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On letting go of bad habits

Change is in the air. Daylight hours are getting shorter. Flocks of southbound geese flap overhead. The trees let go of their leaves, reminding us that now is as good a time as any for us to abandon a few habits that no longer serve us.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Range Respite’s next Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Series on Oct. 4

VIRGINIA – The next session of Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Series is titled “Minnesota Health Care Directives.” Lori Hendrickson, M.Ed., AFC, CFCS, extension educator and professor from the University of Minnesota Extension Regiona More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Governor Dayton marks National Recovery Month with state proclamation

In order to mark National Recovery Month, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed September 2017 Recovery Month in the state of Minnesota.  More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Autism information meetings to focus on co-occurring conditions

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – An individual with autism spectrum disorder is likely to have other diagnoses ranging from anxiety to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to sleep struggles. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Can probiotics effectively treat eczema? Is falling for the workout vest sales pitch unhealthy?

Q: My mom has eczema, and I heard that eating probiotics can alleviate her symptoms. Is there any truth to that? -- Amy D., Duluth, Minnesota   More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

MN ranks first in nation for states where all students take the ACT test

Minnesota students once again led the nation on ACT college entrance exam scores, with an average score of 21.5, compared to the national average of 21. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Using productive communication methods

Communication is fundamental to our relationships with others. There are different types of communication styles: aggressive, assertive, and passive. There are also subtypes of communication styles such as passive-aggressive. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee announces super snack challenge

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund, in partnership with Newman’s Own Foundation, unveiled the Super Snack Challenge last week at the Minnesota State Fair. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Renewed accreditation for HCC nursing program

HIBBING – Hibbing Community College’s Program in Nursing was awarded a renewed full, 8-year accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Essentia Health expands leadership roles, appoints chief strategy officer

NE MINNESOTA – Essentia Health has announced the appointment of Tracy Miland as a new chief strategy officer who will structure and oversee a systemic approach to strategy development. Miland will begin in early September.  More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Essentia Health honors hospice patients with remembrance events

GRAND RAPIDS/MT. IRON – Essentia Health-St. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Coach Tom's Corner

Adequate sleep needed for good physical and mental health

It is perhaps counterintuitive but, arguably, the most important contributor to our fitness and overall health that we can control (yet often overlook) is sleep. It’s just not something we give very much thought to. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:27 PM

Local walk sponsored by St. Luke’s to benefit Alzheimer’s care raises $4,000

St. Luke’s Hibbing Family Medical Clinic sponsored the first Iron Range walk to benefit Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday, Aug. 19. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

A change is as good as a rest

Sources: www.psychcentral.com, www.science.time.com, www.theatlantic.com.  Carrie Sell, DC, is the owner of Ashawa Health in Cook. You can reach her at 218- 966-1529.   More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Fairview hospitals receive top awards from the American Heart Association

HIBBING— Five Fairview hospitals are recipients of the “Get With the Guidelines” award for heart failure care, the highest quality distinction from the American Heart Association.  More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Dr. Barrett Park joins Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center

DULUTH – Dr. Barret Park, an emergency medicine physician, has joined Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Dr. Park grew up in Ely. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Life-savers go back to school; area blood drives scheduled in September

IRON RANGE – As students go back to school, they go back to saving lives. More than 15 percent of blood donated at Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) blood drives is given at high school blood drives. Back to school is a big deal.  More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Essentia Health welcomes dermatologist at its Duluth Clinic

DULUTH – Dr. Hilary Reich, a dermatologist, has joined the Essentia Health- Duluth Clinic. In addition to caring for surgical and medical dermatology patients, Dr. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Coach Tom's Corner

Use it or lose it: Build muscle with resistance training

I am battling a condition called sarcopenia. The scientific literature I’ve read suggests I’ve had this for 18 years or so. Now don’t hold a spaghetti feed for me just yet! More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

$1,000 Close to Home campaign donation made by Cap Baker Lions Club

Representing the Cap Baker Lions Club, Debbie Vergin (left), president, and Kim Geislinger (right), first vice president, presented a gift of $1,000 in support of the Close to Home capital campaign f More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

$200 million invested to help respond to infectious disease threats

Funds dedicated to combat existing and emerging antibiotic resistance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded more than $200 million through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement to help states, cities, counties, and territories prevent, de More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

Six-week grief support group begins in Virginia on September 11

VIRGINIA – A six-week grief support group will be offered on Monday from 6 – 8 p.m. on September 11, 18 and 25, and October 2, 9 and 16, at Peace United Methodist Church, 303 9th Ave. S. in Virginia. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

Challenges to keeping diabetes control on track; what's the real story about flesh-eating bacteria?

Q: When my mom was first diagnosed with diabetes, she took charge, got in touch with a diabetes educator, kept up with her meds, and her A1Cs came down. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

“Close to Home” donation received

GRAND RAPIDS – Paul Bunyan Communications recently made a pledge in support of the “Close to Home" capital campaign for cancer and infusion care at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

Inpatient rehab receives recognition

VIRGINIA – The Inpatient Rehabilitation program at Essentia Health-Virginia recently received the Gold Standard accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The accreditation is for three years.  More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

Coach Tom's Corner

Heat and how it can affect young athletes

Longtime Minnesota Vikings fans will remember number 77, Korey Stringer. More...

