A new holistic chiropractic clinic, Zest4Life, has opened in Pelican Rapids. Dr. Owner and practitioner Zena Stussy brings three decades of chiropractic experience to the clinic at 57 North Broadway.

Originally from Twin Cities, Stussy is familiar with the Pelican Rapids region. Since childhood, she has regularly visited her family’s five-generation cabin on Prairie Lake.

Stussy attended UCLA and graduated with a communications degree. She later returned to Minnesota and received her degree in chiropractic from Northwestern Chiropractic College, Bloomington. She worked at Kenwood Chiropractic and later at Minnesota Concussion & Chiropractic Arts in St. Louis Park (founded by her husband David) until she moved to Pelican Rapids in 2020.

In addition to chiropractic care, Stussy offers various other health services such as acupuncture and advice on diet / nutritional supplements. Metabolism, hormonal balance and brain health are further focal points.

“I am very excited to be at Pelican Rapids full time and I look forward to serving the people of this region with my offering of chiropractic and related care,” Stussy said in a press release.

She can be contacted at 310-499-3870 or by email at drzest4life @ gmail. She also maintains a website, keepthezestforlife.com.

On Friday, March 19, Senator Tina Smith hosted a press conference to highlight a provision in the $ 1.9 trillion bill signed by President Biden that will help more than one million retired Americans.

The $ 86 million aid package will help participants in hundreds of employer and union pension plans avoid major cuts. That includes over 22,000 Minnesotans.

Smith helped support entry into the stimulus package after speaking with constituents facing the negative side effects of looming pension cuts.

“These are not people who live ‘high on the pig’ as my grandmother would say,” Smith pointed out. “They are people who have saved up and are fine as long as they have the pension they are counting on. And without them there is no Plan B.”

These retirement plans are typically found in small businesses, construction, grocery stores, and the entertainment industry.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Minnesota fell to 4.5% in January from 4.7% in December. This comes from figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) in mid-March.

Again, the decline was due to people dropping out of work for both employment and unemployment. The number of unemployed decreased by 7,652 and the number of employees decreased by 14,851, representing a decrease of 22,503 in the Minnesota workforce. The national unemployment rate fell from 6.7% in December to 6.3% in January.

The deepest effects of the pandemic are being felt by Minnesotans who identify as Black, Indigenous and Colored (BIPOC). Based on 12-month moving averages, the unemployment rate for Black Minnesotans was 9.5% in January; The Latinx unemployment rate in January was 7.3%. White Minnesotans were 5.8%.

As of this month, DEED data has reverted to a 12-month moving average instead of the 6-month averages used previously. This means that the higher months of the unemployment rate from earlier in the pandemic are included in the averages.

In January, Minnesota created 51,800 jobs, an increase of 1.9%. This replaced all but 1,000 jobs lost in December. January estimates are from the same week that bars and restaurants returned to house customers on January 11th.

“The restoration of over 51,000 jobs in January is a promising sign for Minnesota,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “We still have a lot of work to do to strengthen our economy and, as this report shows, we need to focus on those hardest hit by the pandemic – people with skin color, people with disabilities, low-wage workers and small businesses. “

Of the 416,300 jobs lost between February and April 2020, the state regained 191,400 jobs. For more information, see mn.gov/deed.