Tricounty News

Crossing is safer: One person can make a difference

Things have gotten safer in Watkins when it comes to crossing main street (Central Avenue).W-IMG 0804

After almost 2-1/2 years of talking to people and attending several city council meetings, Mary Loch, a childcare provider on Main Street in Watkins, was successful in getting some very much needed crosswalks put in, in the form of signs and painted walkways in the road.

Taking her brood of kids and stroller with her chihuahuas to the park or post office was always dangerous because you have to step out into the road to see around parked vehicles before you can actually attempt to cross the road.

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St. Cloud VA Women Veterans Program to host Health and Wellness Event

The Women Veterans Program at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System will host the Sixth Annual Women Veterans Health and
Wellness Day from 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Building 96 on the St. Cloud VA Medical Center campus in St. Cloud. The event celebrates women Veterans and their military service by emphasizing healthy lifestyles and medical care unique to women.

Presentations and exhibitions of popular techniques for calming the mind, soothing the spirit and strengthening the body are planned. This year’s activities include mindful eating techniques, organic foods discovery and tastings, and using a mindful labyrinth. Flu and pertussis vaccinations will be available, and light refreshments will be served.

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Eurasian Watermilfoil has been found in Clear Lake near Watkins

It turns out that Clear Lake near Watkins isn’t so clear.

The lake is being designated an “infested water” after the Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources discovered Eurasian Watermilfoil, an invasive plant species, growing in the lake in northern Meeker County.

By posting the lake as infested the DNR is hoping to alert boaters of the dangers of spreading the disease which has been discovered in more than 260 Minnesota lakes, rivers or streams.

“Boaters and anglers who use Clear Lake are urged to be extra thorough when looking for and removing aquatic plants from their boats, trailers, anchors, decoys and other equipment,” Nicholas Brown, a DNR aquatic invasive species specialist said. “It is unlawful in Minnesota to transport aquatic plants or prohibited invasive species or to launch watercraft with them attached.”

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Label-reading made easy

Practice reading labels to gain confidence in identifying potential allergens in food products from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at CentraCare Health Plaza – Hughes/Mathews Room. Registered dietitian Kristin Johnson, St. Cloud Hospital, will provide resources to help you understand portion sizes, calories, fiber, fat, carbohydrates, sugar, sodium and protein content. Sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Women & Children’s Center. Free. Pre-registration required at centracare.com. For more information, call (320) 656-7021.

 

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.