Health

Duluth City Council Candidates Talk Transportation

Zeitgeist Host Event For The Public

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth City Council candidates hit the stage Wednesday to answer questions about improving transportation equity in the city. The forum held at Zeitgeist was organized by local nonprofits and research groups who say, transportation is a vital necessity to be able to access employment and income, education and grocery services among other daily needs. But those necessities…

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Receives Donation

Annual Breezy Point 5K Raised $20,000 for the Organization This Year

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth campus of the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge got a big donation today from an annual run held in Duluth. All the proceeds from the annual Breezy Point 5K, $20,000 this year, were donated to the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. That will help the organization with their long term care programs. Breezy Point 5K…

Upcoming Events in Gary New Duluth Promote Safety and Community

Annual Raffle and Bike Rodeo to be Held This Week

DULUTH, Minn. – This week is full of activities at the Gary New Duluth Recreation Center. Thursday, August 24 the center is hosting its annual raffle event. Todd Eckart will be performing and funds raised will support the Gary New Duluth Development Alliance. The event on Thursday starts at 6 p.m., but event organizers recommend arriving at 5:30 p.m. On…

National Senior Citizens Day Celebrated at North Shore Estates

Residents checked out the eclipse and got in some games of bingo

DULUTH, Minn. – Monday was National Senior Citizens Day, and some folks in the Northland decided to celebrate. North Shore Estates in West Duluth threw a little party for their residents. First they checked out that solar eclipse, or what they could see of it, and then got together for some treats and a couple games of bingo. “Here in…

Duluth Police Officers and Firefighters to Battle on the Field

10th Annual Guns and Hoses Softball Game

DULUTH, Minn. – This week Duluth Police Officers and Firefighters will be battling on the field all for a good cause. The 10th Annual Guns and Hoses is taking place on Thursday, August 24. Other than the softball game, there will be a K-9 demonstration, fire trucks and police cars on display, and the mounted patrol on hand. Wade Stadium…

Duluth Artist Embraces Disability With Creativity

Tony Adams was in a sereve motorcycle accident, leaving him in a coma for three months

DULUTH, Minn. – Most of Tony Adams’ life has been spent working with his hands. “I could work on any car motorcycle aircraft. I was a really good mechanic,” Adams said. On his way home from work one day, Adams was riding his motorcycle when he was struck by car who ran a stop sign. “After my accident I forgot…

‘Light and Low’ at Gary New Duluth Recreation Center

FOX 21's William Seay Caught Up With the Organizer's of Duluth YMCA's Light and Low Fitness Program

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Active Adventures, FOX 21’s William Seay caught up with the coordinators of ‘Light and Low,’ a program put together by the Duluth YMCA. The program takes place at the Gary New Duluth Recreation Center. Participants have the chance to work on increasing mobility, balance, range of movement, strength and conditioning by using light free weights,…

Is It Really Lyme? Researchers Developing a New Test to Tell

WASHINGTON (AP) – Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or another disease can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way to do it early — using a “signature” of molecules in patients’ blood. It’s still highly experimental, but initial studies suggest the novel tool just might uncover early-stage Lyme disease more accurately than today’s standard test, researchers reported…

Health Officials Unable to Identify Source in Siblings’ E. coli Infections

(KMSP) – The source of an E. coli bacterial infection that killed a young Wright County girl and seriously sickened her brother remains unclear, according to a Minnesota Department of Health investigation. As a precaution, MDH investigated A maze’n Farmyard near Eden Valley and asked the petting zoo to pull some of their animals from public viewing. The Maresh family had visited the petting zoo before their…

Minnesota Health Insurers Propose Higher Rates

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s four largest small-business health insurers are proposing average premium increases next year. The Star Tribune reports that increases range from 8 to 17 percent. Some insurers say the increases are needed because enrollees are consuming more care while medical costs are rising. The proposed increases could affect about 160,000 people. They’re also rekindling fears that some…

Salmonella Linked to Shelled Peas at 3 Wisconsin Markets

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin health officials are investigating an outbreak of salmonella linked to shelled peas sold at farmers’ markets. The state Department of Health Services said Friday at least seven cases of salmonella are reported in four Wisconsin counties. Officials say all seven of the patients ate fresh shelled peas purchased at farmers markets. The shelled peas are…

