Health

Dog Food Sold in Minnesota Recalled for Pentobarbital Contamination

Five lots of Hunk of Beef have been voluntarily recalled

An Illinois-based pet food company is voluntarily recalling one of its products after four dogs became sick and one died after consuming the company’s dog food. Evanders Dog & Cat Food is recalling five lots of its Hunk of Beef product due to potential contamination with Pentobarbital, which can affect animals causing drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, and…

Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Up in Douglas County

Under-aged Kids Were Able to Buy Tobbaco Products 13% of the Time They Tried

  SUPERIOR, Wis.- State mandated compliance checks were held in Douglas County to make sure businesses aren’t selling tobacco products to under aged minors. The minors who were part of the test were able to purchase the tobacco products 13 percent of the time they tried. Experts say the tobacco industry is producing products that appeal to a younger generation,…

Report: Opioid Prescriptions Drop 11.7 Percent in Wisconsin

MADISON (AP) – A new report says opioid prescriptions dropped nearly 12-percent in the last three months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. The report from the state Controlled Substances Board found the number of prescriptions decreased 11.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the fourth quarter of 2015, from 1.26 million prescriptions in…

Blizzard Tour Wraps Up With Banquet

225 Rode in Attempt to Raise $1 Million for ALS Foundation

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – The 2017 Blizzard Snowmobile Tour to end ALS wrapped up today with a banquet at Cirrus Aircraft. 225 riders took to the trails in this year’s tour, which began on February 2nd. Riders traveled through Northern Minnesota to raise funds and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The disease has personally impacted many riders…

Essentia Health Goes Red for Women

The Cardiovascular Team at Essential Reminds Northlanders to Call for Help Right Away

DULUTH, Minn. – You may have noticed more Northlanders wearing red on Friday, and if so, you’re not alone. Doctors and researchers at Essentia Health in Duluth are looking to spread the word when it comes to heart attack awareness, especially for women. Experts say one in three women die of cardiovascular disease, equal to one life every minute. However,…

Nearly Naked Ruck March Supports Local Veterans

23rd Veteran Aims to Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

DULUTH, Minn. – The Second Annual Nearly Naked Ruck March is just around the corner. The 10 mile hike raises money for 23rd Veteran, an organization helping military veterans transition back into civilian life. 23rd Veteran helps recondition the veterans brains for the civilian world through the program called 23V RECON. “In the military they train us for four years…

“Give Kids a Smile” Day Takes Over LSC

About 70 Kids Got Free Dental Care

DULUTH, Minn.-Almost 70 kids filled up Lake Superior College dental facility to get free dental care today. The event was part of the “Give Kids a Smile” day which went on throughout the state. The event is its 15th year. It was started to help children who didn’t have access to dental care. “Unfortunately the access to care is a…

Military Veteran Heads Up Ruck March for Mental Health

Registration Now Open for Nearly Naked Ruck March

  DULUTH, Minn. – Later this month, Northlanders will be stripping down to their long underwear and boots for a good cause. The Second Annual Nearly Naked Ruck March is Saturday, February 25. This 10 mile hike along the Duluth Lakewalk raises money for 23rd Veteran. The organization was started by 23rd Veteran Executive Director Mike Waldron after he experienced…

Bugs in Your Hair? No Fear, Lice Lounge is Here!

It's a Business That Specializes in Treating Lice

  DULUTH, Minn.- If your kids bring home some insects that get you ripping your hair out, a new business in town might be able to help you out. The Lice Lounge specializes in Head Lice Treatment and Prevention.  The lounge has a location in White Bear Lake, but after having so many clients travel from the Northland to get…

Governor Dayton Visits Mayo Clinic Regarding Cancer Diagnosis

Dayton announced his diagnosis after collapsing during his State of the State address

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Governor Mark Dayton visited the Mayo Clinic for his scheduled appointments regarding his recent diagnosis of prostate cancer. “Governor Mark Dayton’s prostate cancer was caught early and is localized, treatable, and curable,” Mayo Clinic spokesperson, Karl Oestreich stated. “His Mayo Clinic physicians have discussed several treatment options with the Governor…

United Healthcare to Hire 100 Workers

New Positions Available in Customer Service, Medicaid Enrollment

DULUTH, Minn. – There are new details on those 100 new jobs at United Healthcare in Duluth. Most of the available jobs are customer service positions, working with subscribers over the phone.  The rest are in Medicaid enrollment, working with people from across the country. If you’re a veteran looking for work, good news; United Healthcare wants you! “We’ve got…

Minnesota Health Officials Investigating Student’s Death

Adam EllingsonMANKATO, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating what caused the unexpected death of a college student. State officials are concerned Monday’s death of Minnesota State University, Mankato student Adam Ellingson may have been linked to bacterial meningitis. The Associated Press reports that State Health Department Doug Schultz said their investigation isn’t done yet, and they…

United Healthcare Adding 100 Jobs

Applications Can be Submitted by May 1

DULUTH, Minn. – Good news in the local job market. United Healthcare is hiring 100 people for its Duluth office. Positions include customer service and enrollment representatives. United Healthcare told Fox 21 that they are seeing a growth in customers across the country for their health insurance plans. Applications can be submitted on their website between now and May 1….

