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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.
CLOQUET, Minn. — Bradon "Bo" Setterquist's life has changed dramatically in the six months since he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS. From living the good life in a northern California apartment, he has moved to an assisted living facility in his hometown of Cloquet, where he's starting to need help eating.
DULUTH — A Duluth family is asking for the community's help after a family member died suddenly with no savings to pay for funeral expenses. Melanie Anne Hanson, the mother of seven and grandmother of three, died on Tuesday from the effects of a stroke, said her younger sister, Angel Ricker, 39. Hanson, who worked as a housekeeper for the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth, was 41. She hadn't been able to plan for future expenses, Ricker said.
A clinical trial planned for heart attack patients at Duluth's Essentia Health and 66 other institutions is unethical and should be suspended, a public interest group argues. The Myocardial Ischemia and Transfusion Trial "fails to satisfy the basic ethical principles" required of such research, write Drs. Michael A. Carome and Sidney M. Wolfe of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group in a letter to officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Veterans Health Administration. The letter was released today.
DULUTH, Minn. — Your retirement date is approaching, and you're looking forward to the new you. You've never had the time before, but now you're going to exercise regularly and practice healthier eating habits, right? Not necessarily. "There's a lot of promises," said Dr. Addie Licari of the optimistic talk from patients at St. Luke's Mount Royal Medical Clinic in Duluth, where she practices. " 'I'm going to lose weight, and I'm going to exercise.' "Then you see them in a year, and it has not happened."
Arndt Braaten was never one to make impulsive decisions. When he was confirmed into the Lutheran church, for example, the 13-year-old saw it as an irrevocable lifetime commitment. "I was very much aware that I was standing before almighty God who created the universe and everything in it, promising to be faithful to him to the end," said Braaten, now 91. "Now that was very awesome, and I wasn't about to break it."
DULUTH — Morgan Long loved the color purple, butterflies and Converse tennis shoes. "Fifteen at least," said her friend Anissa Jones about the number of pairs in Long's closet. "She had every color, every style." So it only makes sense that when members of Team Morgan Long run in Grandma's Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on Saturday, each will be wearing a purple T-shirt that includes a drawing of a butterfly. They will NOT necessarily be wearing Converse tennis shoes.
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. -- It was expected that Allie Heidemann would be born on the Fourth of July, but Charlie and Billie Heidemann's second child had other ideas. Allie arrived early — way early — weighing just over 2 pounds and measuring in at 1 foot long when she was born on March 27. Because of that, the Heidemanns of West Duluth have been spending a lot of time with her in the neonatal intensive care unit at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center. They've also been getting some lessons, including training in infant massage.
DULUTH, Minn. — It was last June, and Suzanne Keithley-Myers was driving back to her family's Duluth Township home after mushroom hunting in the Aurora area. As she drove, she spotted a few ticks on her body, and she reacted as any Northlander would. "Driving home, pulling ticks off, chucking them out the window," said Keithley-Myers, 40, earlier this month in the woodsy home she shares with her husband, Billy, their three school-age children and their two dogs.