Duluth and Superior Combine to Honor Survivors

Mayors Proclaimed Aug. 16 as Break the Silence Day in the Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn. – Mayors Emily Larson and Jim Paine joined sexual assault survivors from Duluth and Superior, as well as their allies on Park point Wednesday to dedicate a day towards breaking silence. “Therefore, we, Jim Paine and Emily Larson, Mayors of the City of Superior and the City of Duluth, do officially proclaim August 16th, 2017 as Break the…

Firefighters help fight muscular dystrophy with Fill The Boot events

Firefighters are spread across the town, collecting money for youth with muscular dystrophy

DULUTH, Minn. – Firefighters in Duluth are spread out at busy intersections across town for the Fill the Boot event, which raises money for children with muscular dystrophy. “We take it seriously,” Duluth firefighter Aaron Bujold said.  “Its for a really good cause… Most of the people we deal with are pretty charitable. We get a good outcome out here.”…

T-Shirts Designed to Raise Mental Illness Awareness

Steven Gold Selling "Mental Illness Sucks" Shirts to Encourage People to Address Issues

DULUTH, Minn. – Statistics say you or someone close to you battles some form of mental illness. One Duluth man wants to raise awareness. Steven Gold came up with the “Mental Illness Sucks” t–shirt as a way to get people talking about a difficult subject. Gold, who’s battled depression since the 10th grade, says getting people to talk about their…

New Strategies In Place For Missing Duluth Couple Case

Command Center And Agencies State Wide Are Now On The Case

Saturday August 5th, It was day 8 of the missing Duluth couple Ron and Mary Tarnowski. Saturday hundreds gathered at the Tarnowski home in hopes that a search party would bring them home. “We are not giving up hope. We’re keeping our heads held high, we’re going to be strong, and we’re going to bring mom and dad home. But…

Helping Parents With Autistic Children

Giving Tips After A Stressful Day

Duluth, Minn. The Duluth Regional Care Center is helping parents learn how to help children with autism. Thanks to a 950,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services the group can now put more resources towards helping parents understand more ways to help their child while also learning tips to help themselves after a stressful day. “I think it’s…

Medical School in Duluth Raises Money For Cancer Research

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus is raising money to fund cancer research. The group held a fundraising event at Bent Paddle on Sunday.  They are trying to raise around $17,000 for the Chainbreaker event, a three-day bike ride which raises money for the cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center. “Research is the only…

Affordable Housing Problems In Duluth

Panel Discusses Solutions To Solve Problem

Duluth, Minn. Duluth is working towards solutions to address our own affordable housing crisis. Tonight a panel full of organizations like loafs and fishes and the Salvation Army were on hand for a discussion on housing issues as they pertain to local, state and federal levels. The event was to shed light on issues and potential solutions to work together…

Paid Sick And Safe Task Force Steps Closer To Closing Deal

Referendum To Be Presented To City Council

Duluth, Minn. The Duluth City Council is working to adopt a sensible paid sick time policy. Tonight it seems as if some progress has been made. Duluth’s earn sick and safe time task force plans to present a final draft of the referendum to the Duluth City Council to approve or not approve. If approved employees that currently don’t receive…

CASDA Hosts Golf Fundraiser Friday

At 'Socks for Survivors' Golfers are Encouraged to Wear Their Loudest Socks

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse is looking for golfers with a strong short game and a strong sock game. Friday CASDA hosts its 5th annual ‘Socks for Survivors’ golf tournament at Nemadji Golf Club. Golfers are encouraged to wear their wildest socks for a day on the links while raising money to help CASDA support…

Purchase a Blizzard – Help Children’s Miracle Network

Miracle Treat Day Benefits Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

DULUTH, Minn. – Today you can enjoy a sweet treat all while supporting Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. It’s all for Dairy Queen’s Annual “Miracle Treat Day” fundraiser. Gillette has clinics throughout Minnesota including a Duluth site in the Lakewalk Center on London Road. Donations collected on Miracle Treat Day will directly help Gillette fund vital treatments, equipment and support for…

