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DULUTH — We've all been there. The bloated feeling in the stomach that doesn't go away, and gets worse instead. The growing pressure. The coppery feel in your mouth, and then something inexorable rushing up your esophagus. Suddenly, you're rushing to the nearest bathroom. Your correspondent was undergoing these events a few weeks back when questions occurred: What's going on here? What causes a person to vomit? What would happen if we couldn't? At what point should one seek medical attention?
DULUTH — Three Duluth residents were cited for trespassing on Friday, Dec. 8, after occupying Enbridge's downtown office to demand that the company abandon its Line 3 replacement project. Donna Howard, Mark Daniel Hakes and Michele Naar-Obed delivered a letter to Paul Eberth, director for the project intended to replace the existing pipeline crossing northern Minnesota from Alberta to Superior. They then refused to leave for almost two hours.
Penny Kutasevich remembers the phone call like it was yesterday. But it was 1999, and her 16-year-old daughter Jamie Kutasevich was calling her from the Planned Parenthood clinic in Duluth, telling her she needed to come right away. "I said, 'What's wrong?' And then she started crying," Penny recalled recently. "And I'm like, 'What's wrong? Tell me what's going on.' And she says, 'I have HIV.' And I remember standing up, and I said, 'What?' "
DULUTH, Minn.—Despite facing legal challenges from three unions, Essentia Health is claiming success for its new flu shot requirement. "What we really want to celebrate is that commitment to safety (of) a large majority of our colleagues who took action to protect our patients and community," Miranda Anderson, an Essentia spokeswoman, said on Tuesday.
DULUTH, Minn. — The union that represents registered nurses at Essentia Health announced on Monday, Nov. 20, it will file a grievance on behalf of every member fired for failing to comply with the health system's mandatory flu shot policy. But as of late Monday, the day employees who had neither been vaccinated nor applied for an exemption were to have been fired, it wasn't clear how many grievances that would be.
DULUTH, Minn. — With less than a week remaining until Essentia Health's flu shot requirement takes effect, a judge has denied a union's motion to block it. U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, in an order dated Nov. 9, said the United Steelworkers had failed to establish that a preliminary injunction was needed to "prevent arbitration from being rendered a meaningless ritual."
DULUTH — Amanda Eichmann couldn't get the story, and the young woman in it, off her mind. "I read that article over and over," the 39-year-old Williston, N.D., woman said last week. "Something kept telling me to read it again and read it again." Eichmann's interest led to action, and as a result a Duluth woman with a rare genetic disease has a new kidney, sooner than she had reason to hope.
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, Minn.—The mentally ill shouldn't be stigmatized every time there is a mass shooting, two Duluth mental health professionals say. "Victims of severe mental illness are much more likely to be victims of crime than to perpetuate crimes," said Dr. David Baldes, a psychiatrist at St. Luke's hospital. "On average, mental illness is not associated with violent behavior." As more information has come out, the shooting in a small-town Texas church on Sunday morning during which 26 people were killed has been linked to a domestic dispute.
DULUTH — A hospice volunteer in Itasca County may lose her role because she's unwilling to comply with Essentia Health's mandatory flu shot policy. "I'm pretty dedicated to this work, and I don't want to have a flu vaccine," said Noreen Hautala, 58, who lives near Cohasset and has been a hospice volunteer for close to 10 years. "I know a lot about taking care of myself."