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. Think of environment in a bro… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me   […]

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. Deputy Smith was able to … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

North St. Louis County Rescue Squad building to be dedicated



Pictured at the ribbon cutting at the new North Rescue Squad building in Virginia are (l. to r.) St. Louis County Commissioner Steve Raukar, St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber, St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litman, St. Louis County Commissio… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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. There… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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). I hope our r… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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: March 8, 2015 … Please register for a free account or log in […]

Salads, veggies, and ceviche




 In keeping with this week’s health theme, employees from the Natural Harvest Food Coop in Virginia have provided us with healthy eating recipes. The co-op also offers a variety of daily lunch specials at their on-site deli including sand… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Bois Forte Band member

Dr. Shanna Landgren returns home to practice medicine

Dr. Shanna LandrenNETT 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. Landgren talks about why she … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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. DHS does not sell the technology b… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Rutabaga Project Initiatives: Nutritious and local food




The Rutabaga Project Garden-in-a-Box at AEOA. Photo submitted.Earlier this month, the Rutabaga Project was featured in the AEOA newsletter section of the Hometown Focus. If you missed that newsletter, you’re probably wondering “What in t… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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