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Heart program gives patients peace of mind and independence

HIBBING – Hibbing resident and retired teacher Bill Schleppegrell, 91, has a personalized mini-medical check-up every morning, right from the comfort of his own home. More...

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MDH study yields estimate of potentially preventable health care events

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Mesabi YMCA now offers Sports Conditioning program

VIRGINIA – The Mesabi Family YMCA is now offering a Sports Conditioning program for athletes in our community. More...

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Angel Fund honored with Rural Health Team award

HIBBING – The Angel Fund of Hibbing was recently honored at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference in Duluth.  More...

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Fairview Range earns Governor’s Safety Award

HIBBING – Fairview Range was recognized for superior performance in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon in May at the Minneapolis Convention Center. More...

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Fairview Range welcomes Rodger W. Althoff, M.D., FACS

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes board certified general and vascular surgeon Rodger W. Althoff, M.D., FACS to its medical staff.  More...

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THE WALKING WOUNDED

Driving home from work a few months ago, I was listening to a news report on MPR. The reporter said that 1 in 5 women in the U.S. would be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.  More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

R. S.’ s story:

Former boyfriend became her worst nightmare

HIBBING - Over a pot of coffee at the Hibbing Country Kitchen, R.S. told me her story. She wants people to understand how sexual assaults can happen and the need to break the silence in respect to this crime.  More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Native women and sexual assault

Speak the truth so healing may begin

I am a strong Anishinaabe woman from the Red Lake Nation. I am a survivor of life. I am a viable and important part of society. I have chosen to rise up from the challenges of life to become an educated, employed woman. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

More on child sex trafficking

Just a few years ago, when a child trafficked as a prostitute was caught, she or he was treated as a juvenile delinquent. Not so anymore in Minnesota.  More...

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Elder Care program brings health care to seniors’ homes

VIRGINIA – When Arnold Santi has a question about his health – perhaps about his breathing or how his skin is doing – he no longer has to leave his home and venture out into the cold. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Nashwauk man beats the odds and survives massive heart attack

To say Dan Jukich is a lucky guy is quite an understatement. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

Getting your ducks in a row

Long-range PLANNING

This week’s Health Edition is about “getting your ducks in a row,” so to speak - preparing for old age and poor health, and the eventuality of death. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:47 PM

Long- term care planning

If only I had a crystal ball

I can’t remember a period in my life where I wished more fervently for a crystal ball. If I only knew when I was going to draw my last breath, making decisions today would be so much easier! More...

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Cool senior stuff (and more) online

I found a lot of great stuff online about seniors, aging, and the retirement years. More...

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Final Expense Insurance is an option for paying funeral and burial costs

This week I received the following e-mail regarding a death in someone’s family. They asked if I could write an article regarding final expense coverage with the intent of helping others in the future. More...

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Managing many mini-wills may help avoid costly probate

When my children were younger, they played a card game called “Yu-Gi-Oh!™” that has monster cards, action cards and magic cards. More...

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Probate is usually required when assets do not transfer upon death

Probate is the legal process of identifying the assets of someone who is recently deceased and distributing the remaining property. More...

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Do it your way:

Maintaining personal choice through end of life decisions

It is one of the values we cherish as Americans – freedom. We believe that people ought to be free to live, work, speak their minds, and worship as they wish, as long as they do not harm others. More...

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The human side of hearing: don’t let your hearing loss control your life

As human beings, feelings and emotions make us what we are. And, as human beings, each of us reacts differently depending on how we cope with the negative impact that things have on us, including hearing loss. More...

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Oral health may be an early indicator of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is often considered a “silent” disease — one that is associated with few warning signs in the early stages. However, do you know that the early signs of osteoporosis may be able to be seen in the mouth? More...

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Essentia Health, HealthPartners work together to prevent diabetes

DULUTH – Nine out of ten people who have it, don’t know it  More...

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Northern Pines Care Center receives highest rating in care

AURORA – Essentia Health-Northern Pines Care Center in Aurora recently celebrated its five-star rating from Medicare.gov, the federal government website managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More...

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Report highlights healthcare delivery issues in MN’s rural communities

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Hibbing resident grateful for orthopedic care at Fairview Range

HIBBING – A couple of months ago, Steve Rossini didn’t know Hibbing had an orthopedic surgeon on staff at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing.  But once he needed surgery, he was grateful to discover there was one available.&nbs More...

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Minnesota, U of M Medical Center named regional treatment center for Ebola

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Fairview Range passes Joint Commission survey

HIBBING – Fairview Range Medical Center recently passed its tri-annual Joint Commission survey with high marks for excellence and accolades for staff teamwork.  More...

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Learn to assist others with heath care directives

HIBBING – Fairview Range is hosting a facilitator training course for anyone interested in helping others complete their health care directives. More...

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Fairview Range celebrates cancer survivors

HIBBING – Cancer survivors, their families and their caregivers came together recently to celebrate life at a reception hosted by Fairview Range. More...

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Susan’s story:

Breaking the silence on her journey to recovery

This is a story about a local 18-year-old woman, who was sexually assaulted by a stranger when she was 14. It took 8 months before she could bring herself to tell her mother what happened to her. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Local advocacy group supports victims, educates communities

When conducting interviews for the series of stories on sexual assault awareness, I learned how important local advocates are to victims, and how important they are as educators in our communities.  More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Combatting sex trafficking in the Northland

DULUTH - St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin has been one of Minnesota’s collaborative leaders in being committed to raising awareness and supporting efforts to protect victims of sex trafficking.  More...

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National Infant Immunization Week April 18-25 Calling the shots: the importance of infant immunization

Parents agree that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Breast cancer in men is rare

When Joe Sailer of Gilbert first discovered a lump on his chest last August he didn’t think it would be a big deal.  “I knew that lump wasn’t supposed to be there, but I figured I would just wait until after hunting season to g More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Ectrodactyly or not, here Zach comes

AURORA – Zach Skelton was born with ectrodactyly which is the congenital absence of all or part of one or more fingers or toes. In Zach’s case, three of his fingers are absent.  More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

Advice from those who’ve been there

One impetus for this Health Edition’s focus was the recent failing health and death of our publishers’ mother, Betty Asbach. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:47 PM

60- month “look- back” period

Medicaid’s asset transfer rules

In order to be eligible for Medicaid, you cannot have recently transferred assets. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:47 PM

Read this book

With a Little Help from Our Friends

My girlfriends and I used to talk about our Golden Years and our dream was to all live together in the huge Wally World (former Wally Jones’) estate on Lake Vermilion. More...

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Essentia Health Medical Equipment offers a variety of aids for daily living

BABBITT – Cliff Horgen likes his tidy, onestory home in Babbitt. It’s filled with good memories from his 63-year marriage to his late wife, Eleonore. A corner wall displays trophies won during a lifetime of trap-shooting competitions. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:47 PM

Like all nursing homes, St. Michael’s faces constant change

VIRGINIA – Nursing homes continue to evolve as the industry faces changes in funding and as the needs of those who utilize the services change. At St. More...

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Volunteers are vital to the Fairview Range community

We don’t always remember faces and names, or even what was said. But we always remember how we were treated. More...

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