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Laura Butterbrodt

Health Reporter

Laura Butterbrodt is the health reporter for the Duluth News Tribune, where she has worked since January 2021. She also covered business until June 2021.

She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University. Laura grew up in rural southwest Minnesota and lived and worked in Watertown, South Dakota, before moving to the Twin Ports. She has worked in journalism since 2014. Laura was a 2018 fellow for the Bakala Foundation's Journey: Journalism Boot Camp in Prague, Czech Republic and has also done reporting for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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Compared to 2019 and 2020 data, cases of chlamydia remained similar to past Northland data, while gonorrhea cases have continued to increase in the region.
To help combat high suicide rates among construction workers, Boldt has introduced a peer-support program across its company, including in Cloquet, to help employees find resources and support.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is offered at three area clinics, and uses magnetic pulses to activate parts of the brain that are underutilized in people with depressive symptoms. TMS is especially effective for medication-resistant depression.
Children who are 6 months old to 4 years old are now recommended to receive COVID vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last weekend.
Essentia and St. Luke's nurses will hold informational pickets outside the hospitals June 21 asking the health care systems to protect patients and fairly compensate nurses in new contracts.
Jenny Barta, a public health nurse and disease prevention and control coordinator for Carlton County, was given AFSCME's "Never Quit" service award to recognize her work during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 7,600-square-foot facility includes primary family medicine, obstetrics, imaging and radiology, telehealth access, urgent care and a laboratory. Plans for the clinic were announced in August 2019.
WE Health Clinic, the only abortion provider in northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, could become more in demand for out-of-state patients.
The national studies have found that patients with COVID-19 were much more likely to die of a heart attack in the hospital compared to pre-pandemic averages. The studies also discovered that patients who are vaccinated against COVID had better outcomes.
The award was given during the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and banquet Thursday evening at Black Bear Casino Resort. Frandsen Bank & Trust was named the Large Business of the Year.