Posted 8/3/2017 10:26 PM

Fasting before a blood test; the benefits of an annual flu shot

Q: I hate not eating for hours and hours before a blood test. Is it really necessary? -- Craig M., Schenectady, New York   More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Two simple things to protect yourself and your loved ones

As we head into cold and flu season, Essentia Health is encouraging everyone to do two simple things to greatly improve their health— get a flu shot and practice good hand hygiene.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Grand Itasca Home Care achieves “Superior Performer” status for 2016

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital Home Care was recently recognized as a Home Health Patient Satisfaction Award Winner achieving Superior Performer status for 2016. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Minnesota’s drug overdose deaths continued to rise in 2016

Health department launches Opioid Dashboard to save lives through data

Minnesota’s total number of drug overdose deaths continued to climb in 2016, with heroin taking an increasing toll in the Twin Cities and methamphetamine deaths on the rise in Greater Minnesota. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Coach Tom's Corner

Weight management requires forethought

There have been some sporadic reports of frost up here on the northeast end of the Range. It is still relatively balmy but we can all be assured that colder temps will be coming at some point. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

What is a biopsy? Is computer vision syndrome really a thing?

Q: My sister had a breast biopsy and said it was worse than her follow-up surgery. Then my husband had a lump on this neck biopsied and said it was nothing to write home about. So why the difference? More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Tips to help make oral hygiene a part of your kids’ back-to-school routine

The beginning of a new school year is a perfect time to brush up on your kids’ oral hygiene and ensure best practices are part of their daily routines. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Minnesota adult obesity rate sees uptick in 2016

Minnesota’s obesity rate continues to hover slightly above 25 percent, going from 27.6 percent in 2014, to 26.1 percent in 2015 to 27.8 percent in 2016, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).&n More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Lake Country Power to sponsor Rachel’s Challenge in Virginia and Eveleth

GRAND RAPIDS – Each day 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Smartphone bans for children; tips for avoiding exercise burnout

Q: I think my brother's kids, 10 and 12, are addicted to their smartphones. My brother says he can't take away the phones because that's how he and his wife keep track of them and how the kids stay connected to their friends. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:27 PM

Fairview Range welcomes two surgeons with unique ties to the community

HIBBING – Fairview Range in Hibbing welcomes two general surgeons—Dustin Lucarelli, M.D. and Joe Skaja, M.D.—to its medical staff.  Dr. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:27 PM

Vitamins and minerals: Helping your body to function properly

Vitamins help your body grow and work the way it should. There are 13 vitamins— vitamins C, A, D, E, K, and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B6, B12, and folate). More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Cancer vaccines; fighting dementia before it happens

Q: How would a cancer vaccine work, and how close are we to getting one? -- Phyllis J., San Diego   A: Much of the work that's going on with cancer vaccines now involves personalized medicine. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Grand Itasca’s Close to Home capital campaign has exceeded $2 million goal

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Foundation and the Close to Home capital campaign steering committee announced that they have exceeded their $2 million goal for cancer and infusion care at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, thanks to a generous ou More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Ophthalmologist seeing patients weekly at Hibbing Family Medical Clinic

HIBBING – Dr. Jordan Thompson, an ophthalmologist with St. Luke’s Miller Creek Medical Clinic, is now seeing patients at St. Luke’s Hibbing Family Medical Clinic every Tuesday, and every other Wednesday.  More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

MDH State Fair booth highlights how vaccines protect people and communities

Many people understand the individual benefits of vaccinations, but the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) 2017 State Fair booth will also highlight the fact that vaccinations benefit our entire community.  More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Avoid fake solar eclipse sunglasses; shutting down opioid-related pill mills

Q: I keep hearing about the danger of looking at the eclipse. I want to protect my eyes from damage, but how do I know I've got the right eclipse sunglasses? -- George F., Portland, Oregon   More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Grand Itasca’s Close to Home campaign receives $300,000 IRRR grant

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital recently received a $300,000 grant for the Close to Home capital campaign for cancer and infusion care from Iron Range Resource & Rehabilitation.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Orthopedic surgery, outpatient services help Range residents

VIRGINIA – A small bucket is just not going to cut it for Mary Kay Dougherty. The active 73-year old from Hibbing has a lot of things to cross off her list in the future. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

Make bedtime easier for your child

Summer vacation can lead to staying up late at night and sleeping in during the morning. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

NRCCU holds Fill the Pool food drive

VIRGINIA/HOYT LAKES/BIWABIK/ELY – NorthRidge Community Credit Union (NRCCU) announced that their 3rd annual Fill the Pool food drive has concluded and was a great success for each NRCCU branch. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

Range walk will benefit Alzheimer’s

CHISHOLM – St. Luke’s Hibbing Family Medical Clinic is sponsoring the Walk to Remember, an Alzheimer’s Association fundraising walk for Alzheimer’s awareness and support of those diagnosed with the disease. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

Are people testier in hot weather? Do vision drills really improve sports vision?

Q: Summer is a beautiful time of year, but sometimes I feel like people get more testy in hot weather. Is there anything to this, or is it just me? -- Charlene A., Springfield, Illinois   More...

Posted 8/3/2017 10:26 PM

Ready, fire, aim!

I’ve heard it many times from friends and family members, “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.” or “I’m not fit enough to lift weights.” or “I’m not a good cook so I can’t make healthy meals More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:59 PM

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