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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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Children who are 6 months old to 4 years old are now recommended to receive COVID vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last weekend.
The Twin Ports Juneteenth event Saturday at Barker's Island included over 36 businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and people of color.
Essentia and St. Luke's nurses will hold informational pickets outside the hospitals June 21 asking the health care systems to protect patients and fairly compensate nurses in new contracts.
WE Health Clinic, the only abortion provider in northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, could become more in demand for out-of-state patients.
The national studies have found that patients with COVID-19 were much more likely to die of a heart attack in the hospital compared to pre-pandemic averages. The studies also discovered that patients who are vaccinated against COVID had better outcomes.
The Ashland Birth Center was awarded $60,000 from the Barclays Small Business Big Wins contest.
According to police, Brandon Taylor Cole-Skogstad shot four family members, a dog, and then himself.
Evusheld, which contains two types of laboratory-made monoclonal antibodies, is now being administered in some people who are at high risk for COVID-19 infection.
Owner Savita Jones said the center is collecting funds to buy the building they've been leasing for 10 years. Voting is open through Friday at
Tom Collier, of Duluth, 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.