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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 2022.

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.

Send her story tips, feedback or just say hi at lbutterbrodt@duluthnews.com.

The strike will begin Dec. 11, unless tentative contract agreements are made with hospitals before then. Nurses at Essentia and Twin Cities hospitals would strike for three weeks, until Dec. 31. St. Luke's nurses plan to strike indefinitely.
MNA leaders have the authority to give hospitals a 10-day notice of a strike. The nurses previously held a three-day strike in September.
Minnesota Nurses Association members at St. Luke's Lake View Hospital will vote Wednesday on whether to authorize a strike.
At a roundtable discussion with the Minnesota Ambulance Association and the Center for Rural Policy & Development, EMTs said rural ambulance departments are struggling with short staffing, underfunding and increased transfers outside their communities.
The 15,000 union nurses at 15 hospitals in Minnesota and Wisconsin will vote Nov. 30. The vote could give MNA leaders the power to authorize another strike, following a three-day strike held in September, as they bargain for contracts.
The collaborative of Northland health care providers earned the 2022 Minnesota Rural Health Team Award because of its contribution to improving rural health care in the state.
Doctors at Essentia and St. Luke's say fewer children were exposed to RSV in the last two years, making more children vulnerable to severe infection. RSV typically has the same symptoms as a cold, influenza or COVID-19.
Duluth photographer Amanda Jane Cane Spilde volunteers with St. Luke's to donate photo sessions to families who experience perinatal loss at the St. Luke's Birthing Center.
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Kari Kilen, who has hiked more than 1,000 miles at Redhead, has created a community of hikers who come together to hit the trails in the former mine pit.
The report from Millennium Health analyzed urine samples from substance use disorder treatment testing in the first half of 2022. St. Louis County has seen a 2,500% increase in fentanyl positivity in 2022 compared to 2019.