Health

Knowing Your Neighbors: Hermantown’s First Wellness Center

Essentia Wellness Center opens with YMCA, clinic, and more inside.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- On Tuesday Hermantown will open their first ever Wellness Center with fitness, healthare, and a hangout spot all in one. “It’s a great place for us to grow as a community, to build community together to help us to feel connected, and just be stronger together,” said John Mulder, Hermantown City Administrator. There’s no shortage of things to…

Medical Professionals Talk Opioids at Panel Discussion

Panel aimed to educate about the impacts of opioid misuse and abuse.

DULUTH, Minn.- Medical professionals talked opioids in our community during a panel discussion at Clyde Iron Works. The Essentia Institute of Rural Health put on the panel, to open the public to help them learn more about the health, social, and economic impacts of opioid misuse and abuse. They also hoped to let people know about prevention, treatment, and recovery…

Webster Dream Park Nears Completion

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Construction on the new Webster Dream Park in Superior is inching closer to completion. On Monday the final work on the playground began. Crews are currently finishing the landscaping, so new rubber flooring can be installed. They will also complete the walkway and add a cement barrier around the rest of the playground. Many were hoping to…

Phase One of St. Luke’s Expansion Almost Complete

Phase Two and Three expected to be done in 5-7 years.

DULUTH, Minn.- As Essentia Hospital starts their $800 million Vision Northland expansion project, St. Luke’s is moving into the next phase of their campus redevelopment. Phase One involved the construction of Building A in 2012 and expanding surgery into that building. Now that’s wrapping up, consolidating more services into that one main building. The completion of Phase One in August…

St. Luke’s to Host Women’s Health Night

Women's Health Night is Happening Wednesday, October 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s is looking to start a community conversation regarding women’s health, and being proactive. The event comes as the nation recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October. Women’s Health Night is open to women of all ages. It’s happening Wednesday, October 9 in the St. Luke’s Auditorium, 2 Center located at 915 East First Street in…

250 Nursing Leaders Gather in Duluth for Conference

Nurses say semi-annual conference is a great chance to meet new people and network

DULUTH, Minn. – Two-hundred-fifty nursing leaders from across Minnesota came together in Duluth for a conference to discuss important topics in their field. They’re talking about innovation, finance, and emergency response. Nurses tell us the semi-annual event is a great chance to meet new people and network. “You get to see different approaches to everyday problems that nurse leaders have…

Essentia Health Seeking Community Feedback on Vision Northland Project

Project will consolidate Essentia's Duluth medical campus with a new 12-story hospital tower

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health is asking for community input on their $800 million Vision Northland project. On Thursday, they held a community meeting about the new healthcare center. The project is expected to transform Duluth’s skyline with a new twelve-story hospital tower. Essentia caregivers tell us it will change the way medicine is practiced across the region. Displays gave…

Knowing Your Neighbors: The Benefits of Himalayan Salt Right in Cloquet

Himalayan Salt room at Epic Nutrition.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Kept in the back room of Epic Nutrition is a little piece of the Himalayas right here in the Northland. “It’s a really cool different thing that’s here in Cloquet,” said Epic Nutrition Manager Heidi Pack. “The closest salt room is actually in like Roseville, Minnesota.” “Y’know you don’t wanna drive all the way into Duluth all the…

Influenza Confirmed in Minnesota, St. Luke’s Advises Early Flu Shot

Dr. Sara Lund with St. Luke's Infectious Disease Associates in Duluth Offers Advice Ahead of Flu Season

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 80,000 Americans died, and almost one million were hospitalized due to influenza during the 2017 – 2018 flu season. This year, health officials are once again reminding people to not put it off, and get vaccinated for the common illness before it’s too late. Dr. Sara Lund…

Hundreds Walk to Help Grant Wishes

Make a Wish holds annual Walk for Wishes, raises over $10,000.

