12 steps, 12 stories

A holiday of self-discovery


Snow Canyon State Park in Utah. Photo by Dana Sanders.Dedicated to Jean Cole EDITOR’S NOTE: This is HTF Contributor Dana Sander’s 12th story for us. It is a story of self-discovery and recovery from addiction, and I felt it was appropriate for this … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password […]

Dry eye syndrome

Treatment options ARE available


Dr. Krystal EcksteinVIRGINIA – Have you ever experienced symptoms of itching, burning, watery or red eyes? If you have, you are not alone. If you have not, there may be a time in the future that you do. These symptoms are hallmarks of dry eye … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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Weird and rare health conditions

 EDITOR’S NOTE: I asked friends and Hometown Focus readers to suggest and/ or share stories about weird and/or rare health conditions they are familiar with for this week’s Health Edition. Many shared their own stories, or that of a loved one. … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Soups – from Supper to Sopa de Tortilla




 The following recipes were taken from a book titled When Friends Cook which was compiled by the Friends of the Institute for the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It is yet another recipe book that I was able to find in my frequent stops at thrift… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office loses K-9 Roscoe



 EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a Jan. 17, 2017, post from the Northland K-9 Foundation’s Facebook page which is reprinted here with permission. The Facebook post is followed by additional information about Roscoe as provided by Dana Kazel… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Struggling through school with ADHD (and not knowing it)




The schoolwork was easy. Being there was hard. Although he had a high IQ and was placed in accelerated classes, Sam could not focus. If there was a window he could not help to look out it. He would often watch the second hand on the clock, counting … Please register for a free account or log in below to […]

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve seeks applications for state chairperson



The selection committee of the Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (MN ESGR) announced the launch of the formal search for their next ESGR state chairperson. ESGR is a Department of Defense (DoD) office which was established in 1972 … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

VA to provide fertility counseling, treatment for certain veterans and spouses



The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced last week that it is amending its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to eligible veterans and spouses. VA currently provides certain infertility services other than in … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Department of Defense extends online military exchange shopping privileges to vets



The Department of Defense announced a policy change that will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military. The veterans online shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day,… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

SHIP training, coaching helps child care providers give young children a healthy start



Family and small, independent child care providers were more likely to offer vegetables, increase kids’ physical activity and support infants’ breastfeeding after receiving trainings and coaching from Minnesota’s Statewide Health I… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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