April 24, 2015 RSS feed / Health Features

R. S.’ s story:

Former boyfriend became her worst nightmare

HIBBING - Over a pot of coffee at the Hibbing Country Kitchen, R.S. told me her story. She wants people to understand how sexual assaults can happen and the need to break the silence in respect to this crime. More...

Native women and sexual assault

Speak the truth so healing may begin

I am a strong Anishinaabe woman from the Red Lake Nation. I am a survivor of life. I am a viable and important part of society. I have chosen to rise up from the challenges of life to become an educated, employed woman. More...

More on child sex trafficking

Just a few years ago, when a child trafficked as a prostitute was caught, she or he was treated as a juvenile delinquent. Not so anymore in Minnesota. More...

National Infant Immunization Week April 18-25 Calling the shots: the importance of infant immunization

Parents agree that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. More...

Breast cancer in men is rare

When Joe Sailer of Gilbert first discovered a lump on his chest last August he didn’t think it would be a big deal. More...

Ectrodactyly or not, here Zach comes

AURORA – Zach Skelton was born with ectrodactyly which is the congenital absence of all or part of one or more fingers or toes. In Zach’s case, three of his fingers are absent. More...

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Features

Special Olympics: From Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s backyard to the Iron Range

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” These words were spoken in Ancient Rome when the gladiators went into the arena. More...

ALS offers free programs: Straw Bale Gardens – Breaking New Ground!

MT. IRON – Love to garden but can’t get down on the ground to plant or weed? Then this is the workshop for you! Straw Bale Gardens – Breaking New Ground! is a free program featuring Joel Karsten offered at the following locations: More...

News Briefs

Summer employees, coaches sought; new disc golf course opening at West Two Rivers

From the City Council: At the April 6, 2015, meeting: More...

Adopt a Highway volunteers save state more than $7 million in 2014

ST. PAUL Volunteers helping with the Adopt a Highway program picked up 970,000 pounds—more than 100 dump truck loads—of litter in 2014, saving the state an estimated $7 million, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. More...

Marquette Catholic School to host spring gala

VIRGINIA – Marquette Catholic School (MCS) in Virginia is holding a “When in Rome” Spring Gala on Saturday, May 2. Tickets for the event are on sale now. Cost is $50. Only 225 tickets will be sold. The schedule for the gala is: More...

Range History

This Week in Range History

Public health services: Rat patrols, baby visits, and more

Dear Readers, This week Hometown Focus is taking an historical look at Public Health services in St. Louis County and how they have changed over the years. More...

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Spring is singing while our long-time resident mother robin is seeking nourishment for her new arrivals. The cycle begins once again as she is bursting with eggs as you can see in the photograph I captured. More...

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 236

Heck with 1-800, I want a human

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Business

Sister Claudia Riehl Living a Legacy program honors Katherine Crep

VIRGINIA – Katherine Crep was recently honored for her commitment to the Benedictine Health System (BHS) Mission and Core Values with the presentation of the 2015 Sister Claudia Riehl Living a Legacy award. More...

Essentia Health welcomes nurse practitioner in Virginia

VIRGINIA – Nurse practitioner Sara Luoma has joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Essentia Health-Virginia Medical Arts Clinic in Virginia. More...

Obstetrics team works collaboratively at Essentia Health-Virginia

VIRGINIA – It was a Thursday afternoon, and Dr. Enoch Lowe was caring for three mothers in labor. The night before, he’d helped bring three more healthy babies into the world. More...

Obituaries

Marguerite Nicholas Grams

Marguerite Nicholas Grams, age 104, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Essentia Health Virginia Care Center. Marguerite was born November 2, 1910 in Salisbury a suburb of Ishpeming, Michigan to Elias and Laura (Rogers) Nicholas. More...

Russell Edward Blake

Russell Edward Blake, age 73 of Virginia and a longtime resident of Parkville died Saturday, April 18, 2015 in his home surrounded by his loving family and faithful dog Serena after a courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) which lasted 1 More...