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of people gathered at UMD’s Bagley Nature Center for a walk and run benefitting the Make-A-Wish foundation, to grant wishes for kids suffering from critical illnesses. Over $10,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish today, exceeding their goal. About 100 people pre-registered to participate in the Walk for Wishes. The smiles at events like these continue long after everyone…

St. Luke’s New Contract With Nurses Is Ratified

Strike planned for October 3rd is cancelled

DULUTH, Minn. — Nurses who work for St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth voted to formally accept a new three-year contract agreement with the hospital, according to the Minnesota Nurses Association. St. Luke’s nurses have been working at the hospital without a contract since June 30th. This new contract is now retroactively effective from July 1st of this past summer. In…

Cloquet’s Community Memorial Hospital, Raiter Clinic Merge

Merger helps the hospital compete with Essentia, coming in May.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Two of Cloquet’s major healthcare facilities are merging to provide better care, and compete with Essentia’s expansion there in May. Community Memorial Hospital recently purchased the Raiter Clinic for an undisclosed amount. Operations will still continue in the Raiter building, and as of now it will still carry the Raiter name. The hospital will move its family care…

Ground Broken on $800 Million Vision Northland Project

Essentia Health expansion is the largest private development in Duluth's history

DULUTH, Minn. – Ground has been broken on an $800 million hospital development in Duluth. Essentia Health’s “Vision Northland” project is the largest private development in the city’s history. Buildings on the Essentia Health campus will start being demolished over the next few weeks to make room for a new twelve-story, 900,000 square foot medical center. “This will be a…

St. Luke’s Management, Nurses Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Strike vote withdrawn Monday, nurses to vote on the contract Wednesday.

DULUTH, Minn.- In the early hours of Saturday morning, nurses at St. Luke’s reached a tentative contract agreement with hospital management. The nurses’ negotiating team is recommending a “yes” vote to ratify. This comes after the nurses voted to strike last Monday. The nurses will withdraw the strike notice this Monday. The new contract addresses the staffing shortage at the…

People Work to ‘Unmask’ Traumatic Brain Injuries in Minnesota

Survivors and family members paint masks depicting their journeys with traumatic brain injuries

DULUTH, Minn. – About 2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury every year in the United States. On Tuesday, people made masks at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, depicting how they’ve been impacted by brain injuries. Over the last four years, 1,400 Minnesotans have made their own, unique masks. They communicate in a way words can’t about how traumatic…

St. Luke’s Nurses Vote to Strike, Hospital Says Could Cause Reduced Services

Strike set for October 8th.

DULUTH, Minn.- Nurses with St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth have voted to strike after months of failed negotiations with hospital administration. The strike is set for October 3rd, and in the meantime a contract can still be reached between the two sides, as they are still set to return to the negotiating table this Friday. The nurses have been calling…

St. Luke’s Nurses Vote to Authorize Strike

Union can still negotiate a deal for 10 days before strike is implemented.

DULUTH, Minn.- After weeks of negotiations, nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital authorized a strike for what they call unfair labor practices. The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) says staffing and scheduling is inefficient at the hospital. They say while they don’t want to strike, they see no other way of having their needs met. “Like we’ve been clear from the very…

Essentia Health Treated Two Patients With Lung Issues Likely Caused By Vaping

St. Luke's Hospital says it hasn't seen any vaping-related lung issues with patients

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)DULUTH, Minn. — Two people in the Northland have been treated for lung issues earlier this summer that may have been caused by vaping, according to Essentia Health, which treated the patients. Essentia Health was not able to share the ages or current conditions of the two patients with respect to HIPPA laws. St. Luke’s Hospital has…

Nurses Ratify Agreement For Three-Year Contract With Essentia Health

St. Luke's nurses have yet to reach agreement with hospital

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Nurses Association has accepted the terms of a new three-year contract with Essentia Health, according to a press release from the group. The previous contract expired on June 30th, and Essentia Health nurses have been working without one since then. Both Essentia Health and St. Luke’s nurses went on informational strikes this summer to raise…

St. Luke’s Nurses Prepared to Strike After Failed Negotiations

Nurses say they need safer staffing. more consistent scheduling.

