Essentia reopening Miller Hill fitness center Saturday morning

The Miller Hill Health Plaza facilities will resume normal business hours Monday. The reopening dates of the surgery center and pharmacy are still pending. The rest of the mall remains closed.

FILE: Essentia Miller Hill Mall vacine
Essentia Health opened a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Miller Hill Mall on Feb. 5, 2021. It closed June 12, 2021.
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DULUTH — Essentia Health has announced its Center for Personal Fitness will reopen Saturday, with the rest of its facilities in the Miller Hill Mall set to reopen Monday.

The facilities have been closed since Tuesday, when a portion of the mall's roof collapsed, though the collapse did not directly impact any Essentia facilities.

City inspectors need to sign off on the condition of fire alarms and other safety systems

The Center for Personal Fitness will open at 7 a.m., Saturday. The Therapy and Performance Center, Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center and Essentia Health-Miller Hill Clinic in the Miller Hill Health Plaza will resume their regular hours of operation on Monday.

The Essentia Health Surgery Center-Miller Hill and its adjoining pharmacy are still pending approval from inspectors to reopen.

According to the release from Essentia, any patients who relocated or rescheduled their appointments at the Miller Hill Health Plaza this past week can expect them to resume at their regular locations beginning Monday.


The rest of the Miller Hill Mall remains closed until further notice. The mall must pass structural assessments, clean up debris and restore lighting and safety systems, which may be done in phases across sections of the mall.

Brock Hedegaard, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth, estimated the snow that had fallen into the mall weighed about 160,000 pounds.

Laura Butterbrodt covers health for the Duluth News Tribune. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University and has been working as a reporter in Minnesota and South Dakota since 2014.
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