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Homeless in St. Louis County count to be conducted this week

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Despite this winter’s relatively mild weather, living outdoors without a home would be a brutal existence. More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:00 AM

Natural Choice offers alternatives

COOK - The Natural Choice store, a cooperative effort between Jill Gilley and John Chaulklin, both of the Cook area, recently opened its doors at its new location on November 15, at 5 North River Street, in Cook. More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:00 AM

Carefree Living for elders in Cook

As part of the Spectrum Health Community, Carefree Living operations have grown over the years with sites around the state of Minnesota. More locally, Carefree Living communities can be found in Ely, Cook, Babbitt, Orr and Aurora. More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:00 AM

Is it worth it to exercise?

When it comes to healthy living, exercise is critical. Not only will it benefit you physically, it’ll also boost your self-esteem and improve your mood. More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:00 AM

MN lauded as leader in mental health reform

Minnesota was one of only two states recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as a national leader for mental health reform for the second year in a row. More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:00 AM

Core strength and good posture are key to aging gracefully

VIRGINIA – My go to physical therapy guy is Rick Flatley who works at Iron Range Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. I last spoke to him for a previous Health Edition when we focused on common student athlete injuries. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

Alternative treatments: The Rx for chronic pain is changing

DULUTH - Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

SilverSneakers: Fitness, friends and fun for active older adults

VIRGINIA – I stopped by the Mesabi Family YMCA in Virginia on Thursday to check out the SilverSneakers class scheduled that morning. I had the opportunity to visit with four ladies waiting for the start of the class. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

A woman’s perspective

40-something but 20-something at heart

My name is Dana and I am a fabulous 44-years old. The past four years have been an interesting journey of different challenges, changes and self-discovery. I can say I am at a point of feeling fabulous now, but this did not happen overnight. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

Senior fitness Mall walking, mall talking

I cringed when Jean Cole suggested I write something about physical fitness. What if I get fat tomorrow? It could happen. Okay, maybe not tomorrow, but what about when I retire? More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

Katherine’s House

Safe harbor in a turbulent sea

EVELETH – Katherine’s House, a new licensed board and lodge facility specializing in supporting women who are in the recovery process for their mental health and/or chemical dependency struggles, opened its doors three months ago to great More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:34 PM

10 tips for understanding someone with PTSD

#1 – Knowledge is power. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Alcohol addiction: My take

Addiction is politically correct. It embraces all socio-economic levels and knows no boundaries when it comes to a person’s skin color, profession, gender, or religious beliefs. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

10 Signs of Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

From: www.activebeat.co  1. Temporary memory loss and blackouts. 2. Drinking to cheer up. 3. You’ve tried to quit drinking but can’t. 4. You drink to be “normal” or “fit in”. 5. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Back to school with brain injuries

Back to school. Back to old friends and making new ones. Learning new things. New teachers. New students for some schools. New schools for some students.  And new challenges for students returning to school after injuries to their brains.  More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

New measures evaluate rates of obesity counseling for kids, depression screening for teens

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and MN Community Measurement (MNCM) released first-time results from two new clinic measures that found most clinics are successfully providing lifestyle counseling to obese children, but less than half are sc More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Chisholm business helps those with disabilities

With a vision toward opportunities, improving quality of life

CHISHOLM – They came together from different backgrounds, but with a united purpose: to provide services to people with disabilities. That was in 1989. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Live Fearless:

A Blue Cross employee’s personal testament

VIRGINIA – My name is Dana Sanders and I am proud to say that I have been employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota for the past 13 years. I work out of the Virginia and Eagan offices. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Jack’s Girls run in memory of their father

EVELETH – As the three daughters of a former Virginia, MN resident, Jack Gentilini, we found the perfect opportunity to honor our dad’s memory. Jack Gentilini spent the final seven months of his life in hospice care at St. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Preventing holiday weight gain with hypnosis

As we will be soon moving into the holiday season, it is a good time to re-evaluate our relationships to our bodies and the food that we eat. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Efforts underway to reduce state’s most-reported infectious disease

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has awarded $56,500 to each of three nonprofit agencies for innovative ways to reduce the epidemic levels of chlamydia in Minnesota. The grants run Oct. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2017.  More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Minnesota’s cutting-edge innovation in medical research highlighted

Last week U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell highlighted the cuttingedge medical research underway in Minnesota during visits to the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

My food journey, and an amazing Brussels sprouts recipe

Julie Asbach asked me to write an article for Hometown Focus on health, but I had no idea what to write. I am not a writer – in fact, English was by far my least favorite subject in school! More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

FOCUS: Taking care of athletes

Soon school will be back in session and parents, student athletes, coaches and officials are gearing up for another year of competitive athletics. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Physical therapist and coach Rick Flatley:

Year-round cross-training is key to injury prevention

Rick Flatley is a physical therapist with Iron Range Rehabilitation Center in Virginia, where he’s worked for 16 years. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Cook Hospital rehab unit offers traditional and alternative therapies