DULUTH, Minn.- Nurses at Saint Luke’s in Duluth are one step closer to a possible strike after negotiations stalled between the hospital and its union on Monday. It’s happening as nurses at Essentia Health are voting on their new contract. After negotiating for about 18 hours, Saint Luke’s nurses and management will return to the bargaining table again on Wednesday….

26th Annual Harvest Festival Takes Over Bayfront Park

Farmers, local crafts and artists came out to meet their customers.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Harvest Festival took over Bayfront Festival Park Saturday. Farmers and more than 30 local craftspeople and artists showed off their items. They also attended a renewable energy fair to learn more about making farming more sustainable. “This event is a really good time for people to meet their farmers face to face,” said Festival Director…

Back-to-School Prompts Healthy Home Lunch Tips from St. Luke’s

St. Luke's Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Care Dietitian Mary Cherne Offers Helpful Tips for Northland Parents

DULUTH, Minn. – Without a healthy lunch, kids can have trouble concentrating, lack energy for after school activities and may end up filling up on low-nutrient snacks. St. Luke’s Clinical Dietitian Mary Cherne offers these tips to get started packing health lunches your kids will actually eat. Get kids involved. Let them pick out their lunch box and let them…

Blood Donors Needed for Hurricane Dorian Relief

DULUTH, MN- Blood centers across the country are expressing their need for donors as Hurricane Dorian hits the east coast. Here in Duluth, multiple blood drives were held today, including at University of Minnesota Duluth. All blood types are being accepted. Leadership from Memorial Blood Centers, who put on the event, say a lot of the blood donated today will…

Superior Businesses Put Out Purple for Alzheimer’s Awareness

All this week businesses have special events before the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Duluth.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- September is Alzheimer’s Awareness month and in the Twin Ports, it’s recognized with the yearly Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Saturday in Duluth. But the awareness campaign is already kicking off today with businesses across the bridge in Superior that are getting involved for the first time. “I don’t think there’s anybody in our community that has not…

Blood Donations Encouraged During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

The American Red Cross is Hosting a Blood Drive at Walmart in Superior Tuesday, September 3, 2019

DULUTH, Minn. – The National Cancer Institute estimates more than 15,000 children and teens in the United States were diagnoses with cancer in 2018. With the diagnosis often comes continued blood and/or platelet transfusions. Throughout the month of September, Northlanders are encouraged to help the American Red Cross by signing up to donate blood or host a blood drive in…

Wells Fargo Presents Check, Volunteers to Habitat for Humanity

Over 60 volunteers donate over 300 hours of their time to Habitat.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The Wells Fargo Stagecoach returned to the Twin Ports for the second year in a row to support Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity home-building in our region. A $20,000 check was presented by Wells Fargo to the Habitat for Humanity at their new center in Superior. The bank is also donating time to the cause, as about…

First Class of CSS Physician Assistants Graduate, Take Jobs in Rural Areas

28 PAs graduate from St. Scholastica's program.

DULUTH, Minn.- As many college students across the country are celebrating the start of a new school year, these 28 College of St. Scholastica students are celebrating the end of their educational journey. After two years the 28 white-coated students are done being students as they transition to become the first physician assistants out of the College of St. Scholastica….

3rd Annual Bikers Against Bullies Rally Roars Through Northland

Bikers ride 128 miles to raise awareness of bullying.

DULUTH, Minn.- The roar of about 40 bike engines out of the Black Bear Casino parking lot as the 3rd Annual Syd’s Angels Bikers Against Bullies Rally took off on their 128 mile ride. The bikers ride to raise awareness of bullying in the Northland. “You look at bikers, wearing leather, get the long beards, look intimidating,” said Commander Jason…

Essentia Health, Minn. Nurses Assoc. Reach Tentative Agreement

St. Luke's Nurses Remain Without An Agreement

DULUTH, Minn. — One day after Essentia Health and St. Luke’s nurses hit the streets of Duluth for an informational picket over failed contract negotiations that call for “safe” staffing levels, Essentia announced a tentative agreement late Wednesday with the Minnesota Nurses Association. Below is the statement from Essentia: Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association have reached a tentative…