Red Lake Reservation Struggling with Drug Epidemic

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) – Tribal leaders of a northern Minnesota reservation have declared its heroin and opioid epidemic a public health emergency. The Star Tribune reports that Red Lake Indian Reservation tribal leaders are seeking outside help to deal with the crisis and are considering banishing tribal members who are involved with dealing drugs. They’ll discuss the option at…

Pence Breaks Tie, Senate Takes Up Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) –  The Senate has voted to move ahead on health care legislation aimed at dismantling the Obama health law. The vote was 51-50 on Tuesday, a victory for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump. Last week, McConnell was forced to postpone the vote, lacking the support of conservatives and moderates. Vice President Mike Pence cast the…

St. Louis River Alliance Celebrates

Millions Of State and Federal Bonds For River Clean Up

Duluth, Minn. The St. Louis River alliance celebrated Thursday after last months state bonding bill that passed and included millions of dollars for the estuary restoration project. The 25.4 million in funding also activates another 47.2 million in federal funds made available through the great lakes restoration initiative. With the money, the goal will be to accelerate the cleanup efforts…

Community Forum Raises Opioid Awareness In St. Louis County

Some Call It An Epidemic

Hibbing, Minn. The Hibbing community is doing their part to combat the opioid and meth problem in St. Louis County. Hundreds came out to hear from multiple agencies that deal with the problem head on. A panel consisting of representatives from St. Louis county public health, local law enforcement, attorney’s and even addiction survivors were on hand tonight. The panel…

Scottish Rite Clinic Shows Off New Place

Inviting Patients Back After Years Being Away

Duluth, Minn. The Scottish Rite Clinic in Duluth has seen their fair share of building changes over the last 27 years. The clinic has found a new home and wanted to show it off to former patients. The Scottish Rite staff has seen parents and kids alike grow up through construction and multiple building changes over the last 27 years….

BCA Collects DNA For Data Base

Hopes To Match DNA With Unidentified Remains

Across the U.S. there are thousands of unidentified humane remains that have yet to be identified. That’s why the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has teamed up with Duluth PD to encourage anyone who knows of a missing family member to give samples of DNA to investigators. The DNA would then go into a missing person data base for comparison. “Back…

‘Let Obamacare Fail,’ Trump Says After GOP Plan Collapses

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Tuesday it’s time to “let Obamacare fail” after the latest GOP health care plan crashed and burned in the Senate, a stunning failure for the president, Republican leader Mitch McConnell and a party that has vowed for years to abolish the law. In a head-spinning series of developments, rank-and-file Republican…

British Doctors Discover 27 Contact Lenses in Woman’s Eye Before Surgery

The first 17 lenses doctors discovered. (Courtesy British Medical Journal) (FOX NEWS) – Scientists discovered 27 contact lenses in a woman’s eye last November before she underwent eye surgery, according to an entry in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The woman was being prepared for cataracts surgery at Britain’s Solihull Hospital when scientists discovered the lenses, according to the Washington Post….

Health department temporarily funding suicide hotline

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Health will provide temporary funding to maintain a suicide prevention hotline that was expected to shut down. The department will provide $139,000 to keep the hotline open at least until September 29. The hotline is operated by the nonprofit Canvas Health of Oakdale. It announced earlier this month that it would…

Local Doctor Speaks on Benefits of Physical Therapy

Active Adventures: In Motion Therapy

DULUTH, Minn. – Through many different instances, one can become injured. A local doctor is looking to educate those injured about proper healing methods. For some, an injury could be so serious they require surgery, but according to Annita Winkels, DPT, for others, physical therapy is the answer. Dr. Winkels, Founder of In Motion Therapy says the goal is to…

Lincoln Park Program Helping Kids Make Healthier Choices

The Power of Produce club gives $2 to kids who visit the Lincoln Park Farmers' Market

DULUTH, Minn. – A new program started today over in West Duluth that’s aimed at helping kids making healthier choices when deciding what food to eat. The Power of Produce (PoP) club gives $2 to kids who visit the Lincoln Park Farmers’ Market to spend on fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables. Community Action Duluth joined together with the St….

