Health

New Michigan Ad Campaign to Raise Awareness for Child Vaccinations

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan health officials are launching a vaccination campaign aimed at preventing serious diseases in children. The “I Vaccinate” campaign by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Franny Strong Foundation and other health officials will use television, radio, digital, social, and outdoor advertising to stress the importance of vaccinations. A website also was launched…

Wellness Advocate Promotes Essential Oils

Coffee Conversation: Doterra Essential Oils

DULUTH, Minn. – For thousands of years, people have healed with nature’s touch. Essential oils are used around the world and found in the seeds, bark, stems roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They have been used historically for food preparation, beauty treatment, and healthcare practices. This morning, doTERRA Wellness Advocate, Linda Carrillo, explained how essential oils have changed…

Group Hopes to Spread Meaning of Wellness

Northland Community Wellness Day

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend Northlanders are promoting wellness in the region and at home for the whole family for the Northland Community Wellness Day. This is a free community event highlighting local wellness resources and services through interactive exhibits, workshops, and family-friendly activities. There will be more than 80 wellness-related exhibits in Romano Gym at the University of Minnesota –…

Mayo Clinic Faces Questions After CEO Comments on Insurance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Mayo Clinic is facing some questions from the state of Minnesota after its CEO told employees that if patient conditions are equal, its hospitals should prioritize the privately insured patients over those under government-subsidized programs like Medicaid. John Noseworthy’s comments came late last year in a videotaped speech to staff but surfaced only this week, after a…

Duluth YMCA Adds Lumberjack Tradition to Aquatic Activities

Active Adventures: Log Rolling

DULUTH, Minn. – A lumberjack sport is now offered at the Duluth YMCA. For this week’s Active Adventures, FOX 21’s William Seay tried out Log Rolling. Log rolling is available for people of all ages. According to aquatic instructors, not only does the sport preserve the rich history of lumberjack sports in North America, but it’s fun and good for…

Art Of Local Food

Good Food And Art All In One Place

It was all about good food, local artist, and great company tonight at Clyde Iron Works. It was the 6th annual Art of Local Food fundraiser to benefit the Duluth Community Garden Program and the Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association. It was 40 years ago that a few gardeners saw the need for fresh locally grown food and now 220 families…

March Madness Could Lead to Trouble

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

DULUTH, Minn. – Maybe it’s a coincidence with the NCAA Basketball tournament going on, but March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Every year, millions of dollars are wagered on the tournament, both in sportsbooks, and on those bracket sheets you likely filled out for your office pool According to a counselor at Duluth’s Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment, brackets…

Smoking Forum Held in Duluth

Discussions Focused on Menthol Cigarette Use Among Minors

DULUTH, Minn.-The American Lung Association held it Kick Butts event today, which focused on how young minorities are targeted using menthol tobacco products. Data was also shared from the Menthol Cigarette Intervention Report from the Minnesota Legislature. One piece of information they found out from the study, is that young people in poorer neighborhoods are targeted through psychological lures like…

Walker Optimistic for “Meaningful Reforms” to Medicaid

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Governor Scott Walker says he is optimistic that President Donald Trump’s administration will be able to make “meaningful reforms” to the Medicaid program, even as other Republican governors oppose a proposal that would drastically cut payments to the states. Walker, on Wednesday released a letter that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price sent to…

Local Experts give Gardening Tips to Northlanders

Get Ready to Grow

FLOODWOOD, Minn. – The official start of Spring is just days away and many folks around the Northland are getting anxious to start gardening. This morning Bob Olen, Horticulturalist and Educator for St. Louis County, stopped by FOX 21 to chat about an upcoming gardening program. The county is hosting a seminar to give new home fruit and vegetable growing tips. The program…

Bill lets Minnesotans choose what health insurance covers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A House bill moving through committee would allow Minnesotans to choose what conditions their health insurance covers. The author, Republican Rep. Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa, says the bill would cut costs by giving people the freedom to drop options they are unlikely to need. Democratic opponents say the proposal would raise costs by reducing the…