Nurses Picket Outside Duluth Hospitals

Minnesota Nurses Association asking for what they call "safe" staffing levels at Essentia Health and St. Luke's

DULUTH, Minn. – Nurses picketed outside Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital in Downtown Duluth. This as negotiations continue between the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) and the two major area hospitals. The nurses picketed to build public awareness for their cause and encourage the hospitals to provide what they call “safe” staffing levels. “By being out here…

Parents and Kids ‘Climb’ Out of Darkness of Postpartum Disorders

Walk through Chester Park raises awareness for perinatal and postpartum disorders.

DULUTH, Minn.- With babies strapped in strollers, on backs, or sitting on shoulders, families took to the trails of Chester Park for Duluth’s very first Climb Out of the Darkness hiking event, to bring awareness to a very common problem among new parents. “As new moms there’s a lot of change that we’re going through and it can be very…

All Lake Nokomis Beaches Close After Illnesses Jump to 49

No one has Been Hospitalized

(courtesy: Fox 9) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Health officials have closed all beaches at a popular Minneapolis lake after the number of illnesses identified in people who swam there rose to 49. All of the diarrhea cases involve people who became ill after swimming at Lake Nokomis since mid-July. The Minnesota Department of Health reported the jump in cases Friday. The…

Local Mother Looks to Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancer

The Grit and Gratitude Fundraiser Bike Ride is Happening Sunday, August 25 in Two Harbors

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – At just 18 months old, little Lily was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer called hepatoblastoma. Hepatoblastoma affects about one in a million kids, and the disease usually presents before age two. With stage four disease (spread to the lungs) and the location in the liver (grapefruit sized tumor abutting all the important vessels and biliary tree)…

Helping Elderly Prevent Falls at Superior YMCA

Dove Home Health Professionals hosts Fall Prevention Classes.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Falling is the leading cause of death from injury in individuals 65 and older. If a senior citizen falls once, their chances of falling again are doubled. Senior citizens are invited to the Superior YMCA to help change that. Dove Home Health Professionals hosted the first part of their three-part Fall Prevention series, called “The Truth About Falling.”…

Block Party Celebrates Health Center’s Impact in Northland

Lake Superior Community Health Center holds Block Party for surrounding community.

DULUTH, Minn.- To celebrate National Health Center Week, Lake Superior Community Health Center put on their annual block party to celebrate being rooted in the community for 37 years. The event at the health center’s Duluth location on Grand Avenue featured live music, free bags of fresh produce from the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, a free yard sale,…

Minnesota Declares Outbreak of Hepatitis A

The Virus can Cause Severe Liver Damage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials say there’s an outbreak in cases of hepatitis A, a virus that can cause severe liver damage. Twenty-three cases have been identified with 13 patients requiring hospitalization for the virus, which is spread by unsanitary conditions. The state Department of Health is advocating for broader vaccination efforts in high-risk areas, such as jails and…

Guns and Hoses Play Ball for Good Cause

12th annual Guns and Hoses Charity Softball game raises money for Northern Lights Foundation.

DULUTH, Minn.- The bases were loaded, the crowd was pumped, and the players knew all eyes were on them to play a good game, for a great cause. Every year Duluth Firefighters and Police Officers battle it out on the diamond in the 12th Annual Guns and Hoses Charity Softball Game, to raise money for the Northern Lights Foundation, which…

Duluth Welcomes New Downtown Fitness Center

DULUTH, Minn. – If you want to get your sweat on a new fitness center is now open in Duluth. AP Fitness, located on the 200 block of West Superior Street. A mother-daughter duo is behind the business. They’re hoping to pass their sports and wellness knowledge onto others. Co-owner Paige Stratioti says, “I’m really excited about this because I…

Crow and Loon Deaths Linked to West Nile Virus

While common for crows this time of year, wildlife experts are keeping watch of loons.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota DNR and wildlife experts are on the lookout for birds sick with West Nile Virus. This comes after two recorded deaths of loons in Northeast Minnesota earlier this month, and a handful of crow deaths this past year, all linked to West Nile. Crows and loons are more susceptible to West Nile Virus, as they are…

Plan to Swim or Not to Swim With New Lake Temperature Device in Park Point Beach

New temp and wave monitoring devices help Minnesota Sea Grant scientists get readings to public.

