Lake Superior Community Health Center

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There are plenty of reasons not to ask for help when the stress gets to be too much.

A tradition of self-reliance.  Money. Insurance (or lack thereof). Travel distance.  Maybe just a desire to keep your business to yourself.

But those reasons also account for a growing number of suicides in rural Minnesota.

A new program funded by the Miller Dwan Foundation, though originally geared to farmers, is expanding to miners and foresters and anyone else in the rural Northland as well.  It's free.  It's confidential.  It's a phone call away.

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"On this episode we meet with Sam Levar of Duluth Coffee Company. We dive into the dark roast vs light roast myth, the numerous processes that ultimately affect the flavor of your coffee, and why Lake Superior’s water makes for a such great cup. " 

We speak with Jessie Peterson, the Grants, Donations and Marketing Manager of the Lake Superior Community Health Center, about their mission – now in its fifth decade – to provide a broad range of healthcare services to the Twin Ports community.  Services include medical care, dentistry, counseling and more, and have recently expanded their treatment of substance abuse disorders. 

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You don't wait 18 months to see a dentist at Lake Superior Community Health Center anymore.

The wait time's down to only a year now.

But the organization will take all the good news it can get as it struggles to fulfill its mission as a safety net for low- or no-income people and the uninsured.

How can they best continue providing access to good healthcare for the most vulnerable in the community?