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Laura Butterbrodt

Health Reporter

Laura Butterbrodt is the health reporter for the Duluth News Tribune, where she has worked since January 2021. She also covered business until June 2021.

She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University. Laura grew up in rural southwest Minnesota and lived and worked in Watertown, South Dakota, before moving to the Twin Ports. She has worked in journalism since 2014. Laura was a 2018 fellow for the Bakala Foundation's Journey: Journalism Boot Camp in Prague, Czech Republic and has also done reporting for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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Tom Collier found out he has stage 1 lung cancer after a routine chest scan. Because the cancer was caught early, his doctors are optimistic about radiation treatment. More than 15 million Americans who are current and former smokers are recommended to get routine chest scans.
According to police, Brandon Taylor Cole-Skogstad shot four family members, a dog, and then himself.
Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott made the donation to Planned Parenthood North Central States, which operates 28 health centers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.
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Fifteen-year-old Daria Devko, of Kyiv, said she believes that knowledge is power, and she hopes to educate other Duluthians about the war in Ukraine. She performs an original speech about why the war is relevant in the United States, and also helps teach refugees English in her spare time.
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Ketamine North Infusion Center in Duluth has administered about 5,000 infusions of ketamine since it opened in 2019. There are six clinics in Minnesota dedicated to ketamine infusions; North Dakota has two ketamine clinics in Fargo.
The "Life and Breath" report released Tuesday showed air pollution contributing to about 2,000 Minnesota deaths in 2015, including 200 deaths in Duluth, Rochester and St. Cloud.
The Moose Lake treatment facility failed to implement a medication control plan, which led to residents selling medication to other residents and engaging in suicidal behavior using medications, the Minnesota Department of Health determined.
The Trapp family of five has an average height of 6 feet, 8 inches.
Infectious disease physician Sara Lund was among the first pregnant women in Minnesota to be vaccinated in 2020. Now, she and her family are hoping to increase the vaccination rate in pregnant women.
Even the pandemic’s grip on the economy loosens, a new challenge is cropping up for child care professionals at the new facility, and for teachers, across the region: an apparent labor shortage.