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Jeremy Fugleberg


Sioux Falls, SD, United States

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Past articles by Jeremy:

Former Sanford Health CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft got $49.5 million after abrupt exit

Kelby Krabbenhoft, long-time CEO of Sioux Falls-based Sanford Health "abruptly left his job on Nov. 24, 2020, after he made series of controversial and unscientific comments about wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tax filings show he was paid a $15 million severance in addition to his annual salary and retirement plan payouts, totaling $49.5 million. → Read More

Public health officials concerned about STD rates in Dakotas, Minnesota, as COVID-19 pandemic limited testing

Sexually transmitted disease case counts are at or near record highs across the region, matching national trends. But public health officials say the COVID-19 pandemic likely limited testing in 2020, potentially masking an even more serious situation. → Read More

Sanford suspends just 82 for refusing COVID-19 vaccine; less than 1% of workforce

Sanford Health leaders in July had set Monday as the deadline for all of its 48,000 employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be granted a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination. All those suspended have 60 days to comply with the health system's expectations or will be considered to have voluntarily resigned and be terminated from their jobs. → Read More

South Dakotan identified as Sitting Bull great-grandson, using tests of DNA fragments from chief's hair

The research results gives Sitting Bull's great-grandson leverage to potentially remove disputed remains of the legendary Lakota chief from a memorial on the Standing Rock reservation near Mobridge, South Dakota. The site has no direct link to Sitting Bull. → Read More

Health Variant: Why won't people listen to perfectly good health advice?

Recent research at the University of Minnesota dug into a powerful factor that may contribute to this distrust: a consumption of conflict-centric news and social media posts about health topics. → Read More

Region's major health systems not requiring COVID-19 vaccine for transplants

Of four major health systems across Minnesota and the Dakotas, none require transplant patients or donors be vaccinated against COVID-19. For now. → Read More

T. Denny Sanford still can't give his billions away fast enough

T. Denny Sanford, the 85-year-old billionaire credit card mogul and philanthropist, is worth $3.4 billion as of Wednesday, Oct. 6, according to Forbes. The magazine annual calculates the 400 richest Americans by net worth. → Read More

Avera Health rolls out raises, bonuses, $17 minimum wage to fight workforce shortage

The package of moves, valued at $50 million, is meant to help with retention of recruitment of employees, amid a pandemic-driven workforce shortage. → Read More

Health Variant: So, the American Heart Association called

The folks at the American Heart Association had been looking at some troubling statistics in the Dakotas, especially North Dakota when it comes to COVID-19 and vaccinations. So they reached out to specifically address their concerns. → Read More

Group protests against COVID-19 vaccine mandates across from Sanford hospital in Sioux Falls

The rally, held just across the street from the Sanford Health hospital campus, was ostensibly held there to protest the health system's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its employees. But the concerns of organizers and attendees were much broader — encompassing federal vaccine mandates for large employers and health systems, and including a hefty helping of resistance to vaccines and masking more… → Read More

T. Denny Sanford gives $350M to Sanford Health for 'virtual care center'

T. Denny Sanford's donation to Sanford Health, the system renamed in honor of his generosity to it, is in addition to a $300 million donation announced earlier this year that went to the same cause, as well as an expansion of graduate medical education programs and the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.. → Read More

Health Variant: What makes football safer for young heads?

A Sanford Health research team followed a junior football team for eight seasons, using technology to track head impacts, and the results they found provided a powerful suggestion about what could reduce the number of head hits young players face while playing football. → Read More

What fueled the new South Dakota COVID-19 surge? Two things

A Forum News Service analysis finds the center of the new South Dakota surge in one area: the Black Hills. And the virus likely surged there for two reasons: low COVID-19 vaccination rates that made its population a relatively easy target, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which brought hundreds of thousands of people from around the country into close contact. → Read More

Health Variant: From masks to vaccinations, how has the COVID-19 delta variant changed the game?

In the latest episode of The Health Variant podcast, host and NewsMD Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg interviews Dr. Louis Mansky, director of the University of Minnesota's Institute for Molecular Virology, about the rise of the delta variant of COVID-19, how much it has upended plans to end the pandemic is we knew it, and what we know, and don't know, about the variant. → Read More

Health Variant: Why is there a widespread blood shortage?

In the latest episode of The Health Variant podcast, host and NewsMD Correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg interviews Dr. Marie Beaver, a physician with Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota. Beaver breaks down what's going on with the supply of blood donations, what's at risk and the importance of donating blood. Also, bonus: Some ideas for how to get over a fear of needles. → Read More

This South Dakota nursing home was 100% vaccinated. COVID-19 broke through anyway

The COVID-19 outbreak in the Good Samaritan Society-Deuel County senior care facility in Clear Lake mirrors a rise in vaccine breakthroughs in nursing homes across the nation, as vaccinated seniors regularly deal with unvaccinated staff, visitors and community residents, face the rise of the more dangerous delta variant, and are less protected by vaccines that previously thought. → Read More

Health Variant: How Jayne Jones became the 'No Sugar Baker'

Jayne Jones has made a name for herself as the "No Sugar Baker," with social media posts and videos that regularly pull in tens of thousands of loyal fans, and now a second cookbook in the works. So what's Jones' secret ingredient to success? → Read More

West Nile virus detected in South Dakota

The virus has been detected in mosquito pools in Brookings and Codington counties, state health officials said. They urged South Dakotans to take steps to protect themselves and their families against West Nile virus, which can cause fever, headaches, rash, swollen lymph nodes and muscle and joint aches. → Read More

NewsMD podcast 'The Health Variant' episode: 'The Great Midwest Baby Boom?'

While the national birth rate continues to fall, the region has been going the other direction. That's according to Sanford Health, the South Dakota-based health system that also serves North Dakota and Minnesota. So what's going on? → Read More

COVID-19 detonates long-standing financial woes for nursing homes

The COVID-19 pandemic tore through the region's nursing homes, killing many vulnerable elder residents, despite intense efforts to keep them safe. Now some nursing homes are facing a knock-on pandemic crisis of financial woes: Unexpected additional costs, throttled revenue and unending, expensive staff shortages. This could spell the end for some nursing homes, particularly some small rural… → Read More