Health

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….

Community Leaders Speak Out Against Big Tobacco

Big Tobacco Company Has Focus Group Planned for Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s an email that Duluth Mayor Emily Larson was quoted as saying was “Shady to begin with,” and Community Action Duluth said was “unprecedented.” A big tobacco company has reportedly been looking to schedule a focus group about “America’s dwindling middle class.” And at a press conference earlier this morning, representatives with the American Lung Association and…

Minnesota Report Shows Slight Increase in Hospital Errors

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers have reported that nearly 340 medical errors risked patient safety last year, but medical mistakes resulting in patient death declined. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the state Department of Health’s annual adverse health events report found four deaths caused by a preventable error. One was due to a medication mistake and…

‘Bag-It Duluth’ Calls On City Council For No-Plastic Ordinance

DULUTH, Minn. – Momentum is building as community members gather to talk about and potentially come up with a plan to rid away from using plastic bags and Styrofoam to–go containers. The event Thursday that was hosted by “Bag–It Duluth.” The group is hoping to raise the level of concern involving plastic and our surrounding water supply. Researchers and city…

Emergency Responders Participate in Joint Training Workshop

Workshop Focuses on Organizations Working Together in Family Assistance Centers

DULUTH, Minn. – Emergency responders from across the Northland participated in a joint training workshop in Duluth today. The workshop focused on emergency groups, such as the Red Cross and local public health and emergency managers, gaining a better understanding of Family Assistance Centers and how groups can work together to use them in crisis situations. “People in Northeastern Minnesota…

Caring for Cancer with Valentine Cards

Children in the Community Handcrafted Valentine's Day Cards for the Cancer Resource Center of Essentia Health

DULUTH, Minn. – Handmade cards full of color and love are now decorating the Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center of Essentia Health in Duluth. The Duluth KidsClub started two years ago, when Founder Brandi Worthing wanted to create a social hub for parents to connect with events happening in the community. Over the weekend, the Pottery Burn Studio and Duluth KidsClub…

Wisconsin, Minnesota Team Up to Take on Painkiller Abuse

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming up to tackle prescription painkiller abuse. The attorneys general from both states met at the Minnesota Capitol Monday to discuss their “Dose of Reality” campaign. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says prescription opioid deaths now outpace heroin overdoses nationwide. Their campaign includes a startling public service announcement featuring a mother who…

Insurance Signup Slip Sparks Worries of More Price Hikes

190,000 Signed Up this Year

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Record-breaking signups in the state’s health insurance exchange belies a startling trend: Fewer Minnesota residents are buying coverage on their own. Nearly 270,000 residents bought insurance last year on the individual market, where shoppers who aren’t covered by employers or public programs get insurance. As Minnesota’s open enrollment closed this week, it fell to 190,000….

Minnesota Reports 1st Child Flu Death of Season

The flu is widespread in the state now, according to a MDH weekly update

ST. PAUL (AP) – Minnesota has recorded its first child death due to influenza this season. The state Department of Health said Thursday one child death related to influenza has been reported since the start of the flu season. Influenza is considered widespread in Minnesota, according to a weekly update. The Health Department says 156 people were hospitalized with flu…

Health Insurance Sign-ups Rise to Record Level

117,500 Residents Signed Up

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)-Rising health insurance premiums and Minnesota’s novel financial help program have driven record enrollment in private health plans. Officials at the state’s exchange announced Thursday it had signed up more than 117,500 residents during 2017’s open enrollment period. That’s up by more than a third from last year. The spike in insurance signups comes amid uncertainty at…

Flu Cases on Rise in Duluth

Doctors Report Normal Surge in Cases for This Time of Year

DULUTH, Minn. – Winter may be winding down, but flu season is still going strong. Doctors at St. Luke’s in Duluth say they’ve seen an increase in flu cases over the last few weeks, which is normal for this time of year. Flu shots are still available. According to Dr. Andrew Thompson, M.D. of St. Luke’s Infectious Disease Clinic, now…

Wisconsin Senate Passes Marijuana Extract Bill

Passed 31-1 Wednesday, headed to the Assembly next

MADISON (AP) – The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would make it legal to use a marijuana extract to treat seizures. The measure legalizes possession of cannabidiol oil with a doctor’s certification. The chapter adopted the bill on a 31-1 vote Wednesday. Republican Senator Duey Stroebel was the only senator to vote against it. Parents of children…

Dayton Says Prostate Surgery Won’t Slow Him Down

(Photo: Newsfile)ST. PAUL (AP) – Governor Mark Dayton says he’s confident his upcoming prostate cancer surgery won’t hinder his remaining two years in office. The Democratic governor is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove his prostate on March 2. Dayton revealed his diagnosis late last month, a day after collapsing during his State of the State address. Dayton said Wednesday…

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,…