MNsure Announces 1-Week Special Enrollment Period

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota’s state-run health insurance exchange has announced a one-week special enrollment period. It’s designed to give Minnesotans extra time to take advantage of a new law providing relief from rising health insurance premiums for more than 100,000 shoppers. The current enrollment ends on January 31, but MNsure added a one-week special enrollment period that will run…

American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive at UMD

Winter Weather Causes Blood Shortage for American Red Cross

DULUTH, Minn.- The American Red Cross is having a blood shortage, after several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country forced them to cancel blood drives. Since December 1, around 300 blood drives across 27 states have been canceled because of weather, but hospital patients still need blood transfusions. So today, students and community members donated…

Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Program Needs More Money

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Minnesota’s medical marijuana program needs more money to help cover costs associated with being one of the most restrictive laws in the country. The state’s Office of Medical Cannabis is seeking $500,000 over the next two years as lawmakers put together a $40 billion-plus budget. Top regulators say that money would help pay unexpected costs…

Wisc. Attorney General, Group Announce Sex Assault Kit Tracking

MADISON (AP) – Attorney General Brad Schmiel and a sexual assault prevention group have launched a new initiative to help victims track evidence in their cases. The Department of Justice and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, announced the creation of the By Your Side campaign Monday. The campaign is designed to reach out to all sexual assault victims who…

MNSure Enrollment Extension

Minnesotans Have Until Feb. 8th to Buy Health Insurance

ST. PAUL, Minn. – There’s good news for Minnesotans who need health insurance. MNSure, the state–run insurance exchange announced a special one–week enrollment period. This extension gives Minnesotans extra time to take advantage of a new law which provides relief from rising premiums. The current enrollment now runs through February 8th, instead of January 31st.  All state residents are eligible,…

Dayton Signs Premium Relief Bill

Will provide immediate relief to 125,000 Minnesotans

ST. PAUL – Governor Mark Dayton today signed Chapter 2, SF 1 to provide an automatic 25-percent reduction in health insurance premiums for the more than 125,000 Minnesotans facing significant premium increases in the individual market. The following is a statement from Governor Mark Dayton: “In order to provide urgently-needed health insurance premium relief to 125,000 Minnesotans, I am signing…

Premium Relief Deal Starts Path to Dayton’s Desk

ST. PAUL (AP) – Financial help for Minnesota residents paying massive health insurance premium hikes is nearing the finish line at the Minnesota Legislature. The Minnesota Senate approved a bill, Thursday, using $325 million in state funds to cut monthly premiums by 25-percent. The House was expected to follow up later Thursday, and Governor Mark Dayton has indicated he’ll sign…

Mayo Clinic: Dayton’s Fall Unrelated to Cancer Diagnosis

ST. PAUL (AP) – The Mayo Clinic says Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s fall during his State of the State address was not related to his prostate cancer diagnosis. In a statement Tuesday evening, Mayo Clinic spokesman Karl Oestreich says doctors believe Dayton’s fainting spell “was situational and related to standing for a long time while giving his speech and possible…

St. Luke’s Hosts Laughing Yoga Class

Experts Say to Find Time to Laugh Throughout the Day

Duluth, Minn While children laugh nearly 300 times a day, adults only laugh about 20 times a day. Experts say five minutes of laughter a day can put you in a good mood for up three to five days after. St. Luke’s Medical Clinic in West Duluth is bringing another way via laughing yoga. “We’re here for a good time…

Rock On! Climbing Competition Attracts Athletes from Around Region

Funds Support UWS Climbing Program

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Climbers from all over the country, and even Canada, will be harnessing up at UW-Superior this weekend for the annual Rock On! Climbing Competition. This is the 13th year of the event. Rock On! was started by a group of students hoping to support their rock climbing program. All money raised through the competition goes back to…