Dear Readers,  The stories on pages 32-35 by HTF staff writer Kirsten Reichel are a profile of how one small town in our area provides health care for their residents and the surrounding rural communities.   More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:00 AM

True Care therapy team keeps clients moving

COOK - I was fortunate to have the chance to visit briefly with some True Care Medical Therapy employees on what appeared to be a busy day early last week. More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:00 AM

Tower retiree chooses double-knee replacement surgery

Tom Kintner knew he needed two new knees. A lifetime of construction work, including lots of kneeling on newly poured concrete, made that a fact.  Retired and living on Lake Vermilion, Kintner knew he wanted to recover as quickly as possible. More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:00 AM

Tobacco treatment free for many in Minnesota starting in 2016

Keeping that New Year’s resolution to quit smoking may be easier in 2016, since tobacco treatment medication for Minnesotans on Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare are completely free starting Jan. 1, 2016.  More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:00 AM

Getting older? What are you doing about it?

Let’s say we’ve been on this earth for five or six decades or more. Something ails us. If we’re lucky and we have health insurance, we go to the doctor. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

Peggy’s chronic pain story: No more opioids

“I know that I am going to be OK,” Peggy says with a smile.  That’s something this chronic pain sufferer has not always been able to say. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

Food as medicine

Americans are bombarded with information about "healthy eating," but we suffer from higher rates of obesity and chronic disease than ever before. We are told one year to avoid fat and the next to avoid carbohydrates. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

Many not ready for long-term health care costs

A large percentage of Minnesotans continue to be unsure about how they would pay for long-term care expenses as they age, but many are interested in financial products that could help them pay for that care.  More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

Minnesota ranks 4th in U.S. in overall health

In the country’s annual health checkup, Minnesota ranks 4th this year when compared with other states – according to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings ® Annual Report. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

Who gets cataracts? We all do (they’re age related)

Cataract is a very popular word in the eye community, likely because cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world. Even with this staggering fact, cataracts are a commonly misunderstood ocular condition. So, who gets them? More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the benefit held on my behalf on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Virginia Elks Club. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity, love and support that you have given to me.  More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:59 PM

One woman’s PTSD story:

Trauma follows terroristic threat, assault

I recently met with a local woman and her husband to hear her story about being the victim of a crime, and the resulting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) she has suffered. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

About Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

General overview of PTSD   More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Do I have a problem with alcohol?

Twelve questions only you can answer

Answer YES or NO to the following questions.   More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Chemical dependency treatment centers

The Pioneer Recovery Center is located in Cloquet, MN. Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Patient appreciates cancer care at Fairview Range Radiation Therapy Center

HIBBING – Roger Sundberg of Swatara is the kind of guy who likes to know what he’s getting into.  “He’s a little bit of a control freak,” joked his wife Susan, of 53 years.  “I just like to know what&rsqu More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Operation Round Up® gives more than $35,000 to community programs

GRAND RAPIDS – Through the assistance of Lake Country Power’s participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $35,725 in contributions to local community programs during its quarterly meeting.  The cooper More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

DNR receives award for providing job opportunities to individuals with disabilities

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received the Large Employer of the Year award from the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association during a banquet held Oct. 22 at the Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter.  More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Celebrate!

Nine years as a breast cancer survivor

It's October 25, technically October 26, as it's after midnight. I'm proactively starting my breast cancer survivor story. I will email Jean Cole, and ask her if she'd like me to write a story for the Hometown Focus. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Luoma expands her role as she continues to care for women

VIRGINIA – Sara Luoma has always wanted to care for women, and she’s followed her passion while serving her hometown. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

My introduction to yoga

I was always skeptical about participating in yoga because my concept of it was that I had to be very flexible, which I am not, and that it required a certain mood or aura of peacefulness to meditate, which I wasn’t sure I had. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Yoga class offerings in the area

BIWABIK –Yoga classes are offered at the United in Christ Community Church at 1 Main St., in Biwabik. Classes are held on Mondays from 9 – 10:30 a.m., and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 7:30 p.m. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

When your health is affected by environment toxins

Finding safe, non-toxic products for my home and family

FAYAL TOWNSHIP – My name is Kimberly (Harvey) Koebensky. I grew up in Virginia, MN. I am married with two kids. My hope in sharing my journey is to be able to help other people. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Toning tables offer healthy benefits

Isometric exercises improve circulation, increase flexibility and mobility

VIRGINIA – Living a healthy lifestyle is not optional. It is necessary for one to be able to make the most out of their existence here on earth. Everything you are, and ever will be, is the result of your choices and decisions. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:36 PM

Basic knowledge and common sense will help keep athletes safe

Hindsight is always better than foresight, of course. If I had children in any organized youth or school sports program today, I would be more aware of the possibility of injuries and what to do to prevent them than I was 15 years ago. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

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