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Duluth Times Daily Notebook: Thursday, Dec. 9

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One Roof Community Housing Executive Director Jeff Corey on housing advancement opportunities in Duluth: “We are taking solid steps toward ensuring that adequate housing exists for all Duluthians. The city and Housing Authority have commissioned studies, Mayor (Emily) Larson has convened a working group to make recommendations, the city and LISC have started a Housing Trust Fund, and the city has budgeted over $19 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding for housing. At One Roof, we just learned that we are receiving the highest Minnesota Housing Finance Agency for single family housing development that we have received to date. All of these things are positive and necessary steps toward making home a better place for Duluthians. And yet, with having construction costs that are as high and incomes as low as any for comparable cities in Minnesota, Duluth remains at a distinct disadvantage compared to the rest of the state for developing affordable housing—particularly with regard to housing for the working poor and people on fixed incomes. I believe that the state’s budget surplus combined with additional COVID-related federal assistance can help us move the needle in a larger way in creating more affordable housing, but it will take political will caused by those who need housing and those who know people who need housing speaking out in public ways.”

Duluth Police warns of counterfeit pills

By Mattie Hjelseth
So far this year there have been 30 fatal overdoses within the City of Duluth. Two of those fatal overdoses were from the use of counterfeit Percocet 30s. The counterfeit Percocet pills contain fentanyl which is much more powerful and deadly than actual Percocet pills and is difficult to tell the real from fake.

Duluth Police
“Counterfeit pills such as Percocet 30s are a deadly drug that we’re seeing more in the Northland,” said Lieutenant Jeff Kazel. “We want to remind the community that prescription pills should only be obtained by prescription through a licensed provider. Pills purchased outside of a legal prescription might look to be legitimate but are often counterfeit and fatal.”

We have an innovative initiative here at DPD that helps get individuals struggling with substance use the help they need. The program, called the Substance Use Response Team (SURT), bridges barriers and provides resources to those who are struggling with Substance Use Disorder.

In the most recent quarter, SURT had a total of 88 active clients, provided 30 comprehensive assessments, and helped 41 individuals access some form of recovery support services.

If you or a loved one is struggling with Substance Use Disorder, you’re encouraged to reach out to the Duluth Police Department’s Substance Use Response Team (SURT). To reach a Peer Recovery Specialist from SURT, call the hotline at (218)-730-4009.

Essentia Health welcomes family medicine specialist Lauryn Wuorio

Lauryn Wuorio, an advanced practice registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine, is proud to join the Essentia Health-West Duluth Clinic.

“I chose Essentia seven years ago as a neonatal intensive care nurse because of its mission to provide high-quality, compassionate care to all,” said Wuorio. “After witnessing that mission firsthand, I felt called to continue my work as an APRN because Essentia is an organization that upholds the same values of respect and passion for patient-centered care that I do.”

Wuorio received her education at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

“I have a passion for working with patients at all stages of their life,” said Wuorio. “I enjoy building connections and relationships with my patients and their families so that we, together, can create a plan that is best suited to meet their needs and values.”

To schedule an appointment with Wuorio, please call (218) 786-8364. To view her full profile, visit and click on “Doctors & Providers.

Sheriff’s Office participates in Mothers Against Drunk Driving vigil

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a virtual candlelight vigil this evening sponsored by MADD of Minnesota.

The candlelight vigil is to honor the lives of those lost and the injured survivors of impaired driving crashes. This year‘s event is held in conjunction with MADD’s National Day of Remembrance and will be held virtually through MADD Minnesota’s Facebook page.

At 7 p.m., MADD asks everyone to join in lighting a luminary, in unison, wherever they may be. This is done as a show of solidarity, support, honor, and remembrance to those who have lost their lives as a result of this 100% preventable crime.

The Sheriffs Office will participate by lighting a luminary at the Public Safety Building located at 2030 Arlington Ave in Duluth.

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