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Duke Pieper was an elite hockey player at a young age. As a freshman at Hill-Murray High School, he made the varsity of the then-defending state champion Pioneers. Before his first game, he suffered from a brain lesion that altered his life. Given a 5 percent chance to live, Pieper overcame multiple surgeries, paralysis, and nerve damage. In place of his dreams of hockey stardom, Pieper found illness, surgery, infection, paralysis, months of hospitalization, and lingering disability. And yet, by his own admission, Pieper has emerged a better, bigger person.

Duke Pieper, teen hockey player with brain disease
Jan 09, 2018
 
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With the Super Bowl in Minnesota just a few weeks away, there has been heightened attention on sexual exploitation/human trafficking. Campaigns to battle sex trafficking have launched, partly in hopes of leveraging the extra attention that will accompany an estimated 1 million visitors to the state for Super Bowl 52. One campaign, called “I Am Priceless,” is from Minneapolis-based The Link, which provides services and housing for sexually exploited youths. Billboards, bus shelters, radio ads, and a downtown Minneapolis mural will target 10- to 14-year-old girls and boys with the message: “My body is not for sale.” Girls United MN, started at Hopkins High School, has joined in the effort to educate about and prevent sexual exploitation.

Jessica Melnik, Hopkins High School student
Jan 16, 2018
 
Jan 18, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
 
Christopher Thomforde, past president of St. Olaf
Jan 23, 2018
 
Curt Tryggestad, Executive Director
Jan 30, 2018
 
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Dr. Michael Howell is a neurologist who specializes in sleep disorders. As the Sleep Performance Co-founder, Dr. Howell is an expert on the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in human performance and an internationally recognized researcher and educator. Dr. Howell currently is program director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota, and Medical Director of the Fairview Sleep Center in Edina, Minnesota. His clinical interests include sleepwalking and related disorders such as REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Sleep Related Eating Disorder, sleep seizures, and other violent sleep behaviors.

A prolific researcher, author, and speaker, Dr. Howell has authored or co-authored 35 publications relating to sleep and brain function; given 68 presentations at international, national, and regional meetings; and conducted 61 media (television, radio, and online) spots. He has held elected and appointed offices in the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Howell has received several local and national honors including: Best of 2012 Sleep Doctors by Sleep Review Magazine, 2014 Best Doctors in Sleep Disorders by Minnesota Monthly, and Top Doctors-Rising Stars by Mpls-St. Paul Magazine.

Dr. Michael Howell
Feb 06, 2018
 
 
Feb 15, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
 
Melvin Anderson, Executive Director
Feb 27, 2018
 
Mar 15, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
Apr 19, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
May 17, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
Jun 21, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
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