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GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — His Cook County neighbors aren't exactly putting out the welcome mat for Seth Jeffs. "We just want to bring awareness to the community, that there's a landowner here with his past," Cook County businessman Mike Larson said this week. "I trust that he's trying to make a better life for himself. The evidence doesn't dictate that."
DULUTH, Minn. - Today’s story will begin with a quiz. Which of the following contagious diseases is most readily spread? Ebola Influenza Measles If your answer was c. Measles, you can go to the head of infectious diseases class. “It’s very easily spread,” said Dr. Rajesh Prabhu, an infectious disease specialist for Essentia Health in Duluth. “It’s more so than Ebola, more so than flu. “It could stay in the air at least two hours or so.
DULUTH - A Duluth nursing facility was responsible for maltreatment of a client who died after swallowing a chemical cleaner, according to a state agency. Westwood of Duluth, an assisted living facility that's part of the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth, "failed to implement safety precautions when the client had (a) history of climbing over the kitchen gate" and "failed to otherwise secure chemical cleaners," according to the report from Kathie Siemsen, a special investigator with the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Health Facility Complaints.
ST. PAUL -- When it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, the state of Minnesota keeps breaking records it doesn’t want to break. The Minnesota Department of Health reported on Tuesday, April 30, that 32,024 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2018, up from 30,981 cases in 2017, a 3 percent increase. That was a record number, confirmed Dr. Ruth Lynfield, the health department’s state epidemiologist and medical director. The number of cases reported in 2017 was an all-time high, as were the 28,631 cases reported in 2016 and the 25,986 in 2015.
DULUTH -- Sam Miltich thought about ending his life not because he was sad, he says, but to save the world. “I held this belief that I was the antichrist,” he recalls. “I thought that I was responsible for the I-35 bridge collapse. … I thought every move I make is connected to some horrific events.” That was 2008, and Miltich, a 22-year-old jazz guitarist from Grand Rapids who was living and working in the Twin Cities, was experiencing a major psychotic breakdown.
DULUTH — The text message Marion Massey received from her husband, John Massey, was disturbing. "One last favor, I promise," it read. "After the funeral, when everything goes back to normal please give the kids this (attached) video. I've enjoyed the time together, Marion." Reading the text out loud last week in her mother's West Duluth home, Marion Massey couldn't continue. When she received the text, it was before 7 a.m. on March 31, Marion said. She was in the couple's efficiency apartment in eastern Duluth with two of the three children.
April Gerard had been a physical therapist for decades when she discovered a treatment method that helped with her own scoliosis. Now, she’s using the same method to help her patients. “I was always in front of the class showing off my terrible spine or my bad knees,” said Gerard, 63, who practices at the St. Luke’s Mount Royal Medical Clinic in Duluth.
GORDON, Wis. - He was 21, with an unremarkable background, a spotty work history and no criminal record. He observed a girl getting on a school bus, stalked her and meticulously planned his crime. He abducted the girl, throwing her in the trunk of his car after brutally murdering her parents. He imprisoned the girl in his home, turning a radio up to drown out any possible sound when family members came to visit. Jake Patterson’s crimes are hard to wrap one’s mind around. Even for an expert in deviant criminal behavior.
DULUTH -- Don’t think you need hearing aids? Listen up. “I would just really encourage people to get the damn hearing aid,” said Denette Lynch, whose husband and other family members use them. “Their life with their family would be a whole lot better. It would be a lot less frustrating. So even if they don’t do it for themselves, do it for their spouse and kids and grandkids and those they interact with. Because it is really annoying to be with somebody who should have hearing aids and doesn’t, and you’re having to yell and scream.”
The death toll from suicide, opioids and alcohol continues to rise in Minnesota, a state agency reported Monday, March 18. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 422 lost lives in Minnesota from opioids in 2017, 636 from alcohol and 783 by suicide. All three numbers have increased steadily since 1999, according to the health department’s report: by 79 percent for suicide, by 94 percent for alcohol and by 681 percent for opioids.