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DULUTH, Minn.—After more than an hour listening to local experts discuss the challenge posed by opioid overdoses, Dan Saker had his say. "My brother Bill recently died of a drug overdose here in Duluth," Saker told the experts, community members and staff members from Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office who hosted a forum at Duluth City Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Saker paused, briefly, gathering his emotions. "It was a hard time listening to everyone because you guys are all talking about these programs, but honestly they're not working."
DULUTH — Kelsey Roseth has gone mountain biking and hiking, swimming and snowboarding. She has ridden on friends' four-wheelers and horses. The 30-year-old North Dakota native has a natural affinity for an active, outdoors lifestyle. But for the past seven years, it has been a lifestyle with limits. "All those things are really hard right now," Roseth said.
Jim Carter and Andrea Kuzel were gliding across the ballroom floor in Duluth's Norway Hall, soft piano music accompanying them. Carter, athletic and bald-headed, wore black pants and a black, short-sleeved shirt carrying the logo of the company he owns, SOS Leak Repair. Kuzel wore an elegant, mid-length black dress. Occasionally, Kuzel, 39, added a dramatic flair, gesturing outward with one hand or placing a hand on top of her head. Carter, 60, led with suave confidence.
DULUTH, Minn.—The largest gift in the history of the University of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth campus will be used to establish a Native American Center of Excellence, school officials announced Wednesday. The cash gift of $10 million, to be paid over five years, comes from an anonymous donor from Minnesota who recently learned of his own Native American roots, said Dr. Paula Termuhlen, dean of the school's Duluth campus. It comes with virtually no strings attached.
Marc Davey produced family pictures. Judith Hazen came with a binder filled with mementos from a previous occasion. It was the sort of thing one might expect to see at a reunion of two people after more than 21 years apart -- but with a difference. "Well I have to tell you, I don't remember what you looked like," Hazen told Davey.
DULUTH, Minn.—Shadab Rahman's business is sleep, but it wasn't his dream job. "I needed a summer research project," the Harvard Medical School instructor said. "The only available lab was in Toronto. ... They studied sleep." That was when Rahman, now 36, was an undergraduate with an interest in cardiovascular medicine. His summer in Toronto led to a second summer as a research associate at the same lab and then work at another Toronto lab with the same mentor as he achieved his doctorate degree.
EVELETH, Minn.—More isn't necessarily better when it comes to air ambulance service. "Having a helicopter is good for a rural community," said Tom Judge, executive director of LifeFlight of Maine, the only air ambulance service in Maine. "Are more helicopters better? ... At some point, all of these helicopters, that's part of what's driven up (costs)."
DULUTH — Being poked with needles sounds unpleasant, but acupuncture doesn't hurt, Dr. Like He said. "The needle insertion itself really doesn't hurt," He said. "I don't want them to feel a sharp pain." If there is a sharp pain, it usually means the needle is penetrating a tiny blood vessel, He said. But what the patient should feel is the deqi sensation, a sort of numbness or tingling. "If they don't feel anything at all, usually the result is not as good," He said.
DULUTH — William Brown was reluctant to try acupuncture as a treatment for his chronic lower back pain. "I was very concerned about it," the 70-year-old Solon Springs, Wis., man said. "I guess I'm like everyone else in that I think acupuncture is ... witchcraft."
DULUTH — Sister Judine Mayerle stood in a basement passageway, one hand on a massive white column. "I think this is really cool," the Benedictine nun said, with almost the same respect in her voice with which she might speak of a religious icon. "This is holding up the building." The column, accessible down a corridor lined with excess furnishings, is one of the footings holding up Tower Hall, built as "Villa Sancta Scholastica" in the first decade of the 1900s and now the landmark building on the campus of the College of St. Scholastica.