Wisconsin Leads Nation in Interlock Driving Stops Last Year

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new report says Wisconsin led the country last year in drunken drivers blocked from starting vehicles by an ignition interlock. Mothers Against Drunk Driving released a report Tuesday that found interlock devices stopped 37,299 people form starting their vehicles from December 2015 to December 2016. California was second with 35,756 stops. The report is based…

Wisconsin Legislators Introduce Family Medical Leave Insurance Act

Proposal gives working families needed benefit to care for family or themselves without giving up pay

MADISON, Wis. – State Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) and Representative Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains) have introduced the Family Medical Leave Insurance Act (FMLIA). This Act creates a Family Medical Leave Insurance program which is completely paid for by employees. Under the program, a participating employee is eligible to receive a percentage of their pay during a time when they take…

House aims to stem health rate hikes, stabilize market

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Republicans are preparing to plow more than $300 million into a new state program meant to reduce health insurance premiums next year. Minnesota has grappled with some of the largest rate increases in the nation. Premiums jumped by as much as 67 percent for shoppers buying insurance on their own this year, leading lawmakers…

Mayo Clinic Kicks Off $217M, 5-Year Hospital Expansion

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – Mayo Clinic is kicking off a five-year, $217 million expansion of its Saint Marys Hospital campus in Rochester. Mayo officials announced the plan last week. The proposal includes adding three floors to the Generose Building, moving and upgrading the cardiac surgery facilities and expanding the Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care units. The Post-Bulletin reports…

6 Madison Schools Test Positive for Lead in Drinking Water

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Madison School District officials say drinking fountains at six schools have leads levels higher than the national standard. District facilities manager Chad Wiese tells the Wisconsin State Journal the district tested drinking fountains at East High School, Blackhawk, and Sherman Middle schools, and Gompers, Lapham, and Lowell Elementary schools. All of the schools had at least…

House Aims to Stem Health Rate Hikes, Stabilize Market

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Republicans are preparing to plow more than $300 million into a new state program meant to reduce health insurance premiums next year. Minnesota has grappled with some of the largest rate increases in the nation. Premiums jumped by as much as 67-percent for shoppers buying insurance on their own this year, leading lawmakers to…

Mid-March Cold Snap

Wind Chill Advisory Doesn't Stop Northlanders From Their Daily Routine

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been an unseasonably cold Mid-March day across the Northland and it’s likely the last cold snap of the season. A Wind Chill Advisory was in effect earlier this morning until 9am, feel like temperatures dropped down to -30° below zero. This frigid Friday didn’t stop some Northlanders from their daily routine though. “I like the weather…

World Kidney Day Helps Raise Awareness

This year's theme focuses on the relation between kidney disease and obesity

DULUTH, Minn. – Every year millions of people die prematurely due to complications from kidney diseases. Today is World Kidney Day. The health awareness campaign helps raise awareness on kidney disease and what people should be aware of as they age. This year’s theme focuses on the relation between kidney disease and obesity. Duluth Kidney Services provide care to those…

Changing the World for People with MS

Marking MS Awareness Week

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, March 5-11, marks MS Awareness Week. Multiple Sclerosis happens when a body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system. This can cause many symptoms including fatigue, walking difficulties, vision problems, dizziness, pain, and cognitive changes. The National MS Society works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS. They do this by…

Children’s Minnesota Ends Contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield

Allie Johnson - FOX 9 KMSP

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota announced Monday it is ending its contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota effective on July 5, unless a new contract agreement is reached. Children’s says Blue Cross is demanding a double-digit reduction in payments to the hospitals to provide care for patients insured through Medicaid. “The reductions to…

New Report Highlights Impacts of Opioid on Minnesota Tribal Communities

In Minnesota, opioid deaths have increased 430-percent since 2000

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new report released Thursday, highlights the impacts of opioids on Minnesota Tribal communities across the state. The report is a summary of the Tribal-State Opioid Summit that took place last fall with Gov. Mark Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, and Minnesota’s 11 tribal nations, as an effort to develop strategies for prevention, treatment, and recovery….

