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DULUTH, Minn.—After more than an hour listening to local experts discuss the challenge posed by opioid overdoses, Dan Saker had his say. "My brother Bill recently died of a drug overdose here in Duluth," Saker told the experts, community members and staff members from Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office who hosted a forum at Duluth City Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Saker paused, briefly, gathering his emotions. "It was a hard time listening to everyone because you guys are all talking about these programs, but honestly they're not working."
DULUTH, Minn.—Shadab Rahman's business is sleep, but it wasn't his dream job. "I needed a summer research project," the Harvard Medical School instructor said. "The only available lab was in Toronto. ... They studied sleep." That was when Rahman, now 36, was an undergraduate with an interest in cardiovascular medicine. His summer in Toronto led to a second summer as a research associate at the same lab and then work at another Toronto lab with the same mentor as he achieved his doctorate degree.
DULUTH — Sister Judine Mayerle stood in a basement passageway, one hand on a massive white column. "I think this is really cool," the Benedictine nun said, with almost the same respect in her voice with which she might speak of a religious icon. "This is holding up the building." The column, accessible down a corridor lined with excess furnishings, is one of the footings holding up Tower Hall, built as "Villa Sancta Scholastica" in the first decade of the 1900s and now the landmark building on the campus of the College of St. Scholastica.
DULUTH — A Duluth family is asking for the community's help after a family member died suddenly with no savings to pay for funeral expenses. Melanie Anne Hanson, the mother of seven and grandmother of three, died on Tuesday from the effects of a stroke, said her younger sister, Angel Ricker, 39. Hanson, who worked as a housekeeper for the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth, was 41. She hadn't been able to plan for future expenses, Ricker said.
DULUTH, Minn. — Your retirement date is approaching, and you're looking forward to the new you. You've never had the time before, but now you're going to exercise regularly and practice healthier eating habits, right? Not necessarily. "There's a lot of promises," said Dr. Addie Licari of the optimistic talk from patients at St. Luke's Mount Royal Medical Clinic in Duluth, where she practices. " 'I'm going to lose weight, and I'm going to exercise.' "Then you see them in a year, and it has not happened."
DULUTH — When Chris Lewandowski returned to Minneapolis after a quick trip to Duluth early this year to make arrangements to pop the question to the woman he loved, the first thing he did was buy a Sharpie permanent marker and a padlock. The 25-year-old Michigan native had been exploring Canal Park on that bitterly cold January day with wedding photographer Bryan Koop when both noticed something neither recalled seeing before.
DULUTH — As the world's oldest hockey player, Mark Sertich is undaunted by challenges — even the challenge of being filmed for a commercial. "It was fun," the 95-year-old West Duluth man said this week. "It was a 12-hour day from 7 in the morning to 7 at night. Sertich, who plays hockey at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, will be featured in a commercial filmed by the Mother London ad agency for Nokia, the Finnish communications company, according to Shari Olson, administrative assistant at the Heritage Center.
They all want the same job, but four candidates for Superior mayor seemed pretty much in agreement during a debate Monday evening about the main challenge facing their city. "Of course, it's economic development," said candidate Mike Herrick, a city councilor, when asked by the Superior Telegram's Shelley Nelson what his top priority would be as mayor. With different nuances, all four candidates talked about the need for growth, economic development and improved housing as key challenges facing whomever is chosen to replace retiring Mayor Bruce Hagen.
An uptick of opioid drug overdoses that hit the Duluth area in recent days hasn't spared Douglas County, officials there say.
Seeking to address what it calls an "opportunity gap" that increasingly divides low-income children and families from everyone else in the Twin Ports, the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation on...