Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.
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Small items can make a big difference when it comes to getting out of homelessness. "Being homeless is expensive and exhaustive," said Terre Thomas, executive director of the Twin Cities-based nonprofit Small Sums. Steady income is an important piece to securing stable housing, Thomas said, but success at a new job can hinge on having access to something as basic as a good pair of shoes. Small Sums works one on one to supply homeless workers with job essentials as well as professional trade testing and licenses. The organization's programs include:
With a combination of big crowds, stress and long-distance travel, it can be a challenge staying healthy around the holiday season. We asked Gwen Verchota, lead nurse practitioner and care delivery manager at HealthPartners online clinic, www.virtuwell.com , to give some tips on how to avoid getting sick as well as what to do if you come down with an illness while out of town.
River Falls Rotarians Gorden Hedahl and Linda Yde said they remember what it was like to live under the spectre of polio and iron lung machines. "I remember people standing in line to get the shots in the late-50s," said Hedahl, who was 10 years old when the polio vaccine was developed. A couple of his classmates contracted the disease as children. If trends continue, Hedahl and Yde will see polio eradicated for good. Area Rotary clubs observed World Polio Day on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Part of the message this year is just how close the world is to wiping out the disease.
Humans have long relied on horses for transportation, plowing fields and other physical tasks. At a company in western Wisconsin, horses are also helping people better themselves. Stable Relations in Roberts offers equine-assisted growth and learning services to individuals and groups, including continuing education classes for social workers and team-building activities for businesses. We asked Bridget McConnell, the program coordinator at Stable Relations, to explain more about the business and how horses can help people grow:
Someone at work or school may already sick. Maybe it's you. Influenza season is here, and health experts are once again urging folks to get their annual flu shot. The flu season got an early start in Wisconsin, with more than a dozen cases reported in the Badger State from Sept. 1-22, according to the Department of Health Services. "We've already had reports of flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu, so we want to encourage people to get their flu shots as soon as possible," State Health Officer Karen McKeown said in a news release.
WOODBURY — Claire Emery was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. In the months that followed, she endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. With her treatment now completed, the Woodbury resident has turned to helping other women facing a similar ordeal.
Twin Cities Orthopedics will celebrate the recent opening of its new Woodbury location on the corner of Bailey Road and Radio Drive with a ceremony 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The event will include appearances by former Minnesota Vikings player Ahmad Rashad and current player Adam Thielen, as well a family activities, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and prize drawings. Tours of the new faciility and sports performance demonstrations will be offered.
It started with swollen lymph nodes and a strep throat diagnosis in late-2015, but what came next for Cottage Grove teenager Caden Maddigan was devastating. When their son started losing weight and developed a dry cough, Craig and Kyra Maddigan brought him back to the doctor in search of answers. The conclusion: stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma.
The number of health care options east of the Twin Cities is expanding in September with two new orthopedic clinics in Woodbury. Twin Cities Orthopedics opened the doors Sept. 5 to its 50,300-square-foot facility off Radio Drive and Bailey Road. The building replaces a previous location in the Woodwinds Health Campus. Meanwhile the multi-story TRIA Orthopaedic Center is scheduled to open to patients Sept. 18 at the CityPlace development on the north end of the city. Twin Cities Orthopedics
Would-be swimmers are advised to avoid Carver Lake Beach due to the presence of potentially dangerous blue-green algae. The Ramsey-Washington Watershed District confirmed the presence of blue-green algae in Carver Lake Friday, Aug. 25, according to the city of Woodbury website . The type of blue-green algae present is known to produce toxins that can be harmful to pets and humans.