Rowan “Mac” F. McDonnell Sr

Rowan “Mac” F. McDonnell Sr.,80, of Lake Vermilion-Cook, formerly of Duluth, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Cook Hospital. More...

THE WALKING WOUNDED

Driving home from work a few months ago, I was listening to a news report on MPR. The reporter said that 1 in 5 women in the U.S. would be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. More...

Susan’s story:

Breaking the silence on her journey to recovery

This is a story about a local 18-year-old woman, who was sexually assaulted by a stranger when she was 14. It took 8 months before she could bring herself to tell her mother what happened to her. More...

Local advocacy group supports victims, educates communities

When conducting interviews for the series of stories on sexual assault awareness, I learned how important local advocates are to victims, and how important they are as educators in our communities. More...

Combatting sex trafficking in the Northland

DULUTH - St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin has been one of Minnesota’s collaborative leaders in being committed to raising awareness and supporting efforts to protect victims of sex trafficking. More...

Elder Care program brings health care to seniors’ homes

VIRGINIA – When Arnold Santi has a question about his health – perhaps about his breathing or how his skin is doing – he no longer has to leave his home and venture out into the cold. More...

Nashwauk man beats the odds and survives massive heart attack

To say Dan Jukich is a lucky guy is quite an understatement. He’s living proof of what not to do when having a heart attack, and that’s a rare thing. More...

Obituaries

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News

Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge

STATEWIDE – Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day by answering “the call of the wildflowers” by participating in a new statewide geocaching adventure that began on April 22. More...

Olcott Park fountain meeting planned

VIRGINIA – A public meeting to discuss the restoration of the fountain in Olcott Park in Virginia will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Miners Memorial Building. More...

Choralaires to perform on May 1

VIRGINIA – The Choralaires will present their spring concert on Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia. A free will offering will be taken to support local churches, community projects and music needs. More...

Pets

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center releases new app

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and its Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) revealed last week that human medications again top of the list of toxins most commonly ingested by pets, according More...

Home & Garden Tips

Creating a healthy yard

A healthy yard has wonderful mix of young, old and middle-aged native trees, shrubs, and perennials. 2 or more layers of mulch, herbaceous plants, shrubs, understory trees, or canopy trees can add to your home’s value. More...

SpaceLIFT

Decorator Challenge: Selecting Fabrics Remedy: More...

Health

Legislation to crack down on sex trafficking and support victims passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced April 22, 2015, that bipartisan legislation to crack down on sex trafficking and support victims has passed the Senate and heads to final passage in the House. More...

MNsure's special enrollment period wrapping up April 30

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Essentia Health-Northern Pines accredited for stroke care

AURORA – Essentia Health-Northern Pines in Aurora has been accredited as an Acute Stroke Ready hospital. More...

Hometown Recipes

Sen. Franken hosts 5th Annual Minnesota

Congressional Delegation hotdish competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation came together on April 22 for U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) fifth annual hotdish competition. Sen. More...

Focus On Veterans

Top 10 things to know about VA services for survivors of military sexual trauma

1. Military sexual trauma (MST) is a term used by the Department of Veterans Affairs to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred during a Veteran’s military service. More...

Sexual assault undermines military’s values

WASHINGTON – Sexual assaults and retaliation against people who report them undermine the military’s values of honor and trust, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday in a message to the Defense Department’s workforce. More...

Guest Columnists

The basics of safety on the Internet

When Jean, editor of the Hometown Focus, asked if I’d do an article on how to keep one’s children safe when using the internet and cell phones for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I decided to write this common sense article. More...

From sex to septic tanks: My career in public health

With my B.S. degree in professional nursing plus additional credits in education, I was selected to take the relatively new position of Public Health Educator in 1971. I was to meet key people in the north St. More...

SALOME'S STARS

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Being asked for advice is flattering to the Sea Goat, who has a habit of saying the right thing. This time, expect someone to be especially impressed and to act on that sentiment. More...




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