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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.
SAWYER, Minn. — Deacon Bryan Bassa stood on the bare ground in the filtered light of a small log building. The fragrance of wet earth and fresh-cut wood combined around him. The sound of hammers ringing on the roof above him were, to Bassa, as sweet as the music that once filled this original home of Saints Mary & Joseph Catholic Church. "When I became a deacon seven years ago, six years ago, this was my goal: to get this church fixed," the 69-year-old retired schoolteacher said. "This is history. This is the history of the people around here."
MOOSE LAKE, Minn. — A slender woman with short gray hair sat in a booth at Art's Cafe, holding a cup of steaming coffee with both hands. Around the little restaurant on Moose Lake's main drag, a lively Friday morning crowd filled most of the booths and tables, sharing stories and opinions. Some were enjoying 45-cent cups of coffee, quickly refilled by attentive servers. A man used a fork to methodically work his way through one of Art's Cafe's massive cinnamon rolls.
CLOQUET, Minn. — When a jump from a plane went wrong, it did so much damage to Brian Grundtner's body that he couldn't even think about what it did to his brain. "I remember hitting the ground," said Grundtner, 40, who now lives in Cloquet with his wife, Michelle Grundtner. "I remember thinking, 'All right, I'm alive.' I wiggled my fingers, wiggled my toes; those were fine. And I turned my neck side to side, so I thought, 'All right, my spinal cord isn't severed.' "And then I went to move my torso and I felt — "
DULUTH, Minn.—A Duluth congregation will decide on Sunday whether to become a sanctuary church, offering temporary living space to undocumented immigrants as they seek legal status. It's believed Peace United Church of Christ would become the first church north of the Twin Cities to offer sanctuary, said the Rev. Kathy Nelson, the church's pastor.
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.