Governor Dayton Announces Battle with Prostate Cancer

ST. PAUL (AP) – Governor Mark Dayton says he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but will finish the final two years of his term. Dayton made the announcement, Tuesday, just a day after collapsing while delivering his State of the State address. “I always thought I was incredibly fortunate…cancer seems to me like Russian Roulette. Everytime I get a clean…

New Miller Creek Medical Clinic Now Open

Clinic Holds Community Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Today

HERMANTOWN, Minn. -The new Miller Creek Medical Clinic in Hermantown is now open. The clinic opened its doors on December 19th and held their community open house and ribbon cutting ceremony today. St. Luke’s officials are hoping the new clinic will allow them to expand on services they offered at their old location. “We’re trying to create a more convenient…

Medical Center Closes While DEA Investigates

CADOTT, Wis. (AP) – A medical center in northwestern Wisconsin is closed indefinitely as federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration investigate. The DEA and the Wisconsin Department of Justice executed an administrative inspection warrant at Cadott Medical Center this week. The Associated Press reports that a DOJ representative says an inspection warrant can include criminal drug investigations and oversight…

Minnesota House Passes Health Insurance Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tonight on a vote of 73-54, the Minnesota House passed a bill creating a relief subsidy program aimed to address increasing health insurance premiums in the individual market. Under the plan, policyholders wouldn’t see relief until 2018, and it also contains many complex health insurance policy changes. “Minnesotans are being hit hard by massive premium increases,…

Carlton Wellness Center Thriving

Discounts Offered to Many Age Groups

CARLTON, Minn. – The Carlton County Wellness Center may have opened in the fall, but the novelty hasn’t worn off on community members as they continually join the program. About 100 people have joined the center over the last few months. The center offers state-of the art fitness equipment and classes for people of all ages, but its main focus…

Rainy-Day Fund May Help Cover Insurance Hikes

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers are working to offset massive health insurance premium increases for more than 100,000 residents who buy their own coverage. It’s a novel step as other states grapple with rising health insurance costs and uncertainty of how the Donald Trump administration will handle the Affordable Care Act. Minneosta officials agree premium hikes of up to…

George H.W. Bush and Wife Hospitalized

HOUSTON (AP) – A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston’s Methodist Hospital to address a respiratory problem from pneumonia. Spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush’s wife Barbara Bush, 91, as also been hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing. McGrath says the 92-year-old former president was…

Go Red For Women: The Grocery Store Challenge

10 Women Join A 10-Week Class To Become Healthier

DULUTH, Minn. – According to heart disease experts, every 34 seconds someone in the United States suffers a heart attack. And women account for nearly half of all heart attack deaths. In an effort to help prevent heart attacks, 10 women from the Twin Ports got a grocery makeover Tuesday to promote a healthier lifestyle. It’s the start of a…

Wisconsin Republican Senator Circulates Marijuana Extract Bill

MADISON (AP) – State Senator Van Wanggaard is circulating a bill that would make possessing a marijuana extract used to prevent seizures legal, in Wisconsin, with a doctor’s certification. Parents of children who suffer from seizures have been pushing for legislation that would allow them to use CBD oil to ease the symptoms. A similar bill passed the Assembly last…

Minnesota Extends Subsidized Health Care Coverage

Coverage extended to those participating in deportation reprieve programs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota is the fourth state in the nation to extend subsidized health care coverage to those participating in the Obama administration’s deportation reprieve program. The Star Tribune reports that this month the state opened subsidized health coverage to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which gives short-term work permits and deportation stays to…

Finding Natural Remedies for Body Pain During Cold Winter Months

Holistic Healing Methods Could Be What the Doctor Ordered

DULUTH, Minn. — For people suffering from joint pain or other chronic pain, the extreme cold in winter can make certain symptoms even worse. At Duluth Natural Medicine and Chiropractic, several natural remedies are recommended to help relieve body pain during these frigid months. Massages or regular chiropractic visits come to mind, as well as light and laser therapy. Dr….

Health Premium Relief Bill Passed by Senate

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota’s Senate has passed a bill providing relief for massive health insurance premium hikes. Thursday’s action on a major priority in the 2017 legislative session, doesn’t mean the work is over. The House is expected to pass similar legislation next week, but they’ll need to iron out major difference with Governor Mark Dayton before checks start…

Hermantown Church Helps Red Cross with Annual Blood Drive

Today's event helped provide about 20 units of blood

  HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Peace in Christ Lutheran Church held a blood drive today to help support the American Red Cross. After the holiday season and recent cold weather, the Red Cross is facing a critical need for blood. Last year, they approached the Hermantown church asking if they would help them in their efforts. “We thought ‘yeah that would…

A Slippery Start To 2017

Tips To Stay Safe On Slick Sidewalks

Icy sidewalks are apart of life here in the northland, but, there are things you can do to stay a bit safer when trekking around this time of year. Now that winter is in full swing, and mother nature has laid down a solid layer of ice, a fall out here could not only ruin your day, but it could…

Rusty Patched Bumblebee Declared Endangered

The first time any bee species has made the endangered list

This 2012 photo provided by The Xerces Society shows a rusty patched bumblebee in Minnesota. Federal officials said Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, that the rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years. (Sarina Jepsen/The Xerces Society via AP)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich….

