In the Spirit of Medicine

Series produced by KUMD

Caption: Dr. Arne Vainio, Credit: Ivy Vainio
Image by: Ivy Vainio 
Dr. Arne Vainio 

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.

New on KUMD's Northland Morning, "In the Spirit of Medicine" airs twice monthly.

Dr. Arne Vainio 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.

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What did he do to bring this upon himself? Likely what all babies do. He cried, he needed changing and feeding. He woke up in the middle of the nig...

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  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 06:18
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The hamburger steak was tough and I had the dirty fork stuck in it and I was sawing on the steak with the butter knife. As I was sawing on it, the...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 06:37
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Some of you will be coming back home to our people. Some of you will never come back. Those who stay need to make sure they teach those who come ba...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 05:59
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"I know you’re worried about hurting me and I want you to feel this deep inside. I’m an old woman and I don’t have anything left to pass on to anyo...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
  • Length: 05:41
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Alvina died with her family at her side. No tubes. No ventilator. No machines keeping her alive. She died with dignity and in peace, just the way s...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2019
  • Length: 05:55
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While I was at the hospital, my pager kept going off and I had to return multiple calls to patients, call in prescriptions, and didn't get done wit...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
  • Length: 06:03
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Caption: Arne Vainio ricing, Credit: Ivy Vainio
Jim Northrup was a good friend and we used to visit him when he was finishing maple syrup in late winter.

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 07:39
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I was sitting deeper in the barn and Jacob and Frank were silhouetted in the door with the rain falling hard beyond them.

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 05:34
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Caption: Arne Vainio's Finnish grandparents, Nestor and Amanda Vainio with their first child, Helmi, on their homestead near Sturgeon, MN. Circa 1919, Credit: Arne Vainio
It seemed to me she was always old. She had long white hair and she tied it in a bun on the top of her head.

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 06:22
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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 prac...

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  • Added: Jul 29, 2019
  • Length: 07:31
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"Lowell would never say this, but deep in his heart he kept a lesson we all learn in childhood, but most of us forget. In order to find true love, ...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 06:00
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" We live in a competitive world, but traditionally we are not a competitive people. Our heritage is to share our wealth. Our heritage is humility....

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 05:48
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"Ernest knew that deep inside and he gave me something I didn’t even realize I needed. He gave me silence and he taught me in that silence. All of...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 05:12
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"I always think when you’re finding your family history, you want there to be a haunted Scottish castle on a moor and maybe some kind of...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 06:22
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"I have something for you and for him. It’s the only Ojibwe song I know and it was given to me to sing in the American Cemetery in Luxembourg. I sa...

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 08:03
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Caption: Dr. Arne Vainio, Credit: Ivy Vainio
"The story of how I became a doctor has several beginnings and maybe the middle part has a few different versions depending on what part of being a...

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 06:19
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“I remember your stories and I appreciate what you tried to teach me. I wish I could have gone ricing with you and heard you knocking rice as t...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 07:16
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"These men are in prison with the expectation from society that they are going to change for the better. They should be able to expect the same ...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 04:52
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" When I make my maple syrup, it’s the only time I find any peace. My dog stays by the fire and I can hear the popping and the cracking of the tree...

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 06:23
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“This insulation and caulking are for my daughter’s house. She left home when she was seventeen and she was never coming back. She has a daughter w...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 06:09
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