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DULUTH—Imagine going to your favorite restaurant, ordering a meal and then being asked to pay twice as much as your friend paid for the same meal. That might be unthinkable, but such price differences happen routinely with regard to surgical procedures at Minnesota hospitals, according to a report released on Thursday, Aug. 9, by the Minnesota Department of Health. Actually, it's more extreme than that. A patient undergoing one of four hospital procedures may pay between two to nearly seven times as much as another patient at the same hospital, according to the report.
DULUTH, Minn.—Minnesota falls short in adapting measures that would aid in the fight against cancer, an advocacy group contends in a report released Wednesday, Aug. 8. But that's not to say the situation is entirely bleak. "We do get a 'green' rating on our tobacco tax," said Sara Sahli, government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. "We're really proud of our smoke-free air law that we passed 10 years ago this past July."
RICE LAKE, Minn. — Paisley Forsell used to enjoy hiking, cliff jumping and bodybuilding competitions. She loves riding roller coasters. "I like adrenaline, I guess you'd say," said the 21-year-old, who lives in the city of Rice Lake. But although she's looking forward to a trip to Valley Fair later this summer and now is going to the gym on good days, Forsell's activities have been sharply curtailed over the past year and a half.
DULUTH — It's like 2016 all over again. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will pay a repeat visit to Duluth next week. He'll also be in Minneapolis earlier in the day. Sanders, who rocked an enthusiastic audience of thousands in January 2016 in Duluth, will speak at 5 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Denfeld High School on behalf of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-Minn., who is running to be Minnesota's attorney general.
DULUTH—The two months David Wolden went without a portion of his skull is something he and his wife, Dorothy, can joke about now. "Apparently, they put David's bone flap in the freezer somewhere," Dorothy said earlier this month. "He assured us it wasn't in his apartment." The "he" Dorothy referred to is Dr. John Christos Styliaras, a neurosurgeon at St. Luke's hospital who was sitting across a conference room table from the Woldens, grinning and nodding. "I promised them I didn't take it home," Styliaras said as all three laughed.
DULUTH — Rolling Stone gathered Duluth Mayor Emily Larson's ire. "We are not a grimy city," Larson said on Friday. "We are so much more than what was portrayed." Larson was responding to a piece published on the magazine's website on Thursday, June 21, by political columnist Ana Marie Cox after she visited Duluth this week to attend President Donald Trump's rally.
ELKHART, Ind.—Traffic was almost at a standstill. Out-of-towners set up shop to sell memorabilia. Protesters and supporters faced off. Thousands of people stood in line for hours. All because the president came to town. When a president visits a community, it's bound to create a stir, especially when it's one who inspires equal measures of devotion and disdain as President Donald J. Trump.
DULUTH—Joe and Dorothy Sayers disagree, slightly, on what their monthly health insurance premium had risen to six or seven years back. It was either $1,600 and slated to rise to $2,300, or it already was $2,300 for themselves and their three daughters. Either way, $2,300 was the breaking point for the couple, who live in Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood. "That's when I said, 'This is enough,'" Dorothy Sayers said during a recent interview.
DULUTH—Shawn Bolf works at his family's garage-door company, as he has for 25 years, but these days the work is mostly at a desk, preparing bids and ordering supplies. He doesn't hunt anymore, either. He wouldn't be able to climb into a deer stand without wearing a harness.
A recent conversation between philanthropist Bill Gates and President Donald Trump is lending hope to those who want the federal government to spend more on the search for a better flu vaccine. But although $100 million already has been earmarked for that search, it's not anywhere near enough, says a Minnesota infectious disease researcher.