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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.
WASHINGTON—More knowledge about the cancer risks facing firefighters is sought from legislation that passed the U.S. Senate this week with unanimous support. "With cancer becoming the leading cause of death for firefighters, we need to learn more about the cancer risks our firefighters face so we can support them if they get sick," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, R-Minn., in a statement about the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, which she co-sponsored. "Right now we don't know enough to protect the people protecting us."
DULUTH—Benjamin Clarke's bank doesn't make loans, and it doesn't have a drive-through window. He does want deposits, although he's a bit picky about what he'll take. "I really prefer the deer tick," said Clarke, in his office on the third floor of the University of Minnesota Medical School's Duluth campus. "I'm after Lyme disease. It's very particular about what tick it's in."
The rate of "deaths of despair" has risen dramatically over the past decade in the United States, says an annual report released today. Why that's the case is a vexing question. "Alcohol (abuse) is going up, suicide is going up, drug overdose is going up," said Jon Roesler, epidemiological supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Health. "We're changing as a society. Something is going on, which is bigger than I can wrap my head around."