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SANDSTONE, Minn. — A group of Pine County residents who successfully fought to change state law affecting Medicaid payments and their estates now is trying to do the same thing in Washington. "It needs to be removed at the federal level because it can come back to haunt us at any time, really," said Julie Gelle of Sandstone.
HIBBING — Hibbing Fire Chief Erik Jankila was reading from a news release, but he visibly choked up when he reached a summary paragraph. "This is a heavy day for the Fire Department, and we do want to make sure that we send our most sincere condolences to the family," Jankila said, containing his emotions with an effort. "It is always difficult for emergency services when we have to deal with loss of life no matter who or what it is," he added later in response to a question.
DULUTH — Before Sarah Grenberg gave birth to her first child, she learned that the image of a sleeping infant in a sea of blankets, stuffed toys and pillows is far from the ideal. "You always see pictures of baby stuff advertised, and there's all these toys in there and blankets," the Duluth woman said. "So I was like, 'Oh, really, nothing in there?' when I first learned."
DULUTH — Teenage pregnancy and birth rates are continuing to tumble in Minnesota, according to a report released on Wednesday by University of Minnesota researchers. But they tend to be higher in rural counties than elsewhere — including in Lake County, with a rate of 46.3 pregnancies per 1,000 adolescent girls, third-highest in the state and well above the statewide rate of 13.7.
DULUTH, Minn.—When people suggest to Kevin Rodlund that his job must be depressing, he disagrees. "It's not sad," Rodlund said. "There's a lot of smiles and jokes up here at Solvay." That would be Solvay Hospice House, a homelike building on wooded property in Duluth Heights where residents may be infants or very old, male or female, rich or poor — but all, at least in the opinion of their doctors, are in the very last stages of life. For the past couple of years, Rodlund has been nurse manager at Solvay, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
ST. PAUL — A move to connect Minnesota to the federal health exchange would cost the state millions of dollars and jeopardize health coverage for Minnesotans, state Rep. Jennifer Schultz said on Friday. "We had consultants come in and estimate the cost of going to the federal exchange," Schultz said of a bipartisan panel on the idea of abandoning the state's version of the exchange, which is known as MNsure. "It was going to cost the state more than $5 million a year."
Texting can be a pain in the neck. It’s a text, text, text, text world. And with the communication phenomenon, experts said, come aches and pains from the hunched-over posture generally adopted by those who text on their smart phones. “It’s hard to say what causes any specific injury,” said Chelsea Sparrow, an athletic trainer and ergonomic specialist in the occupational medicine department at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic.