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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 2022.

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.

Send her story tips, feedback or just say hi at lbutterbrodt@duluthnews.com.

The 15,000 union nurses at 15 hospitals in Minnesota and Wisconsin will vote Nov. 30. The vote could give MNA leaders the power to authorize another strike, following a three-day strike held in September, as they bargain for contracts.
Duluth photographer Amanda Jane Cane Spilde volunteers with St. Luke's to donate photo sessions to families who experience perinatal loss at the St. Luke's Birthing Center.
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Kari Kilen, who has hiked more than 1,000 miles at Redhead, has created a community of hikers who come together to hit the trails in the former mine pit.
For Fay Haataja, of Carlton County, the post-COVID program at Essentia Health helped her overcome debilitating headaches, brain fog and long-term memory loss after more than a year of symptoms.
Despite an interruption from a fire near Essentia St. Mary's hospital, hundreds of nurses and community supporters rallied at both Essentia and St. Luke's to close out the third and final day of the strike and pickets.
The three-day strike continued Wednesday with pickets outside downtown Duluth hospitals and outside Essentia St. Mary's in Superior.
The strike over contract negotiations is scheduled to end at 7 a.m. Thursday.
The strike impacts Essentia St. Mary's hospitals in Duluth and Superior, St. Luke's hospital in Duluth and 12 Twin Cities hospitals.
The Minnesota Nurses Association has planned a three-day strike beginning Monday at several local health care facilities.
The health care system claims the Minnesota Nurses Association failed to include Essentia Health-Duluth in its list of facilities that received a strike notice.