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DULUTH—As a social work intern in the Twin Cities, Najma Mohamed hears traumatic stories from her fellow Somali immigrants every day. "These are clients that are coming from war-torn countries," said Mohamed, 26, who came to the U.S. when she was in her early teens. "They witnessed a lot of violence, a lot of robbery, a lot of burning houses. ... I had one client, she said she was raped by 10 men."
Recovering opioid addicts will have greater access to a maintenance drug, especially in rural areas, under a measure announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23, by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, a Minnesota expert on addictions said. The new regulation gives nurse practitioners and physician assistants the ability to seek waivers giving them authority to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine, a drug used to help people quit or reduce use of opiates, such as heroin.
DULUTH, Minn.—Andrew Carroll, the former University of Minnesota Duluth hockey captain who died on Monday, Jan. 22, took his own life, according to the Chicago medical examiner's office. "The cause of death is complications of multiple blunt force head injuries due to a jump from height," Becky Schlikerman of the Chicago Bureau of Administration wrote in an email. "The manner of death is suicide."
DULUTH, Minn.—The flu bug has bitten Minnesota's nursing care residents particularly hard this winter, a state health official said. "We've seen a record number of outbreaks," said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control for the Minnesota Department of Health, in an interview on Thursday, Jan. 18. "Our long-term care facility outbreaks are way up."
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.
Candy Ellestad took one bite of the Snickers bar, and along with the expected caramel, peanuts and milk chocolate felt metal in her mouth. “I moved my tongue around, and I started to pull the pins out of my mouth,” the Proctor woman said on Tuesday. Eventually, Ellestad discovered eight or nine pins, or tiny nails, that she removed either from her mouth or from the uneaten portion of the “fun size” candy bar.
DULUTH, Minn. - When Bob and Carole Lent built their small home on Park Point in 1975, they were in their 20s. "We didn't think about stairs being a problem," said Bob, now 68, as the couple sat at the dining room in what they sometimes call their "new home" one day last week. "So we built a vertical house."
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."