DULUTH, Minn.- New monitoring devices in the waters of Park Point Beach are allowing scientists to tell people how cold or warm the water is before they get to the beach. A temperature sensor and wave sensor were placed in the water last week for scientists with the Minnesota Sea Grant to measure water temperature and assess the possibility of…

‘Share the Shred’ Gets Kids Outside and On Bikes

Spirit Mountain's program provides bikes to kids who may not be able to afford one.

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids and families got a free and friendly welcome into the sport of Mountain Biking at the Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet. The summer “Share the Shred” series drew about 90-110 kids Tuesday night. This year the YMCA Bike Fleet was available for kids to rent a limited number of youth-sized bikes and helmets to kids who may…

MDA Holds Muscle Walk for Those Affected by Muscular Diseases

MDA Muscle Walk draws walkers to Leif Erickson Park.

DULUTH, Minn.- Monday night Leif Erickson park was taken over by walkers coming together for a good cause. The Muscular Dystrophy Association held their first muscle walk in Duluth in a couple years. MDA holds muscle walks throughout Minnesota, raising about $250,000 collectively for muscle disease research. Organizers say the walks bring members of the community and those affected by…

Superior Man To Climb Mt. Rainier to Support Pediatric Cancer

Girga will make his trek up Mt. Rainier on August 1st.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Some people may run marathons or travel long distances to help bring awareness to a great cause. But a Superior man is taking it a step further by committing to climb Mt. Rainier in Washington to support childhood cancer. Mt. Rainier stands nearly 15,000 feet high. At the top temperatures can become very cold even in the summer….

Volunteers Remove Harmful Wild Parsnip from West Waterfront Trail

Invasive species can cause burns to skin and fur.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth is asking for your help to rid the area of the invasive species Wild Parsnip. The plant emits a sap that can cause burns on human skin and pets. This is not your run of the mill, vegetable parsnip. It looks like any flower. The Duluth Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, or CISMA, gathered volunteers by the…

MN Adult and Teen Challenge Center Expands with Grant

After purchasing a new apartment building, a grant from Minnesota Power is allowing the center to expand.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge received a grant from Minnesota Power to help expand its Duluth Hillside location. The addiction treatment facility on East Second Street will now include an old apartment building right next door. The Center purchased the building back in March. A $10,000 grant from Minnesota Power will help them renovate it, to increase the…

Nurses Ask for More Staffing at Essentia Health, St. Luke’s

Minnesota Nurses Association members ask Duluth City Council to talk to the hospitals on their behalf

DULUTH, Minn. – Nurses at Essentia Health and St. Luke’s say the hospitals are not providing enough staffing for them to give patients proper care. This as the facilities are planning major expansions of $800 million and $300 million. According to the Minnesota Nurses Association, Essentia Health employs about 1,200 nurses in Duluth. St. Luke’s employs about 630. Nurses voiced…

Haze from Canadian Fires Moves Out with Wind and Rain

Rainfall clear smoke up, and wind moves it south.

DULUTH, Minn.- Since last weekend, fires in Canada have been burning and sending smoke into the air, which the wind blew into the Northland creating a haze throughout the sky. Officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) said the worst of the smoke filtered into the Southern parts of the state. However, it could still be irritable for some…

Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Drunk Boating in Northland

Crackdown is part of Operation Dry Water Campaign.

MINNESOTA-  Safety on the water will be a top priority this weekend. According to authorities, drunk boating is drunk driving. Law enforcement will be increasing patrols on Northland waters as part of their yearly Operation Dry Water campaign. From 2013 to 2017 alcohol was a factor in 26 boating deaths and 46 injuries on Minnesota waters. Meanwhile Wisconsin was the…