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Fiona’s Hope Totes provide care packets of essentials

ST. PAUL - Fiona's Hope Totes are tote bag care packages for families that are experiencing an unexpected, extended hospitalization with their sick child. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Castleman’s: Rare disease of the lymphatic system

Editor’s note: The author of this piece requested to remain anonymous. – Jean Cole   In response to Hometown Focus’s request for uncommon medical conditions, I share this:  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Volunteer-itis: The feel-good disease with a positive impact on you and others

VIRGINIA – In my time working with volunteers I have noticed a condition common to the people I come in contact with. Many have an infectious enthusiasm and positive energy that can be easily spread to others. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Fresh fruits and vegetables bring community together

VIRGINIA – Freshly grown lettuce straight from the garden may seem like a dream in the dead of winter, but community growers are enjoying the fruits of their labor at Virginia’s Olcott Park Greenhouse. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

MN’s Return to Community: Helping older adults

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized Minnesota’s Return to Community program as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government initiative.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Fairview’s Dr. Sandra Hanson: Care that includes empathy and so much more

HIBBING – When you’re one of 10 kids (including two who are disabled) in a rural Wisconsin family struggling to survive adversity and dysfunction in the 1950s and ‘60s, you learn how to care for others. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:14 PM

Gretchen Metsa faces her challenge with diabetes

BUHL - I first met Gretchen when we were co-workers at DreamWeaver Salon in Cook. She had always been a fun, outgoing, beautiful person but all of us saw the change in her when she was diagnosed with diabetes. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:14 PM

Glenn Erickson of Embarrass:

His ALS symptoms were relieved by medical cannabis

EMBARRASS – Teresa Erickson was kind enough to sit down with me just days after she buried her husband of 24 years, Glenn Erickson. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:46 PM

A Q. and A. with a medical cannabis patient

Terri (Mestnick) Kashani, a native of Virginia, MN, has had rheumatoid arthritis for 30 years. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

An overview of the ACA, MNsure and individual health insurance

November 1 begins the fourth year of the open enrollment period for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the enrollment period ends on January 31, 2017, now is a good time to get started.  Background   More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

When poor health prevents you from working…then what?

Exercise daily. Floss your teeth. Count your calories. Get eight hours of sleep per night.  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Managing diabetes during the holiday season

The holiday season is synonymous with many things, including food. Family gatherings and holiday office parties wouldn’t be the same without great food.  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Changing seasons: Signs of seasonal affective disorder

The leaves are falling from the trees, days are getting shorter and nights are becoming cooler. This is a hint that winter is soon to come. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Car Seat Clinic to be held at Hibbing Fire Hall

HIBBING – A Car Seat Clinic will be held at the Hibbing Fire Hall (south end) on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 3 – 5 p.m. (note that this date is a change from the usual third Wednesday of the month). More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Presentation on adverse childhood experiences Paper Tigers film screening at Mesabi Range College

VIRGINIA – Mesabi Range College Diversity Committee, in collaboration with the North St. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

A cancer survivor: Fairview treated me like family

HIBBING – A dream that woke Michelle Chamernick would end up saving her life.  “My husband’s alarm went off for work and I woke up from a dream about doing a breast exam,” said Chamernick of Chisholm.  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Telemedicine at Fairview Range

It’s not different medicine, it’s just a different interaction

HIBBING – Given America’s culture of convenience, it’s no wonder telemedicine -- the integration of technology and healthcare – has become an increasingly popular and efficient option for medical care.  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Fairview Range acquires Care-A-Van service

HIBBING – Fairview Range announced that they acquired Recover Health’s Care- A-Van transportation service as of October 15, 2016.  The two companies are working together to ensure a seamless transition of transportation services for More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Free memory screenings offered Nov. 15

Forgetfulness: What’s normal, what’s not and when to seek help

VIRGINIA – Range Respite will be offering free 10-minute memory screenings on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Essentia Health’s littlest patients get help with hearing loss through tele-audiology service

For parents of newborns, learning that their babies could have a hearing problem is scary and stressful. For those who live in rural communities, getting to a hearing specialist for diagnostic testing can mean many hours of driving. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Essentia is part of The Rutabaga Project coalition

VIRGINIA – Every three years, Essentia Health surveys residents and community leaders in areas served by an Essentia hospital. The survey this spring in Virginia showed a critical need for access to healthy foods. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Minnesotans can start using MNsure plan comparison tool

MNsure announced last week that the online plan comparison tool is now available with updated 2017 plan information. This tool will allow Minnesotans to shop and compare plans in advance of open enrollment. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Building bridges to health

IRON RANGE – Many in our local communities have been following the building of the bridge over the Rouchleau Pit as part of the Highway 53 relocation project in Virginia. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

From womb to tomb: Public health is at work addressing needs

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – When most people think of health, the first thing that comes to mind is a doctor’s visit due to acute or chronic health problems. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

She’s not kidding

Serious cheese lover diagnosed with ‘Swiss cheese defect’

If I had been waiting in a deli line, an announcement of “it’s Swiss cheese” would not have surprised me, however, that was not the case. Funny how words can take on different meanings when used in different settings. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Mental health service aims to reach people early

