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Kids can get free produce with new PoP program

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Market Square Farmers Market is introducing a new free kids program this summer: Power of Produce Club (PoP Club). More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

There is a game changer in healthcare

Spring is here! We welcome this time of the year, especially for the warmth of the sunlight that is getting longer each day. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:45 PM

Memorial Blood Centers asks you to be a #1 fan to patients in need

IRON RANGE – Memorial Blood Centers is teaming up with the Minnesota Twins to give blood donors a chance to win premium baseball tickets. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:45 PM

Head Start is growing healthy!

Head Start knows that healthy nutrition is an important part of early childhood development! Developing healthy nutrition habits for life starts at birth. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:46 PM

Reach Out & Read gives books to young patients

GRAND RAPIDS – Reach Out & Read is funded by Grand Itasca Volunteer Services (GIVS) with income generated through sales at the Coffee Bar and Gift Shop, along with money from various fundraising events, tips and donations, membership dues, More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM

Minnesota awarded $5.4 million federal grant to combat opioid addiction

Minnesota has been awarded $5.4 million in federal grants to combat opioid addiction in the state. The Opioid State Targeted Response Grant, awarded by the U.S. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM

Coping with cancer-related fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most common and frustrating side effects of cancer treatments. While fatigue is often a result of the cancer itself, cancer treatments can also increase feelings of fatigue. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

Study finds that viruses, bacteria may be found in some public water supply wells

One year into a two-year study requested by the state Legislature, scientists with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) report finding evidence of genetic material, like DNA, from viruses and bacteria in water from some of the state’s publi More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Fairview Range hosting Sports Education Night

HIBBING – Fairview Range invites any volunteer, paid or assistant coach, athletic trainer or director to a Sports Education Night on Wednesday, March 29, at Valentini’s Supper Club, 31 W. Lake St. in Chisholm. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM

Senior care experts offer cybersecurity and online fraud prevention tips

Financial and online fraud against aging adults are now considered the “crimes of the century” by the National Council on Aging. More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:09 AM

12 steps, 12 stories

A holiday of self-discovery

Dedicated to Jean Cole More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

READERS SHARE:

Weird and rare health conditions

EDITOR’S NOTE: I asked friends and Hometown Focus readers to suggest and/ or share stories about weird and/or rare health conditions they are familiar with for this week’s Health Edition. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Memorial Blood Centers is calling all life-savers

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 and premature babies. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

I almost died

Going from 6% to 100% in less than a heartbeat

As I reviewed the consent form for my angioplasty, the doctor advised me that there was a 6% chance that something could go wrong during the procedure and that death was always a possibility. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Transverse myelitis

Mark’s story: Puzzling paralysis put me in a wheelchair

On July 1, 2016, right before a regular check-up scheduled with Dr. Ciriacy at Ely Health Clinic, I had trouble moving my legs correctly. They just weren’t doing what I wanted them to do. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Marvin Fosso shakes the hand of the doctor who saved his life

HIBBING – Marvin Fosso of Britt made a trip to Fairview Range to see a doctor. But this wasn’t a routine visit.  He came to thank the doctor who helped save his life.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Living Well 6-week workshop announced

HIBBING – Fairview Range is sponsoring a Living Well workshop, a six-week workshop that guides people in exploring healthy ways to live and maintain an active lifestyle while managing the symptoms of chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthrit More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Peyton’s Pepper Jelly helps support children and families in need

BIWABIK – Desta Lashmett of Biwabik, MN, and her best friend, Roxy Woods from Angora, MN, founded their non-profit business, Peyton’s Pepper Jelly in 2013 as a way to help raise money to donate to entities that support people with intelle More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 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

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

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

Excess sugar in our diets can lead to diabetes and damage to our eyes

VIRGINIA – Sugar has become a prominent feature in our homes and grocery stores. Sugar is simply a carbohydrate that is used as a sweetener in everything from condiments to beverages to cakes and cookies. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Fairview Range, Grand Itasca bring heart care close to home

HIBBING/GRAND RAPIDS – Fairview Range and Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital announce the expansion of cardiology (heart care) services in both Hibbing and Grand Rapids.  More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:45 PM

MDH urging parents, doctors to help protect children during measles outbreak

With 20 cases of measles now confirmed among Somali Minnesotan children in Hennepin County, health officials are asking parents and health care providers to watch for potential cases and help make sure as many Minnesota children as possible are prote More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:45 PM

Healthier popsicles for sore throats

COOK – Springtime allergens and hectic schedules can predispose both children and adults to sore throats. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:46 PM

Fairview Range welcomes pediatrician to Hibbing clinic

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes board certified pediatrician Lisa Buenger, M.D. to its medical staff at Fairview Mesaba Clinics-Hibbing. She brings experience and compassion as a pediatrician for 16 years in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Dr. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM

Special awards, activities planned for National Public Health Week

Public Health nurses and staff work one on one with clients, but also with larger groups to create community- or system-wide change. Many of these efforts focus on the broad goal of ensuring that all people have equal opportunity to be healthy. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

4 foods that can boost energy levels

Diet can go a long way toward increasing or lowering energy levels. No one wants to consume foods that will make it harder for them to get through the day, so the following are a handful of foods that pack an energetic punch.  More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

Personalized medicines may be the future of healthcare

When a person feels ill, his or her doctor may assess any symptoms and then prescribe a particular medication to treat or alleviate those symptoms. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

March is National Kidney Month

Kidney stones don’t always go with the flow

March is National Kidney Month and most people forget that they even have kidneys until there is something wrong with them. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM

Welcome to our Health Edition!

Dear Readers,   This week we look at some weird and rare health conditions that were suggested by readers and contributors to Hometown Focus. The weirdness begins on page 8, and kicks off with a doozy: cyclic vomiting syndrome. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:12 PM

Dry eye syndrome

Treatment options ARE available

VIRGINIA – Have you ever experienced symptoms of itching, burning, watery or red eyes? If you have, you are not alone. If you have not, there may be a time in the future that you do. These symptoms are hallmarks of dry eye syndrome. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

SHIP training, coaching helps child care providers give young children a healthy start

Family and small, independent child care providers were more likely to offer vegetables, increase kids’ physical activity and support infants’ breastfeeding after receiving trainings and coaching from Minnesota’s Statewide Health Im More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

It takes a village to help save Ella

COOK - My daughter, Ella, was diagnosed with High Risk B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), in October of 2016. She is currently being treated at the Erick Peter Person Cancer Center at Essentia Health, and St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Blacklegged tick (formerly deer tick)

Female blacklegged tick adults are reddish brown with a black head, legs, and scutum (the plate-like structure behind the head). More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Fun and Fit Health Expo to be held at HCC February 4

HIBBING – Fairview Range and Hibbing Community College are once again partnering to host the third annual Fun and Fit Health Expo, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hibbing Community College.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Fairview Range welcomes Nancy Middlestead, FNP

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes Nancy Middlestead to its full-time medical staff as a family nurse practitioner at Fairview Mesaba Clinics—Hibbing.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

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

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

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

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