Tips for Keeping Skin from Drying Out During the Winter

Cold, dry temperatures along with running the heat in your home can be a recipe for dry skin

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’ve noticed your skin drying out more lately, you’re probably not alone. Twin Ports Dermatology in Duluth has seen a lot of patients with dry skin and rashes this winter. Heather Smith, a physician assistant at Twin Ports Dermatology, says mixing the cold, dry temperatures along with running the heat in your home can be a…

MNsure Sign-Ups Hit Record High as Premiums Spike

Open enrollment lasts through January

ST. PAUL (AP) – Officials at Minnesota’s state-run insurance exchange say more than 103,000 people signed up for health coverage in the latest enrollment period. MNsure officials say the 103,578 signups set a record by about 15,000, even as premiums have been rising as much as 67-percent. Exchange officials say tax credits are sparing many people the worst of the…

Free Radon Test Kits to Raise Awareness

Test Kits Will be Given Out at Six Locations in Duluth Throughout the Month of January

DULUTH, Minn. – The American Lung Association kicked off Radon Awareness Month Thursday, in effort to stop a silent killer. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas, and also ranks as the number one cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon kills more than 21,000 people every year. To combat the issue, the Duluth Healthy Homes Partnership, working…

Northland Woman Sells Products to Keep You Warm

Solutions for those who enjoy outdoor activities in the winter

DULUTH, Minn. – One Northland woman is very busy selling two products that are proven to keep you warmer in these cold winter months. Eve Graves stumbled upon two products when she was trying to solve her own problems with the winter temperatures. As an outdoor winter enthusiast, Grave struggled to stay warm while doing her favorite activities but now,…

Hockey Night In Superior Is Wednesday

Kids Are Encouraged To Get Outside And Play At The Outdoor Rinks

Superior, Wis. — It’s time to lace up your skates, get them sharpened and head out to one of the 8 outdoor rinks in Superior. Wednesday, Jan 4th the rinks will be fully staffed with Spartan varsity hockey players, UWS hockey players and staff members of the Superior Amateur Hockey Association.  They’ll be ready to interact with all current players…

Set Reasonable Goals to Help Lose Weight this Year

Dr. Jim Donovan at St. Luke's says to set small goals when starting out

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – With the start of the New Year, many people are starting to diet and exercise more to drop a few pounds. Health professionals say if you are looking to lose a few inches, the best thing to do is set realistic expectations from the beginning. Dr. Jim Donovan, MD, a physician at St. Luke’s, specializes in non–surgical…

New Year Keeps Local Gyms Busy

Some Northlanders have been thinking about New Year's resolutions for at least a month. Several workout classes are already sold out.

While many may be hitting the gym in these first few days of the New Year, some Northlanders have already been thinking about their 2017 goals for at least a month. Impact Sports Training kicked off their first bootcamp of the year. The camp has actually been sold out since early December. They say consistency and creating a sense of…

Blood Drives Continue in Northland

Will be Held in Coming Months

DULUTH, Minn.- Many different locations throughout the Northland will be holding blood drives in the coming weeks run by the American Red Cross. One such location is at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard in Duluth, where student’s from Duluth East’s Key Club came to help run the event today. Members of that group saw this as an opportunity…

With Trump Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid

Democrats and Advocacy groups warn of the consequences of reducing federal spending on Medicaid

ATLANTA (AP) – With Donald Trump’s election, Republicans in Congress will have the opportunity to overhaul Medicaid, something they’ve wanted to do for years. The program provides health care to millions of lower-income and disabled Americans. Currently, the federal government pays a certain percentage of each state’s Medicaid costs. Republicans say states have little incentive to keep expenses down because…

Wisconsin Flu Cases on Rise

161 Flu Cases Reported

MADISON, Wisc. (AP) – Wisconsin health officials say flu cases are on the rise and they are urging people to take precautions like getting a flu shot. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said Wednesday there have been 161 influenza cases so far this season, and 95 hospitalizations, including eight children and 78 adults age 50 and older. Of those…