In the Spirit of Medicine

"In the Spirit of Medicine" is a new feature on Northland Morning.

Dr. Arne Vainio is an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet.

His essays on life, work, medicine and spirit are published in "News From Indian Country," and you can find the link to his stories and more on our website at KUMD.org.

In the Spirit of Medicine on KUMD is made possible by University of Minnesota Medical School- Duluth CampusAmpers, and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Arne Vainio

We come into this world through a doorway and travel this circle and hopefully make it through all four stages of life before we cross that threshold again. 

We are told the very young and the very old hold hands across that doorway.

Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1956

  Those boys jumping from the snow bank are the future suicides in our communities, but only if we allow it. What we tell our children and what we say to each other makes a difference.

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This week: do you believe in second chances?

In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs  Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet.

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This week: honor, service, and keeping a promise.

 

 

In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs  Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet.

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  This week: what do you want to be when you grow up?

 

 

 

In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs  Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet.

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This week: who really deserves dignity and respect?

In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs  Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet.

Arne and Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

This week: this big world can be a lonely place if you’re just waiting for it to end.

©Jack Sabon. Used with permission.

This week: when you know there's no place on earth you would rather be.

Roman Kraft

This week, what happens when you believe in someone ... even someone you don't know?

©Lisa Johnson

This week, what tools do we have when we run out of time?

©Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

This week, running a stop sign on the road of good intentions.

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This week, how sauna and löyly stitch together generations ... and tired hearts.

Lisa Johnson

This week, who could YOU call in the middle of the night and know they would pick up?

©Lisa Johnson

This week,  what's in a name?

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