Reducing the time it takes for a person experiencing psychosis to get treatment is the goal of two new mental health pilot projects in the Twin Cities.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Couple finds high quality care at Essentia’s Urgent Care

VIRGINIA – When Phyllis Harvey recently took her husband, George, to the Essentia Health-Virginia Urgent Care for the first time, the couple was pleasantly surprised by the level of care they received. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Minnesota’s Safe Place for Newborns law offers options for parents in crisis

Minnesota’s Safe Place for Newborns law allows mothers to safely and anonymously give up newborns to safe places such as hospitals and urgent care facilities, or by calling 9-1-1.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

New assisted living facility in Virginia to open in spring 2017

VIRGINIA - Spectrum Health Companies is excited to bring a new assisted living community to Virginia. The new building will be located on Virginia’s historic south side on 5th Avenue and 10th Street. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

A northern Minnesota summer of cycling, canoeing and, oh yeah, cancer

BUHL – “Is $40 too much for a pair of specialty biking shorts?” Julie [not her real name] wondered. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:14 PM

How running has helped me deal with my diagnosis of diabetes

BUHL - I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 19. I had only been married a couple of months to my husband, Adam, who is a firefighter and paramedic on the Virginia Fire Department. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:14 PM

Medical cannabis in Minnesota:

Good luck with all THAT!

Overview and patient stories By Jean Cole | p. 4-7 IF you have 1 of 10 health conditions IF you can get a doctor to participate IF you can travel to 1 of 8 patient centers IF you can afford it More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:46 PM

Medical cannabis: A miracle for Amelia Weaver and her family

HIBBING - When Jean Cole at Hometown Focus asked me to write an update on our daughter Amelia, I thought the timing was pretty perfect, because we are fast approaching November, which is epilepsy awareness month. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Jack’s got a new heart

VIRGINIA – On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015, at 8 a.m., Donna Luzovich answered the telephone. The voice on the other end of the line said, “We got one! We have it for you! This is your call!”  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Know the ABCs of Safe Sleep

Health officials urge parents to take action during Infant Safe Sleep Week

Parents wouldn’t leave the hospital without a car seat for their newborn, and evidence shows it is just as important to know the ABCs of safe sleep for babies. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Life with MCS: Chemical stew, not fragrances to be enjoyed

They were tucked behind the pictures hanging on the walls. They were pushed deep into the pockets of clothing, even in the little coin pockets of the jeans. They were scented Bounce dryer sheets – and there were a lot of them. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Think nutritional therapy for great health and wellness

VIRGINIA – Hello, my name is Angela Reimer and I am a certified nutritional therapy practitioner and a RESTART instructor. I want to share with you what this is, and why I am a nutritional therapy practitioner.  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Spectrum to hold Virginia facility community meeting

VIRGINIA – Spectrum Health Companies is holding a community meeting for its new 42-unit Carefree Assisted Living and Memory Care building in Virginia. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health

Building road map to positive well-being for all

During October’s Mental Illness Awareness Week [Oct. 2 – 8], which was established by the U.S. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Memorial Blood Centers is calling all life-savers

IRON RANGE – Memorial Blood Centers invites all eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood – from heart transplant and cancer patients to accident victims. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Fairview Range rehab expansion open house on Nov. 2

HIBBING – Fairview Range is celebrating the expansion of their Rehabilitation Services department with an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; the public is invited to attend. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Fairview Mesaba Clinics – Nashwauk

Clinic receives Bridges to Excellence recognition

NASHWAUK – The Minnesota Health Action Group (The Action Group) announced on Oct. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Fairview Range’s cancer program earns national accreditation

HIBBING – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at Fairview Range Medical Center. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Honor Flight (the movie) to be shown Nov. 7

HIBBING – Fairview Range Home Care and Hospice, along with United Way of Northeastern Minnesota, will present Honor Flight (the movie) on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Elementary School in Hibbing. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Range Respite debuts Respite Care Scholarship programs

VIRGINIA – Many people are confused about what “respite care” means. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Dr. Smith believes in patient-centered approach to medicine

VIRGINIA – When Dr. Stephen Smith remembers the family doctor in the small Colorado mining town where he grew up, he recalls how the physician served the community and earned its respect.  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Medica, Essentia collaborate on health plan: Essentia ChoiceCare

For the first time in this area, a health care provider and an insurance company are working jointly to provide a group plan between a commercial insurer and an Accountable Care Organization.   More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Coffee and colon health: Studies indicate coffee may be protective agent

Coffee compels many people to rise out of bed every morning. While individuals have many reasons to drink caffeinated beverages, the most notable is often the pep such beverages provide. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:48 PM

Minnesota’s public health lab to play key role in national fight against antibiotic resistance

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory has been named one of seven new regional laboratories that will become part of a new national Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (ARLN), according to an announcement Wednesday More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

Determining health by ZIP code (including life expectancy differences)

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – A person’s health is determined by a variety of factors: personal habits, genetics, access to quality and timely healthcare, and the environments in which he or she lives, works and plays. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

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