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For Fay Haataja, of Carlton County, the post-COVID program at Essentia Health helped her overcome debilitating headaches, brain fog and long-term memory loss after more than a year of symptoms.
Despite an interruption from a fire near Essentia St. Mary's hospital, hundreds of nurses and community supporters rallied at both Essentia and St. Luke's to close out the third and final day of the strike and pickets.
The three-day strike continued Wednesday with pickets outside downtown Duluth hospitals and outside Essentia St. Mary's in Superior.
The strike over contract negotiations is scheduled to end at 7 a.m. Thursday.
The strike impacts Essentia St. Mary's hospitals in Duluth and Superior, St. Luke's hospital in Duluth and 12 Twin Cities hospitals.
The Minnesota Nurses Association has planned a three-day strike beginning Monday at several local health care facilities.

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The Minnesota Nurses Association, which announced plans for 15,000 nurses to strike for three days starting Sept. 12, said Thursday they still plan to hold their strike, despite the charges.
The strike, which includes 15,000 nurses across 16 hospitals in the Twin Cities, Twin Ports and Moose Lake, will begin Sept. 12.
Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association will decide whether to strike following what they see as a lack of action from hospital executives during contract negotiations.

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