LCP Lineman in Stable Condition After Electrical Contact on the Job

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – A Lake Country Power lineman is in stable condition after he made electrical contact yesterday around 5:30 p.m. The incident happened while crews were working in the Grand Rapids area to restore power. More than 4,800 Lake Country Power members were without power, as winds were gusting upwards of 60 mph. Upon contact, John Devries’ partner…

Duluth Firefighters Remind of Changing Smoke Alarm Batteries

With clocks springing ahead an hour, it's the perfect reminder to change those batteries

DULUTH, Minn. – Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoke alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Duluth IAFF Local 101 firefighters are reminding homeowners to not just change the clocks for Daylight Saving Time, but also the batteries in all smoke detectors. “Saving your life can be as simple as…

Democrats Propose Legalizing Assisted Suicide in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democrats in the state Legislature want to legalize assisted suicide for terminally ill people in Wisconsin. Three lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bill to allow someone suffering from a terminal illness to end their life if they have gotten approval from a doctor and meet other requirements. A similar proposal introduced last session failed to pass…

Local Heroes to Battle on Ice

Hockey Game Supports Northern Lights Foundation

DULUTH, Minn. – Local heroes will soon be battling on the ice for a good cause. The Duluth Police Department and Duluth Fire Department are preparing for a hockey game for a good cause. Proceeds from the hockey game will go to The Northern Lights Foundation. The foundation provides grants to Northland families with children battling life-threatening illnesses. These grants can…

First Fatal Motorcycle Crash of 2017 for Minnesota

Second earliest fatality ever

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Over the weekend, the first fatal motorcycle crash of the season occurred in Redwood County. The Redwood County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened Sunday around 6 p.m.on the 400 block of Central Street in Sanborn. A 60-year-old man was negotiating a curve when he crashed into the ditch. The rider was not wearing a helmet,…

Gov. Dayton to Spend One More Day at Mayo

Governor Will Return to Residence Sunday

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will spend one more day at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Dayton is expected to return to the governor’s residence Sunday. Spokesman Linden Zakula says Saturday that the governor’s surgery was a success and the surgeon found no sign the cancer had spread beyond the prostate. Dayton…

Rick Nolan Takes Part in Healthcare Discussion

According to Nolan, nearly 350,000 people in the 8th district would be affected if the ACA is repealed

DULUTH, Minn. – Representative Rick Nolan was back in Duluth today. This time, talking health care. The congressman and medical professionals were part of a panel discussion sponsored by the United Way. Nolan said, while republicans want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, there’s no answer to how they plan to do it. “ In a way, they’re…

Help Save Lives During Red Cross Month

The American Red Cross is Looking for Your Help in Donating Blood During Red Cross Month

DULUTH, Minn. – Since 1943, every United States President has proclaimed the month of March to be Red Cross Month. To help kick off the month of recognition, the Northern Minnesota Chapter of the Red Cross is partnering with Castle Danger Brewing to host the first Red Cross blood drive in Two Harbors. The drive started Thursday at noon, giving…

Republicans Target UW Faculty’s Deal with Planned Parenthood

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican lawmakers want to prohibit University of Wisconsin employees from performing abortions or providing services at facilities where abortions are performed other than hospitals. Representative André Jacque and Senator Chris Kapenga are circulating a bill targeting an arrangement between Planned Parenthood and the University of Wisconsin in which faculty members work part-time at the organization’s Madison…

Wisconsin Senate Committee Approves 2 Opioid Bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A state Senate committee has overwhelmingly approved bills that would grant people who overdose on opioids legal immunity and lay out money for more state drug agents. The first measure would ensure heroin users who overdose would be immune from prosecution for drug possession and ensure their probation, parole, or extended supervision could be revoked for…

