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Living a military life: The change is forever

Faith softens our hearts for our wounded brothers, kept us committed and strong

AURORA – I still have the motivational t-shirt given to me when I entered the Delayed Entry Program for the United States Marine Corps. After twenty years, it does not fit as loosely as it once did. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Twenty-five years in the Minnesota National Guard

Aurora native now works with veterans as a nurse at St. Cloud VA

ST. CLOUD – Hindsight, they say, is 20/20. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Surgical robot helps patients heal faster

DULUTH – Essentia Health surgical teams are using a new surgical robot called the da Vinci Xi Surgical System to help improve patients’ recovery.  More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Saving warrior lives: WWP’s peer support program helps veterans

“Wounded Warrior Project’s Peer Support program is saving lives every day,” said U.S. Army veteran Claude Boushey.  More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Gilbert veteran, mentor bond over shared combat experience

GILBERT – George Dundas got parental consent to join the Minnesota National Guard at age 17.  “I wanted to serve my country, see how I handled myself in a wartime situation, if it ever came to that,” the Gilbert resident said.& More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Veterans: Are you receiving all the benefits you earned?

The St. Louis County Veterans Service Office is available to help

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County is home to 18,167 veterans (based on 2016 records.) That’s more than nine percent of the population! St. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Understanding your physical and mental health: It’s a tango

More than half of all people have at least one physical or mental illness at any given time. Mental and physical health disorders often co-occur which makes the prognosis of each more difficult. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Our blessed life in raising a special child

Editor’s note: Gina and Les Soular are dear friends of mine. Les and I graduated in 1981 from Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School and he has always had a special place in my heart. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:58 PM

The Arc Range: A long legacy of advocacy, resources

EVELETH – For over 50 years, the Arc has been a presence on the Range promoting a better life for all individuals who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:58 PM

Special Olympics offers so much for Iron teenager

IRON JUNCTION – Special Olympics has been an important part of my daughter Tianna Clayton’s life for the past four years. Prior to joining Special Olympics, Tianna, who is now 18, had many difficult days. She seemed sad often. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:58 PM

Children with autism need support, but their parents and caregivers do too

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – There is an acute need for people in our region who are trained to provide quality behavioral respite programming, in particular for children with autism. Children are, by far, our most underserved population.  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

A healthcare worker’s view: We are all unique and different

I have worked in healthcare for 5–6 years now and I wouldn’t take back anything that I have gone through or learned. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

New “one-stop-shop” mental and chemical health clinics open

A new model of mental and chemical health care is now available in select communities across the state. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Vaccinations are a shared responsibility for all of us

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Numerous adults influence a child’s growth and development—from parents to child care providers to teachers and health care professionals. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Ombudsman volunteers honored for helping older Minnesotans

The Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, a program of the Minnesota Board on Aging, recognized 46 Certified Ombudsman Volunteers statewide at a June event in Duluth.  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Regarding insurance:

Are you in bed or embedded?

The insurance industry uses terms that can be confusing. Many mean a different thing depending on the circumstances.  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Kids can get arthritis too

It’s Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

BRITT – Each year at this time, the Arthritis National Research Foundation commemorates the estimated 300,000 children and their families in the United States who face the everyday challenges of living with juvenile arthritis (JA) and related d More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Grand Itasca Home Care team gets “clean bill of health” from surveyors

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital Home Care recently completed a mandatory review by the Minnesota Department of Health, Health Regulation Division to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic welcomes optometrist

VIRGINIA – Dr. Whitney Carow, an optometrist, has joined the Essentia Health- Virginia Clinic. Dr. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Eating healthy: Garden-fresh produce is a summer treat

Summer brings garden-fresh fruits and vegetables and great opportunities to eat healthy. The American Heart Association recommends that we eat at least 4-1/2 cups of fruit and or vegetables every day. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

MDH receives funding for work on improved opioid tracking, prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday that the Minnesota Department of Health has received a $345,000 grant to better track and prevent opioid-involved overdoses.  The Minnesota award was part of a larger CDC a More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

United Way of 1000 Lakes receives emergency food and shelter funding

ITASCA COUNTY – United Way of 1000 Lakes announces that Itasca County has been awarded federal funds through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) under the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Age More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:00 PM

Decisions, decisions: Home care? Assisted living? Memory care?

