Health Features

Half of life is “if,” don’t die wondering

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Darin’s story of recovery, perseverance, determination


My story started back in the mid- 1990s. I needed new contacts and did not correlate the fact that I was also having significant headaches, and that it could be something more than just needing new contacts. After a routine eye exam, field vision tests, and an MRI of the brain, I was diagnosed with a posterior fossa arachnoid cyst […]

Supporting local healthcare

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Thrift shop exceeds $1 million donated to Cook Hospital


COOK — The Cook Area Health Care Auxiliary reached a milestone recently when a donation request from the Cook Hospital and Care Center was approved. That request means that more than $1,000,000 has been donated over the years to support the Cook area’s healthcare system. Funding for the auxiliary’s donations comes, for the most part, from sales at the local […]

Scenic Rivers Health Services will open clinic in Eveleth

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EVELETH — In partnership with the City of Eveleth, Scenic Rivers Health Services is excited to announce we are opening a new medical clinic in Eveleth at 239 McKinley Ave. Last spring, we used this clinic as a temporary site to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and testing. Recently, we received formal approval under our federal health services grant to make this […]

How I accepted my mental illness

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I had my first manic episode at 19 while in college. What followed was 20 years of self-medicating with alcohol, as drinking seemed to serve my bipolar disorder in a way. If depressed, drinking would temporarily lift me up, and if manic, drinking would temporarily slow me down. When I quit drinking for good, my bipolar disorder ran loose, and […]

Virtual STEM event open to all Minnesota high school students

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The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, is hosting a digital experience open to all Minnesota high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The event will be held on World STEM Day, Monday, November 8. During the digital experience, students will explore STEM through hands-on activities […]

MNsure options will offer additional savings next year

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STATEWIDE — The Minnesota Department of Commerce and MNsure released information October 1 on 2022 health plan rates and options in advance of the open enrollment period, which begins November 1. On average, Minnesota families will save $684 per year and will be able to access more health plan choices than previous years. More Minnesotans than ever before are eligible […]

Local dentist explains when kids might need braces

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It’s a common question asked by parents during their children’s routine dental checkups: “Will my child need braces?” Perhaps stemming from assumptions by the parent based on their own orthodontic experience, this question also concerns finances and wanting to do what is best for a child. Yes, it is in fact easy to spot a budding orthodontic problem much earlier […]

Carolyn loves walking and hiking for health and happiness

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One of the easiest and most universal forms of exercise is walking. Almost everyone can walk at a pace and for a length of time that can benefit their health. Walking can be both aerobic and weight-bearing. Walking is not only physical exercise, but is a great stress-reliever, and can be both psychologically and spiritually energizing. Walking can be a […]

Caring for the whole person

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RMHC adds new screening tool to address clients' needs


IRON RANGE — Range Mental Health Center (RMHC) is in the middle of transformational work as it relates to whole person health. We are working on several initiatives that seek to improve both physical and mental health. In September, RMHC rolled out a screening tool that gathers information about the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), which are the conditions in […]

FIT & REC FEATURE

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Welcome the change in seasons with a plan to stay active


What is it about the seasons changing that provokes a sense of change in our own lives? It’s as if the environment around us also forces us to re-evaluate our own desires and goals in life; a welcome push to move forward for the better! As we said goodbye to summer and hello to fall, many of us find we […]


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