Need For Oil At Center Of Pipeline Dispute

        Pipelines are safe. Pipelines are dangerous. Oil that moves through pipelines is needed. Oil is not needed. Warm cookies are good. An apple is healthy. Those diverse views are, in short, what state officials must sort out as they decide whether a northern Minnesota oil pipeline should be rebuilt, a Thursday,…
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Final Individual Insurance Policy Answers Coming Monday For Minnesotans

The country’s health insurance situation is more confusing than ever, but within days at least one segment of Minnesota’s population will know more about their 2018 coverage. The Minnesota Commerce Department on Monday, Oct. 2, will announce premium prices and other details for 2018 individual health insurance policies. Those are the policies bought by people…
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Health Professional Shortages Force Changes

Howard Cronquist baled hay the other day, and also fit in some time to work on one of his farm buildings. That may not be big news for many farmers, but it is for him. Fifteen months ago, the rural Brainerd man suffered what was described as a major stroke. He and his wife, Sharon,…
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Everyone Looking For More Doctors

Primary-care doctors, long the cornerstone of rural America’s medical community, are becoming increasingly hard to lure. Interviews with health care leaders across Minnesota showed a combination of factors adding up to a medical doctor shortage. The shortage of primary-care physicians is everywhere, but more acute in rural areas. A lack of specialists is especially felt…
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Two Small Hospitals Learn How To Survive

  Small-town hospitals and clinics may not have all the bells and whistles of their big-city counterparts, but they offer something patients often cannot find in the cities: quarterbacks. “You have a quarterback here,” said Dr. Heidi Korstad, sitting in the cafeteria of Bigfork Valley, a sprawling medical complex of hospital, clinic, nursing home and…
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