January 30, 2015 RSS feed / Health Features

Long- term care planning

If only I had a crystal ball

I can’t remember a period in my life where I wished more fervently for a crystal ball. If I only knew when I was going to draw my last breath, making decisions today would be so much easier! More...

Cool senior stuff (and more) online

I found a lot of great stuff online about seniors, aging, and the retirement years. More...

Final Expense Insurance is an option for paying funeral and burial costs

This week I received the following e-mail regarding a death in someone’s family. They asked if I could write an article regarding final expense coverage with the intent of helping others in the future. More...

Essentia Health Medical Equipment offers a variety of aids for daily living

BABBITT – Cliff Horgen likes his tidy, onestory home in Babbitt. It’s filled with good memories from his 63-year marriage to his late wife, Eleonore. A corner wall displays trophies won during a lifetime of trap-shooting competitions. More...

Like all nursing homes, St. Michael’s faces constant change

VIRGINIA – Nursing homes continue to evolve as the industry faces changes in funding and as the needs of those who utilize the services change. At St. More...

Volunteers are vital to the Fairview Range community

We don’t always remember faces and names, or even what was said. But we always remember how we were treated. More...

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City board appointments made; 37-year employee Don Niska retires

From the City Council: At the January 5, 2015, meeting: Made the following appointments to the city’s advisory boards/commissions: • Planning and Zoning Commission: Ray Saari, Jim Techar and Margaret Soyring (3-year terms) • Utility More...

MDH assisting in response to U of M measles case

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is assisting the University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Public Health and Fairview Hospital in handling a case of measles diagnosed in a 20-year-old male University student. More...

February is Love Your Library Month and area children LOVE Imagination Library!

CHISHOLM – Thousands of Iron Range children (birth to age 5) are receiving free books delivered right to their homes each month through the Imagination Library program of United Way of Northeastern Minnesota. More...

Range History  Free Access 

10 Wacky VINTAGE CURES CON ARTISTS SOLD TO THE MASSES

Over-the-counter medicine was a complete guessing game in the 1800s and early 1900s. Quack doctors and anyone with the ability to mix up a batch of goo could claim to have a miracle cure. More...

Healthy for Life  Free Access 

Healthy for Life

Welcome to another day of life!

The Gifts of Grieving More...

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

Seniors! Are you proactive with your health?

I can only hope to be as healthy in my senior years as some of the seniors I see. They are busy taking care of their health, by keeping fit. More...

Business  Free Access 

Orthopedic surgeon performing joint replacements at Essentia Health-Virginia

VIRGINIA – Virginia is now home to a new orthopedic specialist, Dr. Ronald Ronquist. Dr. Ronquist came to the Iron Range from Petoskey, Mich., where he worked in private practice for 18 years. Dr. More...

International Falls native David Herman, M.D. begins new role as Essentia Health CEO

DULUTH – David C. Herman, M.D., has stepped into his new role as chief executive officer for Essentia Health. Dr. More...

Getting your ducks in a row

Long-range PLANNING

This week’s Health Edition is about “getting your ducks in a row,” so to speak - preparing for old age and poor health, and the eventuality of death. More...

Advice from those who’ve been there

One impetus for this Health Edition’s focus was the recent failing health and death of our publishers’ mother, Betty Asbach. More...

60- month “look- back” period

Medicaid’s asset transfer rules

In order to be eligible for Medicaid, you cannot have recently transferred assets. More...

Read this book

With a Little Help from Our Friends

My girlfriends and I used to talk about our Golden Years and our dream was to all live together in the huge Wally World (former Wally Jones’) estate on Lake Vermilion. More...

Managing many mini-wills may help avoid costly probate

When my children were younger, they played a card game called “Yu-Gi-Oh!™” that has monster cards, action cards and magic cards. More...

Probate is usually required when assets do not transfer upon death

Probate is the legal process of identifying the assets of someone who is recently deceased and distributing the remaining property. More...

Do it your way:

Maintaining personal choice through end of life decisions

It is one of the values we cherish as Americans – freedom. We believe that people ought to be free to live, work, speak their minds, and worship as they wish, as long as they do not harm others. More...

The human side of hearing: don’t let your hearing loss control your life

As human beings, feelings and emotions make us what we are. And, as human beings, each of us reacts differently depending on how we cope with the negative impact that things have on us, including hearing loss. More...

Oral health may be an early indicator of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is often considered a “silent” disease — one that is associated with few warning signs in the early stages. However, do you know that the early signs of osteoporosis may be able to be seen in the mouth? More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Raymond Lund - 2015-01-30
Helen A. Petersen - 2015-01-30
Daniel J. Kangas - 2015-01-30
Howard M. Weldon, Jr. - 2015-01-23
Marlys Agnes Hanson - 2015-01-23
William M. Nelson - 2015-01-23
Shirley M. Olson - 2015-01-23
Patrick J. Roche, Jr. - 2015-01-23
Sylvia Esther Jarvi - 2015-01-23
Patrick J. Roche, Jr. - 2015-01-23
Don V. Barnes - 2015-01-23
Celia G. Makynen - 2015-01-23
Beverly Padgett - 2015-01-23
Helen Patricia McBride - 2015-01-23

Pets  Free Access 

Aging: How do I know when my dog is a senior?

Most dogs enter their golden years between seven and 10 years of age, with large/giant breeds becoming seniors earlier than small breeds. More...

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 

Try some herbs

Drying herbs grown without harmful chemicals is the best way to preserve them for future use. Discard any bad leaves. Strip leaves from stalks on hardy varieties like sage and mint. More...

SpaceLIFT

Decorator Challenge: The “Perfect” Room Remedy: More...

Health  Free Access 

Additional $34 million CCIIO funds will accelerate MNsure IT development

ST. PAUL – MNsure was awarded a federal grant adjustment of $34 million by The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), a division of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. More...

MNsure tops 100,000 total enrollments

ST. PAUL – MNsure announced more than 100,000 Minnesotans have enrolled in comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage since November 15, 2014, the start of the 2015 open enrollment period. More...

Form 1095-A arriving soon for MNsure enrollees

ST. PAUL – January is often a time when Minnesotans begin receiving important documents needed to file their tax returns. This year, Minnesotans who enrolled in a commercial health plan through MNsure in 2014 will get a new one, Form 1095-A. More...

Hometown Recipes  Free Access 

Homemade condiments: Healthier and less expensive

While searching for healthy recipes for this edition, I found myself drawn to homemade condiments to replace store-bought ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, barbeque sauce, etc. More...

Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

Policy recommendations included in The Independent Budget

New report calls for VA focus on access, infrastructure and caregivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. More...

Sallyworld  Free Access 

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 224

Foodgate: Proof that opposites attract (or, Get out the boxing gloves)

Boy oh boy, man oh man, where do I start? Food shopping. Last week I was once again thrashed in print, this time for my food shopping methods. Did anybody actually read Sally’s list that she sent me out for? More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Raymond Lund

Raymond Lund, 86, of Virginia, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at St. Michaels Health and Rehab in Virginia. Memorial Services will be held Monday, January 26, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m.with visitation one hour prior. More...

Helen A. Petersen

Helen A. Petersen, 95, Cook, former longtime resident of White Bear Lake, passed away at the Cook Nursing Home on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  More...

Daniel J. Kangas

A gathering for family and friends to celebrate Daniel’s life will be held from 1:00 p.m. More...



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