Health Features

“Miracle” heart surgery in 1954

Buhl man receives innovative operation

The top headline in a local paper on April 13, 1954, read “Buhl man recovering from ‘miracle’ heart surgery.” The Buhl man was my great-uncle Francis Jensen. As a young man, he was in the hospital for 10 months with a severely damaged main aortic heart valve. At the time, he was given only five years to live. Hearing of […]

No more holding back

A local woman shares her experience with mental illness

It’s July of 2020—I’m sitting at my home office and staring back at my therapist on the screen. This is the first time I’d seen my therapist since the pandemic started. She of course asks, “How have you been doing with all of this?” I laugh and say, “Actually, pretty good.” She said she was hearing that from a lot […]

Menopause and you

Grand Itasca OB/GYN explains the signs and symptoms

Menopause affects every woman differently. It is a natural biological process that is characterized by a series of changes that can start in your 30s and last into your 50s or 60s. What is menopause? Menopause is one step in a long, slow process of reproductive aging. It is marked by a woman’s last menstrual period. The average age for […]

What should we call “old people” today?

There was a time not long ago when people rarely lived past 70 years of age. Aging has changed. People are living longer than ever before. A record number of people are now joining the ranks of what we have historically called “old age.” By 2030, one-fifth of all Americans will be 65 years or older. Moreover, the 65+ age […]


4 A Buhl man’s 1954 heart operation By Danielle Beasy 5 An honest, open reflection on mental illness By Jenna Ballinger 6 Surgery recovery: tales from the recliner By Kirsten Reichel 7 RMHC begins journey toward new certification By Kelly Grinsteinner 14 Benefits of physical activity By Arie DeGrio, M.D. 18 How to read food labels By Brianna Lofquist, RN […]

Range Mental Health Center forms CCBHC team

Team will help RMHC expand and enhance its services

VIRGINIA — Range Mental Health Center has begun its journey toward application to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). It’s first step: establishing the CCBHC team. RMHC was awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in February to work toward becoming a CCBHC. Over the next two years, RMHC will […]

Bring more music into your home

Music is a mood booster and can help promote mental health. This past year has been particularly challenging, inspiring many people to reap the many benefits of bringing more music into their homes. Here is how you can too: • Be your own DJ: Music can instantaneously cause us to experience anything from joy to nostalgia to relaxation to inspiration, […]

Get moving as you get older Seven reasons to make physical activity a routine

Looking for the fountain of youth? Lace up your sneakers and get moving. You won’t find the secret to living long and healthfully in a pill, potion, or lotion. But you will find yourself with more energy, a better outlook and most important, better health by making physical activity part of your daily schedule. Need more incentive? Check out this […]

Equipment-related fire risk has increased

STATEWIDE — With the ongoing drought increasing the risk of wildfire, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges off-road vehicle, heavy equipment, and agricultural operators to be cautious in dry conditions that could unintentionally a spark a fire. Equipment use is a major cause of wildfires every year, but Minnesota’s wildland fire management agencies report an uptick in recent weeks […]

Grand Rapids Players announces auditions

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Players is hosting open auditions July 23 – 24 for their fall production of the classic Broadway musical Anything Goes directed by John Schroeder. Auditions will take place on Friday, July 23 from 4 – 7 p.m. and on Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Miles Reif Performing Arts Center’s […]

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