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DULUTH, Minn.—The victim of a fatal shooting in downtown Duluth early Saturday was "a big teddy bear" who "could talk to anybody," friends said. Scott Allen Pennington, 31, died on Saturday morning following the shooting that was reported just before 1 a.m., Duluth police said. Jamal Tyshawn Jackson, 25, was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on Monday afternoon on suspicion of second-degree murder related to Pennington's death.
ESKO, Minn. — Ron Buerkle might not remember what you told him a minute ago. But the 76-year-old Esko man remembers, with poignant clarity, how he and his wife, Deb, reacted more than seven years ago when they learned that he had Alzheimer's disease. "In Mayo," he said, referring to the world-famous Rochester clinic, as he stood up and demonstrated his words in the sitting room of the couple's home. "I went and grabbed her like that (holding his arms in a circle). And we both just cried and cried. And it was awful."
DULUTH, Minn. — Four nurses at a Duluth assisted living facility neglected a resident when they failed to perform CPR after the resident was found unresponsive, a state agency has found. The resident at Chris Jensen Health and Rehab Center died, according to a report by the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Health Facility complaints. The date of death is not listed in the report by special investigator Peggy Boeck, which the agency posted online Tuesday. The investigation concluded July 31 after site visits on June 12-13.
CLOQUET, Minn. — It would be difficult to overstate Dave Lee's enthusiasm for the Minnesota State Fair. "As long as I can remember, we've gone to the fair probably multiple times a year," said the director of Carlton County Public Health and Human Services. In his work, he's also someone who "tends to live, eat and breathe mental health," Lee said last week. The two passions came together in his mind two years ago while he was at the fair, Lee said.
HIBBING, Minn. — Amelia Weaver, the Hibbing girl whose fight with a rare form of epilepsy led her parents to the center of the campaign for medical marijuana in Minnesota, died Thursday, Aug. 16. She was 12. "Warrior Amelia, after a lifelong battle with Scn2a, passed away today," parents Josh and Angie Weaver posted on their "Fighting for Amelia" Facebook page. "We did not take one single moment with our Amelia for granted. It was the greatest privilege of our (lives) to be Amelia's parents. There are no seizures in Heaven sweet girl."
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.