Tricounty News

Blood Drive in Eden Valley Aug. 20

The American Red Cross will be in Eden Valley from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. For you, as a donor, it is just a pint of blood, but for the next person it is their pint of life … give blood.

Call Bonnie at (320) 282-1468, to schedule your appointment today.

Call the American Red Cross at (866) 236-3276, select option #3 if you have questions regarding health, travel, medications etc.

Drink plenty of fluids and eat good meals before donating to ensure a safe and pleasant experience.

Remember your identification – it is required to donate.

Living with Parkinson’s under the age of 60

If you or anyone you know is 60 or under and has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, you are welcome to join a newly forming group. We will be meeting the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake, Minn. Specific topics will be scheduled along with open forum. Any questions, please call Camille Johnson at (763) 350-7401.


Casting for a Cure reaches for $100,000

At fifth annual event

Benefiting Greater Minnesota Cancer Resources

As they plan for their fifth annual event, the Casting for a Cure team of volunteers and event coordinators set their sights on “Catching The Big One” in 2013. With a 2013 goal of raising $30,000 in donations, Casting for a Cure–the fundraising event for Greater MN Fight For a Cure – will achieve their goal to donate over $100,000 since its inception in 2009. Through the efforts of community members and Greater Minnesota businesses, Casting for a Cure has donated $70,000 over the past four years. It is in thanks to all of the generous community support and volunteer efforts that Greater MN Fight for a Cure has donated funds to the following cancer resources over the past four years: The Coborn Cancer Center, Colon Cancer Screening, Enhancement Programs, Family Grants, the Gorecki Guest House, Hospice care, Quiet Oaks Hospice, Survivorship/Caring Conversations, Case Coordinators and Prayer Blankets.


Recipes for a healthy lifestyle: Fortify your spine

Back by popular demand! Add flavor to your life by increasing range of motion, improving mobility and relieving neck and back pain due to osteoporosis, arthritis and joint or spinal disc degeneration. Jeffrey Derr, MD, Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians will present information from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 6, at CentraCare Health Plaza in the Windfeldt room on diagnosis and treatment as well as recipes and tips to fortify your spine. The evening will include light snacks and a door prize. Sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Women and Children’s Center and Center for Neurosciences. FREE. Pre-registration required at Register early; seating is limited. For questions, call (320) 656-7021.


Keep kids healthy at the petting zoo

Summertime brings the opportunity for kids and families to visit petting zoos, county fairs or farms. Children enjoy feeding the goats, petting a rabbit, holding a baby chick or riding a pony.  Unfortunately, in addition to the cute baby animals, petting zoos sometimes allow kids to meet critters with names like Salmonella or E. coli 0157:H7. These bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of some animals and are shed in the droppings. Animal fur, hair, skin and saliva can become contaminated with bacteria from the droppings and transmission may occur when kids pet, touch or are licked by animals.

While petting zoos can be an excellent educational and social event, unfortunately, many people become sick every year because of a visit to an animal exhibit. The human-animal contact can result in an uncomfortable bout of stomach and intestinal illness with dehydration or more serious illness. At a higher risk for infection are children less than 5 years of age, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.