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DULUTH — As the world's oldest hockey player, Mark Sertich is undaunted by challenges — even the challenge of being filmed for a commercial. "It was fun," the 95-year-old West Duluth man said this week. "It was a 12-hour day from 7 in the morning to 7 at night. Sertich, who plays hockey at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, will be featured in a commercial filmed by the Mother London ad agency for Nokia, the Finnish communications company, according to Shari Olson, administrative assistant at the Heritage Center.
A Duluth assisted-living facility used a sting operation to solve a string of alleged thefts from its residents last year.
DULUTH, Minn.—Dawn Drotar was about 7, growing up in the tiny town of Stockholm, Sask., when she had a memorable chat with her dad. "We were sitting down talking, and he was telling me how impressed he was with female physicians, and how much he respected female physicians," recalled Dr. Drotar, now 47 and a hospitalist at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. "I think that got inside my head from that time," she said recently. "I wanted to make my dad proud."
DULUTH, Minn.—A pill taken once a day has high success rates in preventing HIV infection, experts say, but word isn't getting out to some of the people who need it the most. "Many who can benefit from PrEP aren't taking it," said Japhet Nyakundi of the Minnesota Department of Health. "It's under prescribed and underutilized."
DULUTH, Minn. — An appeal from the president of the United States got her attention, Duluth East graduate Shannon Grace-Anderson said. "What really struck me was at the very end he said the citizens are actually the most powerful," Grace-Anderson said. "My takeaway was to continue to speak up and have the courage to say: Here's what the benefits are."
DULUTH, Minn. — Rick Rayburn owns a small farm, so perhaps it's not surprising he used an agricultural analogy to describe what the past 13 months have been like for him. "It was a tough row to hoe," said Rayburn, whose farm is nestled in woods and hills near Willow River. "I feel like I've been beaten up and run over."
DULUTH — A touch of Christmas arrived at Duluth's hospitals on Tuesday in the hands of 18 Lester Park Elementary School students. Accompanied by teachers, chaperones and hospital staff, the children — one from each classroom — presented the patients with tabletop artificial Christmas trees decorated with ornaments they and their classmates had made. The school's students raised more than $1,300 for the project, said Sue Baker, a kindergarten teacher at Lester Park.
DULUTH, Minn. — There's money on the table, and time is running out to pick it up. That was the message that brought Allison O'Toole, CEO of MNsure, to Duluth on Tuesday for a news conference to encourage Minnesotans to get their health insurance for 2017 during open enrollment. O'Toole was talking about federal tax credits available to "completely or significantly offset" skyrocketing premium increases this year. In the past, she said, many Minnesotans who qualified missed the chance.
CANOSIA TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Justin and Saundra Quade's household, tucked away in the woods of Canosia Township, could best be described as lively. Their children, 3-year-old Jayda and 2-year-old Jace, are everywhere, exploring the Christmas tree, asking for toys, engaging in sibling spats. One brief encounter has Jace crying, getting parental attention and then quickly forgetting what he was crying about.
A Duluth-based network of specialty clinics and primary clinics, located mostly in small towns in Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin, will be out of Blue Cross Blue Shield's insurance network as...