- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2011

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A new state report finds that northeastern Minnesota leads the state in overall mortality rate, which means the people there are more likely to die of any cause in a year than other Minnesota residents.

That includes a higher risk of succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, cirrhosis, suicide and unintentional injuries like accidents or crime.

The Duluth News Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/o9Z4aL ) the findings come from a “chart book” on the health of rural Minnesotans released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health.

It’s not all bad, however. Minnesotans in the northeastern counties of St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Carlton, Aitkin, Itasca and Koochiching have low rates of sexually-transmitted diseases and food poisoning.

The region’s mortality rate of 767 per 100,000 was still below the national average of 804 per 100,000.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, https://www.duluthsuperior.com

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