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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 10:58 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 10:58 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 10:58 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 11:00 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 11:00 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 11:00 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 11:04 PM

Severely autistic and nonverbal: Not the whole story

“He’s almost always happy … that makes him extremely remarkable”

MAKINEN – It was 1997 when my beautiful son Elias was born. He was nine pounds of perfection with chubby cheeks and a full head of jet-black hair. He was always such a happy baby. He loved to cuddle and was hitting every milestone. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

Y’s Day Camp looks forward to “Best Summer Ever”

Twelve weeks of themes set; program starts in June at Merritt Elementary

MOUNTAIN IRON – The Mesabi Family YMCA’s Summer Day Camp 2017 is sure to be the “Best Summer Ever”! More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

Getting your kids involved in the kitchen

Teaching meal prep has short- and long-term benefits

LAKELAND – Growing up we didn't have elaborate meals, but I remember conversations together or working on manners, setting or clearing the table, and feeling a sense of togetherness. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

Helping children and families be healthier through home visits

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Public health nurses have been visiting clients in their homes for as long as our profession has existed. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

Healthy eating can help kids lose weight and create good habits

VIRGINIA – Helping a child or teen reach a healthy weight often means helping a family eat better.  More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

MyPlate Initiative makes healthy eating easy

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca launched the MyPlate Initiative in the clinic in 2013. This program ensures that all children receive a portioned meal plate at their two- or three-year-old well child visit. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

ImPACT: The best approach to concussion management

COOK – Concussion is a common injury, but is often difficult to diagnose and treat. Concussions can occur in any sport or physical activity. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 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 10:58 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 10:58 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 10:59 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 11:00 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 11:00 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 11:00 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 11:00 PM

Everyone learns differently, spectrum or not

“Jakes” brings unique challenges, joy to family

CHISHOLM – The joys and challenges of raising an autistic child. First off let me start by saying: Bahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Insert crazy laugh here.  My Jakes (he gave himself the plural) is 11 years old. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

Keeping kids active when school lets out for the summer

Mesabi Family YMCA’s free Healthy Kids Day is this Saturday

MOUNTAIN IRON – Summer is just around the corner and with it children’s break from the routine — mornings spent sleeping in, afternoons spent watching television or playing video games in the cool air conditioning and evenings enjoy More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

Get ready for summer with YMCA Swim Programs

Focus on fun, physical activity and safety create a lifelong love of swimming

MOUNTAIN IRON – As the season turns from winter to spring, the Mesabi Family YMCA encourages children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

It’s National Infant Immunization Week Immunization programs protect infants, promote healthy communities

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Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 4 Recognizing and treating children’s complex mental health needs

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Childhood is a time of tremendous growth and development, not just physically, but also mentally. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

Local fundraiser to support pediatric healthcare in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS – Burggraf’s Ace Hardware of Grand Rapids, in partnership with Grand Itasca Foundation, is hosting the 4th Annual Caring Fore Kids Charity Classic set for Thursday, June 1, at Pokegama Golf Course in Grand Rapids. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Students create posters for National Poison Prevention Week

Ely-Bloomenson hospital teaches students about poisons

ELY – Students in kindergarten through 8th grade were invited to Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital (EBCH) on Thursday, April 6, to learn a little bit about poisons and create a poster that will be submitted to the National Poison Prevention Cou More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Take it to the Box program allows for safe disposal of unused prescription medicine

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, April 29—a day intended to promote the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs while raising awareness of the potential for misuse and abuse when medicat ons are left sitting in medi More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

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