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Minnesota Ballet director plans ambitious season after successful ankle surgery

By Connie Wirta The Minnesota Ballet’s artistic executive director is planning an ambitious season for his company — and himself. A recent ankle surgery has Robert Gardner confident he can continue performing as well as rehearsing and staging ballets. “Dr. Courville can get an old dancer back on his feet,” Gardner said of Dr. Xan Courville, an orthopedic surgeon at the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic. “I appreciate and admire Dr. Courville for her talents and her…

Essentia Health Journey Awards recognize outstanding community members

DULUTH, Minn. — Each year, Essentia Health honors inspiring members of the community that have overcome disabilities and serve as an example to others. The 20th annual Journey Award will be presented at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the lobby of the Miller-Dwan Building in Duluth. The Journey Award recognizes outstanding individuals whose contributions have made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. The Junior Journey Award recognizes a person age 18…

Thursday: Essentia Health, Duluth to advance Vision Northland with long-term energy plan

The City of Duluth, its utility provider Duluth Energy Systems and Essentia Health have reached an agreement that creates mutual benefits and exciting prospects for the community energy infrastructure over the next 20 years. The terms of the agreement were finalized by the parties last week and ensures that Essentia’s Vision Northland project has the reliable infrastructure it needs to provide the highest quality patient care. By partnering with Essentia, the city and DES can…

Minnesota Ballet opens with ‘Rite of Spring and Other Dances’

The Minnesota Ballet will launch its 2018-19 season with Rite of Spring and Other Dances, a grand sweep of choreography, at 7 p.m. Friday, October 19, and Saturday, October 20, at DECC Symphony Hall. The performance features Robert Gardner’s vision of “Rite of Spring” to Igor Stravinsky’s monumental score, pulsing with ritual, renewal, fear and hope. In contrast, Salvatore Aiello’s playful “Senza Fretta” [without worry] captures life’s twists and turns in an athletic romp at…

Essentia Health welcomes physician assistant in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. — Physician Assistant Bradford Wilson has joined the Interventional Radiology Department at the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic in Duluth. “The opportunity to join Essentia Health in Duluth and live on the North Shore of Lake Superior was one I couldn’t pass up,” said Wilson. “Once I met the Interventional Radiology team and toured the Essentia facilities, I knew this was a chance to work in an effective and teamwork-oriented health system that strives to…

Enger Tower to glow gold Sunday to honor youngest patients with cancer

DULUTH, Minn. — A familiar landmark in Duluth — historic Enger Tower — will glow gold Sunday in honor of pediatric cancer patients. And the mom of one such patient was the catalyst behind the lighting. “Since September is childhood cancer awareness month, I saw this as my chance to publicly raise awareness for our children who can’t speak for themselves,” said Amber Lovaasen, of Hibbing, whose daughter is a cancer survivor. Addy Lovaasen was…