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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

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

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

Heroin and opioid overdose is a regional public health crisis

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – A 24-year-old man from Brevator Township is alive today thanks to the quick actions of St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Smith. The man was found unresponsive after overdosing on heroin. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

The Follow Along Program and your child’s development

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The Follow Along Program targets young children at risk for developmental delays. This program helps families know if their child is playing, talking, growing, moving, and acting like other children the same age. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

Suicide is real: Things need to change

I am writing today to ask for your support of the 2016 Iron Range 5K Walk to Remember on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Miners Memorial in Virginia, MN.  In a very short period of time I got a crash course in loss. Three friends in six months:  More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

People with hearing loss can try new tech equipment

New devices that help people who are deaf and hard of hearing in their daily lives are now available to be tested at offices of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division.  More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

Rutabaga Project Initiatives: Nutritious and local food

Earlier this month, the Rutabaga Project was featured in the AEOA newsletter section of the Hometown Focus. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

Lower your risk of type 2 diabetes with this free class

VIRGINIA – One in 3 Minnesotans has prediabetes and three local health organizations are partnering to change that.  The Mesabi Family YMCA, with support from Essentia Health and Healthy Northland, will be offering a lifestyle change class More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

Weight management doctor says:

Low carbs, high fat is the ticket

What kind of foods should we eat to improve our health? Low carbs, high fat. That was the message (with some caveats), boiled down to its essence, at last month’s Health and Wellness Luncheon at Essentia Health-Virginia. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

Low-carb foods:

The good stuff

VEGETABLES  Asparagus  Broccoli  Spinach  Artichokes  Cabbage Sweet and bell peppers  Bamboo sprouts  Cauliflower  Water chestnuts  Celery  Zucchini  Collard Greens  Cucumbers  Lettuce& More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 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

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

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

North St. Louis County Rescue Squad building to be dedicated

VIRGINIA – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Volunteer Rescue Squad at last has dedicated space of its own in the northern part of the county. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

When mental illness enters the family: Four messages

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a transcription of a TEDx talk given by Dr. Lloyd Sederer about mental illness. It was shared with Hometown Focus by Dan Richards of the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

Bois Forte Band member

Dr. Shanna Landgren returns home to practice medicine

NETT LAKE/TOWER - In February, the Bois Forte Clinics at Nett Lake and Vermilion welcomed the first physician who is an enrolled Bois Forte Band member: Dr. Shanna Landgren. Here, in her own words, Dr. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

County’s PCA services and the Managed Care Team

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The Adult Services staff of St. Louis County Public Health completes assessments for residents to determine eligibility for services such as personal care assistance and home and community-based waiver services. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

On the Range: Is the healthy choice an easy choice?

Wouldn’t it be nice if the healthy choice was the easy choice? My name is Raymond Jobe and that’s precisely what we at St. Louis County Public Health and Healthy Northland are working to accomplish. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

Itasca County Family YMCA empowers adults at risk for diabetes

GRAND RAPIDS – Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 diabetes can be reduced. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

Dr. Park’s weight management tips

Consistent meal planning   More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

Map the Meal Gap report on child food insecurity

One in five NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin children are food insecure according to the Map the Meal Gap 2016 report released recently. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:38 PM

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