Briefly

Casey Bradley withdraws from city manager race

One candidate has withdrawn his name from the running for Minot city manager, leaving three candidates who be introduced to the community at a public reception Monday.

Casey Bradley, auditor and chief operating officer for Stutsman County in Jamestown, withdrew after his board offered a 21 percent salary increase to persuade him to stay. His new pay is $125,000. The pay range for the City of Minot position is $109,000 to $147,000.

Candidates who will be in Minot next week are Harold Stewart II, city manager for Knoxville, Iowa; Lee Staab, former president of Versar Engineering and Construction; and Justin Rice, installation inspector general at Minot Air Force Base.

The community reception Monday runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Grand Hotel, Executive Room. On Tuesday morning, two panels will be conducting separate interviews with each of the candidates. The interviews are open to the public as space is available, but the public will not have an opportunity to ask questions at this time. Interviews begin at 8:30 a.m.

The panels are headed by the city’s search firm, the Prothman Company, and the city human resources office.

Jill Schramm

Treatment zaps varicose veins with radio waves

With an estimated 30 million Americans suffering from varicose veins and only 1.9 million seeking treatment each year, doctors at Trinity Health are hoping to reverse the trend with a new minimally invasive therapy.

The therapy uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to ablate or vaporize varicose veins and those that have developed into a more serious condition, chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI.

Cardiologist Samir Turk and Interventional Radiologist Sridhar “Jake” Naidu have both completed training to perform the procedure, called Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy. Venefit involves inserting a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into the vein. The RF energy seals the vein shut. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood re-routes itself to other healthy veins. Over time the treated vein shrinks and is absorbed by the body.

“Varicose veins are often misunderstood as just a cosmetic issue,” Naidu said. “But they are a precursor to the more serious condition, CVI. CVI is a progressive disorder that can affect daily activities, create ambulation issues, and result in skin damage or ulcer formation. Signs and symptoms include swelling, fatigue, restlessness and pain in the legs, skin changes and ulcers.”

Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to help blood return toward the heart. Veins can become varicose when stresses on the venous system, such as pregnancy, age or prolonged standing, weaken and stretch the vein structure. That creates a condition called reflux.

A free varicose vein screening for potential Venefit candidates will be held today from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Advanced Imaging Center at Town & Country Center in Minot. Appointments are avaiable by calling 857-3220. Turk is available to screen patients in his office at Health Center- Medical Arts, with appointments available at 857-7388.