AURORA/VIRGINIA – As we look around our communities—both locally and statewide— we see that we are an aging population. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:00 PM

DEED funding supports people who are deaf, hard of hearing or DeafBlind

Programs that provide career and training services for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or DeafBlind were awarded $950,000 in grants by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:00 PM

Being a blood donor could be your ticket to saving lives

IRON RANGE – Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) is currently facing an urgent need for blood – particularly types O negative (O-), B negative (B-), and A negative (A-). More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:00 PM

12,500 adopted in two decades

It’s Adoption Awareness Month in MN

For 20 years, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, MN ADOPT and its other partners have celebrated the families formed by adoption and encouraged others to adopt foster children at the annual Celebrate Adoption: Circus of the Heart event. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

“Stressed brains can’t learn”

Free documentary showing at HCC

HIBBING – Well over 150 teachers, medical professionals and students attended the Hibbing Community College showing of Resilience, the documentary on Adverse Childhood Experiences. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Alternative medicine, conventional settings

Health systems add alternative therapies to traditional offerings

How about laughter yoga to help lower your blood pressure? Or acupuncture to help manage chronic lower back pain? Expectant moms can take advantage of aromatherapy to help elevate mood and feel comfortable and calm. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Agent Orange: A tragedy faced by veterans

One of the biggest tragedies facing our veterans is that of Agent Orange. The widespread use, the reasons for its use, the exposure, the following reactions, and the cover-ups surrounding Agent Orange only heighten the tragedy. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

With PTSD, sometimes HOPE means Hold. On. Pain. Ends.

Veterans in this country have given the most of themselves and get less than the majority of what most citizens get in regards to care. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Macular degeneration (AMD)

Exams may detect early onset

Macular degeneration (AMD) is an ocular condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is one of the leading causes of permanent blindness. AMD is most commonly found in people over the age of 60. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

A free burial option for veterans in the Northland

New Veterans Cemetery to open near Pike Lake in 2018

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – There is something unique and powerful about the bond and trust between soldiers. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Medicare vs. Medicaid—differences are age/disability or income

I recently attended a barbecue in southwest Minnesota and the cook asked me if I wanted a brat or polish. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

What do you see? The disability? Or the person?

Can you see me?  What do you see when you look at me? Do you see the disability? More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:58 PM

Local United Way says: Healthy kids are not hungry

CHISHOLM – In northeastern Minnesota, one in five children faces hunger. To learn, grow and thrive, children need healthy food each day. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:58 PM

Children’s mental health: Symptom intensity and length of time are guides

As the summer comes to an end, the stores are filled with back-to-school specials and we look ahead to school starting. This transition can be difficult for children—and frankly for parents too. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Mother of autistic young adult looks for understanding and support

VIRGINIA – There’s so much I’d like to say here on the topic of the developmentally disabled and vulnerable adults; I’ll do the best I can. I want to thank Hometown Focus for allowing us to speak on this subject. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

UV damage and the eye

It is well known that sunlight can cause damage to our bodies over time. Let’s discuss in more detail how sunlight can cause damage to our eyes.  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Developmental disabilities: Are there ways we can avoid them?

Developmental disability is defined as “a diverse group of chronic conditions that are due to mental or physical impairments. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Special Olympics on the Range

Special Olympics opens up a whole new world – new adventures, new relationships. It helps self-esteem and inclusion.  The Road Runners became a team in 1994. We started with athletics – track & field. When  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Grand Itasca recently redesignated as Acute Stroke Ready Hospital

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital was recently re-desginated as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Three local health systems contribute to “Ask About Aspirin” initiative

HIBBING – Local health systems are partnering in the statewide “Ask About Aspirin” initiative to improve heart health. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Essentia Health welcomes new physicians, licensed acupuncturist in Duluth

DULUTH – Dr. Siva Krothapalli has joined the Cardiac Electrophysiology Department at the Essentia Health St. Mary’s Heart and Vascular Center in Duluth. As part of this team, Dr. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Essentia welcomes sleep medicine nurse practitioner

VIRGINIA – Nurse practitioner Teresa Valerio has joined the Sleep Medicine Department at the Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic.  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

At Essentia Health, new medical “super glue” closes off varicose veins

DULUTH – Alice Stack, 87, of Superior, has always been a pioneering woman. The retired Essentia Health nurse raised 10 children, cared for thousands of patients and still loves staying active. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital

Celebrating 60 years of providing quality healthcare

ELY – 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital (EBCH). In February of 1955 a $550,000 bond was approved by Mayor J.P. Grahek and the Ely City Council. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 09:59 PM

Diabetes growth rate steady, adding to health care burden

More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes

More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:00 PM

DEED publishes a free guide on starting a family child care business

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is offering a free manual on how to start a family child care business.  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:00 PM

MBC: The gift of life-saving blood, generously given

DULUTH – Volunteer blood donors helped save the life of Sully, born with a congenital heart defect.  When Courtney and Rob Kile learned they were having a baby—after trying for two years—they were over the moon. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:00 PM

Nicotine poses serious health threat to youth and pregnant women

E-cigarette and other nicotine product use rises rapidly in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health this week reissued its nicotine heath advisory to inform parents and health care providers about the health dangers of nicotine for children, teens, and pregnant women. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 10:04 PM

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