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Laura Butterbrodt

Heath and Business Reporter

Laura Butterbrodt is the health and business reporter for the Duluth News Tribune, where she has worked since January 2021.

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.

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Even the pandemic’s grip on the economy loosens, a new challenge is cropping up for child care professionals at the new facility, and for teachers, across the region: an apparent labor shortage.
The partnership will offer educational experiences for nursing students working at Essentia, support a smooth transition from graduation into practice and foster creativity and innovation for both the health system and the university.
The demand in the Duluth area for doulas and other support systems during birth is high compared to the number of practicing doulas in the area, and there are barriers to the services offered.
Duluth-based Essentia Health announced its employee vaccine mandate in early August.
Joe Mattson, a graduate of Duluth Central High School in 2009 and University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013, has helped with the production of several scientific advancements combatting the coronavirus — including a coating that allows vaccine vials to be filled more quickly and an antimicrobial paint that kills the COVID-19 virus.
Essentia Health and CommonSpirit signed a letter of intent in January for Essentia to acquire more than a dozen CHI facilities in Minnesota and North Dakota.
The Duluth-based health care system has signed a letter of intent for several CHI hospitals, clinics and living communities in Minnesota and North Dakota.