are real common in cheerleaders," said Dr. Janus Butcher, an orthopedics and sports medicine specialist at Essentia Health. "And, believe it or not, head injuries are very common."
DULUTH — The obituary was unusual, and not just because it was partially written in the first person. "My family promised me that I wouldn't have a boring obituary that reads like a resume, and I sure do hope they follow through on my wishes," Linnea Stephan wrote in the obituary that appeared in the Sunday, Jan. 7, Duluth News Tribune. "Actually, I know they did because I have an amazing family." A typical obituary might have said that Stephan, of Duluth, died on Jan. 3 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. She was 49.
DULUTH — When Theresa Wanless learned she was five months pregnant with her second child, she knew something had to change. "I immediately told my OB, 'I'm addicted to heroin,'" the Duluth woman related. " 'I shoot up. I need help. I can't just stop.' I was honest because I was scared for my child, but I couldn't just stop." It was early in 2014, and Wanless was caught in a wave of opioid addiction that was hitting Minnesota and the nation and increasingly affecting pregnant women and their babies as well.
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, Minn.—Essentia Health plans to make its largest investment ever in its Duluth campus over the next few years. "We've made important investments in many other locations, and it's now time to do it here," said Jeff Korso, the health system's vice president for operations and administration, during an interview on Wednesday.
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."
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."
SAWYER, Minn. — Deacon Bryan Bassa stood on the bare ground in the filtered light of a small log building. The fragrance of wet earth and fresh-cut wood combined around him. The sound of hammers ringing on the roof above him were, to Bassa, as sweet as the music that once filled this original home of Saints Mary & Joseph Catholic Church. "When I became a deacon seven years ago, six years ago, this was my goal: to get this church fixed," the 69-year-old retired schoolteacher said. "This is history. This is the history of the people around here."