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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

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

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

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

Concussions a health concern in school sports

Minnesota high school students suffered nearly 3,000 sports-related concussions during the 2013-14 school year, according to estimates based on voluntary reports from schools in the Twin Cities. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Multiple chemical sensitivity

Do fragrances and scented products make you sick?

AURORA - Perfume. Scented baby diapers. Laundry products. Candles. Air fresheners. Other people’s joys, my nemeses. These are just some of the items that I need to avoid in the stores or risk becoming sick.  More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Medicare & Medicaid: keeping us healthy for 50 years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Telehealth appointments help reach rural families

Essentia Health psychiatrist works with children and teens

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – As a psychiatrist who works with children and adolescents, Dr. Tim Smith could have set up a practice almost anywhere. His commitment to serving families who live in rural areas brought him to International Falls.  More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

ACL test ensures high schoolers are truly ready to get back in the game

DULUTH – Any high school athlete will tell you there’s nothing worse than being sidelined with a knee injury while their friends play. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Patients can now see caregiver notes in medical record

DULUTH – Sometimes it can be difficult to remember everything you hear during your doctor appointment. It can be even more daunting to decipher that information second-hand as the caretaker for an elderly relative. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Essentia Health-Virginia Foundation receives historic donation

VIRGINIA – The Essentia Health-Virginia Foundation recently received the largest single donation in its history. The $25,000 gift was given by Jeanette Knabe, wife of the late Dr. George Knabe. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

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...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

MDH study yields estimate of potentially preventable health care events

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Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Sports and recreation safety fact sheet (2015)

Fatalities Between 2004 and 2009, there were 24 sports-related deaths in high school athletes. There areno reliable statistics on the number of fatalities involving sports among younger children. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Ely doctors trained in Duluth residency program

ELY – Dr. Joe Schwinghamer remembers his first few hours as a medical resident: overwhelming. “My first hour at the hospital, I delivered two babies and had two cardiac arrest patients,” Dr. Schwinghamer recalled. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Making Medicare make sense

Answers to some of the most commonly asked Medicare questions

Q: I’m going to turn 65 in a few months and will be signing up for Medicare. Are there any go-to resources I should look at to find enrollment information and learn more about program benefits?   More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Five summer tips to prevent asthma attacks

Summer break in Minnesota is a great time for children to recharge and play outdoors. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Essentia Health’s colon cancer screening saves lives

DULUTH – Essentia Health patients will live an additional 18,525 years thanks to the organization’s efforts to increase the number of patients being screened for colon cancer. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Going forward in reverse Surgery option provides relief to arthritis sufferers

DULUTH – Switching surgical parts around is something no surgeon would ever intentionally do unless, perhaps, they’re performing a cutting-edge option for patients who have arthritis in the shoulders. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Life coaching

Break through barriers to the life you desire

EMBARRASS – Have you ever wished you could simply sit down with an impartial friend and discuss the state of your life and relationships in a clear, honest, forward-thinking manner? In an ideal world, everyone would have such a friend. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Essentia Health, HealthPartners work together to prevent diabetes

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Report highlights healthcare delivery issues in MN’s rural communities

MINNESOTA – U.S. Sen. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

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