Health

St. Luke’s Hosts Annual Biomedical Ethics Conference

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s held their annual ethics conference on Wednesday with this year’s event focused on the topic of vaccines. Guest speakers from the U of M and the MN Department of Health spoke about subjects including: vaccine hesitancy and community engagement. “Really this is open to all. So we have, I know, nurses and public health folks…

Doctors Remind to Shovel Smart to Avoid Heart Problems

People with heart and weight problems and the elderly advised to shovel light.

DULUTH, Minn.- When shoveling all this snow off driveways, streets and cars in a hurry, it can be hard to remember to take it easy for your health. According to Cardiologists with Essentia Health, people should be careful not to lift enormous amounts of snow when shoveling to avoid a possible heart attack. That goes double, they said, for the…

Governor Walz Urges Public Hearings to Break Insulin Impasse

Lawmakers Report Little Progress Made in Closed-Door Talks Over the Past Month Regarding the Cost of Insulin

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz is urging Minnesota lawmakers to hold public hearings to try to break an impasse over legislation to make insulin more affordable. Lawmakers have made little apparent progress in closed-door talks over the past month toward reconciling the differences between competing House Democratic and Senate Republican plans. Their last meeting was Friday. The…

American Heart Association Wants You to Eat Smart, Live Smart

AHA partnered with Essentia Health and St. Luke's at Super One.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s Eat Smart Month, and the American Heart Association, St. Luke’s and Essentia Health partnered together to get Super One customers to eat healthier. The three had a display inside of the Duluth Kenwood Super One. Shoppers could talk to registered dieticians, be trained in hands-only CPR, and receive gift cards to purchase healthy foods. “Just to build…

Neuroscience Lab Helps Middle Schoolers Have Fun with Brains

Lab visits Cloquet Middle School, with sheep brains.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Kids at Cloquet Middle School got an in-depth look at the inner workings of the brain. The UMD Mobile Neuroscience Lab made a stop at the school with some sheep brains. 13 UMD psychology undergrad and graduate students used the brains to help the middle schoolers learn about the functions and parts of the human brain. “They’re, I…

Special Report: Professionals Helping Prepare For, Study Different Aspects of Grief

FOX 21's Brett Scott Examines the Landscape When it Comes to Getting Through a Tough Time of Loss

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s a topic many shy away from, talking about what happens after we lose a loved one, and are left to live in the physical world without them. FOX 21’s Brett Scott examines how grief is studied on an academic level, and prepared for with the help of hospice professionals. “I think that mostly why I’m in…

St. Louis County Designated High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

HIDTA Designation means substantial funding boost, which authorities say they need.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Police Department and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office announced the county has officially been designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area by the White House. It means the county receives substantial additional funding, at a time when authorities say they need it. “Extra resources are gonna provide extra dividends,” said Commander of the Lake Superior…

Minnesota Food Justice Summit Brings Diverse Farmers to Talk Equality

Summit runs Monday through Wednesday at the DECC.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Food Justice Summit packed the DECC with farmers, food buyers, and other members of Minnesota’s food system to focus on making the way Minnesota gets its food equal to all. Summit officials say that due to redlining, or denying services to residents or specific neighborhoods, mostly based on race, has made it hard for black, indigenous,…

Meditating to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Group Drumming Circle at Inner Bliss Spiritual Health Center helps people deal with trauma, anxiety.

DULUTH, Minn.- A group in Duluth is trying something new with meditation: connecting with themselves through drumming. Just follow the pounding sound down to the basement of the Inner Bliss Spiritual Health Center on East Superior Street, where you’ll find the group drumming circle. “It’s almost primal in nature, everyone can pick up a drum,” said drumming circle leader Gini…

St. Luke’s Dietitian Suggests Handing Out Other Types of Treats this Halloween

St. Luke's Clinical Dietitian Mary Cherne Offers Advice When it Comes to Being Inclusive to All Trick-or-Treaters

DULUTH, Minn. – Halloween falls on Thursday this week and many folks have probably already stocked up the candy drawer, but it’s important to remember moderation is the best bet as we head into the height of the holiday season. St. Luke’s Clinical Dietitian Mary Cherne stopped by FOX 21 Local News to offer a few tips before trick-or-treating this…

Pizza Luce Celebrates Co-Owner’s Birthday, Fight Against ALS

It was a night to celebrate Scott Nelson, and give to those affected by the disease

DULUTH, Minn.- ALS affects as many as 30,000 people in the United States, with 5,000 new cases diagnosed each year. And while survival rates are slim, there is hope for people with the disease. One of those people, happens to be the co-owner of Pizza Luce Restaurants. Back in 2017, Scott Nelson was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou…

DEA, St. Louis County Accepts Unwanted Medications, Vapes

Biannual event held on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

DULUTH, Minn.- For National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Administration held their biannual take back event at the St. Louis County Public Safety Building. According to officials, the hard part of preventing opioid addictions is that the number of opioids on the streets can never be known for sure. So events like these aim to get as…

Dancing Candy Calories Away at Halloween Zumba

Ignite Studio in Duluth hosts Halloween Costume Contest and Zumba

DULUTH, Minn.- While Halloween is mostly about eating all the candy you can get, ghouls and goblins, superheroes and animals of all kinds danced the candy calories away at Ignite Studio. “I, as an adult love dressing up in costumes and I find every excuse, I do it several times a year,” said Zumba regular Alex Loch. “So this was…

Community Conference Identifies Duluth Health Needs

Mental health, food insecurity, and youth substance abuse identified as biggest needs

DULUTH, Minn. – Organizations from across the region came together at Clyde Iron Works to discuss the biggest health challenges in Duluth. According to a community assessment, the biggest needs to address are mental health care, food insecurity, and youth substance abuse, including vaping. “These are really complicated health problems that we’re trying to address and it’s going to take…

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Opens in Duluth

Research Institute has over 100 field staff, most of which are native.

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth is now home to the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. The Center opened its first office in the Midwest last Monday right in Duluth on South Street near London Road. They partner with 11 different tribal communities across the Northland and Canada, to raise community health form the individual level. The research…

Healthcare Leaders Discuss Fixing ‘Broken’ System

Speakers from across the country lead discussion at Fitger's Spirit of the North Theater

DULUTH, Minn. – Health system leaders from across the country are in Duluth talking about how to better provide healthcare. The second annual “Believe in Better” project is a hands-on forum for invited guests to discuss how to fix what they call a “broken” healthcare system. Speakers talked about how marijuana legalization affects healthcare systems, using data and analytics to…

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)…