Minnesota Nabs $8M in Health Care Fraud in National Sweep

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Several Minnesota residents are facing charges of defrauding the state of millions of dollars in health care money as part of a national crackdown. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit Thursday against a Brooklyn Center woman and her daughter for allegedly claiming more fraudulent personal care assistant expenses. The lawsuit says Juanita Swain…

New Measles Case Confirmed in Minnesota Outbreak, Up to 79 Total

(KMSP) – After several weeks with no new cases, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed an additional case of measles associated with the outbreak that started in March. There are now 79 total cases of measles across four different counties in Minnesota. Seventy-one of those cases are in unvaccinated patients. The majority of cases are in children. The newest case…

Panel Calls on FDA to Review Safety of Opioid Painkillers

(AP) – An expert panel of scientists says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, not only on patients, but also on families, crime, and the demand for heroin. In a sweeping report Thursday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine pushed…

Women’s Care Center in Duluth Receives a Huge Blessing

DULUTH, Minn. — The Women’s Care Center in downtown Duluth received a huge blessing earlier today; it was a literal blessing, as Bishop Paul Sirba prays over a brand new ultrasound machine. A coalition of regional chapters from the Knights of Columbus made this donation happen. The Women’s Care Center offers pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, prenatal care, and pregnancy counseling. And…

Miller Hill Subaru Donates Blankets to Cancer Center

The car dealership also donated a dozen craft kits for pediatric cancer patients

DULUTH, Minn. – Cancer patients at Essentia Health were given a special gift today. The staff at Miller Hill Subaru delivered 80 blankets to the Cancer Center, as well as some hand written notes from some of their customers. The blankets will help provide warmth to patients, especially those undergoing treatment. Charlene Buescher was given just two weeks to live…

Minnesota Mental Health Crisis Line to Shut Down

The Service Will Be Shut Down Friday, July 14th for Financial Reasons

MINNESOTA – A Minnesota mental health crisis hot line will be shutting down at the end of the week. It’s a service that took 50,000 calls last year alone, connecting people with local psychiatrists and counselors, as well as first-responders and emergency rooms. The Crisis Connection hot line was seeing an increase in calls this year, but will have to…

Fewer Marketplace Insured Equates to State Rebate Savings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Fewer enrollees in Minnesota’s individual health insurance marketplace will result in millions of dollars in savings in state-funded discounts. State lawmakers in January passed a $310 million discount package offering a 25 percent rebate for people who buy insurance on the individual marketplace. Earlier estimates anticipated about 120,000 people might be eligible for the discounts….

‘Freedom Fest’ Tourney Honors Friend Killed In Car Accident

2017 LT Freedom Fest Memorial Tournament

Duluth, Minn. A high-speed crash six years ago took the life of one person, while seriously injuring three others. The life taken was that of Tim Stephenson, a caring person whose favorite thing to do was playing ultimate Frisbee. Every year since his death, Tim’s teammates and friends remember him by hosting a ultimate Frisbee tournament in his honor. Tim…

New Deal: Blue Cross Blue Shield to Keep Children’s Minnesota In-Network

(KMSP) – Children’s Minnesota and major health insurance company Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota have reached an agreement that would keep Children’s Minnesota as an in-network provider for Blue Cross patients. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson helped broker the new deal between the two parties. According to her office, she acted as the mediator after Children’s and Blue Cross failed to meet the…

One STD is Becoming ‘Smarter’ and Harder to Treat, according to WHO

Gonorrhea Bacteria (CNN) – Gonorrhea is becoming hard and in some cases impossible to treat with antibiotics, the World Health Organization said. “The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” said Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist at WHO, in a…

Summer Camps Beginning at Spirit Mountain

DULUTH, Minn. – Several parents throughout the Northland are looking for ways to keep their kids busy while they’re off from school for the summer. Spirit Mountain in Duluth is hosting several camps to encourage kids to stay moving and try new activities. The following is a sample of the camp programs offered in July at Spirit Mountain, based on…

FDA Approves First New Drug in 20 Years for Sickle Cell

(AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can’t properly carry oxygen throughout the body, which can cause severe pain and organ damage. About 100,000 people in the U.S., mostly blacks, have the disorder and about 275,000 babies…