Minnesota Fears Costs of GOP Health Care Plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials are bracing for billions of dollars in additional health care expenses if congressional Republicans enact a plan they’re discussing to replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a draft document obtained by The Associated Press. The planning document shows that the GOP proposal, a draft of which was circulated last week, would cut…

Dayton Heads for Surgery After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer Was Caught Early

ST. PAUL, Minn.- Gov. Mark Dayton is undergoing surgery Thursday to treat a recent prostate cancer diagnosis. Dayton revealed his diagnosis just a day after he collapsed during his State of the State address last month. His doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester have said the cancer was caught early and is treatable. The Democratic governor is scheduled for surgery…

Study: Minnesota Millennials Stressed Over Health Care

Minnesotans Show Striking Generational Gap in Knowledge of Health Insurance

DULUTH, Minn. – When it comes to texting terms such as “LOL” or “BRB” it’s no secret millennials have no problem understanding what’s being conveyed. However, a new study released by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is showing stunning statistics. The study show while nearly 80 percent of Minnesotans think managing their health is an important topic, far…

Heart Association Fundraiser Raises Awareness

Go Red Luncheon is an Annual Event by the American Heart Association

DULUTH, Minn. – The DECC’s Harborside Ballroom was decked in red Wednesday as the Duluth chapter of the American Heart Association held its annual Go Red Luncheon. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign started in 2004 and the Duluth chapter celebrates every year with their Go Red luncheon. Heart disease is the number one killer Of women…

71 Rochester Students Barred from Classes Over Vaccinations

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -Rochester school officials say 71 students were barred from classes Wednesday because they haven’t been immunized or gotten exemptions. The district said in a statement that 71 of its nearly 18,000 students failed to submit the required immunization documentation or paperwork to get an exemption by Wednesday’s deadline. It says those who reported to school weren’t allowed…

St. Luke’s Holds Fundraiser Accessory Sale

Most Items Are $6 Or Less, and Proceeds Go to Making Patients More Comfortable During Their Stay

DULUTH, Minn. – If you’re looking for a good deal on jewelry or some fashion accessories, then St. Luke’s is where you need to go. Your sales will help patients. St. Luke’s volunteer service guild is currently hosting a fundraiser in the hospital’s lobby. You can find all kinds of fashion trends like purses, scarves, earrings, and necklaces. It’s for…

Advocates Start Conversation About Growing Drug Problem in Superior

An event Monday night featured two mock bedrooms resembling what a teen using drugs might look like

SUPERIOR – Drug addiction is on the rise in Superior and throughout Douglas County and a group of local advocates is hoping to spread awareness on the effects it’s having in the area. The Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Community Coalition of Douglas County hosted an event this evening to inform residents about the increase in drug use and…

Wild Forwards Zach Parise, Jason Pominville Diagnosed with Mumps

This is the second time Mumps has checked the team

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP-FOX 9) – Forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville have been diagnosed with mumps. The Minnesota Wild made the announcement just 30 minutes before the team is set to face off against Los Angeles Kings at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The wild have just come off a scheduled week off. The team has three…

St. Luke’s Unveils C.A.R.E. Channel in All Patient Rooms

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s Patient Experience Team unveils the C.A.R.E. Channel®, which offers continuous relaxation imagery and music. This channel is available on televisions in all patient rooms. The C.A.R.E. Channel® is produced by Healing Healthcare Systems, which uses evidence-based research to assure the channel’s benefit for patients in the hospital. The 24-hour format at St. Luke’s aims to…

Rochester Might Oust 200 Students Over Vaccine Requirements

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – The Rochester School District might remove more than 200 students from school next week if they fail to meet immunization requirements. School officials say they have been working since January to notify families that students must be vaccinated to attend school or provide documents exempting them from the state law that requires them to be immunized….